It’s time to reduce your lawn watering. Mandatory restrictions now limit irrigation to once a week when Daylight Savings is not in effect.
Homes with odd-numbered or no addresses can water Saturdays. Even-numbered addresses can water Sundays. Non-residential properties are Tuesdays. Some residents have different assigned irrigation schedules that should be followed. Water only when needed and not between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, visit the St. Johns River Water Management District website at www.sjrwmd.com/wateringrestrictions.
Did you know that a typical homeowner uses more than half of their water outside each month to keep grass and plants growing?
On average, you should water no more than three quarters of an inch for each application – roughly 30 minutes of watering depending on the irrigation system. Try to go longer periods between watering to encourage deep root growth and a lawn that is more tolerant to dry weather.
Properly maintain automated irrigation systems. Be sure to replace broken sprinkler heads with the appropriate size and type of device to most efficiently irrigate that area of your lawn. Replace old sprinkler gaskets to prevent leaks. Properly adjust sprinkler heads to provide correct coverage and to avoid crossing streets, driveways or sidewalks.
Make sure that your automated irrigation controller is programmed to water the proper amount of time only on scheduled days. Florida law requires rain sensors to turn off irrigation systems during rainy periods - replace sensors every 2-3 years and test them routinely for accuracy.
Sensors should not be clogged or obstructed by leaves or debris. To test them, first turn on your irrigation sprinklers. You can press a test button on many sensors that will shut off the sprinklers. You also may use a hose to spray the rain sensor – once it receives enough water, the sprinklers should stop. If the sensor does not shut off sprinklers, repair or replace it.
Use drought resistant landscaping. Do not cut more than one-third of your grass length at one time. Use a broom or blower - not a water hose - to clean sidewalks and driveways. Never push yard clippings into the street or storm drains.
Garden hoses can release up to 12 gallons a minute. Use a spray nozzle or shut-off device to control the flow.