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Water conservation

Irrigation schedule

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Water your lawn only when it needs it. The amount of rainfall your area receives should dictate how often you water your lawn and how much water you apply. A hearty rain eliminates the need for watering for as long as two weeks. Overwatering your lawn results in shallow root systems, which means your lawn is less drought- and stress-tolerant. Overwatering also promotes weed growth, disease and fungus.

The most efficient way to irrigate your lawn is to irrigate when it shows signs of stress from lack of water. Signs of stress include the lawn turning a bluish-gray color and lingering tire tracks or footprints. Leaf blades folded in half lengthwise is another sign. The soil around the root zone may feel dry.

The St. Johns River Water Management District’s mandatory lawn watering restrictions specify the days when you may water. These days depend on whether you have an odd or even numbered address, and on the time of year.

Find out more about the watering restrictions.


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