Top 5 Reasons You Should Check Your Sprinklers NOW!




Yes, it’s been raining buckets all summer. Hopefully your sprinklers have gotten a good rest… BUT… when the fall “dry season” arrives in central FL, are your sprinklers ready to put water where it’s needed, when it’s needed?

Watch the video (above) to learn five reasons you should go ahead and check your system NOW, before the dry season hits.


Did you know? It pays $$$ to save water!

Do you live in Pasco, Pinellas, or Hillsborough Counties? If so, you could be eligible for an irrigation efficiency upgrade through the Tampa Bay Water-Wise rebate program! Check your eligibility at:

(Live outside the Tampa Bay area? Check for other rebates here –



Want to learn more about timer & sensor issues?

Sprinkler controller knob pointing at "Start time number 1" SMS too wet Sensor switched to ACTIVE. Controller display shows 4 a.m. start-time and notes that "Each start runs all scheduled zones"

Check out the pre-recorded webinar – “Irrigation Controllers & Sensors – Where BIG Mistakes Happen FAST!”


Adjusting heads – Online tutorials

Hands adjusting sprinkler

The following online tutorials show how to adjust several common styles of spray and rotor heads.

(NOTE: Inclusion does not represent endorsement of specific brands, products, or organizations.)



A quick note about “mixed heads” (sprays/rotors)

If you’re a long-time reader of my blog, you know that either too much or too little water can cause BIG problems… Sprays and rotors apply water at VERY different rates. When sprays and rotors are combined in a single zone, usually, something is either receiving too much water, or too little. If you’ve got mixed heads, this video from UF/IFAS Extension Miami-Dade discusses an easy option for retrofitting spray heads with “multi-stream” rotating heads.



Looking for a DIY Sprinkler “Wet-Check” Guide?

Water pours out across sidewalk from damaged sprinkler head

I’ve got you covered – Check out this previous post – Sprinkler tune-up!


Getting excited for #FloridaFallColor?

Still feeling like a sauna outside? Get enthusiastic about fall with my previous post about Florida Fall Color!

Tiny berries clustered around beautyberry stem Abundant miniature sunflowers alongside feathery fern fronds Feathery pink plumes of muhly grass sway in the breeze

#SidewalksDontGrow #JustWetYourPlants


By Frank Galdo

The author on a hike

About the Author: As one of the Florida-Friendly Landscaping (FFL) Program Coordinators in Pasco County, I work to help ensure that our community is full of vibrant landscapes that DON’T require a lot of water, fertilizer, or pesticides to look their best. Through an innovative collaboration with Pasco County Utilities, I also provide targeted on-site troubleshooting outreach to help individuals and communities identified as high water users. My motto is – Less guesswork, better landscapes.” I can be reached at


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Pollinator / good bug research plot on a golf course

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Posted: September 3, 2021

Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping, Home Landscapes
Tags: #SaveWaterFL, #WorkSmarterNotHarder, Dry Season, Efficient Irrigation, Fall, Florida Friendly Landscaping, Irrigation, Landscaping, Resilient Landscaping, Save Water, Saving Water, Seasonal, Smart Irrigation, Sprinklers, Water Conservation

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