5 Lawn Tips in times of Drought

We have had some dry months here in Gainesville and it’s definitely showing in yards across town. Grass requires a regular supply of water to keep it growing healthy and green, but long periods without rain can mean a brown, struggling lawn. Here are 5 tips to help your lawn stay healthy and become more drought tolerant.

  • Water less often, for longer times – Watering deeply and less often encourages your lawn to develop a deep and healthy root system because it has to work to find water rather than relying on what is easy accessible at the surface. This will give you a lawn that is more naturally drought resistant. We recommend watering twice per week and 45 minutes per zone. 


7 Tips for Having an Efficient Gainesville Sprinkler System

The essential 7.5 elements that every irrigation system should have to reduce costs of
ownership, improve plant health and appearance, and apply water efficiently.

By Kurt K. Thompson

Property ownership is a complicated act of balancing a desired appearance or function with
financial considerations. This balancing act is no more prevalent that in the landscape. It is
made more confusing because of the misinformation or the lack of information available on
which a proper decision can be based.

When asked about the costs associated with the ownership of an irrigation system, most
property owners think only about the costs of repairing broken components of the system. They
never really consider the costs caused by an incomplete design or installation, nor the proactive
maintenance and adjustments to the irrigation system. Both affect the amount of water that is
used, the health of the plants...

Quick Tip: How Do I Get Brown Spots out of my Zoysia Lawn?

If your Zoysia lawn is suffering from dead spots this summer like the photo above, you aren't alone. Although Gainesville lawns have historically been St. Augustine grass, Zoysia has began making a major push as the turf of choice for a few years. With valid and proven claims of chinch bug-resistance and drought tolerance, even strict homeowner's associations like Haile Plantation that previously only allowed St. Augustine lawns have begun to allow Zoysia sod in their neighborhood. 
However, it is extremely important to realize how Zoysia grass reacts to drought and what makes it drought-tolerant. It isn't that it needs less water than St. Augustine lawns or that it stays green longer than St. Augustine, either. Actually, it's quite the opposite. Zoysia actually turns brown before St. Augustine when facing drought stress and needs the same amount of water to stay green. The difference is the fact that Zoysia actually lives through the drought whereas St....

Quick Tip: How Much Should I water my Gainesville Lawn in Summer?

Are you tired of brown spots in your lawn? or is your grass receeding rather than spreading? In most cases, improper irrigation lies at the root of the problem. I always get asked about proper watering and how homeowners can be sure they're watering enough - especially in Summer. We broke it down in the simplest way possible, but please realize we are dealing with lots of variables.

There are three simple characteristics of an irrigation timer's settings for: Frequency, Duration, and Start Time. If these three items are being properly attained, then the resulting turfgrass will be thick, strong, green, and vigorous, and will help repel lawn-damaging insects, weeds, and disease more easily.

The University of Florida states: “A properly irrigated grass plant is better able to withstand pressure from weeds and insects. Weed problems in a lawn indicate that the turf has been weakened by improper management practice. Proper management practices can eliminate most weed...

How to Change Your Gainesville Irrigation Controller Settings

You can literally save thousands of gallons of water on your Gainesville lawn with the proper setting of your Gainesville sprinkler system controller. But you can't just set it and forget it. You need to change the watering schedules as plants become established, with the changing seasons, and when it rains (unless you have a working rain sensor). Here's an easy guide to make setting your irrigation controller easier than programming your DVR.



Quick Tip: 4 Signs Your Lawn Has Too Much Irrigation

St. Augustine lawns are a wide-bladed, warm-weather, grass that does well in Gainesville, Florida. It grows quickly in summer and slows down during winter, needing less water. Too little water can damage your lawn, but too much can also lead to lawn health problems because St. Augustine has shallow roots and is vulnerable to fungal attacks.

Look out for the following four signs you're overwatering your Gainesville lawn:

  1. Depressions: If you walk on your lawn and the grass leaves don’t spring back, this is often a symptom of overwatering. Your footprints will leave matted depressions. This can also be a sign of dry lawns too, but you probably know if your lawn is too dry.
  2. Curled Leaves: When the leaves show signs of curling, it’s usually because they have had too much water. This is a lawn care mistake that many people make. Don’t water again until the leaves have straightened out. However, do not make the mistake of thinking folding leaves mean
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2 Reasons To Make Your Gainesville Sprinkler System Water-Efficient

As our local water continues to increase in price and become more scarce, water from your irrigation system landing on the side walk instead of the lawn and landscape cannot be tolerated. Water from Gainesville sprinklers is often lost long before the water hits the ground. There are a variety of ways water is wasted with spray head irrigation – wind, evaporation, run off, misting and overspray all play a role. Pop-up sprinkler heads have never been a very efficient way to water.

During the last 25 years there have been literally millions of spray heads installed across the nation. Replacing all the spray heads for a different type of irrigation is an expensive and daunting task. Fortunately with technological advances in nozzles, the efficiency of a pop-up sprinkler can be improved. High efficiency nozzles such as Hunter MPRs help combat wasted water with spray heads several ways and typically improve the efficiency of your system by 10% – 20%.


Frequently Asked Questions about Gainesville Sprinkler Systems

If you are considering installing a Gainesville sprinkler system, the following answers to frequently asked questions can help get you started towards owning the most convenient and efficient way to water your lawn and landscape.Receive answers to all of your irrigation questions from the experienced staff at The Master's Lawn Care in Gainesville, Florida. Our team understands that you might have a lot of different questions regarding the installation and maintenance of a Gainesville Irrigation system. Take a look at the list of frequently asked questions below to see if your answer is covered or contact us today with any additional questions you might have.

Will an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I'm currently using?
No; in fact it will conserve water. You won't have to worry about wasting water when you forget to turn off the hose, or runoff...

3 Basic Needs of a Healthy Gainesville Lawn: Water

One of my constant talking points is that a Gainesville lawn needs 3 main ingredients to thrive: water,  food, and sun.  If it has all three, grass will grow on concrete (not forever, but if it didn’t, we wouldn’t need edgers).  If you’re missing one of those three things the lawn won’t get any better regardless of what you do.  Today, I want to discuss the importance of water, or more importantly how you can tell if your lawn problem is water-related.

If your lawn developed brown spots last spring in the sunny areas, I’d venture to guess that your problem is water-related.  Most of the lawn issues we see in May and June are from the dry spells we experience.  These brown spots during droughts are...

Cut Back on Your Gainesville Irrigation Now to Save Year-Round on GRU Bill

For most of Gainesville Regional Utilities' residential customers, 'tis the season to be stingy. Their wastewater rates for 2014 will be determined by their usage beginning with the billing cycle that starts this month.

Called the "winter max," the rates most residential customers pay are determined by how much water is used for the January and February bills. And depending on when their meters are read, whether at the beginning of the month or the end, the dial my already be in motion.

Basically, the wastewater rate — since most residents don't have wastewater meters — is determined by taking the average daily water consumption for those two months, multiplying that by 30.4 and rounding to the nearest 1,000 gallons.