Rain Bird giveaway offers chance for golf getaway

As part of its Three Course Giveaway contest, Rain Bird, a leading manufacturer and provider of irrigation products and services, is offering a golf trip for one winner and three friends to three championship courses – Bandon Dunes in Oregon, Pebble Beach in northern California and Pelican Hill in southern California.

Other prizes include a set of Callaway Golf Clubs and a new Rain Bird automatic sprinkler system for the lawn. To enter, click here.

Golf course irrigation experts at Rain Bird made some recommendations for summer lawn care:
-Let grass grow taller. Taller grass absorbs more sunlight, competes better with weeds and develops deeper root systems, which require less water, according to Rain Bird.
-Check sprinklers periodically. Clogged sprinkler heads or broken lines cause landscape problems and can increase the water bill.
-Consider using a “smart” sprinkler timer with water-saving features such as multiple start times, water budgeting, rain delay and automatic shut-off.
-Irrigate the lawn only when necessary. Rain Bird recommends 1 to 11/2 inches of water per week for lawns. To prevent losing water to evaporation, irrigate in the early morning hours.
-Adjust sprinkler systems to ensure they don’t water driveways or sidewalks. The sprinkler head should spray large droplets of water rather than a fine mist to prevent evaporation and wind drift.
-Consider drip irrigation for individual trees, flowerbeds, potted containers or other non-grassy areas. By applying water directly to the roots, drip irrigation decreases water waste from evaporation or runoff.

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