July is recognized by the Irrigation Association (www.irrigation,org/IA) as smart irrigation month. Are you prepared for hot weather and potentially reduced water availability? Here are some tips to get you through the season.
- Check sprinklers and ditches for leaks.
- Clean intake screens more often. Aquatic vegetation and algae grow quickly as irrigation water warms up.
- To prevent pump burnout, consider purchasing a pressure switch or similar device that will automatically shut off your pump in case the water source dries up or the intake screen gets clogged.
- Irrigation amount for HAY/PASTURE this month and into August should be about 2 to 2.5 inches (gross) per week. To determine irrigation time, set up a grid of straight sided catch cans under the sprinklers, stop irrigating once the average depth in the cans fill up with 2 to 2.5 inches of water.
- Always check soil moisture in the crop root zone before irrigating and again, 24 hours after irrigation. Use a soil probe or shovel.
Medford Lawn Watering Schedule:
Ashland Water Conservation Website
Irrigation in the Pacific Northwest
Contact Paul DeMaggio at JSWCD. (redacted) with further questions regarding irrigation scheduling.