Know and follow your local Water Restrictions. Overwatering of landscapes is a serious problem. Irrigate your lawn when it shows signs of stress from lack of water. The length of time to irrigate will vary depending on your soil type.
What time of day should I water?
Evaporation loss can be 60 percent higher during the day, so water during the cool, early morning hours to minimize water loss by evaporation and to discourage disease. Avoid watering on windy days.
How long should I water?
For most Florida soils, an average of one-half to three-quarters of an inch of water per application is enough to replenish the grass. Saturate the root zone, then let the soil dry to encourage healthy, deep root growth. If you have an automatic irrigation system, be sure it has a working device such as a rain sensor or soil moisture sensor, which overrides the system when either enough rain has fallen or the soil is moist enough to skip an irrigation cycle. These devices are required by Florida law on all automatic irrigation systems. Check regularly to make sure the device is working properly and that the corresponding switch in the control box is set at "on."
What is Micro-Irrigation?
Micro-irrigation in plant beds results in more efficient water application because it targets the root zone of the plants, irrigating 50 percent or less area. Micro-irrigation minimizes water lost to evaporation and slows weed growth.
Is an automatic irrigation system efficient?
The automatic system can provide an efficient method of irrigating lawns because controllers turn the system off after a predetermined amount of time, so a measured amount of water is applied. Learn how to operate your system. Check timing devices regularly to make sure they are operating properly. Check for broken or misdirected sprinklers monthly. Always replace broken heads with the same type and make sure sprays and rotors are not used in the same zone.
What are the ideal grass heights for my lawn?
Mow at the highest height for your grass species. See chart for specific types. Mowing at lower heights can result in a shallow root system.
St. Augustine floratam and Bahia grasses 3"-4"
(St. Augustine dwarf varieties 2"-2 1/2")
Empire zoysia grass 1 1/2"-2 1/2"
Centipede grass 1 1/2"-2 1/2"
Bermuda grass 1/2"-1 1/2"
Should I inspect my irrigation system regularly?
Check timing devices regularly to make sure they are operating properly. Check for broken or misdirected sprinklers monthly. Always replace broken heads with the same type and make sure sprays and rotors are not used in the same zone. This can lead to improper water application to your lawn and may waste water as runoff. Inspect your irrigation system regularly.
Where can I find a reputable contractor?
How do I find a contractor who is knowledgeable, honest, reputable, and reliable? Referrals through satisfied customers is your best bet. A great place to look is on Angie's List where consumers post reviews of work completed.