Florida-friendly Landscaping Tip: Water Efficiently
Is this plant growing in your yard? Dollarweed (Hydrocotyle umbellata) growing in a lawn is a sign of being too wet and/or being overwatered. This native plant typically grows in our local wetlands. Following the 2nd principle of Florida-Friendly Landscaping™, “Water-Efficiently” can help prevent this problem plant and other problems. Calibrating your sprinkler system to apply 3/4” – 1” per week is a good place to start. Also, having a functional rain shut-off device on all in ground automatic systems is not only a state law, but important to prevent overwatering.
Periodically check your system for;
- Damaged heads
- Distribution uniformity
- Clogged emitters
- Dry or wet spots
- Misaligned heads
- Overall health of landscape.
Proper irrigation practices can help reduce water bills, pest problems and maintenance needs, as well as prevent a lot of frustration.
The Sarasota County Extension offers free evaluations of in ground irrigation systems. Call the County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 for more information.