Summer has arrived, perhaps a bit early this year, and we're lucky enough to be experiencing Victoria's temperate "dry season". Many people are surprised to find out that southern Vancouver Island usually has at least a six-week drought each summer, with only the occasional rain shower. Some of us who grew up back east, on the prairies or--like me--in the southern United States, still can't quite get used to the very enjoyable lower heat and humidity and cool evenings that are normal for much of July to September. We may also miss those refreshing and dramatic afternoon thunderstorms ... but, you can't have everything!
Our grass actually has its dormant period in the summer instead of the winter, so many people choose not to water their lawns and just accept a short period of brown grass. For those who want to keep the lush green look, the Capital Regional District's Stage 1 watering schedule is now in effect. Basically that means that lawn watering is allowed from 4-10 am and 7-10 pm on Wednesdays and Saturdays for even-numbered street addresses and on Thursdays and Sundays for odd-numbered addresses.
Stage 1 also allows the following:
- Established trees, shrubs, vegetable and flower gardens may be watered by hand using a hose with a shut-off device or with a hand-held container, or a micro/drip irrigation system, on any day at any time.
- Established trees, shrubs, vegetable and flower gardens may be watered with a sprinkler on any day, but only during the hours of 4:00 am to 10:00 am and 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
- A person who has installed a new lawn, either newly seeded or new sod, may apply to the Capital Regional District for a Permit, which will allow the new lawn to be sprinkled with water outside of permitted days, but within restricted hours (Seed 49 days, Sod 21 days).