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TITUSVILLE, FL - (October 26, 2017) – On November 5, clocks are turned back one hour to return to Eastern Standard Time. While setting your clocks, you need to reset your irrigation controller to return to our winter irrigation schedule.
During Eastern Standard Time (November 5 through March 10), outside irrigation is reduced to one day per week. Odd-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Saturdays; even-numbered residential addresses may irrigate on Sundays; and commercial and non-residential properties may irrigate on Tuesdays during this period. In Titusville, well water, city water, and reclaimed water all fall under the irrigation restrictions. Landscape irrigation schedules are set by the St. Johns River Water Management District and are linked to biannual time zone changes.
Although Floridians do not need to winterize their lawns, they do need to realize that their plants and turf have different needs during the fall and winter. According to Maureen Phillips, City of Titusville Water Resources’ Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, since Florida does not experience the drastic change in temperature during the fall and winter that other states do, homeowners think their yards should look the same year-round. However, the irrigation and nutrient needs of both plants and turf vary with the seasons.
The reduced sunlight and rainfall, combined with the drop in temperature reduce plant growth. The reduced growth means plants do not need to produce as much food. Watering in the winter at the same level as the summer can cause more harm than good to your yard by encouraging weeds and fungal growth. It can also cause a plant to put out new growth, which makes it more susceptible to damage during a cold snap. Disturbing the normal growth cycle causes stress to the plant and makes it susceptible to disease and pests.
To learn more about the irrigation restrictions and making their yards Florida-Friendly, Titusville residents can contact Titusville’s Water Resources Conservation Office at 321-567-3865 or visit the Water Resources Conservation Program’s pages at www.titusville.com/irrigation.