Don’t forget to reset your irrigation controller on November 6, when we return to Eastern Standard Time. Fall and winter not only means we need to turn back our clocks, but also that we need to turn back our irrigation.
During Eastern Standard Time (November 6 through March 12), outside irrigation is reduced to one day a week. Odd-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Saturdays; even-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Sundays; and commercial and non-residential properties may irrigate on Tuesdays. Whether they are watering with well water, city water, or reclaimed water, all Titusville residents must follow the restrictions.
Plants and turf have different needs during the fall and winter than they do in the spring and summer. According to Maureen Phillips, City of Titusville Water Resources’ Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, the reduced sunlight and rainfall, combined with the drop in temperature, reduces plant growth. Reduced growth means plants do not need to produce as much food, so less water is needed to keep them healthy.
Watering your landscape when it is not needed encourages fungal growth, as well as disturbs the normal growth cycle. A plant with new growth is more susceptible to damage during a cold snap. New growth also increases the plant’s need to produce more food, which is tied to the amount of sunlight, water, and nutrients available. Without any one of these elements, the plant becomes stressed and more susceptible to disease. Less unnecessary irrigation also means less runoff polluting waterways, such as the Indian River Lagoon.
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