Lawn Watering Infoline - April 16
Welcome to the Lawn Watering Infoline. Spring is a great time to be aerating your lawn. This will better enable moisture to get in the soil both now and into the summer.
During the springtime, it is often confusing when you need to start watering. Your plants do need more water now than in the winter. However, at this time of the year the soil tends to still be moist from rain, since the cool rainy days usually offset the warm, dry days.
After several warm dry days, your lawn may need some water. Check your soil to see if it still has sufficient moisture left from previous rains. Inexpensive moisture meters are available that can make it easy to determine when soil is dry. Alternatively, you can check for moisture in the soil by probing with a screwdriver. It should move through moist soil easily, to a depth of four to six inches. You can also walk through the grass and check for footprints. Grass blades will spring back more quickly when there is ample moisture, rather than when it is dry.
You may find that you donít need to irrigate at all yet. However, if your soil is dry, your lawn could use up to 1-1/3 inches of water this week. Check our website and click on the Sprinkle Smart. link on the left hand side, which gives watering tips on how to schedule your sprinkling. For those who already fertilized early, you may need to water in the fertilizer, but in future years, we suggest you hold off on fertilizing until May.
Remember that when you turn your sprinklers on in the spring, you should give your system a checkup. Make sure sprinklers are facing the right direction and all components are functioning properly. Trim plants that are obstructing spray patterns or move obstructed sprinklers. Check your drip systems too. Make sure emitters havenít become clogged, add more or larger emitters for plants that have grown and be sure the filters are clean.
Learn more about starting-up your sprinklers at: Spring Start-Up of Sprinkler Systems.
Or, you can call us at 541-774-2435 to request a mailed copy.
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.