Should I Shut Off My Irrigation Timer When it Rains?

A very popular question we get asked is “should I shut off my irrigation controller when it rains?” To be honest, you shouldn’t have to worry about remembering at all if you have a properly installed system with a weather sensor or smart controller. If you have one of those two things, it does that for you automatically - and so much more. Let us break it down for you…

First, what is a rain sensor?
As you might have guessed, it senses rain.
It’s a device that communicates with your sprinkler controller about the recent rainfall. If enough rain has fallen, then the sensors inform the timer to skip the next irrigation cycle and not run. It’s a convenient piece of technology. If you’re out of town or just unaware of the weather forecast, the rain sensor will make sure your lawn isn’t overwatered.

The sensor would save you the mental anguish and money from not running your sprinklers during a thunderstorm. You’ll conserve...

Answers to Your Lawn Watering and Irrigation Questions

As we have mentioned before, the second basic need for a lawn is water. Everyone loves to focus on fertilizer, but without proper watering, your lawn cannot thrive. Type of grass, amount of sunlight, temperatures, humidity can all play a role in how much water your yard needs. We have been asked many questions about this topic and want to share some of the answers with you here! For other topics you may have questions about, check out our FAQ page here! 

When is the best time to water my lawn?
Watering in the morning (before sunrise) is the best time for your lawn; it's cooler and winds tend to be calmer so water can soak into the soil and be absorbed by the roots before it can evaporate. Although it might seem smart to wait until the evening, watering in the evening is only recommended in very...

The Beauty of Smart Irrigation - Save Money, Save Headaches, Save Water.

Ever heard of the term 'Feast to Famine'?
That is exactly what almost every transition from Spring to Summer is like in North Florida. A couple of weeks ago, lawns were burning up, drought-stressed, and begging for water. It almost seemed like no amount of irrigation could quench their thirst. Fast forward a couple of weeks, and rainstorms are a daily occurrence.

Instead of worrying about sprinklers, people are worried about drainage solutions and run-off erosion. Quite the change for a short period of time. So why would I be writing about irrigation in a season like this? Because your water use matters - even if you aren't concerned with the environment, you certainly care about your GRU or municipality's water bill.

This is where the...

5 Steps in Testing Sprinkler System for Spring

Now is the time when Florida starts to get warm and dry. It’s a good idea to get a head start on gearing up your irrigation system to set you and your landscape and lawn up for success before the season fully kicks into gear. Here are 5 easy steps to get you started!

  1. Run the system manually by pressing Manual Start button and walk your property while each zone runs. Here is a short tutorial by Chuck on the fundamentals of 4 different brands of irrigation controllers. 
  2. Check heads to be sure they aren't wasting too much water on paved surfaces and that plants are getting proper coverage. Remember that some overspray on surfaces will happen, but you want to minimize it.
  3. Look for dry spots. Spring is when areas of the lawn with low water will struggle. Especially the hottest areas like where spots get full or afternoon sun (the hottest part of the day). Make sure these are
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Spring To Do List for Gainesville Lawns

Spring marks the start of a new growing season. It's time to get out there and tackle some spring lawn fundamentals to set you and your grass up for success before season fully kicks into gear. Putting in a little extra work now is going to mean less time, frustration, and possibly even money spent later on trying to rescue your lawn. Do what you can to build a strong lawn foundation this spring, it's worth it.

5 Reasons to Install a Smart Irrigation WiFi Controller on your Gainesville Sprinkler System

Do you want to save money and reduce your impact on the environment? Your iGainesville rrigation system should be smart enough to do that for you

The main reasons to invest in a smart irrigation controller are, obviously, the cost savings on GRU bills and saving precious water resources. It is also incredibly handy to be able to track and control your watering from almost anywhere with your smart device.

Here are some other reasons.


You will program your smart irrigation by answering a number of questions and let it go from there. The smart system will determine watering based on local water regulations, weather, climate, and plant and soil types.

Your smart system will be able to decide how much water is needed, and when. If it rains heavily, the system may skip watering for that day. This type of lawn engineering can save up to 50% in watering costs.


5 Tips to Help Your Lawn Beat the Dry Spell

We’ve gotten a number of calls from customers asking questions about how to improve their lawn's appearance in the North Florida dry spell. Lawns are struggling from drought stress in any area that gets sun exposure, landscape plants are beginning to wilt, and you're already watering with your sprinkler system. What can you do?

Until we begin to get normal rainfall, here are some watering tips. Notice that these tips are beyond the basics of watering early in the morning, follow the 2 day per week schedule (unless you have new sod or plants), and put down an inch of water. These tips are specifically the dry spells we have come accustomed to a couple times a year in Gainesville landscapes. These tips need to be reveresed after normal rainfall begins as you could create problems with overwatering and fungus when the dry spell ends. 

  • Use the Seasonal Adjust function -On most irrigation controllers installed in the past decade, there is an option
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5 Things Your Gainesville Lawn is Trying to Communicate to You

A lush, well-manicured lawn adds to curb appeal and enjoyment of your home. But lawns are susceptible to diseases and pests, especially if they're left vulnerable from poor cultural practices like underwatering or being scalped too low. Here are five common things your Gainesville lawn is trying to communicate to you, and how to spot and fix each before they get bad.

Problem #1
Problem: Brown Spots

Tips for Keeping Your Gainesville Sprinkler System Running Correctly

Like your body, your lawn requires regular water to stay healthy. It’s that simple, really - but there are a few important best practices to know before just running your Gainesville, Florida sprinklers.


Your lawn loves about an inch of water each week, on average. Some full sun areas require more and deep shaded areas need less, but 1" is about average. In many areas of the U.S., rainfall is plenty, but in Florida's drastic heat and weather changes - we go from needing are sprinklers to run more to needing an improved drainage system to manage all of the rainwater in the span of months.

Typically, spring is a Gainesville Irrigation system's prime time due to high heat and low rainfall. That whole "April showers brings May flowers..." is not typically a good description for Gainesville lawns. Summer's rainfall typically are enough to keep an established lawn healthy without too much additional work by...

VIDEO: Why does my Gainesville Lawn have mushrooms and leaf spots?

Do you ever ask yourself, 'Why does my Gainesville lawn have spots in it?' or 'Why does my Gainesville lawn have mushrooms?'

This video from The Master's Lawn Care can help you find out. Grey leaf spot and mushrooms are both types of fungi, which come from overwatering. Sometimes, overwatering a lawn cannot be helped - because of extreme amounts of rain (like at the time of this video), however other times it comes in shaded areas of the lawn when an irrigation system is compounding with the rain to cause too much moisture in the lawn.

The grey leaf spot can be treated with a contact fungicide, such as Spectator,  but the more effective and better way would be to have a rain sensor installed on your irrigation system and cut back the watering times until the wet season has passed.

If we can help with your lawn or orrigation concerns, please don't hesitate to call our office at (352) 378-LAWN, contact us by filling out...