Summer rains will often handle all your lawn and landscape watering needs. During this time of the year, most of us can turn off our automatic irrigation systems and let Mother Nature handle the watering.
As part of the St. Johns River Water Management District’s year-round Water Less water conservation campaign, we are focusing our attention during the summer on the theme Watch the Weather, Wait to Water. It’s a simple concept to promote ways you can easily integrate outdoor water conservation at your home or business.
Here are some tips for taking advantage of Florida’s summer rains:
- Check your forecast.
- Use a rain gauge to determine how much rain your yard has gotten. Now through September, yards need no more than half to three-quarters inch of water every two to three days.
- Know your watering days. Mandatory District watering restrictions allow enough water to maintain healthy landscapes year-round. Visit www.sjrwmd.com/wateringrestrictions to learn your days and other details.
- Check that your rain sensor is working and the controller is not set in bypass mode so your system won’t run if there has been recent rain.
- Use the “catch can” method to determine how much water to apply and to see if you are watering uniformly. Watch it here.
- Make sure your gutter downspouts are directed into landscaped areas or lawn. Consider installing a rain barrel to capture excess rainwater.