Florida-friendly Landscapes Interactive Tutorial header imagePhotograph of rain sensor attached to house.Close window image
Don't OverwaterOverwatered grass has short roots that make it harder to survive pest attacks, disease and drought. Water your lawn and plants only when you know they need it or show signs of stress.

Use a rain gauge or moisture sensor so you will know if rainfall has done the job. Install an automatic rain shutoff device to avoid watering when it's raining (required by state law on all automatic sprinkler systems installed since 1991).
Photograph of rain sensor attached to house.

A rain sensor automatically overrides the irrigation system during and after rainfall.

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