Mission Viejo, CA 92692
Please review and reduce your irrigation if you have water running out of your property into the Association’s common area street gutters. This is not only unsightly and expensive to you but can pose a slip and fall hazard for your neighbors.
As California enters its third dry year, Governor Jerry Brown officially declared a drought emergency on January 17, 2014. Recently, UC Berkeley paleoclimatologist B. Lynn Ingram noted that 2013 “could potentially be the driest water year in 500 years”.
With the absence of any significant rainfall and snowpack, we can expect the local, regional and state water authorities to implement voluntary and mandated irrigation reductions as it relates to ornamental landscapes. Fortunately, Stoneridge Mission Viejo has a very sophisticated irrigation system that responds to daily weather changes. This system helps us manage the irrigation water more efficiently than many other communities. However, if mandated restrictions are implemented, compliance will have dramatic effects on the both the health and aesthetics of the landscape.
Along with the potential water restrictions brought on by drought, there are adverse elements that are inherent to the local soils that also add to the challenge of maintaining healthy plant materials. The reclaimed water we use for irrigation with its trace elements, slowly contributes to these conditions over time also. Therefore, we rely on average rainfall to “leach” or help cleanse the soil on annual basis to keep the adverse elements in check. As we enter our third dry year, it is now common to see salinity levels rise to the point where they are beginning to cause noticeable damage to the landscape environment. Without any significant rainfall this winter or spring, we can expect to see the turf and plant materials stressed more than they normally are in the summer months.
As we look towards the potential for water restrictions, we will continue to strive to keep the irrigation system in its best operating condition. However, you can expect to see the turf and plant material struggle to remain vibrant as long as we are in a drought.