How lawns and landscapes are irrigated directly impacts the natural environment. Improving irrigation management can reduce soil and nutrient losses from the home to groundwater and local water bodies. Reducing irrigation water applications can also result in significant financial savings. You can do many things to reduce water use and potential environmental impacts that could be caused by irrigation problems. The first action is to implement a good irrigation design. Homeowners should irrigate wisely and fertilize appropriately. Consult the FAWN website (Florida Automated Weather Network) for up-to-date environmental conditions (http://fawn.ifas.ufl.edu), and follow irrigation Best Management Practices (BMPs) listed in Managing Landscape Irrigation to Avoid Soil and Nutrient Losses.