Questions about how to save water outdoors?
We offer weekly watering recommendations to give your yard just the right amount to drink.
If you choose to water your lawn, follow Oregon State University Extension Service guidelines to maintain a healthy lawn in western Oregon. Watering is only one step for keeping your grass green throughout the summer.
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Watering recommendation for: September 22-28, 2023
Water your lawn and flowers: 0.76 inches
If your lawn has deep roots split it into two watering days: 0.38 inches/watering
If your lawn has shallow roots split it into three watering days: 0.25 inches/watering
Tired of trying to figure out how often and how long to water your landscape?
Upgrade your sprinkler system controller to a weather-based controller. Once programmed, the new controller will automatically adjust the watering to the current weather conditions, potentially saving you 1,000s of gallons of water each year.
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Tip of the week:
When the sun goes down, let your sprinklers pop up. By watering after sunset and completing landscape watering before sunrise, as parks and campuses do, you will avoid losing moisture to evaporation. The best time to water is during the night between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
Young trees may need to be watered more often since their roots are not very deep yet. After about 5 years, tree roots should be well established and should be pulling water from deep below the surface of the soil, however, this also depends greatly on soil type.
Also, be on the lookout for irrigation leaks!
If you notice a persistent puddle in your yard or around a sprinkler-head you may have a leak in your underground sprinkler system. Follow these steps to check your sprinkler system for leaks:
- Open the master valve on your underground sprinkler system. Close the whole house valve in your home.
- Do the meter test again.
- If the numbers on the meter have changed, water has passed through the meter and you have a leak in your underground sprinkler system piping.
- If the numbers on the meter have not changed, a zone in your underground sprinkler system might be leaky.
- Run each zone on your system and look for water bubbling up from the ground or spurting from a sprinkler head.
- Repair any leaks you find.
Historical watering recommendations
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DIY Watering Gauge
In the spirit of waste reduction, we are no longer providing watering gauges. Over the past few years, we estimate we have distributed over 80,000 gauges in the Eugene community. If you don't have a gauge, you can easily make one from a tuna can.
- Place a measuring strip inside a tuna can and place it in your landscape where it will receive an average amount of water from the sprinkler, and then turn on the sprinkler.
- Alternatively, you can use a measuring tape and a permanent marker to measure and mark your measuring device if you don't have a measuring strip.
- Turn off the sprinkler when the amount in the tuna can matches the recommended amout of water for that week.
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