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October 2009 • Edition 9.40

Kevin's Korner

Fall is here! October is when we see our first true days of autumn.  We can plant year-round in Southern California and fall is one of the best times of year to work in your yard! Besides the days growing shorter with less daylight to work in your gardens, the soil is still warm and the rainy season is near.  Optimum growing conditions for many cool season plants!

We’ve started our cool season veggies and flowers or are preparing to plant them. As the weather continues to get cooler, it is the optimum time to start your cool season lawn or over-seed your warm season lawn with Pennington Annual Ryegrass Seed or another cool season grass such as Marathon Tall or Dwarf fescue Seed.

FALL IS FOR PLANTING WILDFLOWERS! Wildflowers not only give beauty and sweet fragrant smells to your landscape, but they also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Wildflowers work great as an erosion control method on hills and slopes and look great too! California Poppy and Hummingbird Butterfly Mixture are two great varieties to choose from.

Attention Grangetto's Customers! Grangetto’s is improving it’s website to help you run your business!

  1. Pay Online (Online Bill Pay) - now you can make a check payment on your Grangetto’s account online. Benefits include:

    • Convenience of not writing checks
    • Eliminates postage costs and the risk of late payments
    • Make a payment without being in the office
    • Make a payment on your own time schedule
    • You will have 24 hour access to the website

  2. Pay by Phone (Electronic Funds Transfer) – you can make a payment on your Grangetto’s account by phone without sending us a check. Even if you do not have a home computer, you can still make a payment from home.


Go to and click on ONLINE BILL PAY

Manager's Corner

Rebates now available for weather-based irrigation contollers and rotating nozzles

logoThe regional SoCal Water$mart program relaunched Monday, September 21, for residential customers. Residential water customers are those living in houses or apartments, townhomes, condominiums or mobile home complexes with four or less dwellings that are NOT represented by a homeowners association or property management company.

Product Description Rebate Amount
Weather-Based Irrigation Controllers (WBICs)
- Properties less than one acre irrigated landscape
- Properties over one acre irrigated landscape


$25.00* per station

Rotating nozzles and pressure regulating
sprinkler heads
$4.00* per set

SoCal Water$mart Rebate Guidelines

  1. Rebate reservations are no longer required.
  2. Select a device from the list of qualified models. Ask a sales associate or visit
  3. Mail signed rebate application form, a copy of the water bill and the original sales receipt to the program office.
  4. Application documents must be postmarked no later than 45 days after purchase.
  5. Devices for which a rebate is issued are subject to an on-site verification.
  6. Rebate funds are limited and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is depleted or May 31, 2010, whichever comes first.

Level 2 Drought Alert: Mandatory water-use restrictions
Drought conditions, diminished water storage levels, and regulatory restrictions on water deliveries from Northern California have combined to severely limit water supplies in San Diego.

To help achieve the required reduction in regional water use, the San Diego County Water Authority Board has declared a Level 2 "Drought Alert" condition. This action enables the Water Authority's 24 local water agencies to adopt mandatory conservation measures for residents and businesses, such as use restrictions or tiered water rates that charge more for excessive water use. For a detailed list of mandatory conservation measures in your area, visit:

Contact your local water agency or visit the following resources for more information:

Local water agencies' supplemental rebate funding

SoCal Water$mart program rebate amounts may vary depending on local water agency participation. Local agencies have the option to add funding and increase rebate amounts for their customers. Rebates will be issued on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is depleted or May 31, 2010, whichever comes first. Please note: local water agency funding may be depleted before the Metropolitan Water District or SDG&E.


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