Ways to Conserve Water in the Garden

The Oregon State University Extension Service offers the following tips to conserve water in gardens and yards during dry summer months:

    • Water your lawn more deeply and less frequently. If you typically water three to four times per week, it’s okay to cut that to one to two times per week.
    • Plant drought-tolerant turf grass. Tall fescue is hardy, wide-bladed and deep-rooted. Perennial ryegrass and creeping fescue can also tolerate some dryness.
    • Choose drought-tolerant plants such as creeping zinnia and sea poppy for your landscape. Native plants such as the Oregon iris and Pacific wax myrtle tolerate dry summers well.
    • For most plants, watering deeply and close to the roots is more important than frequency. Study each plant’s watering requirements. For vegetables, soak soil about six inches deep. Water to a depth of about a foot and a half for shrubs. Trees need water about two feet deep.
    • Mulching is critical because it improves soil structure, helps retain water in the ground and reduces weeds. Use compost-based mulches for vegetables and woody mulches for ornamental plants. Spread the mulch about two to three inches thick on the soil around your garden.
    • Water early in the morning before the day heats up.
    • Use an efficient irrigation system, such as soaker hoses or drip irrigation. If you choose a sprinkler system, select a low-pressure, in-ground system that does not shoot up in the air.


EWEB Pledge to Prepare – August

Increasing our overall disaster resilience is the responsibility of every community member. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management encourages residents to be prepared to be on their own for a minimum of two weeks.
By providing tools and resources to our EWEB customers, we are working toward one goal – a more resilient community.
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SHiNA General Meeting this Sunday

The Southwest Hills Neighborhood Association General Meeting is being held tomorrow, Sunday, June 30th, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at Hilyard Community Center – 2580 Hilyard Street. The featured topic is information about the housing shortage in Eugene and elsewhere in Oregon and efforts to remedy the shortage.

We have invited speakers Kaarin Knudson who works for the U of O and Better Housing Together and Dan Hill from Arbor South Architecture. They will be speaking on issues relating to increasing density within the Urban Growth Boundary by eliminating Single-Family Residential Zoning and replacing it with multi-family housing. The least-expensive existing housing (and thus most-affordable) will be most-vulnerable to being demolished and replaced with multi-family housing such as four-plexes, triplexes, duplexes, and cottage clusters — the exact details still to be determined. Their talks will be followed by questions and answers.

We are requesting that volunteers sign up to help with the annual picnic we hold in early September at Wayne Morse Family Farm.

The next General Meeting will be held on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00pm at Wayne Morse Family Farm, 595 Crest Drive.

Hope to see you there!

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Survey on the Proposed Community Safety Payroll Tax – Closes on June 9th

Your Opinion Matters: Take a Two Minute Survey on the Proposed Community Safety Payroll Tax
The City of Eugene is proposing a payroll tax to fund an increase in public safety. A full explanation of the reasons for the tax, how it would work, who would pay, and how the funds will be allocated is included in the survey. The purpose of this survey is to provide another avenue of feedback that is equal to email/letters, personal meetings, and public testimony directed to city council and is not designed or intended to make statistic inferences about public opinion as a whole.
This survey closes on June 9 at 11:45pm.