Lawn and Sprinkler Care

This page was put together to gather information and tips for lawn care and sprinkler system maintenance.

Your Lawn

  • Because of water restrictions in the Central Florida area, residents must follow the watering schedule set forth by the St. John’s Water Management District. Please see our Watering Schedule page for your day(s) to water.
  • Water your lawn in the early morning hours rather than the evening hours, and do not water between the hours of 10 AM and 4 PM when it may be the hottest.
  • Avoid letting your grass grow too tall between mowings. If it grows too long the roots of your grass are weakened as well as the taller blades begin blocking the sunlight from smaller blades that are trying to grow.
  • While many people leave the clippings in their yard to break down and become a natural fertilizer, this is unhealthy for Florida lawns as our grasses are very dense and leaving clippings to decay naturally will invite disease and possibly smother sections of your grass. Please bag your clippings and dispose on our yard waste pick-up day [Friday].
  • Be aware of the trees in your yard. Almost all trees are going to drop leaves at some point in their yearly growth cycle. Certain types of leaves are very thick and can pile up on your grass and can kill or do damage if not removed quickly. Examples of these are scrub oak leaves and magnolia leaves. Mow over or rake up leaves if you see them piling up on your lawn. You may wish to remove and replace a problem tree with one that requires less monitoring. Remember to do a little investigating if you are looking to add a tree to your yard: what effect might it have on my yard? And remember to submit an ARB form and get approval if you are going to remove and/or add a tree.
  • Please remember that glass clippings must be picked up after you mow; please do not leave them on the street/sidewalk/driveway or your lawn. Clippings are unsightly and often will find their way into the storm drains where they can build up and block the drain.

Your Sprinkler System

  • Periodically run your sprinklers to inspect the system. Make sure all the heads are working properly and are aimed at your lawn. Avoid having sprinklers spray your driveway or the street if you can. Why waste water you are paying for?
  • If you are unsure how to program your sprinkler control box simply write down the manufacturer and model number. Then go to the web and search for Manufacturer + Model # + “Manual”. This should give you a link to the manual that you can view and/or download. You can also find links this way on YouTube to find videos on programming your control box.
  • If you have any sprinkler heads that have very little or no water coming out then you either have a crack in your line or the sprinkler head is clogged.
  • If you have never done sprinkler repair before, there are many videos online that can show you how to repair a line or replace a sprinkler head.
  • To save on your water bill, install a rain gauge on your sprinkler system. This device will stop your sprinklers from running if enough rain has fallen a day or two before they are set to run.
  • Many lawn services also handle sprinkler maintenance and repair. If you employ one and don’t wish to repair and maintain your own, you can pay them to handle that job.
  • If you put down rock and stepping stones to replace grass on the side of your house (with ARB approval) don’t forget to cap the sprinklers in that area, or better yet, attach a drip irrigation end in place of a sprinkler and run lines to potted plants placed along that side. You can get a 4-line drip irrigation head for every one sprinkler head so just cap off the ones you don’t need. You’ll save water from those heads you removed and use a lot less for the drip irrigation lines. If the zone that waters this new area does not cover any or your grass, you can also save water by shortening the time that zone runs for.

Repairing a Cracked PVC Pipe

Replacing a Broken Sprinkler Head