Florida-friendly Landscaping Tip: Water Efficiently

Dollar weed in grass

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;

  • Leaks
  • Damaged heads
  • Distribution uniformity
  • Clogged emitters
  • Dry or wet spots
  • Obstructions
  • 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.

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