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Helpful Hints for staying Green in Central Florida!

Lawns are best watered by overhead sprinklers. The deeper the wetting, the deeper the roots will grow. Deep-rooted grass plants are much healthier and better able to withstand drought stress. Grass should be watered when the soil begins to dry out, but before the plants actually begin to wilt, and certainly before they begin to desiccate. Grass should be irrigated when it begins to be less resilient and springy and does not bounce back up after being walked on. The amount of water to wet the root zone is determined by soil type, amount of thatch accumulation, and several other variables. To determine when a sprinkler has put out an inch of water, or any specific quantity, simply use several coffee cans or jars spaced at intervals from the sprinkler itself to the edge of the watering pattern.

Watering at optimum times.

Itís important to water your lawn at the optimum time each day, and to only water if your soil needs watering. A general test involves stepping on your grass. If it is easily flattened, then your lawn needs watering. But if it springs right back up, you should wait to water because the soil is still too moist.

Generally itís better to water your lawn in the morning or evening as the sun is setting, because the cool air makes water less likely to evaporate, leaving more water for your lawn and its soil.

Not Watering Enough

Too much water on the lawn can deprive the roots of oxygen and retard development, or possibly even kill the lawn. During the warm humid summer months, too much water can increase the likelihood of disease. If you are concerned that you may be applying too much water, reduce the watering time until you begin to see lawn wilt, than increase your time by a small amount.

On average a lawn only needs about 1" of water each week either from rainfall or supplemental watering.

Over watering increases the chances of water run-off, water that can't be absorbed through the soil, and trickles into the street.

This water is more likely to enter our storm sewers and then into our rivers. Storm sewers do not pass through the water treatment filtration plants but instead are dumped directly into the closest stream or river.

Over-watering a lawn increases the possibility of washing fertilizers, herbicides and insecticides into the river.

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