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July is Smart Irrigation Month: Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA)

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Smart Irrigation MonthThe Oklahoma Nursery and Landscape Association (ONLA) is celebrating Smart Irrigation Month by encouraging landscaping and irrigation businesses and their customers to save water, save money and see better results. 
 

nullONLA and the green industry is receiving support from the State of Oklahoma. On June 16th, Governor Mary Fallin proclaimed July of 2014 as "Smart Irrigation Month" in the State of Oklahoma. She made the same proclamation in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

 

ONLA proudly requested that Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett and Tulsa Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr. proclaim July, 2014 as "Smart Irrigation Month" in their respective cities. Both Mayors signed the proclamations in early June. This is the second year that ONLA has received the support of Mayor Cornett and Mayor Bartlett in this endeavor.

 

Smart Irrigation Month is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Focused on July, traditionally the month of peak demand for outdoor water use, the campaign highlights simple practices and innovative technologies to:

  • Make maintaining green spaces easy and convenient.  
  • Minimize overwatering while keeping lawns, gardens and landscapes beautiful and healthy. 
  • Save money on utility bills.
  • Help protect community water supplies for today and the future.  

Property owners and managers typically overwater, unintentionally wasting money every time they take out the hose or turn on the sprinklers. By selecting and planting carefully, watering wisely, and maintaining and upgrading automated irrigation systems, consumers can save money, save water and see better results.

 

ONLA, a supporter of smart water-saving practices, encourages our member companies and the people in the Tulsa area and throughout the state to obtainnull real results by:

  • Helping customers plant and maintain low water landscapes that will thrive in their climate and site conditions. 
  • Installing new irrigation systems that use real-time weather data and soil moisture sensors to automatically adjust watering to meet plant needs.  
  • Using low volume microirrigation to precisely apply very small amounts of water to gardens, trees and shrubs, minimizing evaporation and waste. 
  • Retrofitting existing systems with rain sensors that prevent watering in rainy weather. 
  • Helping customers program automatic controllers to comply with community watering restrictions while extracting maximum benefit from every drop of water. 
  • Auditing irrigation systems to make sure water is being using effectively and making necessary adjustments.
  • Identifying customer rebates from water utilities and other resources for water-efficient products. 
  • Encouraging customers to seek guidance from a qualified landscape designer or contractor or irrigation company to learn how to conserve water while maintaining a healthy and beautiful landscape.

For more information about how ONLA and our members can help homeowners, businesses and property managers, visit www.oknla.org. View our Member Business Directory for a landscaping or irrigation company in your area who can assist you in becoming more water-wise.

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Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Visit www.smartirrigationmonth.org to learn more.

 

ONLA, founded in 1926, is an association of businesses including wholesale nurseries and greenhouse operations, retail nurseries and greenhouse operations, landscape services from designing to building to maintaining, vegetable production, wineries, florists, cut flower, interior-scape, hardscape and turf industry and all companies that supply and service the green industry. ONLA is dedicated to bettering the green industry by means of education, political outreach, networking, environmental stewardship and fellowship.

 

The ONLA office is located at 400 N. Portland Avenue, Oklahoma City. Becky Sellers, the executive director, can be reached at 405.945.6737 for information about Smart Irrigation Month or ONLA and the services it provides.

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