Rain Predicted This Week... Do not irrigate!
It's October and turf is going dormant and will remain that way until around March or April. Turn off your irrigation system and only turn it on when we recommend. too much irrigation now WILL cause fungal infections that won't be visible until spring or summer. Plus, we average about three inches of rain a month during the late fall and winter months...more than enough to keep the root systems alive.
I've been getting a lot of calls about rain barrels. The Woodlands Green is offering them at a deep discount over retail prices. Plus, residents can get a 50% rebate on their water bill from Woodlands Water. To order yours, go to https://www.thewoodlandsgreen.org/rain-barrels.
Barrels will be distributed Saturday, Nov. 9 at the 3-R Bazaar to be held at The Woodlands Farmers Market.
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.
Check here for your 50% rebate on rain barrels, native plants, smart controllers, drip irrigation and rain gauges.