It is windy, hot and rain has been rare; signs we are in the midst of a typical Florida dry season. On top of that, the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook from the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center released a few weeks ago — https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/expert_assessment/sdo_summary.php — indicates drought conditions may develop in South Florida soon.
Some landscapes are showing the signs of dry weather and poor irrigation coverage and others are over-watered and full of dollar weed. It is possible to have a beautiful landscape and conserve water.
The tenets of a water-conscious landscape are simple. Plan for no or low water use by grouping plants in beds by water needs. Reduce turf areas, mulch everything and install low-volume irrigation systems on everything but turf. Calibrate the irrigation system and turn off the irrigation clock and water only when plants need it.
In a mature landscape, the lawn determines water needs. For efficient water use, make sure the irrigation system — even if the “system” is a hose and sprinkler — is in good working order. Repair leaks