With most of Florida parched by drought, you might be worried about whether your property’s grass and plants will make it through the season.
Those dreaded brown spots are showing up on many lawns, and according to UF’s meteorologist, there won’t be much relief anytime soon—drought conditions in Florida are expected to last at least two more weeks.
The impact can be expensive as well as unsightly. Without proper watering, an entire lawn of St. Augustine grass will quickly die off, costing at least $1/square foot to replace (or $6,000 for a typical 6,000-square-foot yard).
But how can you keep your lawn irrigated and healthy in the middle of a drought, when we’re supposed to be conserving water?
All it takes is some strategy.
Here are four tips to save water and protect your lawn during Florida’s drought:
- Only water between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., when temperatures are coolest and the least evaporation will occur.
- Check sprinkler heads for clogging or leaking. Make sure no sprinkler heads are pointing at your driveway, house, or anything else that isn’t grass/plants. (Read more about sprinkler maintenance.)
- Spend less time on shrubs as they don’t require as much water.
- Get familiar with Alachua County’s irrigation restrictions.