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Rain gauge serves as garden’s measuring stick

A plastic rain gauge, available at most home improvement centers or nurseries, allows you to keep track of just how much moisture fell on your landscape.
A plastic rain gauge, available at most home improvement centers or nurseries, allows you to keep track of just how much moisture fell on your landscape. Sacramento Bee file

This is part of a weekly feature in Home & Garden, highlighting ways residents can save water.

▪  Get a rain gauge.

OK, this passive device may not have seemed that necessary during California’s prolonged drought. But it serves as a visual reminder of just how much water your garden received during a storm. Because rainfall can vary greatly in the greater Sacramento area, a rain gauge gives you a definitive answer to how much rain fell on your garden. If you get an inch of rain from one storm or accumulated during a week, turn off outdoor irrigation for at least seven days.

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Debbie Arrington

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