Before I begin, I know other counties have more severe restrictions than mine. BUT, that doesn't bring back my dead grass. It wouldn't even be so bad if I knew everyone had a few dead patches. Over the past week, my husband and I have seen a dozen violations in our little development. If I'm losing my lawn, they should too. I'm going to start calling that hotline to report them if they don't play by the rules.
For the official rules, click here. Here's what the South Florida Water Management District has to say.
If they're going to cheat, they could at least do it in the early am before the sun comes up. That way (1) I won't have to see it and get upset (2) it won't evaporate before soaking in like it does at 1 in the afternoon. Who waters their lawn at 1pm anyway? And to that one neighbor, you know who you are...using the hose daily instead of the sprinkler daily is still against the rules.
I'm on the verge of getting rid of the grass anyway. St. Augustine grass is not a natural ground cover for south Florida. It is a water hog to begin with. It requires lots of fertilizer, which probably runs into the aquifer. We spend over $100 a month to keep it trimmed. I can't run through it with bare feet like northern grass because it makes my feet itch.
Phase 1 Water Restrictions
> Watering is permitted on Mon, Wed & Sat from 4 a.m.-8 a.m. for my house (odd street address)
> Hand watering with one hose and an automatic shut-off nozzle is also allowed from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. on the same days.
> New landscaping, planted for less than thirty days, may be watered Monday through Friday from 2 a.m.-8 a.m.
> Hand watering with one hose and an automatic shut-off nozzle of new landscaping shall be voluntarily reduced.
> Watering in of pesticide/fertilizer by homeowners or nonlicensed individuals is allowed during hours and days of the watering schedule and for 10 minutes after application. Owner or agent
must be on site.
> Watering in of pesticide/fertilizer by a licensed technician shall be voluntarily reduced. The technician must be present during application.
> When cleaning, adjusting or repairing existing irrigation systems, ten minutes of operating the irrigation system per zone/per week is permitted. And, 10 minutes per zone of system operation is permitted on a one-time basis for new irrigation systems.