Watering Schedule and Tony’s Tips for a Healthy Lawn
We are regularly asked by our customers what the watering schedule is for their address. So for your added convenience we have included the information below. But first, some useful information.
Recommended Irrigation Schedule
It has been proven that more damage is caused by overwatering than by underwatering. Weeds and diseases are examples of problems caused by excessive watering.
Based on the average program calculations, I recommend the following schedule for each zone. The operating times reflect the fact that spray-heads deliver more water than rotor sprinklers. This irrigation duration should allow for a deeper development of turf roots, greater soil moisture storage, and promote a more drought-tolerant turf. It is best water during the morning hours before sunrise, approximately 4 a.m. to 8 a.m.
(Note: Observe local water restrictions and regulations. See further below for City of Cape Coral Watering Day Schedule).
Front: Zone-(rotors) : 30 to 40 minutes
Rear: Zone-(rotors) : 30 to 40 minutes
Side: Zone-(mist) : 20 to 30 minutes
Side: Zone-(mist) : 20 to 30 minutes
Based on the average lawn and soil type, I recommend the following schedule for the number of days for water application. The differences in the number of cycles needed per week reflect that less water is required during the Winter months than in the Summer months.
Water can be applied by rainfall or your sprinkler system.
Month=irrigation cycles per week
Monitor irrigation cycles
When there is significant rainfall (greater than a half of an inch) between irrigations, do not use the sprinklers until the correct number of days have passed since the rain fall. This will require manual adjustments to automatic systems unless the system is equipped with a rain shut off device.
Let your lawn tell you when to water
Your St. Augustine lawn will signal a need for water by folding the grass blades together.
When 30 to 40 percent of the lawn shows this symptom of wilt, it’s time to water. Research has shown irrigation “as needed” can save significant amounts of water and will not diminish the quality of the lawn. Road side areas, however, may require more water than shaded areas due to the heat of the road and evaporation.
Learn To Set You Irrigation Timer
The water needs of your lawn change with the seasons and with changes in the weather. Watering also needs to be adjusted as your lawn progresses from a desert into a healthy green lawn (see photo – guess whose been using Tony’s Pest Control?). There are many different timers models out there. Here we have selected two popular videos to help you set your system.
Have a different timer. Search your model on Google or even better, search on YouTube.
In the coming months we will be replacing the videos below with our own to better help our customers.
St Augustine grass turf mowing recommendations
Mow 3 to 4 inches high.
The higher a lawn is mowed, the deeper the roots system will grow. A deep extensive root system is able to reach moisture deeper in the soil and is more capable of withstanding damage from soilborned pests like nematodes and root diseases. A high cut also shades roots and discourages weeds.
Recycle grass clippings – optional
Lawn clippings can be left to recycle nutrients. A plastic bag full of grass clippings contains as much as 1/4 pound of organic nitrogen. Recycling clippings reduces the fertilizer needs of the lawn and also reduces solid waste loads to landfills.
Clippings may contain fungus and can cause the fungus to be active and spread throughout the lawn. Clippings also provide harborage and food for millipedes, grubs and other subterranean insects. Some of these pest require special treatment other than your regular insecticide treatments.
A minimum up of two fertilization a year, approximately March and September, may be all that is necessary to maintain your St. Augustine grass lawn. However, our fertilization program will provide constant nourishment year round. Apply a complete fertilizer such as 10-10-10 or 16-4 -8. The last number on the fertilizer bag represents potassium which supports root growth and drought resistance. The potassium levels should never be less than half of the amount of the nitrogen.
Tony’s Pest Control can provide the service for you.
Important: Insects diminish the lawns ability to absorb and conduct water if there was ever a question don’t hesitate to call for inspection Tony’s Pest Control can provide all your pest control needs. Get more information on our Lawn Pest Control Service.
Cape Coral Watering Day Schedule
For your convenience we have included the following information on the City of Cape Coral day schedule.
All residents in Cape Coral are allowed to water two days each week regardless of the source for the irrigation water. If you use the City’s dual-water system or a private well, you must follow the two-day watering schedule. See the schedule below for your days and times.
The “address” is the last number of your “house” address. For example, if your address is 1926 SW 15th Avenue, the “6” in 1926 is the guiding number.
Here is the two-day schedule that is in effect for all of Cape Coral:
Properties or developments up to and including five acres in size with irrigation systems that must irrigate multiple properties with different watering times will be allowed to water on Monday and Friday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. This includes but is not limited to duplexes, multi-family units, compound use and mixed use units.
Properties or developments more than five acres in size with irrigation systems that simultaneously irrigate multiple properties with different watering times shall be allowed to water on Monday and Friday from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. This includes but is not limited to multi-family, compound-use and mixed-use units.
Other watering restrictions:
Watering of new lawns and landscaping during a 45 day establishment period shall be permitted on any day of the week from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
The following uses of irrigation water are permitted at any time:
(1) Required watering in of lawn chemicals.
(2) Pressure washing, car, truck or trailer washing, boat washing, and flushing boat motors after salt water use.
(3) Hand watering using low volume irrigation methods.
(4) Water use for cleaning, adjusting, and repair of irrigation systems provided that an attendant is on site and for not more than ten minutes per week for the entire irrigation system (if the irrigation system is not divided into areas or “zones”) or for not more than ten minutes per area or “zone” per week (if the irrigation system is divided into areas or “zones”).
(5) Irrigation integral to an ongoing business enterprise, such as a golf course (greens, tees and fairways only), a nursery or agricultural operations, is permitted to the extent necessary to reasonably meet the business’s minimum agronomic needs and for freeze or heat damage protection.
Source: City of Cape Coral Goverment