Watering & Weather Information

Watering Information
July 26th August 1st

Local weather data combined with plant water needs are used to develop a general watering guide to assist the community with scheduling their sprinklers throughout the summer months. Questions? Contact Water Conservation at 541-630-0587.

  Watering Recommendations for the week of 7/26- 8/1
Weekly Overview: It is going to be another hot week!  Temperatures will be in the 90s and low 100s. Make sure to stay hydrated. Follow the sprinkling guide below for landscape watering recommendations.  
This chart shows the water need of lawn and waterwise plants throughout the watering season.
You know your landscape better than anyone, so please use this guide as a starting point and make adjustments as necessary.  Use a moisture meter to determine whether watering is needed after previous waterings.


Weekly Watering Need = 1.7 inches/week for lawn and 0.68 inches per week for water wise plants.  To apply this amount of water, follow the sample watering guide below. 
The following watering times are based on weekly water need for areas in full sun.
Lawn Watering with Sprays or Rotors:
Standard pop- up sprays = 68 minutes for the week
Standard rotating sprinklers = 164 minutes for the week
Multi-Stream Rotors (aka MP Rotators) = 255 minutes for the week

Shrub Watering with Sprays or Rotors:
Standard pop-up sprays = 34 minutes for the week
Standard rotating sprinklers = 82 minutes for the week
Multi-Stream Rotors (aka MP Rotators) = 128 minutes for the week
 
Shrub Watering with Drip & Micro-sprays:
Low Volume Drip System = 120 - 180 minutes per week
Micro-Sprays & Bubblers = 80 90 minutes for the week
Break the total time per week up into three to five days.  For example, if you need to water for 68 minutes total for the week then you would divide that by number of watering days.                       *(Example: 68 min / 4 days = 17 minutes per watering day.)
*If runoff occurs because of a long runtime, then break up the 17 minutes into two cycles of 8 9 minutes each.

Note:  If you are just trying to keep your landscape alive this year, watering 60-70% the recommended time would likely be sufficient. Most lawns and landscapes can handle reduced watering times, they will just not be as lush.  
Prioritize your watering to landscape elements that cannot easily be replaced, such as an established tree.  If you pull back on watering your lawn, do not forget to water your trees!
 
NOAA Weather for July 26 August 1st: 
This Afternoon
Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Widespread haze before 2pm. Patchy smoke after 2pm. Partly sunny and hot, with a high near 96. North northwest wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
Tonight
Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Widespread haze. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. Northwest wind 5 to 8 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
 
Tuesday
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 11am. Widespread haze. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming northwest around 6 mph in the afternoon.
 
Tuesday Night
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm, then a slight chance of showers. Widespread haze before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. North northwest wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
 
Wednesday
Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph in the afternoon.
 
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.
 
Thursday
Sunny and hot, with a high near 100.
 
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 64.
 
Friday
Sunny and hot, with a high near 101.
 
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 64.
 
Saturday
Sunny and hot, with a high near 101.
 
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 64.
 
Sunday
Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 97.
 

Seven Ways to Save
 
Stop leaks. Check all water-using appliances, equipment, and other devices for leaks. Running toilets, steady faucet drips, home water treatment units, and outdoor sprinkler systems are common sources of leaks.
 
Provide only the water plants need. Automatic landscape irrigation systems are a home's biggest water user. To make sure you are not overwatering, adjust your irrigation controller at least once a month to account for changes in the weather.

Install a 
WaterSense labeled irrigation controller, which uses local weather and landscape conditions to water only when plants need it. Install a rain shutoff device, or soil moisture sensor, to further control irrigation. Rebate available! Learn about our Smart Irrigation Controller Rebate Program here.
 
Plant the right plants. Whether you are installing a new landscape or changing the existing one, select plants that are appropriate for your climate. Consider landscaping techniques designed to create a visually attractive landscape by using low-water and drought-resistant grass, plants, shrubs, and trees. Check out the Lawn Replacement Program here.

Our Water Wise Landscaping website highlights water-wise gardening concepts tailored to the climate of Ashland and includes hundreds of diverse photos providing a wide variety of attractive examples.
 
Schedule a Free Sprinkler Evaluation. Ashland offers free sprinkler system evaluations to help you use water efficiently in the landscape. Click here to learn more.
 
Replace old toilets. The major water use inside the home is toilet flushing. If your home was built before 1992 and you haven't replaced your toilets recently, you could benefit from installing a WaterSense labeled model that uses 1.28 gallons or less per flush. A family of four can save up to 16,000 gallons (2,139 cubic feet) of water per year by making this change. Rebate available! Find out more about our Toilet Rebate Program here.

Install WaterSense labeled faucet aerators and showerheads. WaterSense labeled products use at least 20 percent less water than standard models, while providing equal or superior performance.
 
 

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