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After You’ve Eaten the Candy, Reset Your Controller
Fall & Winter Irrigation Schedule
TITUSVILLE, FL - (October 30, 2015) – After you have eaten the candy, put away the costume, and set the clocks back, take the time to reset your irrigation controller.
November 1 marks the change back to Eastern Standard Time, as well as the change back to only once-a-week irrigation. During Eastern Standard Time (November 1 through March 12), outside irrigation is reduced to no more than 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.
During the fall and winter plants and grass growth rates slow down due to reduced sunlight, cooler temperatures and reduced rainfall. This reduced growth rate reduces the need for irrigation. Watering your landscape when it is not needed can harm your grass and plants because it can encourage fungal growth, as well as disturb the normal growth cycle. A plant with new growth is more susceptible to damage during a cold snap.
Landscape irrigation schedules are set by the St. Johns River Water Management District and have been tied to time zone changes for over 6 years.
According to Maureen Phillips, City of Titusville Water Resources’ Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, well water, city water, and reclaimed water all fall under the irrigation restrictions in Titusville. “People often think that the answer to any plant or lawn problem is to add more water,” Phillips explained. “What they don’t realize is that too much water can be the cause of many of the problems going on in their yard. Titusville is not in a tropical zone. Although our yards don’t experience the same degree of dormancy that plants up north experience, growth rates do slow down considerably during this time of year. Bahia grass goes dormant and turns brown in the winter. Watering and fertilizing during this time is only going to encourage weeds.”
Titusville residents can find out more about the irrigation restrictions and Florida-Friendly landscaping by contacting Titusville’s Water Resources Conservation Office at 321-383-5669 or visiting the Water Resources Conservation Program’s pages at www.titusville.com.