You want to apply 1/2" to 3/4" of water when you apply.Determine how long to run your irrigation zone by following these basic steps:
1)Place a rain gauge or a flat container (like a tuna can) in the zone you wish to test.
2)Run the irrigation zone for ½ hour.
3)Measure the amount of water that accumulated in the rain gauge or tuna can.
4)Adjust zone run time up or down in order to apply between ½ inch to ¾ inch of water.
Applying ½ inch to ¾ inch of water will wet the soil profile to a depth of approximately 8 inches. That will wet the bulk of the root zone.
You can calculate the amount of water used for hand-watering by measuring how long it takes to fill a bucket. A bucket that fills in two minutes uses 2.5 gallons per minute.
Search for plants that grow well in Florida.
Tropical plants are designed for Florida's hot climate and don't need much water. These plants are pest-resistant, low-maintenance, and can withstand direct sunlight. Plant nurseries and garden centers sell Florida-friendly plants. Check out this list of Florida-friendly plants.
Some plants you could plant include:
- Azaleas - These need partial shade and grow up to 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide.
- Black-eyed Susan's - These need full sun and grow up to 1-3 feet tall and 1-2 feet wide.
- American beautyberries - These need full sun or partial shade and can grow up to 3 to 8 feet tall and 4 to 8 feet wide.
Hold off on mowing.
Keep your lawn looking great with this summertime yard care tip. You’ll have a deeper, healthier root system if your grass blades are tall. If your homeowner's association doesn't like it, let it grow to its highest point before you mow. Short blades mean there’s green tissue available for food production, which means you have a weak root system.
As long as the roots are healthy, your grass should stay green throughout the summer.
Those are the summertime yard care tips you need to know for Florida. If you follow these tips, your yard will look good the whole summer and many summers to come.