- Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of your yard.
- Grass blades appear blue-gray.
- Grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.
Lou Kavouras from the District, Jim Davis from UF and Carol Ann Breyer, one of Florida’s master gardeners, have joined together to form the Florida-Friendly Irrigating Team. The District, UF and Florida’s master gardeners have various missions, but our science, values and education align when it comes to caring for your Florida yard.
Test rain sensors.
Make sure your rain shutoff device is working properly. To test, turn the sprinklers on and squirt the device with a hose. After the preset amount is received, the sprinklers should shut off.
July is "smart irrigation" month.
During the summer months of July, August and September, yards need only about ¾-inch of water every 2 to 3 days, so you can turn off your irrigation system for extended periods of time.
Let it rain!
Turn off sprinkler heads to planted areas that do not need water in the rainy season. Make sure gutter downspouts are directed into landscaped areas or your lawn.
65% of District residents said they would support changes in their community's rules and regulations to reduce lawn watering. Find out how you can make your community more Florida-friendly.