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New Outdoor Water Use Rules

Original Source: 
Sheryl Wells, University of Georgia Biological and Agricultural Engineering
June 15, 2010
New outdoor water use rules were recently created and are part of the Georgia Water Stewardship Act (Senate Bill 370). According to Governor Perdue, “The Water Stewardship Act is the next step forward as we continue building a statewide culture of conservation”.    Water conservation is critical as population growth increases and can be achieved through efficient outdoor water use and implementing “Best Management Practices” in the landscape. It is our responsibility to be stewards of water, which is our most important resource, by protecting it for future generations.
Outdoor Water Use Rules became effective June 1, 2010 and are as follows:
  • Between the hours of 4pm and 10am persons may irrigate outdoors daily for purposes of planting, growing, managing, or maintaining ground cover, trees, shrubs, or other plants.

Using Gray Water in Your Landscape and Garden

During times of water shortage, slightly used gray water can provide an alternative landscape irrigation source. Separating slightly used (gray) water from sewage (black water) makes good conservation sense.

Summer Vegetable Garden Care

As the days get hotter and drier, keep a watchful eye on your vegetable garden. Careful attention to a few details will help your garden produce a bountiful harvest all summer.

Water Management

Focus your attention on water management first. Most gardens need at least 1 inch of water per week. If it doesn't rain, apply a half-inch of water twice a week.

Maintaining Centipede

Proper maintenance practices are essential in order to produce an attractive, healthy centipedegrass lawn. 

Fertilization - A fertilization program should be based on soil test analyses. As mentioned, centipede has a natural light green color and is suited to acid soils (pH 5.0 to 6.0) but grows best at a higher pH. High rates of fertilizer, especially nitrogen, will produce a dark green color but will also lead to growth problems.

Slow The Flow - Make Every Drop Count

Make every drop of water count so that everyone has enough to use all summer long.

General Watering Tips

• When watering, wet the soil to a depth of about 6-8 inches which is about one inch of water. Short, surface waterings do more harm than good by encouraging shallow roots.

• Three to five gallons of water, or less than one minute of watering with a garden hose, will saturate the root zone of a plant.

• Established shrubs can survive with one 30 second hand-watering into their root zones every 2-3 weeks.