With rain on the way this weekend, the City of Turlock is reminding residents to turn off their sprinklers. There is no landscape watering allowed during or within 48 hours of measurable rainfall.
Shorter days, cooler temperatures and plant dormancy are all reasons for decreased landscape water use. Watch the weather and the long-term forecasts to know when the time is right to shut off your irrigation system to avoid damage from freezing.
Most lawns do just fine without winter irrigation. The exceptions are newly seeded or sodded lawns that have not yet developed robust root systems. They’ll also need water if it’s been dry for three to four weeks, as long as the soil is not frozen.
Even with your system shut down for winter, some plants still need water. Trees should also be watered if it’s been three to four weeks without significant precipitation. Be sure to water the root ball of newly planted trees regularly through the winter and early spring.
Roses also appreciate a little water during the winter. Use a watering can for application at least once a month, but don’t prune until springtime.
For questions or additional information, contact Municipal Services at (209) 668-5590 Or visit the City of Turlock website at: www.cityofturlock.org. Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.
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Winter Watering Schedule: The City of Turlock Winter Watering Schedule went into effect Nov. 1 and runs through the end of February. Even numbered addresses can water on Saturdays only and odd numbered addresses can water on Sundays only. Watering is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. always. And remember, watering is prohibited for 48 hours following a significant rain event.