Sprinkler System Recommendations for Fall and Winter 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.
Be Winter Wise – Winterize Your Irrigation System! Fall is officially here. The daylight hours are getting shorter, and plants are going dormant for the winter season. The summer watering season has come to an end and now it’s time to prepare your irrigation system for winter temperatures. The best way to protect your irrigation investment from potential freeze damage over the winter is to “winterize” all system components. This process involves removing water from pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads before freezing occurs. Follow these basic steps to assist you in winterizing your irrigation system.
Shut off water to your sprinkler system. This can typically be done at the backflow prevention device.
Turn on each of the sprinkler valves to release the pressure in the pipes.
Drain sprinkler components as much as possible. Remove the cap and riser from the highest and lowest sprinkler in each irrigation zone to help water drain out.
Some systems are equipped to be blown out with compressed air. Contact an irrigation professional who offers this service.
After purging the system of all water, leave all the valve ports on your backflow preventer half open. Make sure to close them when you turn the system back on in the spring.
Turn your sprinkler controller to the off position.
In addition, any above ground piping, backflow preventers and valves need to be insulated. Disconnect garden hoses and place insulation caps on hose bibs.
Properly preparing your system for the winter can be far less costly than repairing damaged equipment in the spring. Consider contacting an irrigation professional to assist you with winterizing your system. If you have any questions or would like more information on the City’s water conservation programs, please call 541-552-2062 or visit our website at www.ashlandsaveswater.org. Did You Know? The City of Ashland is still giving away free showerheads and faucet aerators. Just call the Public Works office at 541-488-5587 to schedule a time to pick them up. Also, be sure to take advantage of the toilet rebate. Get up to $75 when replacing an older toilet with a new high efficiency one. You can find more information at www.ashland.or.us/rebates. Remember, even small fixture changes can make a big difference in how much water we use. So, why not take advantage of this opportunity and take that little step to save water and money today!
NOAA Weather for October 18th – October 24th: Today Showers likely before 11am. Snow level 4900 feet. Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Light northwest wind. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Tonight Partly cloudy, with a low around 37. Calm wind becoming east southeast 5 to 7 mph in the evening.
Tuesday Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. East southeast wind 8 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.
Tuesday Night A 30 percent chance of rain after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Breezy, with a southeast wind 16 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 37 mph.
Wednesday A 30 percent chance of rain, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. South southeast wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.
Wednesday Night A 20 percent chance of rain before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.
Thursday A 20 percent chance of rain after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 65.
Thursday Night Rain, mainly after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 50.
Friday Rain likely, mainly before 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 58.
Friday Night A slight chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44.
Saturday Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 56.
Saturday Night Rain. Cloudy, with a low around 46.
Sunday Rain. Cloudy, with a high near 56.
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 Landscapingwebsite 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.