We are into our second week of Level 3 mowing. Although we
are still fine tuning our operation and process, we have made some good
progress. Here is a Google Earth map of the property divided into sections to
demonstrate our plan of attack.
This is what we have completed as of Wednesday, June 25th:
Effective June 1, 2014, a new city ordinance will go into effect adopting the proposed amendments to Title 13, Chapter 13.15 of the Code of Ordinances entitled Water Utility Services to include provisions for landscaping and irrigation procedures, and enforcement of those provisions, to more effectively manage the City's water resources and maintain compliance with Texas Administrative Code Title 30, Chapter 288.
A PDF file of
the ordinance can be downloaded from the following web address:
I would recommend watering no more than one day a week only.
Temperatures remain cooler at night and over watering can lead to fungus in the
landscape. I am watering the boulevards twice a week, but only at 35% of early
Summer run times. I would also recommend staying attentive to weather forecasts
so that we can anticipate shutting the system off ahead of the next freeze or
rain event that usually accompanies our weekly cold fronts this time of year.
If you need assistance programming your controller contact
your neighborhood representative to have a water ambassador help you, or talk
to your landscape/irrigation professional.
During this time of the year we usually experience cooler
and wetter weather. Irrigation systems should be running no more than one day a
week; I prefer to leave everything off unless the weather is drier. Although
most plants and turf enter a dormant phase and stop growing above ground, below
ground their root zones are still expanding. Should temperatures decide to be milder,
a one day a week schedule will provide adequate water to sustain it through the
winter. Remember to turn the controller off if anticipating rain or freezing
WATER SAVING TIPS
·When doing laundry, match the water level to the
size of the load.
·Reduce the amount of lawn in your yard by
planting shrubs and ground cover appropriate to our region.
·Teach your children to turn off faucets tightly
after each use.
·Remember to check your sprinkler system valves
periodically for leaks and keep sprinkler heads in good shape.
·Soak pots and pans instead of letting water run
while you scrape them clean.
Happy Halloween! We’ve had over 2.5 inches of rain this week. All
controllers should be turned off. It’s also a good time to verify that rain
sensors are working. Try running a manual test of your system. If it comes on,
then either your rain sensor is not hooked up correctly, or it is bypassed.
Contact your irrigation professional or a water ambassador if you are unsure.
With more rain forecasted next week, it would be appropriate to
leave the controllers in the OFF position.
Over watering during these moister, cooler days can lead to unsightly fungus
and mold patches in your landscape. Also a reminder that controllers need to be
set to no more than 2 days a week per the city’s request. I think we would be safe given our
current and projected weather to reduce that even further to 1 day a week. If
you would rather keep you program at 2 days a week, consider reducing the water
budget to 50%, or half of your regular run time.