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 email@example.com.
Watering Recommendations for the week of 6/27 – 7/3
TIP of the Week: Don’t water the pavement. Set sprinklers so that water on lawn and gardens, not on pavement, and use a broom or blower to clean sidewalk/driveways, not gallons and gallons of water.
Looking for ways to also be fire-wise? Consider using a fine mulch instead of large bark material in the landscape. Avoid adding mulch to the first 5 feet around your house.
Weekly Overview: Overall temperatures for this week are staying consistent with highs near 88. Supplemental irrigation will be needed, so follow the weekly watering guide below to apply the appropriate amount of water. Remember, as you start watering, limit the number of days you water so that you encourage deeper root growth.
If you are unsure whether your landscape needs water, try using a soil moisture meter to check to see if there is still water in the soil. You can pick one up for FREE in our office.
If you find that your soil has dried out and you didn’t receive any rain, then follow the recommended watering schedule below for watering during this time of year.
Weekly Watering Need = 1.52 inches/week for lawn and 0.76 inches per week for water wise plants. To apply this amount of water, follow the sample watering guide below.
Lawn Watering with Sprays or Rotors: Standard pop- up sprays = 60 minutes for the week Standard rotating sprinklers = 146 minutes for the week Multi-Stream Rotors (aka MP Rotators) = 228 minutes for the week
Shrub Watering with Sprays or Rotors: Standard pop-up sprays = 30 minutes for the week Standard rotating sprinklers = 73 minutes for the week Multi-Stream Rotors (aka MP Rotators) = 114 minutes for the week
Shrub Watering with Drip & Micro-sprays: Low Volume Drip System = 90-152 minutes per week Micro-Sprays & Bubblers = 60-92 minutes for the week
The above watering times are based on weekly water need for areas in full sun. Decrease these times by 20% for areas that are in shade.
Note: If you are just trying to keep your landscape alive this year, reducing by 30-40% the recommended time will likely be sufficient. Most lawns and landscapes can handle reduced watering times, they will just not be as lush.