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Lawn Watering Infoline - October 11, 2017

Hello and welcome to the Lawn Watering Infoline.  Today is Wednesday October 11th. Fall is the perfect time to fertilize your lawn before you turn off your sprinkler system for the winter. It is always best to use a slow release fertilizer to feed turf grass. Apply enough fertilizer to give the lawn at least one pound of actual nitrogen, the first number of the fertilizer formula on the fertilizer bag. If you need help understanding how much to apply, ask your local nursery or feel free to call us at (541) 774-2435.
 
Based on current weather conditions, turf grass needs three quarters of an inch of water this week.  Additionally, the weather forecast is calling for temperatures to remain cool over the next week, so monitor your lawn and adjust your sprinkling accordingly.
 
Different sprinklers apply water at different rates, but as an approximate guideline, you would need to run standard spray sprinklers a total of about 30 minutes for the week.  Rotors apply water more slowly, so they need to run around 73 minutes over the course of the week to apply the same amount of water.  If you have multi-stream rotators, you need to run those for 114 minutes for the week.
 
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 2 days per week, you would run spray sprinklers for 15 minutes each watering day to apply the needed amount of water.  Typical rotors would need to run 36 minutes on each watering day and multi-stream rotators for 57 minutes each watering day.
 
Additionally, instead of applying all the water in one cycle, break up the watering into three shorter cycles separated by an hour or so. That would mean running spray sprinklers 5 minutes each cycle, rotor sprinklers for 12 minutes and multi-stream rotators 19 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:
 
Run your sprinklers before the sun comes out.  If you complete watering before 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.
 
As a reminder, if you are a Medford Water Commission customer, we offer a Free Sprinkler Checkup in which we provide an overall evaluation of your sprinkler system and make recommendations for any improvements. Call 541.774.2436 to set up an appointment.

For a guide to help you schedule your sprinkling, you can download our Sample Lawn Watering Schedule from our website at medfordwater.org or call 541.774.2436 to have a copy mailed to you.

Thank you for being mindful of your water use. Using these tips, we hope you’ll find that you can maintain a beautiful, healthy landscape while using water wisely


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