Watering Your Florida Lawn & Landscape

The most efficient way to irrigate your lawn and landscape is to apply water when signs of stress begin to occur. The following signs are indications of water needs:

  • Spots in the lawn that have turned a bluish gray color.
  • Footprints that remain in the grass long after being made.
  • Plants and shrubs show signs of wilting.

A simple watering schedule is to apply ¾ inch of water 2 times per week in the summer and once every week during the winter. Because soil and climate conditions are not the same, the amount of water applied must be adjusted. If rainfall occurs, irrigation should be suspended according to the rainfall amount.

Water should never be applied at a rate faster than it can be absorbed by the soil. If the sprinkler applies too much water, it runs off, and potentially could wind up in our wetlands, rivers, and estuaries.

Avoid extremes in watering frequency and amount. Irrigating light and frequent is inefficient. Excessive irrigation keeps the root system saturated and is harmful to the lawn. Both of the above will encourage unhealthy and shallow root systems.

The time of watering is important. Watering during the day can waste water by excessive evaporation and even during very hot periods scald the lawn. Watering in late afternoon or late morning may be detrimental if it extends the time the lawn is naturally wet from dew. The best time for irrigating the lawn is in the early morning hours.

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