SustainaBlue Landscapes eNewsletter
Edition 12
July/August 2018
◦ Smart Irrigation Month 
Outdoor watering can account for 50% of your home's water use.
Celebrate Smart Irrigation Month with a sprinkler system checkup and upgrade.

Being efficient with your outdoor water use and performing regular maintenance on your sprinkler system can help save water and money.
  • Inspect your sprinkler system monthly for broken/clogged spray heads and other issues.
  • Inspect your system for leaks, like broken irrigation lines, and perform the necessary repairs.
  • Adjust sprinkler heads for overspray or any other unusual spray patterns.
  • Check your system's pressure. Pressure can fluctuate over time and affect your system's level of efficiency.
  • Upgrade to "smart" technology, like weather-based sprinkler controllers or soil moisture sensor systems.
  • Retrofit spray heads to low volume drip-irrigation to prevent runoff and water waste.
Learn more at
Don't know where to start? Upgrade to a smart sprinkler controller.
Rebates are available for qualified models!

CLICK HERE to read a helpful article reviewing the best smart controllers.
  ◦ Tip of the Month 
Calculate how much water you use.

Water use efficiency is easy to achieve at home once you understand how and where you can use less. This quick and easy Water Calculator shows you which water uses are efficient and which are not and offers tips to save water and energy. 

Pro-tip: Don't let your sprinkler system water unnecessarily!
Soil moisture sensor systems can reduce the number of unnecessary watering events by detecting your soil's moisture below ground. Add this strategy to your outdoor efficiency efforts and net yourself even more water savings. Rebates available.
◦ Plant of the Month 
Annual Phlox
Phlox drummondii

  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Height: 6" to 18"
  • Width: 10" to 12"
  • Flower Color: lavender, pink, red, yellow, violet
  • Bloom Time: summer, fall
  • Water: medium
  • Exposure: half sun, shade
  • Garden Uses: these showy flowers look great in containers or hanging baskets
For more info and photos of Annual Phlox visit
Your drinking water continues to meet or exceed cleanliness standards. 
Delivering safe drinking water is at the heart of the District's mission; its drinking water continues to meet or exceed all standards set by the state and federal governments.

100% of the District's drinking water  - 6.5 billion gallons a year - is imported from Northern California and the Colorado River. It is treated, tested, and certified by the District's supplier, the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. At the same time, SMWD continuously monitors the water in its distribution system to ensure the highest quality. In fact, each year, over 5,000 water samples are taken throughout the service area by the District's laboratory staff.

SMWD prepares an annual Water Quality Report for customers to share the results of water quality testing from the previous calendar year. It explains where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to federal and state regulatory standards. 

The District is proud to serve its customers safe, reliable drinking water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

to view the 2018 Water Quality Report

◦ More resources for you to check out 
July In the Natural Garden
to read the full article from
Tree of Life Nursery.

Learn about native plants,
watering,  pruning, and more.
Designing a Hummingbird Garden: 15 Ways to Keep Them Coming

The number of hummingbirds that frequent your yard is closely linked to the abundance of food, water, nesting sites, and perches. Follow these 15 practical steps you can take to create an ideal hummingbird garden.

CLICK HERE to read the full article from the National Audubon Society.

For more details on how to use the Watering Index  and how to create a custom watering schedule using the online Watering Calculator, visit our website

◦ Upcoming Classes & Events by Others 

*FREE classes and events @  Tree of Life Nursery

Saturday, July 21 @ 9:30am
Reciprocal Relationships

Saturday, July 28 @ 9:30am
Reflections of a Butterfly Gardener

Saturday, August 18 @ 9:30am
Designing with Plant Communities
Garden Workshops 
@ OC Great Park

Saturday, July 21
10:00am - 11:00am

Sunday, August 19
10:00am - 11:00am
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