Manage Irrigation for Healthy Lawns

Tropical storm Cindy left us with saturated soil that can affect turf growth.  At this time, it is even more important to manage your sprinkler system so that additional water is not added to turf and ornamental plants. Even if you have a rain shutoff device, it is best if you turn off your system completely to prevent a watering cycle immediately following a rainfall event.

Irrigation system running after Escambia area receives heavy rainfall from Tropical storm Cindy.

The best practice for lawn irrigation is to apply 1/2 inch of water only when they grass shows signs of needing water.  Look for grass blades that fold in half, have an off color grayish-blue in turf areas, or soil that feels dry to the touch.  Schedule your system to run for the following morning after you see these symptoms. For more information on calibrating your sprinkler system, watch a video from the University of Florida IFAS Extension.