Please make sure you have read: Introduction to Irrigation Updated 11/27/2015 at 4:15PM
This article covers advanced topics and it is helpful to have read the introduction first.
Central Florida Residential Irrigation Management
Let's start by asking some key questions:
Q: How much was your water expenditure in recent years?
A: If you have the typical St. Augustine dominant landscape, I would imagine it was significant.
Q: Do you know how much of that went to landscape irrigation?
A: (typically 1/2) Would you like to reduce that by 30-50%?
Q: Wonder why irrigation runs in the rain?
A: When I first got into this business, I did too. This question is what sparked my interest in water conservation in the landscape. Mainly it is due to the absence or inoperability of simple and inexpensive equipment (rain sensor 20 bucks) that shuts off irrigation during rain.
Q: Why is water so expensive?
A: Our water management districts tax residents who use more water than is necessary.
Q: What is the water hog billing method currently being used?
A: It is simple, if you use below a certain level, you pay regular prices per gallon. If you use more, you pay more. More eventually becomes too much if not monitored, and the way the water management districts can draw our attention to waste is to make sure we pay for it.
You can take some beginning steps:
Reduce your winter irrigation frequency down to once per week Saturday or Sunday.
If the temps are below 40F at night, do not let the system run that night.
Know how much you are irrigating. Rotor need to run about 60-90 minutes and risers about 30-45 minutes. Shade is less, full sun more.
Run your system regularly and watch where it sprays and adjust or fix it so it doesn't leak or spray outside the landscape.
Watering does not solve all landscape problems. If you have declining areas of the landscape, more water may actually compound the problem.
If you are having constant disease problems in your turf or ornamentals call a pro or take a sample to a local extension office.
Now that you are more educated, you may ask: What is the minimum you can irrigate and still have your yard look good?
That is where we come in. Contact us today for a consultation.