The do's and don'ts that lead to Wise Water Use
Don't be a water waster.
The largest irrigated crop in the United States is our lawns. It's estimated that there are 32 million acres of grass watered with 7 billion gallons daily. Do you ever look out your window during a Florida storm and notice your neighbors are running their sprinklers? This is a huge problem in a state where rain is routine. Maintaining your rain sensor for your sprinkler system is one solution to this problem. Furthermore, Florida law requires that you have a functioning rain sensor for your sprinkler system. Florida storms usually occur mid-afternoon, so scheduling your sprinklers to switch off early in the morning is wise. Click Here for your watering times.
Check your sprinkler system's water pressure.
Too much pressure in your sprinkler system will waste energy and can cause damage. It's suggested that you use a gallons per minute rate running at 35-40 PSI. Use a flow and pressure gauge to set the system to check the pressure regularly.
Fix leaks and repair broken sprinkler heads.
Leaky sprinkler heads or broken sprinklers can waste up to 30 gallons of water daily. Even a small leak can double your water bill, waste thousands of gallons of water, and create sinkholes and cavities, which can crack your home's foundation or damage utility lines.
Help your sprinkler head.
Over time your sprinkler head cannot get enough ground clearance to give an effective spray. This is due to the grass and ground rising around it over time. You can buy risers that fit to the sprinkler to give it enough clearance.
Don't water impervious surfaces.
Check your sprinkler system to make sure it is not watering any sidewalks, driveways, streets or any other impervious surfaces. Adjust sprinkler heads if needed so your lawn and plants get the maximum benefit from the sprinkler system.
Mow your lawn to the right height.
To ensure your grass grows healthy it should not be cut too short. Also mow often enough so that no more than 1/3 of the blade height is removed per mowing. To learn more about the optimal mowing height for your type of grass and maintaining a healthy lawn check out University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) for more information.
Let your grass sleep.
During the winter months have you noticed that your lawn is not growing as much and you're mowing less? During the winter months your lawn goes dormant and doesn't need as much water. Watering your lawn during these dormant months places unnecessary stress on the grass. When you notice that your grass isn't growing, set your timer to water once a week and reset it to twice a week once it starts growing again. The dormant period usually takes place about the end of November until the beginning of March.
Fertilizing your lawn?
UF/IFAS has great information on the different ways you can fertilize your lawn. Also consider having your soil tested to see what it needs. Soil kits are available at your local county Extension office.
Need help with your sprinkler system?
Call us at 407-944-5124 for an irrigation evaluation of your sprinkler system. We'll set your timer to the correct setting. We'll also inspect your sprinkler system and suggest any needed changes or repairs. We'll even give you a free rain sensor if your current one isn't working. Wise water use benefits everyone.