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Watering Recommendations

Watering Information for the Week of July 8 through July 14:

Local weather data combined with plant water needs are used to develop a general watering guide to assist the community with scheduling their sprinklers throughout the summer months. Recommendations are updated weekly during the watering season.
Tip of the Week

Tip of the Week for July 8 through July 14:
Encourage deep watering by allowing water to penetrate 6-8 inches into the soil. To do this, utilize the 'cycle and soak' watering method by splitting your watering run times in half and running your irrigation twice, separating the two run sessions by at least an hour. This will allow the soil to become more permeable to water on the second watering session, which in turn will send the water deeper, and your plants roots with it. 

Weekly Watering Recommendations

Weekly Overview for the Week of July 8 through July 14:

Itís going to be sunny and hot this week. Expect temperatures in the high 90į to low 100į all week.

If you are unsure whether your landscape needs water, try using a soil moisture meter to check to see if there is still water in the soil.  You can pick one up for FREE in our office.  If you find that your soil has dried out and you didnít receive any rain, then follow the recommended watering schedule below for watering during this time of year, but remember, you do not need to water when it is raining.

     Weekly Watering Needs 1.91 inches per week for lawn and 0.96 inches per week for water-wise plants. To apply this amount of water, follow the sample watering guide below. 
     Lawn Watering with Sprays or Rotors

     Standard pop-up sprays  76 minutes for the week*
     Standard rotating sprinklers  183 minutes for the week*
     Multi-Stream Rotors (aka MP Rotators)  287 minutes for the week*
     Shrub Watering with Sprays or Rotors

     Standard pop-up sprays 38 minutes for the week*
     Standard rotating sprinklers 92 minutes for the week*
     Multi-Stream Rotors (aka MP Rotators) 144 minutes for the week*
     Shrub Watering with Drip & Micro-sprays

     Low Volume Drip System 190-200 minutes per week*
     Micro-Sprays & Bubblers 110-120 minutes for the week*
*Divide the total time per week by the number of watering days. Example: 60 minutes per week divided by three watering days is approx. 20 minutes per watering day. If runoff occurs, break up the 20 minutes into two cycles of 10 minutes each.
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PLEASE NOTE: The above watering times are based on weekly water need for areas in full sun. Decrease these times by 20% for areas that are in shade.
If you are just trying to keep your landscape alive this year, reducing the recommended time by 30-40% will likely be sufficient. Most lawns and landscapes can handle reduced watering times, they will just not be as lush.

Weekly Forecast

NOAA Weather for the Week
 for July 8th through July 14th:

Widespread haze. Sunny and hot, with a high near 108. North northwest wind 3 to 7 mph.

Widespread haze before 2am. Clear, with a low around 70. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Sunny and hot, with a high near 105. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night
Clear, with a low around 66. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light west northwest after midnight.

Sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.

Wednesday Night
Clear, with a low around 61.

Sunny and hot, with a high near 97.

Thursday Night
Clear, with a low around 61.

Sunny and hot, with a high near 99.

Friday Night
Clear, with a low around 62.

Sunny and hot, with a high near 100.

Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 63.

Sunny and hot, with a high near 99.

Questions? Contact our Water Efficiency Team at conserve@medfordwater.org.

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