Watering & Weather Information

Watering Information

August 15th – August 21st

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 conserve@ashland.or.us.
Watering Recommendations for the week of 8/15-8/21

TIP of the Week: TIP of the Week: Use drip systems for landscaping to prevent evaporation and provide deeper soakage.

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: Temperatures for this week will be hotter than last week, with highs near 105. 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 = 1.78 inches/week for lawn and 0.89 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 = 70 minutes for the week
Standard rotating sprinklers = 170 minutes for the week
Multi-Stream Rotors (aka MP Rotators) = 260 minutes for the week

Shrub Watering with Sprays or Rotors:
Standard pop-up sprays = 35 minutes for the week
Standard rotating sprinklers = 80 minutes for the week
Multi-Stream Rotors (aka MP Rotators) = 130 minutes for the week

Shrub Watering with Drip & Micro-sprays:
Low Volume Drip System = 170-175 minutes per week
Micro-Sprays & Bubblers = 95-100 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.

NOAA Weather for August 15th – August 21st:

Today
Sunny, with a high near 88. Northwest wind 8 to 10 mph.


Tonight
Clear, with a low around 57. Northwest wind 6 to 11 mph becoming light west northwest after midnight.

Tuesday
Sunny, with a high near 92. Calm wind becoming north northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.


Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 62. North northwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Light and variable wind becoming west northwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.


Wednesday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly clear, with a low around 64.

Thursday
Sunny and hot, with a high near 98.


Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 63.

Friday
Sunny, with a high near 93.


Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 62.

Saturday
Sunny and hot, with a high near 96.


Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 63.

Sunday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 93.


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