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Reduce Water Use

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Tips for Cool Weather Lawn Care 


  • Irrigate on an “as-needed” basis to conserve water and save money. This means waiting to irrigate until 30 to 50 percent of your lawn shows at least one of three wilt symptoms: folding leaf blades, blue-gray color, or a trail of footprints remains visible in the grass.

  • The irrigation restrictions change starting on the first Sunday in November (11/3/19) to ensure the efficient use of water during the winter. These mandatory restrictions specify that homes with odd-numbered addresses may water on Saturdays and those with even-numbered addresses on Sundays. Remember, watering is allowed for no more than one hour per zone and is not allowed between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

  • Refrain from fertilizing lawns. The Alachua County Fertilizer Code prohibits the use of fertilizer containing nitrogen from July through February. Fertilizers are not used by plants during winter dormancy, but instead can leach into groundwater or run off into surface waters.

  • Do not fertilize your lawn to try to green it up after a freeze – wait for the natural cycle of events to occur in the springtime. Fertilizing after a freeze will do more harm to your lawn than waiting for spring.

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