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Four Signs of Overwatering Plants

4 Signs of Overwatering Plants

Ever wonder if you are overwatering your plants? Chances are, the plants are probably getting more water than they need. There are a few obvious overwatering signs. If you can identify these four warning signs, your plant can still thrive!

1. Got brown and wilty leaves? Many mistake this for a dry plant, quite the contrary. This also occurs when plants have too much water. The difference between the overwatering and underwatering is that too little water will result in your plant’s leaves feeling crispy and dry, while too much water results in limp, wilty, and soft leaves and foliage.

2. Stunted slow growth accompanied by yellowing leaves is a symptom of overwatering a plant. You may even see leaves falling off. If the plant has yellowing leaves and old leaves simultaneously, as well as new leaves that are falling at the same accelerated rate – too much water!

3. Roots are the primary source for your plants food, water and oxygen intake. Roots need to take in water, but they also need air to breathe. Healthy soil allows for oxygen to exist in the spaces between soil particles. If the soil is constantly wet, there is not enough air pockets. This means there is a limited oxygen supply and the plant can’t breathe….basically drowning the plant.

4. Blisters and lesions are another sign of overwatering. Water pressure begins to build in the When the roots absorb more water than they can use, the water pressure builds and cells will eventually die and burst, resulting in areas that look like they have lesions or blisters. Once these blisters erupt, brown or white wart-like growths begin to form in their place.

If you sense any of these warning signs may present on your plants, go ahead and gently push your finger an inch or two down in to the soil. If the soil feels moist and wet, it is a strong indication that overwatering has occurred. If you’d like a more sophisticated way to measure soil, your local nursery or home improvement store sells accurate moisture meters. Insert these in the root ball and it will tell you how much water is in the soil.

How to Budget and Plan a New Residential Landscape

How To Plan and Budget a Residential Landscape Installation

New year, new beginnings! January is a perfect time to start planning your residential landscape for the year. As we list our New Year’s goals, start visualizing your dream landscape design.

We have listed some frequent residential landscape questions and answers to help you start planning your dream landscape for 2018, as well as a checklist to help you get your ideas formulated.

General questions to as yourself, before beginning a residential landscape project:

  • Where am I landscaping? The backyard, the front yard or both?
  • What piece of the landscaping project gets top priority?
  • What, if any, outdoor activities do I want to enjoy in my yard?
  • Do I have a deadline for this landscape project? Does it need to be installed within the next 3-6 months? The next 6-12 months?
  • Can my landscape project be completed in phases (Possible constraints such as availability of finances and/or weather conditions need to be considered in the timeline.

 

How much should I budget for residential landscaping installations?

When it comes to a landscape project, think of it as you would any other home remodel. The most expensive part of the installation is typically the hardscape. If your new landscape design requires a new driveway, walkways, patios, stone walkways, water fountains, or permanent planters – this will require approximately 60 to 70% of your budget.

The remaining 30 to 40% of your landscape budget will go to plants (consider all shrubs, flowers, and trees), irrigation (hopefully you are installing smart irrigation), mulch, grading, and drainage.

…Psst…look for local rebates for smart irrigation! Check out our article How To Renovate Your Yard (and Get Paid to Do It!)

You will want to check with your local nursery during the landscape budget planning stage as well. Find out when plants are in bloom – you will want to see them in bloom before you purchase a large amount. Then determine best availability for your choices, then the cost. If buying in bulk, you may be able to work a discount!

Is there an ideal time to begin a residential landscape installation?

Weather is typically mild for us in the California Bay area, so any time of year is a great time to start and complete a residential landscape project. If you don’t live here in the Bayscape Landscape service area, check out Farmers Almanac or hop on over to Yelp for local landscape designers or landscape maintenance companies.

No matter where you live, there are factors to be considered for determining the perfect timetable for your residential landscape project. First, when finances will be available. Second, if there are any major events happening at your home this year that required that landscape to be finished.

Ok, you are ready to get started!

If you have a completed design or are considering working with professional landscape designer, we would be happy to provide you with an estimate and guide you through the process! Head over to our contact page and drop us a line! We are happy to assist in your new residential landscape installation.

Smart Irrigation by Bayscape

Why Smart Irrigation Controllers are the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

California’s drought is now more than a regional story: coverage of the emergency conditions – and our response to them – spans from international news outlets to this week’s TIME magazine. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost 9 billion gallons of water is used every day in the United States for residential outdoor water use, primarily for landscape irrigation. The agency estimates that 50 percent of that water is wasted due to overwatering.

Fortunately, there are relatively simple measures you can take to save water that are friendly to the earth, healthier for your plants, and easy on your wallet. One of the newest technologies available to smaller-scale landscaping systems is smart-controlled irrigation systems. 

What are smart irrigation control systems, and how do they work?

Though smart-controlled irrigation systems have been used for many years on larger scales – like sprawling, 18-hole golf courses – the technology has recently become available for smaller properties and homeowners.

There are two types of smart controllers, climate-based and sensor-based, and they utilize your area’s weather and site conditions to manage irrigation needs. Instead of relying on you, or a programmed timer, to regulate your landscape’s irrigation needs, smart controllers customize water flow and frequency based on data like weather changes, soil moisture, slope, wind, and plant type.

How effective are they?

The Irrigation Association, which conducts third-party testing of smart controller irrigation products, says that pilot programs have shown a 20-40 percent annual savings over properties that utilize standard sprinkler systems. And the EPA, whose Watersense labeling program monitors and certifies smart controllers for efficiency and effectiveness, says the water savings amount to 8,800 annual gallons per household. The agency puts a big-picture perspective on the issue: if each household in the United States using traditional irrigation made the switch, we’d look at a $435 million and 120 billion-gallon savings nationwide. 

It’s important to have your smart irrigation system installed and maintained by professionals, so contact us today to learn how you can get started.

Bayscape Irrigates San Jose’s Emma Prusch Park!

Have you visited Emma Prusch Park in San Jose yet? We were honored to assist the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of California Rare Fruit Growers by installing the necessary irrigation upgrades to the Heritage Orchard, located in the park, to ensure the young distressed trees would make it for spring! The orchard teaches the public about growing delicious fruits in home gardens!

 

“As I visit the orchard in the spring, I see couples posing for a photo with a newborn against the background of a flowering peach. It makes my heart smile. Thank you for your support of our orchard!” – Yeffi Vanatta, SCV-CRFG