MP Rotators Save 30% Water

Imagine that, simply by changing your sprinkler nozzles, you could reduce your lawn and garden water bill by 30 percent. Now imagine that in addition to using significantly less water, you could elim...

Real Gardeners Use Hoses, Not Sprinklers

If you want to develop a real understanding of your plants, consider watering them up close with a hose. Many gardeners are fed up with sprinklers since they water too much or too little, provide ina...

Spring Time is Sprinkler Tune-Up Time

Hot weather is already here, and you can sense the fear and trembling in gardeners’ hearts. You cannot rely on rain anymore to get everything soaked, nor on cool weather to keep the soil from d...

Rain in the Garden

Mild winters have brought so many people to Southern California that there is not enough water – thanks to those same mild winters – to sustain them and their gardens. Were it not for sno...

TreePeople

You might think of TreePeople as an organization whose sole mission is to plant more trees in Los Angeles. While that may have been true when the organization was founded four decades ago, and TreePe...

Leaf Miners & Rain Sensors

LARVAE OF LEAFMINER MOTHS ATTACK CITRUS: From Chatsworth to Burbank, I have been receiving reports of curled citrus leaves accompanied by squiggly trails in the foliage. The party responsible for thi...

Next Generation of Sprinklers

A recent column addressing the increased use of evapo-transpiration sprinkler system controllers – self-programming and self-adjusting automatic time clocks – presented an incomplete pict...

Next Generation of Irrigation Controllers

Are you tired of reprogramming the time clock that controls your automatic sprinkler system? Are you frustrated by the sight of sprinklers watering after (or during) a rain? Are you concerned when wa...

Watering Wands for Contrainer Gardens

Q: My husband and I have a running argument regarding the best method of watering. He insists on putting his thumb over the end of the hose and spraying all pots and plants from above. I am of the be...

Sprinklers leak when valves go bad

When it comes to sprinkler-system problems, appearances can be deceiving. If you walk outside and see water puddled around a sprinkler in your front lawn, your first thought might well be:  “I ...