Drought Contingency Plan

The State of California has extended and modified the emergency drought regulations. The modified regulations took effect June 1, 2016 and have been extended through January 2017.

Effective July 5, 2016, the City of Huntington Beach adopted

Level 1 Water Restrictions.

  • Use of automated irrigation is limited to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
  • Irrigation is prohibited between 9 am and 5 pm.
  • Irrigation is limited to no more than 10 minutes per day per station.
  • No excessive water runoff from irrigation onto sidewalks or streets.
  • No watering during or 48 hours after measurable rainfall.
  • Washing down hard or paved surfaces is prohibited.
  • Leaks must be repaired within 72 hours of notification.

– See more at: http://surfcity-hb.org/hbwater/#sthash.PiiBCUWV.dpuf

Benefits of Using Wood Chips as Mulch!

According to Washington State University, ​studies have found wood chips to be one of the best performers in terms of moisture retention, temperature moderation, weed control, and sustainability.

Wood chips are economically practical choices.  Unlike uniformly textured sawdust and bark mulches, arborist wood chips include bark, wood, and often leaves the chemical and physical diversity of these materials resists the compaction often found in sawdust and bark mulches. 

Additionally, the materials vary in their size and decomposition rate, creating a more diverse environment that houses a diversity of microbes, insects and other organisms. 

A biologically diverse soil community is more resistant to environmental disturbance and will in turn support a diverse and healthy plant population.  Thus, wood chips supply nutrients slowly to the system; at the same time they absorb significant amounts of water that is slowly released to the soil. It is not surprising that wood chips have been cited as superior mulches for enhanced plant productivity. 

Wood chips have been especially effective in helping establish trees and native plants in urban and disturbed environments.

References: Washington State University