Proper watering is the most important factor in keeping a nice vibrant lawn:

  • Check irrigation system at least once every two weeks
  • Make sure run time is correct for the time of year
  • Check each zone for proper coverage
  • Check each sprinkler head for blockage
  • Check for leaking sprinkler heads
  • If power goes out you may need to reset clock


Use five to ten cans three to six inches in diameter.  Place the cans in one zone at a time, scattered throughout the zone.  Turn on the water for fifteen minutes.  Use a ruler to find the average depth of water collected in all the cans. Multiply the average by four to get your water output per hour.  Repeat the above steps for each zone.


Every lawn is different.  There are many factors that determine how much water your lawn needs, such as grass type, soil type, how much sun or shade your lawn gets and the density of the turf.  Irrigation systems are different as is every lawn.  Plant beds generally need about half the water than the lawn.  When not getting consistent rains, each zone should be set to water 45 minutes to 1 hour twice a week.  Your lawn should receive 3/4" inch to 1" of water per watering.  These are approximate times.


Follow the link below to view water restrictions that may be in effect in your city or county.  Always refer to your local government or utility watering days and restriction guidelines first.  Follow the link below for local information.

Click here:  Water restrictions for Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties

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