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Love Your Water – Use it Wisely

Our community has taken mindful steps to reduce water waste during this limited water year and we thank you for your efforts. We continue to encourage our residents to Love Your Water and use it wisely as we transition into late summer and early fall.  Below are some tips to help you weather the remainder of the summer water-wisely and to keep a healthy water-efficient landscape. 
  • Adjust Your Watering Schedule – 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. As the days get shorter, so should your watering times. 
  • Avoid Watering when it Rains – Keep an eye on the weather and shut off your sprinklers during any form of precipitation.  You might consider installing a rain sensor that will shut off your sprinklers during periods of rainfall.
  • 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 – 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.
  • When to Water – Water only when needed and between sunset and sunrise to avoid losing water to wind and evaporation. Overwatering results in shallow roots and poor plant health.
  • Inspect Your System Regularly. Check for leaks, broken or clogged heads and make adjustments to be sure you’re watering plants and not sidewalks, fences or buildings.
  • 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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