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  • Water-savvy and beautiful

    Medford Water Commission's new website demystifies water-wise landscaping
  • If you've been wanting to dig up your gas-guzzling, water-slurping, fertilizer-munching lawn but don't know what to put in its place, Medford Water Commission has your back.
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      Medford Water Commission offers a lawn-watering information telephone line that gives callers specific tips for watering their yards based on current weather, atmospheric conditions, evapotranspira...
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      Medford Water Commission offers a lawn-watering information telephone line that gives callers specific tips for watering their yards based on current weather, atmospheric conditions, evapotranspiration rates and water requirements of certain plants. The tape-recorded message, at 541-774-2460, is updated twice a week with tips based on the moisture content of the soil, the amount of clay in your yard, the slope of your land and the type of watering device used.

      The commission also offers free sprinkler reviews during the summer for Medford water customers.

      On-site sprinkler surveys take a comprehensive look at the design, operation and management of irrigation systems. Detailed inspections evaluate customers' current systems, including design elements, hardware selection, functionality of system components, distribution uniformity and water scheduling.

      After the survey, a complete report and recommendations will be provided. Survey participants will learn how to save water and money while maintaining healthy and attractive landscapes.

      For information, call 541-774-2435, or see www.medfordwater.org and click on the "conservation" tab.
  • If you've been wanting to dig up your gas-guzzling, water-slurping, fertilizer-munching lawn but don't know what to put in its place, Medford Water Commission has your back.
    The commission launched a new website last month, reachable through the commission's homepage at www.medfordwater.org, aimed at giving gardeners and homeowners a bevy of visual aids and hands-on help to make their jobs easier.
    The site, complete with photos of numerous water-wise gardens and landscaping projects in Medford, is a virtual how-to guide for creating a water-savvy yard.
    Working with a California company called GardenSoft, the commission took to the streets, hunted down water-wise gardens, interviewed local landscape architects and snapped photos of projects that will give local homeowners practical ideas for becoming water misers.
    The site contains photo galleries of front yards, backyards, patios, decks, commercial landscapes, streetscapes, hillsides, walkways, arbors and gazebos. A dozen gardens were photographed in depth and posted as virtual tours. Some of the gardens were recommended by local landscape professionals and garden clubs. Some were sniffed out by Water Commission staffers who drove city streets looking for yards worth emulating. They even attended local garden events, such as the Soroptimist Club's annual garden tour, searching for landscapes to feature.
    "We've been working on it for a year, and 90 percent of the photos are local," says Laura Hodnett, Medford Water Commission public-information coordinator. "We went to 30-some projects in one day and went to 20-some yards on other days.
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