How to Receive $1000 to Remove Your Lawn

The City of Lompoc, Ca will give homeowners living within the Lompoc city limits a rebate of $1000.00 to remove their lawn, install a drip system & install drought tolerant plants. The rebate can offset the price of hiring a contractor to do the work for you & Becky’s Creative Landscape & Design is the perfect business to hire for the job. BCLD specializes in drought tolerant landscape installations. Becky designs to your specifications & finds practical & beautiful solutions suited to your individual tastes. Hire a professional this time to get the job done right, before summer visitors are on your doorstep. Why not install a water saving creek bed where the rainwater can soak into your own water table beneath your property? It can be used later in the year by the plants in the yard. Becky knows the G-3 (Green Gardens Group) greengardensgroup.com method of using sheet mulches & skipping the glyphosate (Round-up) in the initial stage of landscaping. Becky & her team will complete your project on budget & on time.

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MWELO Certification

Becky Barritt has been certified by the Environmental Protection Agency for MWELO; Master Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance. This is California’s state ordinance that regulates the use of water in the landscape; residential & commercial. Currently anyone building a new home with 500 sq. feet of landscape area or building an addition which needs a permit will be required to complete the MWELO package which is a lot of paperwork, mathematical calculations, landscape & irrigation design.

Why not hire Becky to do your MWELO paperwork? She has been through 28 years of self-employment in the green industry, employing others & working hard. She can complete the whole package! Right now she can do residential landscape drawings. In the future she plans to do commercial design.

Becky is certified through G-3; The Green Gardens Group.

The Single Most Water-Wasting Error When Programming Hunter Irrigation Controllers

The single most water-wasting error when programming Hunter Irrigation controllers is putting in multiple start times within a program. Each Program; A, B, or C only needs one start time per program. If the controller is programmed for 4 start times under program A, then program A will run through 4 times. This is 4 times more water than you need. I think that people mistakenly think that each station needs a start time which is not the case. If one thinks of the programming like a family tree diagram then it might make it easier to understand. A,B, and C are at the bottom most part of the trunk and each program has the ability to run all 4 stations. When we give Program A one start time it cycles through all the stations that have minutes on them under Program A.

Let’s say I have a 4 station controller. If I want to water established lawn I would put it on Program A and run stations 1 and 2. Then a newly planted area would be on Program B and run stations 3 and 4. This way we can separate the two areas that need to be watered differently. Also, a new planting area can be watered twice per day by adding a second start time under Program B for the summer. Then when it cools down or the plants are a little more established, the second start time can be eliminated.

I like to use a black sharpie to mark the top of each sprinkler valve with numbers 1,2,3, and 4 and make them correspond to the station numbers on the controller. One can see the color of the wire that is attached to each sprinkler valve and match that up at the controller where the wires attach into the bottom of the controller. Use silver sharpie on black valves or a yellow crayon which is also used on wet surfaces. Yellow crayon can be purchased where they sell other items for marking brick pavers or concrete.

I also use an Excel spreadsheet to lay out all the information in an easily understood format and hang it by the controller which is usually in a garage. Its not necessary to put the controller in the garage and that’s usually the most inconvenient location. Outdoor controllers have a box built around them that is waterproof and has a key. Remote control units are very easy to use and cut down on running back and forth from the sprinkler area to the controller.

 

 

Peace Community Garden, Lompoc, Ca.

A new community garden has been started in Lompoc. It’s located at 1000 West Ocean Avenue on the Peace Lutheran Church property. It’s surrounded by fencing which helps keep animals out. It has been sponsored by the Beautification & Appearance Commission of Lompoc. Along with many volunteers Becky Barritt has been instrumental in developing the garden. She has utilized her equipment, time, money and employees to get the garden off the ground. Becky first designed the space to accommodate raised planters, tractor tire gardens, open ground areas and common areas. Mainly vegies, herbs and edible flowers will be planted. Ornamental plants like lavender and marigolds have also been welcomed.

“In under a year we have turned an unused space into something practical, beautiful and user friendly. We even have some tractor tires ready to plant.” said Becky.

The three goals of the garden are to:

  1. Grow organically
  2. Create community
  3. Become healthier

We hope to have a handi-capped accessible walkway to the garden from the parking lot.

We also hope to meet at the garden for educational classes.

50 Ways to Kill your Gophers

One of my favorite movies is Caddyshack with Bill Murray. Now I laugh at myself as I begin to undertake the same challenge Bill Murray had in the 80’s popular movie. Gophers and other burrowing rodents are a recurring problem in our area. Lompoc, Ca is surrounded by farm fields so the invasion of gophers, packrats. moles and other rodents is non-stop. There are however, several ways to control them without blowing up the entire golf course or killing the golfers!

There may be 50 ways to attempt to kill rodents but I have narrowed them down to a few effective strategies. Gophers are the #1 enemy since we seem to encounter more damage from these critters than anything else especially in sandy soils. Gophers eat plants, roots, push soil up and create tunnels and dens that become holes which drain away precious water and soil from the base of our plants. If you ever see plants disappearing underground you can be sure its a hungry gopher. They can be prevented somewhat by using gopher wire which is actually a galvanized aviary wire. This wire is laid on top of the ground then secured with sod pins. However, it only prevents them from pushing soil up wards. They can still burrow underneath and eat plants and roots. Gopher repellant in the form of castor oil or granulated castor oil is effective also. Gophers don’t like the smell or taste of it. Castor oil is non-toxic to pets. Poisons delivered underground can be effective also but not 100% safe if a pet is around. I think the most effective treatment is carbon monoxide delivered underground into the new tunnels. Carbon monoxide will kill all rodents that are underground; usually in one treatment. If there are multiple rodents or established colonies then it will most likely take more treatments. Call or text 805-331-3483 or email Becky at beckys.landscape@verizon.net for an estimate.

A review from William Koseluk, a Lompoc resident and customer of Becky’s Creative Landscape & Design

January 2015

This is a first rate, fantastic landscape artist!  If you have heavy lifting, moving, she and her crew will do it.  We had tons of messy things that needed to be done.  No problem.  She moves mountains, takes out thatch, takes out dead trees, trims, prunes… etcetera!!  And when she was waiting around… she neatened up our junk!  Way beyond expectations. She’s creative! She brings a complete knowledge of plant materials – she knows about what works and doesn’t around here.  She’ll advise what to plant and the results are beautiful.

And the best part…  her prices are EXTREMELY reasonable.  I would recommend her for any and all your landscaping needs.

LVBHS Plant Sale Fundraiser Coming Soon!

The Annual Plant Sale Fundraiser is set for April 19th 2015. It will be at the Union Bank on N. H in Lompoc, Ca. again. There will be more details to come.