Proper irrigation saves water and your plants / lawn.

Less Frequent Watering for Longer Times is Best

Irrigation can account for as much as 50 to 60% of all water usage. The best way to conserve and save money is to cut this consumption by planning a landscape that reduces thirsty turf grass, learning how to use less water for healthier grass, and planting Florida native and drought tolerant shrubs and flowers.

Most lawns can be trained to need rain or irrigation only once each week or two during the fall and winter months. During the spring and summer, it may need more frequent irrigation, but less times for longer periods is the proper way to irrigation.

Watering frequently for short duration encourages short root growth and, therefore unhealthy disease-prone lawns. Having to grow deeper in search of water is healthy for lawns. So once a week with ¾ inches of water is ideal for this root growth.

Not During the Heat of the Day

And, do not water your lawn during the hottest part of the day from 10 am to 4 pm. During the heat of the day 65% of the water you would use will evaporate and be wasted. Plus, water droplets on plants during the hottest hours can cause the sun to burn the leaves.

Other Watering Tips

  • Water early in the morning. This reduces evaporation by the hot sun and there is less wind during this time of day. Watering early reduces the potential for disease development.
  • Do not mow the lawn too short. This puts additional water stress on the grass. Most St. Augustine and Bahia grasses should be mowed to a minimum height of three inches.
  • Avoid over fertilization. This requires more watering and mowing.
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