With our North Florida winter weather, you never know if the weather will be freezing out or sunny one minute and rainy the next.
Gainesville Irrigation Weather Sensors give peace of mind knowing you are:
- Watering when it’s nice outside - not raining or freezing out
- Meeting Gainesville and Alachua County Code for your Sprinkler system
- Preventing frost damage (as seen in the video)
- Preventing overwatering
- Conserving water
- Saving money on water bills
With a rain sensor, you can have security knowing that you are only watering when it’s needed. The sensor has a removable tipping rain bucket that measures the rainfall. You can adjust the sensor to automatically stop watering when the bucket is filled to an 1/8" up to 3/4".
The Rain/Freeze sensor is programmable. Most people set it at 35 degrees to turn off the system. This helps prevent possible hazards to pedestrians with icy sidewalks...
How much water does a lawn need?
In general, most turf grasses need about 3/4" - 1" of water per week to maintain green color and active growth. However, during certain times during the summer when high temperatures are the norm, you should allow your Gainesville lawn to naturally slow down in growth during those extreme conditions by not fertilizing with any nitrogen so it doesn't need more water. Many factors such as the soil and weather all have a role in the lawn's water needs. Here are a few guidelines to follow:
When is it time to water?
The first few warm days of Spring does not automatically mean to use your Gainesville Irrigation System. In fact, allowing lawns to start to go under mild drought stress actually increases rooting and strength. Watch for foot printing, or footprints remaining on the lawn after walking ...