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Fall & Winter Irrigation Schedule
Take Control of Your Irrigation Controller
TITUSVILLE, FL - (November 2, 2012) – This Sunday when you turn your clock back one hour for Eastern Standard Time, take the time to turn back the settings on your irrigation controller to just one day per week. During Eastern Standard Time (November 4 through March 9), outside irrigation is reduced to one day per week for residential and commercial properties. Odd numbered residential addresses are scheduled to irrigate on Saturday. Even numbered residential addresses are scheduled to irrigate on Sunday. Commercial & non-residential properties are scheduled to irrigate on Tuesday.
According to Maureen Phillips, Water Resources’ Water Conservation & Public Outreach Manager, irrigation is reduced during the fall and winter because plants and grasses normally reduce growth and even go dormant as a result of the reduced sunlight, cooler temperatures and reduced rainfall during this time of year. This phase of inactivity gives plants a much-needed rest from central Florida’s long growth period. Watering and fertilizing out of sync with nature, disturbs a plant’s normal growth cycle. When a plant puts out new growth when it should be dormant, it can stress the plant making it more susceptible to disease. It also can cause extensive damage to the plant if there is a freeze.
Watering your lawn the same way in the winter as you do in the summer, wastes water. So take a minute to make sure you are following the irrigation restrictions. When you set your clocks back, set the days on your irrigation controller back also. 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 Conservation Program’s pages at www.titusville.com.