much water should I apply?
Apply up to three-quarters of an inch of water, up
to two times a week to maintain a healthy lawn. By
saturating the root zone and then letting the soil
dry, you encourage healthy deep root growth.
happens if I over water my lawn?
Overwatering your lawn results in shallow root systems,
which means your lawn is less drought and stress-tolerant.
Overwatering also promotes weed growth, fungus and
time of day should I water?
Water lawns before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., when temperature,
wind speed and evaporation are lowest. This allows
more water to saturate the roots.
do I measure the amount I'm watering?
The simplest way is to the "can method."
Place five to seven flat-bottom cans (the size of
an average tuna can) around your yard and note how
much time it takes to collect three-quarters of an
inch of water.
if I've always watered more?
Gradually cut back until you're only watering up to
two times a week. Lawns that have been over watered
do not tolerate stress effectively. Therefore, it's
important to retrain the lawn. By gradually cutting
back until you are only watering up to two times a
week, you'll develop a strong root system.
Source: Tom MacCubbin
and St. Johns River Water Management District. For
more information, visit floridaswater.com