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Give Your Irrigation System a Vacation This Season

This is the time of year to give your sprinkler system a break. Here are two reasons why: Once-a-week Stage 1 watering rules are in effect and your landscape doesn’t need as much water as it did in summer.

Consider your landscape’s watering needs:

  • Plants are preparing for dormancy. This means they don’t take in as much water.
  • Roots continue to grow at a snail’s pace during dormancy. Apply mulch to conserve existing soil moisture and help protect plant roots from freezing temperatures.
  • The cooler, wetter weather is usually sufficient for our soon-to-be-dormant lawns. Any additional irrigation — especially during certain times of the day — only encourages fungus growth.

Turning off your irrigation system is the single biggest way to keep your landscape healthy and save on your water bill.

Visit GardenStyleSA.com for weekly watering amounts and landscaping tips to keep your yard looking great using less water.