Whether you’re building a new home or upgrading your current irrigation system, it’s vital to hire the most reputable professionals in your area. Elite Landscape Concepts has been serving all of Florida for more than 20 years with high-quality landscaping and watering systems, and we are as close as your digital device or phone.
Why Florida Needs Irrigation for Lawns and Flower Displays
Florida is coming out of the rainy season and going into the dry time of the year. Irrigation is vital in the days ahead, especially if you have water-dependent turf-grasses. Most lawns and flower gardens typically need at least three-fourths inches of water two days each week. For your lawn to thrive, you must take the time to water all parts of your lawn evenly and consistently.
Since Florida’s fall and winter season does not deliver predictable precipitation, you must be extra vigilant about watering during these times. You can’t afford to let your landscaping dry up. You should be water-wise by using enough, but not too much water each week. If you have turned your system off for the summer, it’s time to check it and tune it up for the upcoming months.
The amount of water you need to deliver to your lawns and gardens depends on these factors:
- The part of the state where you live
- Your type of soil – front and back yards
- The season of the year
- How much of your lawn is in the shade
- The type of grass and flowers present
The recommended time for watering is between 5, and 8 am to prevent too much evaporation.
TIP #1: Don’t cut your grass too short, or you will interfere with its normal growth and water retention ability.
TIP #2: Avoid watering plants and grass when the sun is out because it will burn off some of the water. Droplets left on the petals, leaves, and blades act like a magnifying glass that can burn the tissues. Also, avoid watering soon after the sun goes down because the droplets remain on the plant too long. This action promotes fungi and plant diseases that can produce ugly spots on vegetation.
Your grass will let you know when and where it needs water by turning a different color or showing blades that fold in half. When grass is too dry, your footprints remain visible for a long time. When the blades have enough water, these marks disappear much sooner.
Summer Versus Winter Watering
During the warmer months from mid-April through October, you should water your lawn two to three times each week. The cooler months from the first of November through mid-April need less watering. Once a week works if the grass still looks healthy, and twice each week if it’s too dry. Watering less in the winter helps to reduce fungus and weed growth.
Watering less in the winter also encourages roots to grow deeper to seek groundwater. By summer, the deeper roots will have access to more water – irrigation and groundwater – than they did last year. Your grass and plants will appreciate the extra water in the hot weather.
What else can happen when you overwater everything? Grass will begin to turn yellow, and weeds will grow. You may also have trouble with mushrooms that pop up in shady areas. Too much watering in the winter produces brown spots and promotes weed growth in the grass and flower beds. NEVER water every day unless you want serious problems!
Popup Sprinkler Rotating Sprinklers
Types of Watering Systems and Watering for Your Property
Typical irrigation systems use pop-up and rotation sprinklers to produce a beautiful landscape. Additionally, drip lines, soaker hoses, and variations can be used in flower and vegetable gardens to advantage. Pop-ups in Florida should run from 30 to 40 minutes while rotating sprinklers need to go for about 60 to 90 minutes. The ideal amount is one inch of H2O applied to the entire lawn each time you run the system.
TIP #3: Avoid watering every day for short periods, such as 12 to 15 minutes. Using this technique discourages a deep root system because the plants become dependent on daily watering. Everything on your property needs to develop deep roots to absorb groundwater and vital nutrients during dry times.
TIP #4: Don’t water every day for 30 to 60 minutes as this will oversaturate the soil. Over wet soil suffocates roots and promotes weed and fungus growth.
Why You Need to Have Your System Maintained Regularly
Once your irrigation system is up and running, it needs to be maintained regularly throughout the entire year. When it isn’t, your plants suffer, and your system will start to perform less efficiently. Our team of experts has the knowledge and expertise to keep all elements of your system functioning properly. We understand the needs of flowers, shrubs, trees, grass, and groundcovers (ivies) and will help you reap the benefits of a beautiful and thriving landscape.