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Lawn Watering Infoline - September 12

Welcome to the lawn watering infoline. Based on current weather conditions, your lawn needs approximately one and a quarter inches of water this week. Temperatures in the 90s are forecasted followed by a chance of rain in the upcoming days, so please keep this in mind when adjusting your watering times.

Different sprinklers apply water at different rates, but as an approximate guideline, you would need to run standard spray sprinklers a total of about 50 minutes for the week.  Rotating sprinklers tend to apply water much more slowly, so would need to run around 120 minutes over the course of the week to apply this same amount of water.  If you have multiple stream rotors, you may need to run them longer.
 
To determine how long to run sprinklers each watering day, divide the total minutes we’ve given by the number of days you will be sprinkling this week.  For example, if you water 3 days per week, you would run spray sprinklers for 17 minutes to apply the needed amount of water.  Rotating sprinklers would need to run 40 minutes on each watering day.

Additionally, instead of applying all the water in one cycle, consider breaking it up into three shorter cycles separated by an hour or so. That would mean running spray sprinklers 6 minutes each cycle and rotating sprinklers for 13 minutes.  This will help the water absorb into our tight heavy clay soils.  

To help you make the most of your watering, also consider the following tips: 

Try to run your sprinklers before the sun comes out.  If you can complete your watering by 6 a.m., your sprinklers won’t have to compete with other water uses, and can also take advantage of the lowest temperatures of the day.  If you prefer evening sprinkling, wait until at least 9 p.m. when it has started to get cooler, and breezes have died down.

In addition to adjusting your irrigation times, remember to give your sprinkler system an occasional checkup.  If you haven't observed your system operating lately, turn it on and make sure sprinklers are all facing the right direction and functioning properly.  Areas served by drip systems need maintenance too, which may include adding more or larger emitters as plants grow.

Using these tips, we hope you’ll find that you can maintain a beautiful, healthy landscape while using water wisely.  
 

As a reminder, if you are a Medford Water Commission customer, we offer a Free Sprinkler Survey, in which we provide an overall assessment of your sprinkler system and make recommendations for any improvements. For more information about this free service, visit Sprinkle Smart.
 
For a guide to help you schedule your sprinkling, you can download our Sample Lawn Watering Schedule or call 541-774-2435 to have a copy mailed to you.

There is a wealth of information on conservation and landscaping on the website, which we hope you will find helpful. If you have any questions or comments, or would like more information, email us or call 541-774-2435.

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