Happy New Year to everyone! Hopefully this holiday season was a good one for everybody and that we are all excited about the prospects for a GREAT new year. Good luck with all of those new year’s resolutions!

As we begin the new year please keep in mind that January, and the first half of February, is always our coldest time of the year. So far this winter we have had much warmer temperatures than normal, but with the current strong El Nino the forecasts are for a colder and wetter winter than normal. If this holds true it may not be necessary to irrigate your landscape much at all. Use the seasonal adjust on your irrigation controller to reduce the zone run times to 20 – 40% of their normal times.

Keep an eye on the weather and your landscape to ensure that the new settings are working. Do not forget to reset the seasonal adjustment when warmer weather returns.

The winter months are an excellent time to evaluate your current irrigation system to make sure it is providing proper coverage for your landscape. For a number of reasons, most irrigation systems are poorly designed when they are installed and as the landscape grows and changes over the years the systems become less and less efficient.

If your irrigation system’s performance has not been updated in the last 4-6 years, then this winter would be an excellent time to have that done in preparation for the upcoming growing season.

Please call our office at 941-330-2444 to schedule a comprehensive evaluation of your irrigation system.