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Water Restrictions Notice:

Ventura County cities are experiencing exceptionally dry conditions. Many cities currently have imposed outdoor watering restrictions based upon California State Mandate. Please check with your individual water agency for specific restrictions. Outdoor watering accounts for more than 50% total water use. EPA estimates that nearly 50% or more of that is wasted due to improperly scheduled, designed or maintained irrigation systems. Use this Water Calculator to help improve the efficiency of your irrigation timer.

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Sustainable Gardening Tips:

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Drip and other smart irrigation delivers water directly to roots, allowing no excess water for weeds.

Water Saving Tips:

Mulching and adding compost to soil can minimize evaporation and help soil absorb and store water.