How Much Water Does my Lawn Need

Reclaimed Water System

As we move into the future, conservation of our reclaimed water will continue to be an important part of our daily lives. Making wise use of our reclaimed water will ensure that an affordable supply is available for the citizens of Cocoa.

General Lawn Irrigation Guide

An irrigation schedule may vary depending on the time of year, prevailing temperatures, the type of soil you have and your location. For example: Is your lawn shaded most of the day? Is your soil dark and rich or extremely sandy? These factors and the amount of rainfall your lawn receives should dictate how often you give your lawn supplemental watering. In the absence of rainfall, this table can serve as a general guide to watering.

How much water should I apply?
A single standard measurement to fit every situation is difficult because of different soil types. However, for most Florida soils, an average of 2/3 to 3/4 of an inch of water per application is sufficient to replenish the grass. Apply only enough water to wet the root system of the grass. Do not saturate the soil so fast that runoff occurs. You have several options to help determine how much water to apply to your lawn. Choose the one best suited for your yard.

Efficient Use of Water

Due to Florida's climate, lawn irrigation is often necessary. Knowing when to water and how much to apply is an easy way to use water more efficiently.
  • Water before 10:00 am and after 4:00 pm
  • Inspect sprinkler system monthly for leaks
  • Use a soil moisture sensor
  • Adjust automatic timers each time there is a power outage
  • Install a rain shut off device to your existing sprinkler system
  • Visual signs of stress from lack of water include footprints lingering after being made and grass blades folding in half
  • Place water gauges through out your yard to monitor the amount of reclaimed water that is being dispersed per zone

Watering Frequency

Month Frequency
January Once every 1.5 - 2 weeks
February Once every week
March Once every week
April 1 - 2 times per week
May 1 - 2 times per week
June 1 - 2 times per week
July 1 - 2 times per week
August 1 - 2 times per week
September Once every week
October Once every week
November Once every 1 - 2 weeks
December Once every 1 - 2 weeks