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2014 Spring & Summer Newsletter

Our New President Continues to Focus on Water Conservation

Spring is our favorite time of year here at Cagwin & Dorward.  The weather is getting warmer, the trees are in bloom and your landscape is starting to grow, and look beautiful again. 

In my first spring as President, CEO, and COO, I will continue to lead the company towards our goals of providing exceptional service to our customers, maintaining a positive and safe workplace, as well as continuing our focus on environmental stewardship and water conservation.

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Drought Response from Local Water Districts

The large storms over the last few weeks have brought much needed rain to many communities in the Bay Area, but both rainfall and reservoir levels are still well below average. In late January the state Department of Water Resources announced that many water districts will be getting no water through the state water project.

Water districts across the state are asking for anything from 10% voluntary reductions, to mandating up to 30% reductions in water use.   

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Two Simple Things to Help Prepare your Landscape for Drought

Overwhelmed when considering upgrading your irrigation system? Landscape renovation and turf reduction not in the budget right now? Are you looking for a quick, cost-effective way to help prepare your landscape for the warm summer months? The following two suggestions are quick, budget-friendly actions you can take right now.

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Stunning Succulents

With the 2014 drought fully upon us, many are thinking about renovating a water-hogging landscape. Your Cagwin & Dorward team has a beautiful suggestion for you. When you want attractive plants that use little water, consider the gorgeous pallet of colors, shapes, and textures available with succulents.

Succulents are desert plants that do well in the inland bay area’s Mediterranean climates. Most succulents typically do not need special soil amendments, but prefer well-drained soil, dry conditions, and many need to be protected from frost.

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Lawns: How to Live With Them or do Without

It is said that the feelings we have of the savannah are imprinted on our DNA from our species’ evolution in Africa. In our more recent history, the vast rolling plains of turf at European estates were seen as a sign of affluence, high-caste, and success. These are all strong emotional influences, and may explain why we are drawn to turf in our landscapes. However, in California, or any Mediterranean climate, and especially in light of current drought conditions, large lawns may not be the responsible choice.

The truth is that cool season turf grass takes a large amount of water to stay healthy –about 35-gallons per square foot, per year.

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