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Lawn Watering Infoline - May 20

Welcome to the lawn watering infoline. Based on current weather conditions, your lawn only needs about a 1/4 inch of water this week. The forecast is for a chance of rain in the coming week, so you can reduce your watering times given here if the rain occurs.

If you would like your system to shut off automatically when adequate rain is received, consider installing a rain shutoff device. This simple addition to your sprinkler system can help save water and eliminate manually turning off the sprinklers every time it rains. These devices can be especially useful in our area during the spring and fall, when occasional precipitation often makes sprinkling unnecessary.
Different sprinklers apply water at different rates, but as an approximate guideline, you would need to run standard spray sprinklers a total of about 10 minutes for the week.  Regular rotor sprinklers tend to apply water more slowly, so they need to run around 24 minutes over the course of the week to apply this same amount of water. And if you have multiple stream rotators, you will need to run them even longer, for 38 minutes total over 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 3 days this week, you would need to run spray sprinklers for 3 minutes each watering day to apply the needed amount of water.  Rotating sprinklers would need to run 8 minutes for each of the 3 watering days and multi-stream rotators 13 minutes each day you water.
Please keep in mind this information applies to lawns only. Shrub areas need less water than lawns, and usually benefit from less frequent, deep watering.  
To help you make the most of your watering, also consider the following tips:
Schedule your sprinklers to run before the sun comes out.  If you complete your 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.

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.

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 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.

We hope you find this information to be helpful. If you have any questions or comments, or would like more information, call 541-774-2435.
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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