The City of Ashland is requesting feedback from the community regarding the medians that extend down Siskiyou Blvd. As you know, the medians are currently all lawn in some sections and a combination of plants and lawn on others.
Over the past few years, these lawn areas have been getting more and more stressed, especially in times of drought. Median areas typically have higher surface temperatures because of their close proximity to the pavement and traffic. This causes them to require more irrigation than other areas especially when planted with lawn because water evaporates more quickly.
Unfortunately, lawns need a lot of water and maintenance to keep them healthy and green and although we love our green lawns, it will be more sustainable for our community if we can find a way to use less water on these areas in the future.
Factors to consider: The City is considering retrofitting theses median areas with landscaping that uses less water, creates a safer area to maintain, decreases maintenance, decreases deer activity and still functions well for community events such as the 4th of July parade.
Over the past couple years, the City has been piloting a few options for replacing the lawn on the Siskiyou Blvd. medians. Below are three of the main options that are being considered. Please click on "City Median Options" for more information.
Synthetic Lawn Drought Tolerant Plants Drought Tolerant Lawn
Resources & FAQs
Thank you for taking the time to provide the City with your constructive comments.
Please take a moment to read through the following links and PDF documents before submitting your feedback.
Synthetic Lawn: http://www.syntheticturfcouncil.org/page/FAQs
Drought Tolerant Plants: http://www.ashlandsaveswater.org
Drought Tolerant Lawn: http://www.tgwca.org