IRRIGATION SYSTEMS AND SCHEDULES
To promote a well-balanced lawn, proper watering is vital. An irrigation system is by far the most effective method. Automatic systems easily regulate the amount, frequency and length of watering times. They also provide the conservation of a very valuable natural resource: WATER
An irrigation system consists of a time clock and a number of stations (or zones) suited specifically to the size and shape of the lawn. Shrub zones are stationary heads (also referred to as risers) designed to spray a mist of water. They usually surround the house and cover small areas. Larger heads (referred to as rotors), pop out of the ground and are designed to cover larger areas. These rotors are located throughout the yard.
Once the yard is established, you can follow these watering guidelines (Soil conditions affect amount of water needed. If the soil is non-porous you should water less than recommended.)
Your irrigation system should be programmed according to your local water restrictions. Operate the shrub zones (risers) for 15 minutes and the large heads (rotors) for 30 to 60 minutes.St. Johns River Water Management District:
Proposed Lawn and Landscape Irrigation Rule Amendments
We recommend that the best way to irrigate an established lawn is on an “as needed” basis. Grass blades will begin to wilt as the moisture begins to be depleted in the soil. If 30 to 50 percent of the lawn shows signs of slight wilting, it is then time to water with 3/4 to 1.0 inch of water. The turf will fully recover within 24 hours. Then wait until the turf shows signs of wilting again before watering. This method of irrigation scheduling works for any soil types and environmental conditions.
Proper watering practices will help maintain a lawn that requires less mowing
and has little thatch buildup. Proper watering will also help develop a deep
root system, and makes the plants less susceptible to damage by pest and environmental
It is also recommended that the valve box covers (1 for each zone of the system) be kept exposed, clear of any sod, dirt, etc. This will facilitate anyone needing to access these valves for future maintenance/repairs.
We would also like to bring to your attention the option of having an irrigation
meter installed. This must be done through the county in which you live. Without
an irrigation meter, the water used on your grass will be billed at the same
rate as the water used in your home. With the meter the water used is charged
at a much lower rate. After the county installs the meter, you must then have
it connected to the irrigation system. Once hooked up, the county must then
be called to inspect and unlock the meter. You may also have an outside spigot
installed and hooked to the irrigation system thereby allowing you to wash
cars, fill your pool, etc., at the lower rate. Please call for pricing.
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