The number one determining factor for how good your lawn looks is water. The better you water, the better your lawn looks. A bright green lush lawn has plenty of water. A grey green lawn needs more water. A brown lawn is dead from lack of water.
Many homeowners in an effort to look conscientious about the environment turn off the irrigation during the rainy season and learn to late that cutting off the irrigation was not such a good idea.
I often tell customers that if they want to spend money on improving their lawn, spend it on the irrigation system. If you want the best lawn on the block, you must have the best irrigation on the block! It's that simple.
Just when you thought you could trust the Extension Service to help with your growing a beautiful urban landscape, they do this….
Lawn watering is restricted to twice a week for most of Pinellas County. That is still one day short of the three times per week needed to maintain a St Augustine Lawn in Pinellas County. But there are some simple steps you can take to prepare your lawn and your irrigation system to help your St Augustine lawn survive twice a week watering during the summer heat.
I was stunned after reading and researching the post “Water, Water, Everywhere..” by Lara Miller, Natural Resource Agent for the Pinellas County Extension Service. I have nothing against conserving water and I believe that wasting water is wrong and poor stewardship. But environmental activism by a government official using half-truths and misleading facts is far worse than wasting water.
I service lawns irrigated with reclaimed water - 3x per week water privileges - and many with well water - restricted to 2x per week watering and a few with city water (Potable) restricted to 1x per week. My observation is: Once per week watering is insufficient to sustain a St Augustine lawn in Pinellas County – it does not work!