Contra Costa Drought Tips
For perspective on the drought
The current drought is hardly the first time Californians have felt such climate effects. Here's an article from a 1977 issue of Pacific Horticulture that helps put things in perspective and gives wonderful guidance on how our climate should inform our gardens and landscapes.
Wondering about the drought?
We are now in an unprecedented fourth year of severe drought, with mandatory statewide water use cutbacks of 25%. Even with possible El Niño rains during the winter of 2015-16, it's likely that drought conditions will persist for years to come, and could even become the "new normal".
Gardeners need to continually re-evaluate everything about their gardening, from plant selection, to irrigation methods, to the amount of garden and landscape we actually maintain. The tip sheets here will help you maximize your irrigation efficiency and keep your garden alive.
Your Landscape During Drought - How to strategically maintain your landscape during a drought.
Your Irrigation System During Drought - How to use water more efficiently in your landscape & garden.
Your Food Garden During Drought - How to be water-wise and successful growing a food garden during drought.
Your Lawn During Drought - Helpful tips relating to your lawn and conserving water.
Drought Care for Trees - More info specifically on tree care.
Our Blog discussion about Smart Controllers.
Want a quick and easy fix?
Many of us have areas of lawn that serve no particular purpose. Try sheet mulching unused turf to save water and improve the soil at the same time. Here's a Bay-Friendly Coalition handout depicting basic sheet mulching.