It has been a hot and dry June here in Portland, and July looks like more of the same weather. Water supplies are still looking good, and while we don’t anticipate a need for watering restrictions, it is important to use water wisely. The Irrigation Association has named July Smart Irrigation Month, and offers the following advice for smart irrigation practices:
- If you have an in-ground irrigation system it is important to regularly inspect the system for leaks, broken or mis-aligned sprinkler heads. Irrigation systems are often scheduled to run in the early morning hours, which may mean problems are not seen. If you are in need of professional assistance with your irrigation system, contact a certified irrigation contractor for assistance.
- Consider upgrading your old irrigation controller to a new “smart” irrigation controller to tie your irrigation practices directly to seasonal weather conditions. The Portland Water Bureau offers rebates for smart controllers.
- If you water your landscape with a hand-held hose, use a device with an automatic shutoff nozzle. If you need one, we would be happy to send you one! Call 503-823-4527.
A well-designed and well-maintained irrigation system will use water efficiently while creating a healthy landscape for years to come. Click here for additional ways to make every drop count in your landscape.