• Rain and Snowpack Bring Drought Relief to California

    Rain and Snowpack Bring Drought Relief to CaliforniaAfter living for five years in a drought of historic proportions, Californians are finally seeing relief from a dry spell that some thought might never end. A year ago, more than 90 percent of the state was in some level of drought. Today, thanks to weeks of record-setting rain and heavy snowpack in the north, less than 20 percent of the state is facing drought conditions. Furthermore, no part of the state is experiencing “extreme” or “exceptional” drought conditions.

    In Santa Barbara, the massive Cachuma Lake reservoir rose a remarkable 31 feet in February following days of intense rain. Earlier this season, the reservoir had fallen to just seven percent of its capacity, raising concerns that it could no longer function as a regional water supply.

    Meanwhile, in Northern California, the Sierra Nevada snowpack is at nearly twice its normal level. In fact, the region hasn’t had this much snow since 1993. This snowpack is a crucial component of California’s drought relief, providing roughly 30 percent of the state’s annual water supply.

    The State Water Resources Control Board hasn’t ended its emergency drought restrictions yet, but they have pledged to revisit the restrictions in May. If the current weather trends persist, it’s becoming increasingly likely that we will see an end to water restrictions throughout much, if not all, of the state.

    With California’s drought finally coming to an end, there’s never been a better time to revitalize your lawn with fresh California sod. We source our sod from farms all over Southern California, so it can be delivered right to your door within 24 hours of being harvested. We also (depending on your area) offer over a dozen sod varieties to suit the unique needs of each of our customers, including drought tolerant sods, native sods and alternative sods. Give us a call or contact us online today to learn more.

  • Autumn Rains Relieve Drought Conditions in California

    Autumn Rains Relieve Drought Conditions in CaliforniaNearly three years ago, California state officials issued a drought emergency which is still in effect today. Living for years with restrictions on watering lawns, filling pools, and even flushing toilets has been exhausting, but we have some good news. According to NBC, almost ¼ of The Golden State has been able to lower their drought restrictions thanks to heavy autumn rains.

    If you’ve spent much time Southern California, you know that rainy days are few and far between. There are only about 36 days of rain per year in Los Angeles. That’s compared to about 113 days of precipitation in New York City.

    The rains that have hit Northern California may have ended the drought for certain parts of the state, but some water officials are skeptical that the reprieve will last. One wet autumn does not make up for years of drought. But, this is the first time in more than three years that this much of the state is not under drought restrictions.

    For the most part, residents have been taking the drought in stride—opting for drought-resistant plants in their yards, replacing their old toilets in favor of new models that use less water, and conserving water usage overall. While this has been a frustrating few years for people who have especially large lawns to maintain, the lifting of drought regulations in Northern California is a good sign that perhaps the worst of the drought is behind us.

    If you live in Southern California and want to give your lawn a makeover with fresh, locally-grown sod, contact us at Sod Lawn today. We have drought-resistant sod options that can be resilient if the dry weather continues. In the meantime, we’ll continue to hope for more precipitation in the near future.

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