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October 7, 2016

Irrigation During Current Drought Conditions

Currently, much of North Georgia is experiencing severe drought conditions and it doesn’t look like those

conditions are set h0734to change anytime soon. This is worrisome for our landscapes and lawns, so it’s important to know how to use your irrigation system in your favor.

Your turf needs 1″ of water each week, whether you get it from rain or from irrigation, according to Brad Sample, president of Pro Touch Landscapes.

Sample added, “You can test how much your system is putting out by placing a few cups in the yard, run your system until you get 1/2” in the container. Rule of thumb is you want to water more, less frequently instead of a little every day.
“So, two to three times a week is the most you should water unless we get in an extreme drought and heat wave, then you will want to water more.”

Even with severe drought conditions now, we aren’t under watering restrictions at the moment but if we are placed under state mandated water restrictions all Georgians will only be allowed to water lawns from 4 p.m. and 10 a.m.

Georgia Drought Levels

Level One drought: Requires public water systems to educate customers about conditions and encourages conservation.

Level Two drought: Limits outdoor watering to two days a week on an odd-even schedule. Even numbered addresses may water Wednesdays and Saturdays (4 p.m. to 10 a.m.); odd numbered addresses may water Thursdays and Sundays (4 p.m. to 10 a.m.). No water for outdoor fountains, car washes or power washing of homes.

Level Three drought: Prohibits all outdoor irrigation of landscapes. Food gardens may be watered between 4 p.m. and 10 a.m. (Soaker hoses and drip irrigation may be used any time.) Hand watering allowed during designated hours. Golf course irrigation limited.