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BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Drought conditions are forecast to continue in Deschutes County this fall, extending the potential stress landscapes typically experience in peak summer conditions.
This puts strain on landscape plant material and increases dependence on local water resources. Here are some tips to help landscapes through an extended drought and improve water management.
Tips for Irrigation and Water Use
Provided by Dan Denning, Water Conservation Program Manager, City of Bend
- Make sure sprinkler systems are running efficiently. Check sprinklers as they run to identify leaks or misdirected spray. Be sure the water coming out of sprinklers makes it to the plants that need it.
- Brown or yellow spots in the lawn don’t mean a runtime is too short. It means the sprinklers are not covering uniformly. Adjust sprinklers placement to improve coverage.
- Use cycle soak irrigation settings by splitting up runtimes into multiple shorter cycles. This lets water penetrate the soil and prevents runoff. It will maximize the availability of water to plant roots.
- Follow City of Bend code for even/odd day watering to increase root depth and create a more resilient landscape. Addresses ending in an odd number should water on odd dates; those ending in even numbers should water on even dates.
- Use high