Your weekly irrigation recommendations - September 16, 2019
That low out in the Gulf should be bringing in beaucoup rain tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 17). Because we recommended irrigation last week, and some sections of The Woodlands received substantial rain, we recommend NO LAWN IRRIGATION this week.
Don't wait for the drought, folks!
Conserve water now!
Remember, it's not how much you water, but how efficiently you water. The typical residence in The Woodlands uses 10,000 gallons per month, less if it rains. If you have an average-sized lot and are using more than 10,000 gallons per month, you are probably over-watering. Over-watering can cause as much damage as under-watering.
St. Augustine grass is a warm season grass. During warmer months (June, July, August, September) it requires no more than an inch of water a week. This one inch can be in the form of rainwater, irrigation water or a combination of both. If irrigation is recommended, then put down a half-inch on each zone on your first watering night of the week, and then another half-inch on your second night. If you're not familiar with your watering days, please check the Defined Irrigation Schedule.
This is a recommendation only. It is intended to reduce waste of our vital water supply. We understand that rainfall events vary across The Woodlands and suggest installing a gauge at your home to accurately measure your rainfall. Alternately, a rain sensor or Smart Controller offer even greater accuracy. The decision to irrigate is at the discretion of our residents. However, the Defined Irrigation Schedule is still in effect, and residents who choose to irrigate should do so according to the DIS.
Some Water Saving Tips
Pay attention to rainfall.The Woodlands receives about 50 inches per year.
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Use cycle and soak to prevent runoff.
Make sure your soil is not compacted and that water can penetrate at least six inches.
Insure that you have a healthy microbial population in your soil.
Monitor your outdoor water use.
Don't just "set and forget" your controller.
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