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June 14, 2022 9:55 AM

Zephyrhills Homeowners: "Watch the Weather, Wait to Water"

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) reminds Zephyrhills homeowners who irrigate their lawns to take advantage of the summer rain.

During the summer months of June, July, August & September, yards need no more that one-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every two to three days.
If your lawn has received enough water from rainfall, turn off your irrigation system, and turn it back on when needed.

Irrigation systems can be turned off and manually operated when needed.
To avoid overwatering, homeowners are also encouraged to test their rain shut-off device to make sure it is working properly.

Follow these tips when you "watch the weather, wait to water..."

***Water only when your yard needs it***
The simplest way to determine if your yard needs water is to look for these visual clues:
Grass blades are folded in half lengthwise on at least one-third of your yard.
Grass blades appear blue-gray.
Grass blades do not spring back, leaving footprints on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

***Check the forecast***
If your yard is showing signs that it needs water, check your local forecast to see if rain is on the way.
Use a rain gauge to determine how much rain your yard has received.

***Check your rain sensor***
If you have a rain sensor, make sure that it is working properly.

***Take full advantage of the rain***
Make sure gutter downspouts are directed into landscaped areas or lawn.
Install a rain barrel to capture excess rainwater.

For additional tips on how to irrigate more efficiently this summer, please visit: https://www.swfwmd.state.fl.us/residents/water-conservation/watch-the-weather-wait-water

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