Spring and summer in Florida can be a very dry time, especially when droughts occur. This makes the proper irrigation of your lawn and garden all the more important.
Dry weather doesn’t last forever, but your diligent watering efforts during this dry season will ensure that your outdoor landscaping remains vibrant and healthy for many years to come.
Rather than using unreliable guesswork to water your lawn each week, consider installing an irrigation system for your lawn.
What Is an Irrigation System?
An irrigation system is an underground sprinkler system that conserves money and water while watering your lawn in the most efficient way possible.
The following factors will influence whether an irrigation system is right for your yard:
- What type of grass do you need to irrigate?
- What is the water requirement of your turfgrass?
- What type of soil is under your lawn?
It’s All in the Timing
First and foremost, be sure to schedule your irrigation at the right time of day. Experts agree that the very best time for lawn irrigation is the early morning hours. This allows your sod to absorb all of the water it needs without losing too much to excessive and rapid evaporation.
On the other hand, it’s also important not to water at a time when the water will sit on your grass for too long and smother it with moisture. Expanding the “dew period” of your sod will accelerate the development of disease. Stick to early morning to be safe!
Choose Your Frequency Using Specific Guidelines
Watering frequency is just as important as its timing. There is no one simple amount of water that all lawns need; it varies not just between location within Florida and time of year, but also between the types of sod as well.
For this reason, it is best to ask your sod provider what irrigation frequency they recommend. As a frame of reference, St. Augustine grass with 6-inch roots can make it up to 6 days between irrigation events in Miami in the fall and up to 28 days between irrigation events in Pensacola in the winter. It’s all relative!
Get Advice from Florida Experts
It is always wise to ask for support from an experienced team like TropicScapes Landscape Design and Installation. Our team specializes in outdoor landscaping, and we are here to provide the support you need to enjoy your home. Call (813) 518-8487 today to learn more.