SustainaBlue Landscapes eNewsletter
Edition 10
March/April 2018
Saturday, April 28th
10am - 2pm
Join us on Saturday, April 28th for our 2018 SustainaBlue Landscapes Tour!

Don't miss out! The tour list will only be made available to those who register for the event.

The list of homes will be accessible to registrants a few days before the event, so stay tuned.

Visit featured homes with outstanding,
sustainable landscapes right here in our service area.

For more event details visit
It's Fix a Leak Week!
March 19th - 25th

Did you know that 10% of homes have leaks that waste up to 90 gallons or more per day? 

for helpful tips on how to find leaks inside and outside your home to save valuable water and money all year long.
  ◦ Tip of the Month 

Identify toilet leaks by placing a drop of food coloring in the toilet tank. If any color shows up in the bowl after 10 minutes, you have a leak.

Complete a step-by-step leak check with WaterSmart.

Register and log in to your free WaterSmart account. Get personalized water use info and water saving tips.

The simple step-by-step leak check will guide you throughout your home to detect for leaks and how to repair common issues.

DID YOU KNOW that SMWD staff can perform a FREE efficiency check-up of your home? Experiencing higher than normal water use? Call us at (949) 459-6593 to schedule an appointment.

SMWD offers customers rebates for purchasing qualified water-saving devices:
  • High-efficiency clothes washer
  • Premium high-efficiency toilet
  • Weather-based irrigation controller
  • Soil moisture sensor system
  • Rotating sprinkler nozzles
  • Rain barrels & cisterns
For more details visit
◦ Plant of the Month 
Kangaroo Paws
Anigozanthos spp.

  • Height: numerous varieties and sizes, ranging from 1' to 6'
  • Width: 2'
  • Flower Color: red, pink, yellow, green
  • Bloom Time: spring, summer, fall
  • Water: low
  • Exposure: full sun
  • Garden Uses: attracts hummingbirds
For more info and photos of Kangaroo Paws visit
◦ March In the Natural Garden 

CLICK HERE to read the full article

from Tree of Life Nursery.
  • In March you see the first fruits of all your fall season pruning, winter contouring of the ground, and your continual attention to soil moisture, weeds, and topdress.
  • New growth on buckwheat, salvia, sagebrush, sunflower, and deerweed prove that spring is close at hand.
  • Wildflowers are up and growing with bloom soon to follow.

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 
California In My Garden
April 7, 2018
10am - 4pm

California Native Plant Society's Orange County chapter will host a FREE self-guided garden tour of 12 inspiring landscapes from Mission Viejo to San Clemente, featuring at least 50% California native plants!

CLICK HERE to register and receive directions to the gardens.
Earth Day/Arbor Day Celebration with the
City of Mission Viejo
April 21, 2018
8am - 12pm
@ Cordova Park

CLICK HERE for more event details.

*FREE classes and events @  Tree of Life Nursery

Saturday, March 24 @ 9:30am
Swallow's Tour

Saturday, March 31 @ 9:30am
Plant Selection: Spring Bloomers
Garden Workshops 
@ OC Great Park

Sunday, April 15
10:00am - 11:00am

Saturday, April 21
10:00am - 11:00am
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Water Use Efficiency  |  949-459-6593  |
26111 Antonio Parkway
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688