Remember to change the time on your irrigation system when you change your clocks back on Sunday, November 1st. It isn’t too difficult and the instructions should be on the inside of the panel. As you change the time, it is a good idea to replace the 9-volt battery for your system to ensure that you don’t lose your settings in the event of a power outage. This is also a great time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors.
Residents in the Lake County portion of The Villages need to remember that the change in time also signifies a reduction in available irrigation days. From the first Sunday in November through to the second Sunday in March, residents are only allowed to water once per week in accordance with the schedule. Watering must be done before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. on your scheduled day to comply with the rules of the St. John’s River Water Management District.
As we begin to experience the cooler temperatures of the fall and winter months, your lawn will begin to grow much more slowly and require less water. This time of year is a great time to cut back on your water use and train your yard to need less water by only irrigating when your lawn begins to show signs of stress.