Pasco County Utilities (PCU) is encouraging residents to plan now for the rainy season, which stretches from June through October, according to a PCU newsletter. During these months, afternoon rains can be expected almost every day.
The rainy season can mean abundant water and an increased risk of fungal pests for plants.
Some turfgrasses are sensitive to excess moisture, too.
The rainy season itself also offers a chance to let Mother Nature water for you, which can reduce water costs and irrigation expense.
Adjusting irrigation settings and making sure watering is done properly also can make a big difference in a lawn’s health.
Residents are encouraged to be sure that their irrigation controller is fitted with a working soil moisture sensor, evapotranspiration (ET) device, or rain sensor.
Smart irrigation controllers can keep landscape healthy, while providing the optimal amount of water for plants. Watering at the appropriate levels can save valuable drinking water and help prevent lawn-destroying fungus and disease, according to the release.
Soil moisture sensors measure how much water already is in the soil and interrupts the automatic irrigation system when enough moisture is present, and an ET controller monitors weather conditions and adjusts water delivery accordingly.
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Published May 04, 2022