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Posted on: December 14, 2017

St. Johns River Water Management District - Message from Executive Director

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One of the great things about living in Florida is the beautiful weather we have most of the year. A flip side of our year-round warm weather is not remembering that our lawns and landscapes take a winter break and naturally go dormant, reducing their need for irrigation.

This year the St. Johns River Water Management District is joining in the Skip a Week campaign developed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District to encourage efficient irrigation practices specific to winter months. This campaign focuses on studies showing that lawns need only about three-quarters of an inch of water every 10 to 14 days during the winter, and less if it has rained. Irrigating every other week during December, January and February (skipping a week) could save more than 1 billion gallons of water in our District alone. That's a lot of water!

Watering too much makes lawns less able to survive dry conditions, encouraging shallow, weak root systems, leading to weeds, pests and diseases. In addition to the Skip a Week campaign, our winter watering restrictions of one-day-per-week on designated days allow sufficient irrigation to maintain healthy lawns. You'll know if your lawn needs water when blades fold in half, turn blue-gray or leave footprints.

 

Now is a great time to train your lawn to sip water instead of guzzling it. You can learn more about Skip a Week on our website at www.sjrwmd.com/SkipAWeek. You'll also find tips on year-round water conservation and efficient irrigation at www.sjrwmd.com/water-conservation.
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