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And just like that….we have longer daylight hours, more sun, and no rain. During the months of December, January, and February, SW Florida experienced unseasonable weather patterns that included rain and below average temperatures. Therefore, we stressed the importance of monitoring your irrigation system to ensure your lawn and shrubs received the correct amount of water.

We are now shifting to a warmer, dryer season with increased hours of sunshine and decreased periods of rain. Last March, April, and May 2019 was very dry with little to no rain. As a result, your irrigation will need to be re-assessed to ensure your landscape receives adequate water. This may involve increasing the number of days your irrigation system runs as well as checking that all sprinkler heads are functioning. The sprinkler heads should be adjusted so that every part of your landscape receives water. Those areas missed by your sprinkler will quickly become dry. Remember there is no lateral movement of water in our sandy soil. (Yes, 4 inches outside of a sprinkler head could be dry from lack of water.)

Please consult with your irrigation or landscape company to make the necessary changes in your irrigation program. Remember, in SW Florida, you cannot take the “set it and forget it” approach when it comes to your landscape. The amount of water your lawn and shrubs require is based on seasonal conditions that require irrigation systems to constantly be monitored. (This will also save you $$.)

As always, please do not hesitate to contact Personalized Pest Control at 239-455-8444 with any questions you might have. We are always glad to help!!

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