Yard Summer Spruce Up

Stay on top of yard maintenance and prevent overwatering

Overwatering can carry litter, oil, dog poop and lawn fertilizers into local streams and lakes. Getting your outdoor irrigation under control makes a big difference in protecting our community – but it also saves you time, money, and keeps your lawn looking beautiful!

Signs of an Overwatered Lawn

  • Soggy/Muddy yard
  • Water pooling in your yard
  • Brown spots in grass
  • Overgrowth of weeds
  • Unwanted bugs and pests
  • Water flowing into the street from your home

Effects of Overwatering

  • On Your Yard
    • Plants and grass are more susceptible to disease and insect damage
    • Added maintenance time and money for weeding and re-seeding/re-planting
    • Weakens grass and plant root systems
    • Weeds thrive and take over yard
    • Lawn treatments like fertilizer get washed away
  • On the Environment
    • Pollute local rivers and lakes
    • Threaten aquatic life
    • Harm microorganisms and wildlife

Spruce Up Checklist

Follow these steps to stop overwatering at the source!

  • Use a moisture meter 6-8 inches into the soil to see if your yard if receiving too much water
  • Water before sunrise or after sunset for better absorption
  • Reschedule or stop sprinklers if a rain event occurs
  • Shorten your watering cycle
    Water in shorter intervals to allow your lawn to soak up the water
  • Space out watering days
    Too many consecutive watering days decrease the amount of water your yard can absorb. Stagger your watering schedule to help your green space thrive and reduce water waste.
  • Check your sprinkler heads for broken or leaky irrigation. Click here for detailed instructions on how to conduct this check.
    For help finding a licensed landscaper, visit the California Landscape Contractor Association website
  • Contact your local plumber or water district for leak detection
  • Still seeing signs of overwatering? Visit this link to learn other ways you could be impacting stormwater pollution at home

Additional Resources

Learn about rebates for sprinkler nozzles, grass replacement, rain barrels, smart controllers, water-saving upgrades, and more

Review gardening and rainwater harvesting resources here

Learn about water efficient landscape design

Love Your Neighborhood: This action-ready stormwater pollution prevention initiative aims to empower cities, community groups and residents to increase pollution awareness and its impact on the environment through local cleanup efforts. Organize or sign up for a cleanup today to get involved!

Check In and WIN!

Perform your own Yard Summer Spruce Up to prevent overwatering for a chance to win a smart watering system! Two smart watering systems valued at $199 will be given away on the last day of summer (September 22, 2024). All personal information will remain confidential.

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Maybe you’ve completed the checklist and changed your watering habits, checked your sprinkler heads for leaks, or called a plumber to fix a leak
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We’ll need to let you know if you won! All entries will also be added to the Riverside County Watershed Protection’s semi-monthly newsletter with updates on other giveaways and ways you can have a positive impact on protecting clean local waterways.
Everyone who completes the form will be entered for a chance to win a smart watering system (valued at $199)! Drawing will be held September 22nd 2024, the last day of Summer and winners will be notified via email shortly afterwards. Only first name will be used on the Spruce Up Map.
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See Other Spruce Ups in Your Area
Below are Riverside County residents who have committed to a Spruce Up. Fill out the form above to join in on the efforts to prevent runoff pollution for a chance to win a smart watering system to help kickstart even more spruce ups. 

Call your local jurisdiction for further assistance

City of Murrieta (951) 304-2489

City of Temecula (951) 308-6387

City of Wildomar (951) 677-7751 ext. 5

County of Riverside (951) 955-1200

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