Step 2 Get the Water Right

Healthy landscapes and waterways in Broward County depend on how you use water in your NatureScape. NatureScapes are designed to depend on natural rainfall and supplemental irrigation only when needed. Up
to 50% percent of household water is used for irrigation.

Get the Water Right

Turfgrass uses the most water in the landscape and should be used wisely - such as areas where children and pets play.  Minimize turfgrass in your NatureScape and water it efficiently.

Observe year-round Broward County Irrigation Schedule.

General Irrigation Tips 
  

  • Water turfgrass separately from other landscape areas.
  • Apply supplemental water when 30 to 50 percent of the turfgrass wilts, appears bluish-grey in color or does not spring back when stepped on.
  • Apply 3/4-inch to 1-inch of water to thoroughly wet the root zone.
    Avoid watering impervious surfaces such as driveways and sidewalks to prevent pollutants from running into storm drains.
  • Check sprinklers twice a month to ensure sprinkler heads are in good repair.
  • A rain shut-off device is required for all automatic irrigation systems.
  • Consider using drip irrigation or microirrigation for raised beds and planters.
  • Do not apply fertilizer when heavy rainfall is expected. Rainfall will cause the fertilizer to run off the property or leach below the root zone. 

 Rain Gauges and Rain Barrels   

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Rain gauges help track how much rain an area has received and when you need to apply additional water. 

Rain barrels allow you to collect and store rainfall from roofs and are used for hand watering and supplemental irrigation needs.