TAG: drought

California puts stronghold on water with 270-day regulations

July 31, 2014By

In response to the ongoing drought in California, the State Water Resources Control Board approved new water regulations for residents and business owners that will be enforced for 270 days, unless renewed. The Sacramento Bee grazed the surface of the regulations, which were approved July 15, reporting, “It is now illegal for any Californian to hose down a driveway or sidewalk,... read more

IA survey: Irrigation sales on the rise, drought lets up

May 5, 2014By

There’s a growing optimism about current economic conditions in the irrigation industry, according to a recent survey by the Irrigation Association (IA). The survey, conducted annually by the IA to gauge the state of the industry, provided that 70 percent of respondents indicated total sales in 2013 were greater than those in 2012. More than 110 contractors from 33 states... read more

Houzz study: Green lighting, native plants trending in 2014

April 23, 2014By

Houzz revealed results from its 2014 Spring Landscaping Trends Study. Conducted in March, the study surveyed more than 4,500 respondents who are Houzz users in the midst of, or are planning, a landscape update. It showed 56 percent of homeowners are making updates to improve their yards for entertaining and 55 percent to solve issues such as flooding (41 percent),... read more

Hands-on with water waste

April 7, 2014By

A Texas irrigation company makes water conservation its top priority. The drought that hit Texas in 2006 was a wake-up call for Patty Sipe, co-owner of Heads Up Sprinkler Co. in Plano. It was time to look at some aspects of her irrigation business differently. That drought and the ones that have ensued almost every year since have been catalysts... read more

Government affairs: Lawns under assault

April 7, 2014By
Photo: PLANET Philippe Nobile Photography

April is National Lawn Care Month, which is fitting because it puts front and center our most popular landscape feature, residential lawns. They cover up to 40.5 million acres in the U.S. and are under assault like never before. In the west, lawns are facing water shortages. In the east, the problem is related to water quality. Westward: Lawns banned,... read more

IA creates resource page in wake of California drought

March 3, 2014By

Jan. 17, California Gov. Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency and directed state officials to prepare for drought conditions. The declaration calls on government agencies to assist farmers and communities economically impacted by dry conditions. It also ensures the state can respond if Californians face drinking water shortages. Ultimately, Brown called for an immediate 20 percent reduction in all... read more