Now that the weather is starting to turn cooler, it's time to re-think your landscape water usage. To help you with that, here are some Fall Water Conservation Tips:
- Adjust Watering Schedule. As we transition into the fall season it is important to remember to reduce irrigation watering times to reflect the lower water needs of plants. With weather getting cooler and days shorter, plants are going dormant and now have very low water needs. Adjusting your irrigation controller for cooler weather will make your yard more water efficient.
- Water- Wise Landscaping. If you are planning to add new plants to your landscape this fall, consider choosing drought tolerant species that need less water. Take a look at the City’s Water-Wise Landscaping Website to get plant and design ideas at www.ashlandsaveswater.org.
- Apply mulch. A layer of mulch protects plants and enriches soil, as well as reducing the amount of water your landscape needs during the fall. The mulch you applied during the summer months has likely decomposed, so fall is the time to apply more. Some people even use fall leaves and garden debris as mulch material.
- Fertilize. Taking the time to fertilize in the fall will strengthen your plants' and lawn's roots, giving them a strong base on which to thrive next spring. The healthier your plants’ root systems the more resistant your plants will be to drought conditions.
- Winterize. It will not be long before sprinkling is no longer needed, so you should also be thinking about winterizing your irrigation system soon. This should include shutting off the water source to your sprinkler system and draining all water left in the pipes, valves and sprinkler heads.
For more information on the City’s water and energy conservation programs, please visit our website at www.ashland.or.us/conserve