Stage 1 Watering Rules are Back

Once-a-week watering is actually not a bad thing. That’s because September is the beginning of the end of the growing season.

The reprieve is over and dry weather has returned — triggering Stage 1 watering rules.

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During Stage 1, watering is limited to one day a week, based on the last digit of your address. For example, if the last digit is 0 or 1, your watering day is Monday. You can water before 11 a.m. or after 7 p.m. Watering days begin and end at midnight; overnight watering is not allowed.

There’s no need to worry about your landscape. Native plants and adapted plants thrive with biweekly or monthly watering. Just take a look at roadside grasses and wildflowers. They’re lush and green with absolutely no supplemental water. If you need assurance that your landscape will be fine, feel free to reach out to the Garden Geek.

In the meantime, it’s already September — the beginning of the end of the growing season. In other words, plants have produced and stored almost all of their food for the year so there’s no need to water often or excessively.

Speaking of, it’s a good idea to check your irrigation system controller now to make sure it’s programmed correctly. Also, be sure to review these common programming mistakes to avoid water waste and high water bills. In fact, your irrigation system controller has an easy button to help you do just that.

You can also call 210-704-7283 to schedule a free WaterSaver irrigation consultation.




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Mark Peterson
Mark A. Peterson was a conservation project coordinator for San Antonio Water System before retiring. With over 30 years of experience as an urban forester and arborist, Mark is probably the only person you know who actually prunes trees for fun. When not expounding on the benefits of trees and limited lawns, you're likely to find him hiking San Antonio's wilderness parks or expounding on the virtues of geography and history to his friends.
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