July is not just Cell Phone Courtesy Month it’s also Smart Irrigation Month. Did you know that a whopping 9 BILLION gallons of water is used to water landscapes each year? Even worse is that approximately 4.5 BILLION of those gallons are actually wasted, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
Here are some tips on how to keep your lawn lush and your water bill low:
—Timing is everything. One of the biggest mistakes Florida homeowners make is watering their lawn at the wrong time of day. Whether you use a sprinkler system or a hose if you are turning on the water anytime after 7 in the morning or in the afternoon. Instead, water between the hours of 5 am and 7 am in or after sunset so that the water. High humidity in The Sunshine State means that your water is vanishing into thin air rather than into the grass.
—Check your system. If you have a broken sprinkler line or a broken sprinkler head, you might as well start flushing your dollars down the drain. Replacing a sprinkler head is very inexpensive and you don’t have to be a lawn expert to do it yourself. Here is a great video for beginners on how to change your own.
—Handle the heat. Do you have the right plants in the right spot? Plants that require full sunlight should get just that while other plants such as azaleas do not do well in the blazing sun all day. Even better, you can save quite a bit on watering costs by replacing plants with landscapes that can take the heat while maintaining curb appeal. Here is a great website with a list of plants that need little to no water but still have that pop and bloom.
—Left to your own devices. Florida lawns have the benefit of a sub-tropical climate which means those afternoon thunderstorms keep your lawn green and lush—naturally. But, rain and thunderstorms can be unpredictable and it can literally be raining across the street while your lawn stays bone dry. If possible, install a rainfall shutoff device or rain sensor so that you avoid overwatering your grass or wasting water.