If you are new to southern Florida, you may not be used to the tropical climate. There are a lot of things unique to Florida that make lawn care much different from other parts of the country. One of the things that differs is how much you need to water your lawn. Florida has a long rainy season, and as such we have to mow our lawns more frequently and water less frequently during those times. Here’s what you need to know about watering your lawn in Florida.
How often should you water your Florida lawn?
This will depend somewhat on the time of year, the weather, and how rain affects your lawn. Some lawns are designed so that water from rain just runs off the property, preventing it from over-soaking or eroding the soil. These lawns will need to be watered twice a week, even if there is rain.
If your lawn gets a decent amount of moisture from normal rainfall, you probably won’t need to water nearly as often. You may also be able to water only parts of your lawn or only water half as much as usual to allow for the rainfall.
When should you water your lawn?
Most of the state of Florida is under watering restrictions for landscaping. These restrictions are set by each county. You’ll want to check with your local county and city to discover what watering restrictions are in place for different seasons. Stick to that schedule and water as little as possible.
How much water is really necessary for a healthy lawn?
You do have some wiggle room when it comes to watering your lawn; but if you get it too saturated, it will encourage rot and disease in the turf. If you let your lawn get too dry, the grass could start turning brown and dying off. It really is important to get just the right amount.
How much water your lawn needs varies quite a bit, though. The type of grass, type of soil, and other variables can affect how much water your lawn should have. Remember that you need to subtract rainfall from the watering schedule so that you don’t over-water.
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