Reclaimed water update
The Coastal Oaks common areas are watered by a completely different system than the homeowners use to water their yards. Toll has 2 large ponds that JEA fills up on a daily basis (JEA calls it bulk reclaimed water)and we purchased 2 pumping stations to run this water throughout the common areas. The common area water has absolutely no effect on your water pressure. I have received many calls and emails about this over the past 2 weeks and the homeowners I have spoken with that made the next step by calling JEA, said that JEA was having pressure issues with all of their reclaimed water customers. If you are having these pressure issues, JEA is solely responsible for the issue and the only people who can rectify the problem.
The other issue that needs to be addressed is how to water during this drought we are in. We have had a little over an inch or rain in the last 45-50 days here at Coastal oaks. Normally 3 days a week is more than sufficient to water during our hot summers as we usually get afternoon rains. Without these rains, turf is getting stressed out very quickly if you are not watering enough or there is an issue with your irrigation zones.
You should be watering a minimum of 3 days right now, and for those who want their grass to thrive, I suggest 4 days. Your irrigation system needs to finish watering before the sun comes up as you will start losing water to evaporation very quickly in the daylight. Usually a start time between 2:30 and 4:30 is good depending the amount of zones and watering times. The other very important issue is the amount you are watering. The goal of your irrigation system should be to put out ¾ in of water every time it runs, if you water less than this amount, your grass roots will come to the surface to get the water they need and then fry in this heat even faster. A good start would be to run your spray zones between 25-35 min per zone (sprays are the heads that pop up and spray the same area the entire time). I tend to keep it closer to 30-35 min in areas where there are hard surfaces (sidewalks, driveways, patios, etc.) as these areas heat up faster than the other areas and you usually see these edges decline faster. Rotor zones (these are the heads that pop up and rotate over areas of turf) need to water between 40-55 min usually to put out ¾ in of water. I have found many homeowners over the past several weeks that are running rotor zones for only 15-25 min and this is a good way to fry a lawn quickly, even more so if you are only watering 2-3 days with these times. If you really want to get accurate times, you can take a few buckets / pans and place them in each zone and if it takes 15 min to get to ¾ of an inch then you need 15 min, if it takes 115 min then that is what you need.
If you need help with your system, I am always happy to assist and I can be reached on my work cell 904-813-5111. If you are a Toll Landscape customer, I will be able to address the irrigation quickly, if not I will still gladly help but I will need to fit you in for the irrigation check, usually within a week unless you send me a text pic and your lawn is almost dead, I will address that ASAP.