15 May Importance of Irrigation for your Florida Lawn
Has it been a while since you thought about your sprinklers? With summertime finally upon us, homeowners can no longer afford to put lawn care on the backburner. Considering the scorching-hot summer weather Floridians contend with every year, we must be particularly vigilant about keeping our lawns nourished. While we’re all tempted to buy a spinning sprinkler at the hardware store, a well-designed irrigation system ensures that our landscaping will look its best all summer long without requiring you to spend hours in the blazing sun. Irrigation systems can reduce water use, as well as sod and plant replacement due to drought or insects that plague areas of Florida.
Florida homeowners who are interested in reducing their environmental footprint should invest in the proper irrigation system. When people manually water their lawns or simply leave sprinklers running indefinitely, they not only waste water — they over-feed their grass. Conversely, an irrigation system will automatically provide your lawn with as much nourishment as needed. All irrigation systems have a rain sensor, required by building code. The rain sensor shuts off the system when a certain amount of water is detected. Other irrigation systems have SMART controls that monitor the weather, water in the soil, etc. and adjust your sprinklers accordingly.
While it’s true that an irrigation system is initially a large investment, it’s bound to save you money down the line. Because irrigation systems are strict water conservers, you’re sure to see a substantial decrease in your summertime water bills. By following the right irrigation schedule, it’s possible to save 10 to 20% of your monthly water bill. Over time, those savings add up! This is particularly true in the case of homes and businesses that feature expansive lawns.
Depending on how large your lawn is, maintaining it over the summer can eat up a sizable chunk of your leisure time. Worse yet, regular lawn maintenance can also expose you to harmful UV rays for prolonged periods. Not only will an irrigation system take the grunt work out of lawn maintenance, it will also give you some free time.
Is your Irrigation System Calibrated?
While it may seem like a simple, unimportant thing, calibrating your irrigation system could be the most beneficial thing you do for your lawn–especially in the Florida heat. Our unique climate can make proper irrigation a challenge between the soil, humid air, and scorching sun.
Do your research! It is all about timing. When you water is one of the most important aspects of irrigation. If you water in the middle of the day, the sun will evaporate the water from your lawn almost immediately. The best time to water, is in the very early morning or late at night. Watering at this time, while the sun is not yet up, will ensure that the moisture will have time to soak into the soil and get to where it needs to be at the roots of your plants. Set your timers to this time to ensure that your lawn is watered at the right time of day without any of the guesswork.
Be sure to water on the right days without oversaturating lawn or leaving it thirsty. Your lawn doesn’t need the same amount of water all year round. Keep in mind the time of year when you water your landscape to ensure that you are watering enough in the dry seasons, and not too much during the wet ones. You can also save money on your water bill by paying attention to the suggested watering schedule in your area.
Paying attention to how your sprinklers are positioned is the easiest and arguably the most important step in irrigation calibration. Your sprinklers aren’t doing your lawn much good if they are spraying water on your driveway or on the road, wasting water and your money.
Many homeowners pride themselves on keeping their lawns in prime condition. Unfortunately, doing so can prove exceedingly difficult during a relentlessly balmy Florida summer. If you’re determined to provide your lawn with the nourishment it needs, contact Aruba Permit Services partnered with Aruba Construction & Roofing Inc. Our landscape specialist can help determine the best irrigation system for your lawn!