With the arrival of the holiday season, the Southwest Florida Water Management District has many gift and decorating ideas that can save and protect water resources and create new holiday traditions.

    Here are some gift ideas:

    Rain barrels are a great way to conserve water and an inexpensive gift when you pick one up at a local extension office.

    Compost bins provide nutrients for a garden and keep food scraps out of the garbage disposal. A garbage disposal uses up to 4 gallons of water per minute.

    Raised garden beds make great gifts for gardeners and they control water use and reduce the need for pesticides, which means less runoff into water resources.

    Gift certificates are available at most local extension offices for free or inexpensive classes to make rain barrels, compost bins and other items.

    Give plants that are water efficient and require little maintenance in Florida landscapes. Give an entire plant or just a seedling planted in a biodegradable eggshell or toilet paper roll.

    Be water-wise also when selecting holiday decorations. Here are some suggestions:

    Add some color to your holiday decorating with red salvia splendens. The plant requires little maintenance once placed in your garden after the holidays.

    Use items found around your yard and home to decorate. Palm fronds, magnolia leaves, pinecones and citrus fruit make great ingredients for centerpieces.

    Rosemary is easy to grow and makes a nice choice for holiday greenery and fills the home with a sweet fragrance.

    And for year-round Florida-friendly tips, visit WaterMatters.org/Yar



  • RIGHT Plant, RIGHT Place

    Almost any plant will survive in your landscape if you plant it in the right place. You can drastically reduce the need for water, fertilizer, pesticides and pruning if you follow these tips:

    Make a note of the type of soil, sunlight exposure and water conditions of the planting site before you shop. Choose plants that thrive under the conditions you noted.

    Limit the number of plants that need a lot of water or care.

    Keep only as much grass as you directly use for recreation and other purposes. Plant beds and mulched areas use less water than grass.

    Remove invasive exotic plants so they don’t steal water and nutrition from your desired plants.



  • Irrigate smart & avoid restrictions

    Install a drip or micro-spray system in your plant beds. They use water more efficiently than traditional spray heads. This type of watering avoids the two day a week water restrictions.

    Lawn Watering Days and Times

    Lawn watering is limited to twice per week.

    Lawn watering days and times are as follows unless your city or county has a different schedule or stricter hours in effect:

    Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

    Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

    Locations without a discernable address, such as rights-of-way and other common areas inside a subdivision, may water on Tuesday and/or Friday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.

    Handwatering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and any time.

    Take time to pause and take in the beauty all around you. Mother Nature has a brush that strokes her canvas.



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