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Love Your Water! – Seven Steps to Using Your Water Wisely This Fall

The fall is a great time to reassess our lawns and gardens to make sure we’re making the most of the water we use in our yards.  As the weather cools and plants get ready for fall and winter temperatures, they require less water and a little less maintenance. We encourage our residents to continue to “Love Your Water” and use it wisely as we transition into the fall season.  Follow the steps below to help your plants weather the remainder of the summer and prepare for fall while continuing to maintain a healthy water-wise landscape.
 
  • Reduce Your Watering Times – Over-irrigation is common in late summer and early fall, especially September.  Even though we still have high temperatures during this time, plant water needs decrease significantly because daylight hours have become shorter and the sun’s intensity has decreased.
 
  • When to Water – You should only need to water 2-3 days a week through mid-September and then 1-2 days a week through the end of September.  By October, plants are beginning to prepare for dormancy and rain should offset any remaining plant water need.
 
  • Inspect Your System. Check for leaks, broken or clogged heads and make adjustments to be sure you’re watering plants and not sidewalks, fences or buildings. Begin preparing your system for the winter by taking steps to winterize irrigation components. (e.g. insulate valves etc.)
 
  • Avoid Watering when it Rains – Keep an eye on the weather and shut off your sprinklers during any form of precipitation. 
 
  • Check Soil Moisture – Use a moisture meter to detect whether moisture remains in the soil from previous watering.  If there is sufficient moisture, then watering can be delayed.
 
  • Replace Grass with Drought-Tolerant Plants – fall is a great time for planting new landscapes.  Replacing portions of your lawn with drought-tolerant groundcovers and shrubs can be a stylish way to conserve a lot of water. Explore the City of Ashland’s Water-Wise Landscaping Website for some fresh ideas.
 
  • Schedule a FREE Irrigation Evaluation – To schedule an appointment simply call 541-552-2062 or email Julie.smitherman@ashland.or.us. For a limited time, a free “Love Your Water” reusable tote bag will be given out upon our visit to your home.  For more water efficiency tips please visit, www.ashlandsaveswater.org.
 
 

 

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