Since its incorporation in 1960, the unprecedented growth of San Dimas has transformed the City from an essentially rural area to a well-balanced community offering industrial, commercial, and residential living. In addition to the 1,700 acre Frank G. Bonelli Recreational Area which lies within the City boundaries, there are many parks such as San Dimas Canyon Park, a city-owned golf course (San Dimas Canyon Golf Club), and over 27 miles of equestrian trails for riding. The city services include an extensive recreational program for youth and for senior citizens, and the City boasts a new modern City Hall, with excellent provisions made for County Sheriff and Fire Departments, along with a fine Los Angeles County Library and Engineering Regional Office.
Water Efficient Landscapes
On January 17, 2014, Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed the State of Emergency in the State of California due to severe drought conditions, and on April 25, 2014, the Governor declared a continued State of Emergency to exist throughout the State due to the ongoing drought. Subsequently, on April 1, 2015, the Governor issued Executive Order B-29-15 (See Exhibit A) to impose restrictions to achieve a statewide 25% reduction in potable urban water usage through February 28, 2016.
Click HERE for a Drought Tolerant Landscape Guide for areas of less than 500 square feet.
- Use less-than-thirsty plants in your garden. Saves you 30-60 gallons / each time you water / 1,000 sq. ft.! Keep turf grass, the thirstiest plant of all, to a minimum. Look for plants that are well-suited to regional and local conditions.
- Group plants thoughtfully. When selecting trees, shrubs, ground covers, perennials, and annuals for your garden, look for those that naturally grow together and use the same amount of water.
- Use water wisely. Water plants only when needed, not by the clock or calendar. Water at night or early in the morning, when evaporation is much lower and the air is calmer (Save: 25 gallons / each time you water). Checking your sprinklers frequently and adjust to avoid runoff and overspray. Saves you 12-15 gallons / each time you water! Choose a water-efficient irrigation system, such as drip irrigation for your trees, shrubs, and flowers. Saves you 15 gallons / each time you water!
- Improve your soil. Routinely cultivate your soil, incorporating organic matter such as compost. Doing so improves the soil’s ability to resist evaporation and retain moisture. Aerate heavy or compacted soil around trees.
- Mulch. Saves you 20-30 gallons / each time you water / 1,000 sq. ft.! A two- to four-inch layer of mulch also evens out temperature extremes, keeps the soil cool on hot days and warm on cool days. It also prevents soil from crusting, allowing better water penetration. Take a cue from nature and choose one of many organic mulches that add great visual texture to your landscape, such as shredded bark or chips, wood grindings, compost, aged sawdust, or even low-growing ground cover. Inorganic mulches, such as gravel or rock, let the most water in and are frequently used with plants susceptible to crown rot.
- Plant trees. Tree shade helps to lower air and soil temperatures, reducing plant and soil moisture loss.
- Group container plants. Arrange containers so they shade one another. During droughts or periods of drying winds, place them in the deepest shade they can tolerate. Wet the entire rootball; double pot by setting small pots inside larger ones with a layer of sand or gravel between. Top-dress pots with a layer of mulch over the soil.
Rancho Santa Ana Botanical Garden – Located in Claremont, a massive demonstration garden of California Natives with many resources for the local gardener including extensive classes and a large annual plant sale.
Chino Basin Water Conservation District – Visit their demonstration garden in Montclair.
Metropolitan Water District – A long-time supporter of water-wise practices. They offer useful information on water-wise gardening and practical water conservation in general.
U.C Davis Agriculture and Natural Resources – An extensive web site of general information for both gardeners and agriculture. There is extensive help for watering, pest management, and many other topics. This is also the sponsor and home site for the Master Gardeners program.