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Watering Smart is Part of an Award-Winning Landscape

Over the past 20 years, the Tampa Bay Community Water-Wise Awards program offered by Tampa Bay Water has recognized homeowners and businesses who are committed to conserving water and protecting the environment by using the most water-efficient landscaping practices.

An important part of water-efficient landscaping is using proper irrigation techniques and technology, and selecting the correct sprinkler head for the area to reduce water waste and watering the driveway or street.


Here are a few tips on efficient irrigation:

  • Rotors are good for lawns because they apply water over a large area. Spray heads work better for small areas of grass and landscape beds.
  • Micro-irrigation is ideal for shrubs, flowers and potted plants because water goes directly to the root of the plant. There is less water loss from evaporation, wind and runoff and fewer pests.
  • Apply ½ to ¾ inch water per application. You may need to adjust your sprinkler timer for various zones.
    • Rotor zones should be set to 45 minutes to an hour.
    • Spray heads should be set to 15 to 25 minutes per application.
  • Be sure to adjust the system to ensure each area receives the amount of water it needs.
  • Remember to turn off your irrigation system when it rains or rain is in the forecast.

One of the most effective ways to use less water outside is to install Florida-friendly landscaping because it doesn’t require much irrigation. Micro-irrigation delivers water to the roots of the plants where it is needed most and is an important component efficient irrigation. For information on efficient micro-irrigation systems, see “A Guide to Micro-Irrigation for West Central Florida Landscapes.”

For more information on conserving water outside visit www.tampabaywater.org/save-water-outside-my-home and to enter the award program, visit tampabaywaterwise.org. Your landscape could be a winner!


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