by Elena Freeman
There is no rain in the forecast for this week, but with cooler, shorter days your plants need less water. Take a walk through your garden and check to see how your plants are doing, and carefully dig with a trowel to check the soil moisture. Especially for shady areas, you may not need to irrigate at all this week.
MMWD Landscape Rebates Ending
Because of reduced revenues this fiscal year, MMWD is forced to reduce funding for rebates for landscape materials and equipment.
Residential Landscape and Smart Irrigation Controller rebates ended October 22, 2009. Materials must have been purchased by October 22, 2009. Rebate applications must be postmarked by January 22, 2010.
Commercial Landscape rebates ended October 22, 2009. No new commercial landscape rebate applications will be accepted.
MMWD does not expect to have new funding for these programs until the next fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2010. Please check the MMWD website for updates around that time.
The budget cuts come in response to an unprecedented decrease in water sales. The good news is that by using less water our customers are helping to preserve our precious supply; the bad news is that reduced water sales impact funding for our operations. We are exploring ways to reduce expenses while continuing to provide necessary services. And despite the challenges, we remain committed to helping you save water! For information on our current programs, please visit our Conservation page.
“Go Native” this Weekend
Join us for a FREE, hands-on workshop at the Marin Art & Garden Center. “Go Native – Planting for Pollinators” will take place tomorrow, October 24, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Learn to attract birds, butterflies, and beneficial insects to your garden by including California native plants that provide food, shelter, and nesting places for wildlife. To register, please call 945-1512 and leave your email address.