SustainaBlue Landscapes eNewsletter
Edition 2
Nov/Dec 2016

Reminder! It's time to fall back.
Adjust your clocks this Sunday for Daylight Savings Time.

While you're at it, be sure to dial down your outdoor watering on your sprinkler controller.  Shorter, cooler days means using less water for your yard!

For more details on the Watering Index  and online Watering Calculator, visit our website

*Tip of the Month 
You might be watering your yard more than you think! Your sprinkler controller's start times are NOT run times. Start times activate a cycle of watering. Run times are the duration of watering in minutes. Be careful not to confuse the two!
CLICK HERE for helpful videos on how to properly set your sprinkler controller.

◦ Professional Spotlight 

Mike Evans

Learn how to "Plant It Right" with Tree of Life Nursery owner, Mike Evans.  In the video below, Mike gives us a tour of the basics, such as the size and make-up of the planting hole and appropriate watering during planting. Don't forget to watch Part 2, 3, and 4 of the video series for the complete introduction on how to plant natives.
Plant It Right! Video Series

Plant It Right! Part 1 of 4
Fall is the best time to plant!   CLICK HERE to learn why California native plants are the best choice for your yard and our watershed.
◦ Rainwater Harvesting 

Take advantage of our rain -
it's FREE water!

*Did you know that you can get a $75 rebate for a rain barrel?   CLICK HERE for more info.

Plant natives and get a rebate!
Transform your front yard with a 
landscape kit - it's quick, easy, and high quality.

Landscape Kits come with:

  • Meet-and-greet with professional Landscape Designer
  • Landscape design plan
  • California native plants from Tree of Life Nursery
  • Installation options available!
SMWD will provide a rebate to single-family residents who convert their front yard using the My Avant Garden landscape conversion kit.  These kits are easy to install and will replace your high water landscape with a beautiful low maintenance garden.
for more program information and to apply for the rebate

Mexican Feather Grass
'Stipa/Nassella tenuissima'

Mexican Feather Grass is a deceptively beautiful grass that is an emerging invasive species.  It is an extremely aggressive plant that jumps planters, pops up in cracks between concrete, and appears in places where no prior planting existed.  Many homeowners and landscapers are finding this plant a maintenance headache - it also has the potential to wreak havoc in our California Native wild lands.
There are native alternatives to Mexican Feather Grass that are just as beautiful.  Visit our website to learn more about the California native species to plant instead!

Smart Gardening 101:
Successful Cool Season Gardening
Free class  Reata Park & Event Center
Saturday, November 12th
9:30am - 10:30am
* CLICK HERE to take a Plant Tour of Reata Park
Horticulture & Landscape Design Plant Sale
Thursday, November 17th
9:00am - 5:30pm
For further reading...

Restorative Practices for Urban Soil -
Composting to Improve Soil Structure 
*with special guest speaker: 
Professor Robert Farnsworth
November 15th
6:00 - 7:30pm
Stay tuned for more classes in 2017!
Check out additional dates at
Santa Margarita Water District
Water Use Efficiency  |  949-459-6593  |
26111 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688