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.
- Implement a good irrigation design. Irrigate wisely and fertilize appropriately. Install rainfall shutoff devices.
- Consult the FAWN website (Florida Automated Weather Network) for up-to-date environmental conditions (http://fawn.ifas.ufl.edu)
- Follow irrigation Best Management Practices (BMPs) listed in Managing Landscape Irrigation to Avoid Soil and Nutrient Losses.
UF/IFAS Web resources
- Best Management Practices for Irrigating Lawns and Urban Green Spaces with Reclaimed Water
- Managing Landscape Irrigation to Avoid Soil and Nutrient Losses
- Microirrigation for Home Landscapes
- Residential Irrigation System Rainfall Shutoff Devices, or Rain Sensors
- Residential Irrigation Water Costs in Osceola County and Orange County, Florida