|Season||Months||Guidelines||Notes / Weekly Watering Requirements|
|Late Fall through Winter||November – February||Rainfall is usually adequate. However, during dry conditions, water the lawn to keep it from completely drying out. Water every 2 – 3 weeks or so in the absence of rain. During unusually dry winters we may recommend additional watering. Always default to the recommendations emailed out weekly!||IMPORTANT: To help minimize freeze damage in your lawn and landscape, water the day or night before any freezes|
|Spring||March – May||Water once or twice per week if less than 1/2″ of rainfall occurs||1/2″ per week recommended. Be careful not to overwater.|
|Summer||June – Early September||Water each section heavily at least twice a week if less than 1″ – 1 1/2″ of rainfall||1″ – 1 1/2″ per week recommended|
|Early Fall||Mid September – October||REDUCE WATER FREQUENCY! This is Brown Patch Season for St. Augustine and Zoysia lawns. Excess water triggers this disease.||Water only as needed! Usually during these months you shouldn’t have to water much. During September, water only once per week if no rainfall and every two weeks in October if no rain.|
- Let the turf determine watering frequency. Since heat, humidity and rainfall may vary, it’s best to water at the first signs of stress, not on a predetermined schedule.
- Be sure to water early in the morning, never in the afternoon or evening.
- Proper watering is critical to your lawn’s health and vigor. Deep and infrequent watering is the best practice. This means wetting the soil to a depth of 4” – 6” per irrigation. The equates to about 1⁄2” of irrigation at a time.
- Actual runtimes vary from yard to yard, but a good baseline would be 20 – 30 minutes per zone for popup heads, 40 – 50 minutes per zone for rotor heads and longer for low impact MP rotors (Google search MP rotors if you are unsure).
- Our soils are heavy clay, which doesn’t absorb water well. We recommend a “cycle and soak” method for a beneficial way to set your timer to minimize runoff and waste.
○ Example: instead of watering a zone for 45 minutes all at once, set your timer to come on with 3 different start times, all in the morning, for about 15 minutes each. This will help reduce runoff and waste.
- St. Augustine tuf has poor drought tolerance and requires irrigation to survive during our long, hot summers, so this is the time to use some water for your lawn. Save your watering budget for the summer time and don’t use it during the rest of the year except during dry conditions.