Even though watering restrictions are not yet commonplace throughout Alabama, homeowners should still take measures not to overwater. Overwatering does more than deplete the water supply; it also makes plants prone to pests and adds to stormwater runoff, which pollutes our water systems.
By choosing and operating a watering system correctly, you can reduce water bills, insect and disease problems, and maintenance requirements. To maintain a healthy lawn can require as much as 2” of water per week during peak growing season. The more you water your lawn, the faster it grows and the more it needs to be mowed. Established trees and shrubs may require less than half as much water as an established turf.
When severe drought leads to water restrictions, water authorities will typically restrict irrigation to certain days and times. But realize that even if it is your assigned day to irrigate, that does not mean you must irrigate. Pre-scheduled watering can waste time, money, and resources. Don’t let the calendar tell you when to water. Look not only at your plants for early signs of wilting but also evaluate soil moisture on a daily basis.