WATERING

Having a healthy garden requires more than just beautiful plants and leafy trees. Watering your plants with the right amount of water, and the right way is a very important step. Following is a list of tips, so you can keep that garden healthy.

  • Reduce the need for watering by choosing water-efficient and drought-tolerant plants including those native to your site, and plant them in the right place. If you group plants according to their water (and light) needs, you can simplify watering methods and systems.
  • If you have an automatic sprinkler system, install a rain shutoff device or sensor that will override the system when it rains. Set this device to shut off your system when half an inch of rain has fallen. Florida law requires rain shutoff devices on all automatic sprinkler systems installed since 1991.
  • Water in the early morning (4–7 a.m.). This is the most efficient time because temperature and wind speeds are at their lowest, which reduces evaporation. Also, grasses are less susceptible to fungus if water is applied at the time that dew normally forms.
  • Avoid watering between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Temperature and wind speeds are at their highest during this time — so evaporative losses are more likely.
  • If rain is predicted within the next 24 hours, don't irrigate.
  • Turn off automatic watering systems in summer if rainfall is consistent.
  • Make sure your sprinkler system is applying uniform coverage and operating properly. This single action proves to be one of the best ways to conserve water.
  • Check your system periodically for broken heads or leaks.

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