Watering Guide for San Luis Obispo - North County

Due to climactic differences in the county we provide three watering guide sections for the following geographic areas : Coastal Areas (Morro Bay, Pismo Beach, and Arroyo Grande), Coastal Valleys (San Luis Obispo), and North County (Atascadero, Templeton, Paso Robles, and Shandon).

Watering Guide - North County (Atascadero, Templeton, Paso Robles, and Shandon)

North County - Turf Grass (Pop-up Spray non-rotating)
  Spring Summer Fall Winter
Days per Week 2-3 3-4 2-3 Off
Start Times per Day 3 3 3 Off
Minutes per Station 5 5 5 Off
Total Minutes per Day 15 15 15 Off
Total Minutes per Week 30-45 45-60 30-45 Off

 

North County - Turf Grass (Rotor Spray)
  Spring Summer Fall Winter
Days per Week 2-3 3-4 2-3 Off
Start Times per Day 3 3 3 Off
Minutes per Station 10 10 10 Off
Total Minutes per Day 30 30 30 Off
Total Minutes per Week 60-90 90-120 60-90 Off

 

North County - Drip (Moderate Water Use Plants)
  Spring Summer Fall Winter
Days per Week 2 3 2 Off
Start Times per Day 1 1 1 Off
Minutes per Station 30 40 30 Off
Total Minutes per Day 30 40 30 Off
Total Minutes per Week 60 120 60 Off

(Based on 1-gallon/hour emitters; reduce by 50% for 2-gallon/hour emitters)


North County - Drip (Drought Tolerant Plants)
  Spring Summer Fall Winter
Days per Week 2 2 2 Off
Start Times per Day 1 1 1 Off
Minutes per Station 23 45 23 Off
Total Minutes per Day 23 45 23 Off
Total Minutes per Week 46 90 46 Off

(Based on 1-gallon/hour emitters; reduce by 50% for 2-gallon/hour emitters)


In sandy soils, consider increasing the number of watering days and decreasing daily run time.


Note: The data above is only a guide. How much water to apply (min/day) is based on weather conditions, soil type, slope and performance; distribution uniformity, precipitation rates (spray or drip).