The Severe Tampa Bay Drought– What it Means to You.
As wildfires continue to blaze in our area, the drought continues to dwindle our Tampa Bay water supply. During hot weather, an abundance of groundwater is desperately needed to keep local lawns, landscapes, and gardens green and healthy.
If this 2017 Severe Drought continues to persist, we will be heading towards an Extreme Drought. From the map below, our Tampa Bay drought situation can seriously affect your lawn and landscape by creating brown spots and dead grass and shrubs. To learn more about Tampa Bay & Florida’s Latest Drought Information, click on the map to connect to the National Weather Service.
Are We Heading for the Toughest Watering Restrictions in Tampa Bay’s History?
As you can see from the map above, the Extreme Drought can mean brown grass as the norm. Local government officials are now considering what actions to take to conserve water and restrict the squandering of water. Homeowners are also concerned about how to keep their lawns and landscape healthy, while in the drought or during constricted watering restrictions that may go to one day a week or no watering at all for an Exceptional Drought.
What Can You Do to Beat the Drought?
There are a number things you can do to save water and get water to those areas of your yard and landscape that needs it. We recommend in this drought situation, you proactively inspect your lawn and landscape for dry areas and any brown spots and immediately take appropriate actions to ensure automatic irrigation watering is correctly performed and the soil is moist below the surface.
As you may know, you can always call us in to check out your entire irrigation system to determine any failed components or adjustments required, as well as, the quality sprinkler repairs we have been recognized in Tampa Bay for the past 27 years. Your irrigation sprinkler system must be in good condition to water properly and efficiently without wasting water on sidewalks or driveways to beat this Severe Drought.
ATZ Irrigation has provided a few helpful tips below to maintaining a healthy lawn and landscape while exercising conservation of Florida’s most valuable limited resource – Water.
- Sprinklers: Check Your Irrigation Sprinklers and take corrective action, if required
- Adjust all sprinkler heads to water properly
- Repair leaky or broken sprinkler heads
- Mend or replace broken pipes
- Ensure maximum flow water for each irrigation zone
- Water only during the county timeframe windows of 6 PM through 6 AM
- Set the Irrigation to zone duration time, never over water – this is based the soil moisture
- Install Drip Irrigations in gardens, landscape areas & flower islands for better water
- Grass Height: Cut grass no less than 4 inches to extend the root system deep into the soil
- Moisture Control: Use LESCO Moisture Manage to help maintain soil moisture, Click on Always Green – Other Landscape Services to order this service
- Drought Resistant Plants: Select and plant drought resistant plants, shrubs and trees for the Southwest Florida area
- Lawn Care: Provide appropriate fertilization and pest control to keep yards and landscape healthy. Click on Always Green Lawn Care to order this service
- Mulch: Distribute a minimum of 3 inches of mulch in landscape areas to help seal in the soil moisture, prevent erosion and prevent weeds.
To obtain contact information regarding county water restrictions, click on the Southwest Florida Water Management District
The biggest impact to water conservation and keeping your lawn and landscape green and healthy is a fully functional irrigation sprinkler system working at peak efficiency. A well-maintained and correctly operational system can save your grass, plants, shrubs and tree from dying from the drought and it can also save you money.