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Set Your Clock, Set Your Irrigation Controller
Irrigation Schedule Changes to Twice A Week
TITUSVILLE, FL - (March 11, 2011) – Spring has sprung and the dog days of summer are nipping at our heels. The change in season means we will all be setting our clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. It also means we will be changing our irrigation controllers.
On March 13, irrigation schedules increase by one day to twice a week. During Daylight Saving Time irrigation for homes with even numbered addresses is allowed on Thursday and Sunday. Irrigation for homes with odd numbered addresses is allowed on Wednesday and Saturday. Businesses can irrigate on Tuesday and Friday.
“Just because you can irrigate twice a week, doesn’t mean you have to irrigate twice a week,” explained Maureen Phillips, Water Resources’ Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager. “Our rainy season usually begins after April, so you may actually need to irrigate less. The change in schedule simply recognizes that during this time of year plants are exposed to more sunlight and are in a growth cycle, so they may need more water. If you use native plants and follow the rule of planting the right plant in the right place, you may not need any supplemental irrigation—normal rainfall should provide enough water for your plants’ needs.”
To choose the right plant for the right place, just look at the conditions present in your yard. Does that area of the yard get sun all day long? Is it shaded by a neighboring tree? Does the area remain wet for a long period after a rain? All of these are factors that influence what you should plant and how much irrigation that plant needs.
Titusville’s irrigation restrictions apply to reclaimed water, well water and city (potable) water. For more information about the irrigation restrictions or if you want to know more about Florida-Friendly landscaping, just contact the Titusville Conservation Office at 321-383-5669 or visit the Water Resources Department’s Conservation Program pages on Titusville’s website, www.titusville.com.