Save some money and do something good for the environment

19 12 2009

I find it hard to believe that it is less than a week away from Christmas.  Where has the year gone?

Well, while I probably lack the ability to explain why time flies by so quickly, I can offer some advice that might help you save some money this winter.

Face it.  This is December.  Day length is short and temperatures have cooled off.  This all leads to a reduction in the amount of water needed by our lawns and landscapes.  In fact, if you live north of Orlando there is a good chance that you can turn your irrigation off for the next two to three months.  That’s right, turn it off.

The cool temperatures that we have right now will force our lawns into winter dormancy.  The turfgrass plants have been working hard all summer and deserve some time off.  How do you know if your lawn is dormant?  If the majority of the canopy has turned to a straw color the grass is in a state of dormancy and as a result, it does not require irrigation for survival.

Not only will shutting your irrigation of reduce the amount of water used on your monthly bill, it might pay dividends throughout the year.  You see, some utilities use your water consumption during the winter months to determine your wastewater charges for the remainder of the year.  Reducing your use now will save you money all year long!

Curious to learn more about irrigation requirements throughout Florida?  Check out the Florida Automated Weather Network (FAWN) website for a variety of cool tools.  One that I think you will find valuable is the “Urban Irrigation Scheduler” which will provide guidance regarding the proper run times for various irrigation zones in your landscape.  Research has shown that many homeowners over irrigate their lawns.  Don’t be one of them!

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