Sheet mulching is an easy, affordable, and aesthetically-pleasing way to get rid of your water-hogging lawn once and for all. The layers of cardboard, compost, and mulch prevent weeds from growing, provide nutrients for the plants you want, and prevent the topsoil from drying out. Read on to find a simple step-by-step guide to sheet mulching.
Water is everywhere. We use it daily and it’s the key ingredient in making almost everything that we use. If you are a regular reader of our blog, you know that everyday objects such as paper, gasoline, shoes, t-shirts, phones, and jeans require a surprising amount of water to manufacture. It probably doesn’t surprise you to know that making beer also requires a lot of water. For breweries, water is everything.
Did you know that about 95% of the water entering our homes goes down the drain? This can be attributed to leaving the tap on while brushing your teeth, over-watering plants, or using leaky faucets. Regardless, it is important to become more involved in reducing our water usage, as water is a limited resource that shouldn’t be taken for granted.
With the upcoming Day Without Water on October 10, San Jose Water is really looking at the value of water in our lives. We use it every single day, whether it’s to drink, clean, or cook. But have you ever wondered what else we need water for?
If there’s one trendy craze that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon, it’s sparkling water. This summer season, you can definitely expect to see more brands and flavors of sparkling water hitting the shelves in your local supermarket. The rise of the carbonated water craze is perfect for those who may not be drinking enough water or want a little bit of extra flavor in their beverages. However, those refreshing drinks can get expensive, especially if you’re relying on them for a source of hydration.
One thing that we love about San Jose is the variety of beautiful scenery there is in and around the city. It shouldn’t be a secret that one of our favorite places to visit is the unique Coyote Creek Trail that runs right along Coyote Creek River. With water running a total of 63.6 miles, a majority of it right through San Jose, the Coyote Creek Trail makes for the perfect place to spend time with nature.
Summer is quickly approaching and we are gearing towards another high-usage water month. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), water demand is 2-4 times higher during the summer than it is the rest of the year. This summer, we want to encourage San Jose residents to be mindful of water conservation. Playing around water and using it to cool off is great, but there are still ways to be water smart. Here’s a quick guide to some water smart summer activities that you may enjoy.
The easy answer is that it comes from the sky. But, where does your water really come from? Surprisingly, California residents enjoy water from all over the state depending on the area in which you live. As a whole, about 30% of California’s total water supply comes from groundwater. This number goes up to about 60% during a drought.