As the weather heats up and flowers start to bloom, many of our clients start asking themselves…. “Should I be watering my lawn and garden??”
Most of the neighborhoods we serve in north Atlanta are currently under Drought Response Level 2 restrictions, including Cobb, DeKalb and Fulton counties. While some watering is permitted at this time, there are specific restrictions on when, how and what you’re watering in your landscape.
Permitted watering activities in Draught Level 2 areas include:
Newly planted/installed lawns and turf, ground cover, flowers, shrubs, trees and other plants can be watered any day, at any time without restriction during installation and for the first 30 days after installation.
Watering is allowed as needed twice a week between 4 pm and 10 am on an odd/even schedule: even addresses and address with no numbers on Wednesday or Saturday and odd addresses on Thursday or Sunday using these methods:
- Automated irrigation systems
- Hand watering (without a shut-off nozzle)
- Lawn sprinklers
- Ornamental fountains must be shut off.
We highly recommend watering between 6am and 10am. There is less sun and wind during these hours, plus your lawn will absorb most of the moisture before nightfall, when wet lawns are more prone to fungal disease. For handy tips on efficient watering techniques, click here.
Daily water use is allowed any day, at any time, for these applications, without restriction:
- Drip irrigation or soaker hose
- Food gardens
- Hand watering (with a shut-off nozzle)
- Installation and maintenance of an irrigation system
- Irrigation of public recreational turf areas
- Irrigation of plants for sale
- Irrigation of sports fields
- Water from commercial pressure washing
- Private wells and bodies of water on property
- Water from an alternate source (grey water, rain water, air-conditioner condensate)
For more information about current watering restrictions, click here to visit Georgia Water Smart.