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.