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200 S. Ivy St. - RM 177
Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 541-774-2435
Fax: 541-774-2555
Contact: Julie Smitherman, Customer Service & Water Efficiency Manager
Email: julie.smitherman@m. . .
Hours: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Medford Water Commission

Medford Water Commission - 541.774.2430
Landscapes

Creating a beautiful, yet water-efficient landscape in the Rogue Valley is easier than you might think. Medford Water offers a variety of resources to help you save water outdoors while maintaining a lush landscape. Click on the photos below for some attractive examples, and keep reading for more information.

  • Plan Ahead to be Water-Wise

Whether your style is formal or whimsical, you can add function and beauty to your landscape while reducing water needs. As you consider changes to your landscape, visit our Water-Wise Gardening site for hundreds of diverse photos providing a wide variety of attractive examples, highlighting water-wise gardening concepts tailored to the climate of the Rogue Valley.

You can search for different sizes and types of plants that can be grown locally, and in turn develop a list of favorites. Detailed Information on such aspects as whether plants prefer sun or shade and their water needs is also provided. This can help you determine not only what plants you find attractive, but also which ones might be most appropriate and successful in specific locations.   

  • Find a Landscaper 
Need help creating an eye-catching, water-efficient landscape? The Landscape Contractors Board licenses landscape contracting businesses and professionals in Oregon. Use their business search to find a landscape contractor to install or maintain your landscape. Make sure you know what credentials to look for and services you should receive.
 
Consumers should use care and discretion when selecting a contractor. We encourage you to use these resources as well as the Oregon Landscape Contractors Association (OLCA) to research potential contractors, and the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET) to explore other resources for homeowners.
  • Soil Amendments

One factor that tends to receive too little attention when designing a landscape is the soil that serves as the base for the project. While it may be hard to get excited about dirt, itís a good idea to consider amendments when not blessed with ideal loam. Most local soils are largely clay, which inhibits the penetration of water, and limits air spaces in the soil that plants need.

Since itís easiest to improve soil before plants and irrigation systems are in place, itís well worth giving attention to at the start. Most beneficial is the generous addition of organic material, tilling it well into existing soil. This will provide nutrients for plants while also helping soil absorb and retain water.

  • Irrigation/Landscaping Tips

For great tips such as when and how often to water, when to prune, and pressure regulation, click here.
 



Rogue Valley landscape


Spanish Lavender & Calla Lilies


Planter strip with trees that shade the sidewalk


A rock garden border with groundcovers


Artificial turf


Heathers and dwarf shrubs


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