Irrigate only when your lawn and landscape need water. Efficient watering is the key to a healthy Florida yard and reducing runoff.
- Water your lawn and other plants only when they show signs of stress. Grass turns a bluish gray color, leaf blades fold in half and areas from footsteps don’t stand back up.
- Calibrate your irrigation system to apply ¾’ to 1 inch of water per application.
- Design or modify your sprinkler system to water lawn areas separate from plant beds.
- Check for broken sprinklers and adjust crooked sprinklers to keep spray patterns distributed evenly.
- Use micro irrigation in plant plants if you can.
- Connect an automatic rain shut off device to your irrigation system. It is REQUIRED by law on all newly installed systems.
- Mow your lawn grass so it has a height of 3-4 inches after it is cut. The longer the shoot, the longer the root.
- Put a rain gauge in your yard to track rainfall and avoid unnecessary waterings.
- Design and maintain a yard that thrives on rainfall. Use irrigation only as a supplement to rain fall.