Make Your Yard Florida Friendly
Urban landscape irrigation is one of the largest growing water use sectors in Florida with over half of all residential water use occurring outside the home. Educating homeowners on how they can create an attractive, low-maintenance, water-conserving yards that work with Florida’s environment instead of against it is an important part of the Water Resources Conservation Program’s outreach efforts.
Be Florida Friendly!
- Water your lawn only when it needs it. Over-watering results in shallow root systems and makes your lawn less disease and drought tolerant. Titusville restricts the use of potable, well, and reclaimed water and all irrigation should be done in accordance with the irrigation restrictions.
- Use a rain gauge or small wide-mouth can to determine how long to run your sprinklers. Only 3/4-inch of water per area is needed for a healthy lawn.
- Water early in the morning to avoid excessive evaporation loss. Watering in the evening may cause fungus and disease. The restrictions prohibit irrigation between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
- Give your irrigation system a monthly checkup. Fix broken or misdirected sprinklers and make sure your timer is reset after power outages. Turn off sprinklers when it’s raining or windy.
- Retain moisture and prevent erosion in your yard by placing a 2- to 3-inch layer of mulch wherever possible. Grass clippings, leaves, and yard trimmings can also be added to plant beds to retain moisture and add nutrients to the soil. Use native plants and ground covers. They require little water, no fertilizers, have few pests and diseases, and tolerate poor soils.
- Use pesticides and fertilize appropriately. Using too much of either can be harmful to you, your plants and the environment. The more fertilizer you use, the more water your lawn will need.
- Minimize water runoff from your yard. Runoff carries soil, trash, grass clippings, pesticides, and fertilizers into storm drains that lead to our local waterways. These pollutants harm waterways and the aquatic life in them.
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