It’s that time. What time? Springtime. Time for turning our clocks forward. Time for changing the days on our irrigation controllers.
On March 13, when we change to Daylight Saving Time, we also change to the Spring/Summer irrigation schedule. During Daylight Saving Time, March 13 through November 6, the irrigation restrictions change to allow outside irrigation no more than twice a week. Homes with even-numbered addresses may irrigate on Thursdays and Sundays. Homes with odd-numbered addresses may irrigate on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Businesses may irrigate on Tuesdays and Fridays. The irrigation restrictions apply whether you are irrigating with reclaimed water, well water, or city water.
The irrigation schedule changes twice each year to reflect Florida’s normal weather cycle. Our rainy season starts in April and continues into fall. Allowing two days to irrigate 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.
More information on the irrigation restrictions and how to create an attractive water-saving yard is available by visiting the Water Resources Department’s Conservation Program pages or by contacting the Titusville Conservation Office at 321-567-3865.