Watering Florida Grass Types
At least 50% of the water used by most households is used outdoors—but this doesn’t have to be the case in your yard. Follow our watering tips to save money, conserve water, and keep your yard looking beautiful all year.
- Know the signs of a lawn that needs water. When grass is thirsty, it often starts to take on a blue-gray color, and some leaf blades will start to wilt. You might also notice that footprints won’t “bounce back” like they normally would.
- Keep track of how much rain you’ve received recently. Install a rain gauge, ideally near a window with a clear view of the sky so it records rain accurately but is also easy for you to check. If you have an irrigation system, it’s required by Florida state law to have a sensor to turn off the system when it’s raining. Make sure this is working so you don’t over-water your lawn.
- Adjust your watering for the seasons. Your lawn doesn’t need as much water in the winter, and over-watering can have several damaging effects, so water accordingly. Try experimenting with watering times and amounts; you might be surprised at how much water you can save and still have a healthy lawn!
- Use grass and landscaping plants that don’t require as much water. Consider water usage when you’re picking out plants—is a bigger or thirstier plant worth the extra water (and expense) it will take to keep it healthy? Also make sure to place plants in appropriate areas, with more drought-resistant plants in sunnier places and plants that need more water in shade or in areas that naturally hold rainwater better.
- Try using a rain barrel to collect rainwater that you can reuse to water plants. The barrel will pay for itself many times in the savings you’ll see from using less piped-in water!
Along with Mowing, watering your lawn is one of the primary ways to keep your lawn healthy, green and free of common weeds and diseases. For additional on proper watering techniques, visit our Watering Management page on Lawnopedia.