How much water does your lawn need in winter?

Lawns in Florida need less water during winter than during the rest of the year. In the spring, you may water your grass every three to five days, but in winter it may only need watering every two to three weeks. Grass grows more slowly during the colder months, requiring less watering and mowing.

To save water, set your irrigation timer to manual throughout the year. Water your grass only when it shows signs of wilt

  • when about half the blades are folded in half and
  • when areas of the grass are blue-gray in color and
  • when footprints remain in the lawn.

Remember to irrigate with one-half to three-quarters of an inch of water, and only when needed.

And don’t forget, watering less will mean more money in your pockets!

Learn more about preparing your lawn for the winter and maintaining it during the colder months at UF/IFAS Gardening Solutions.

Your Florida Lawn in Winter

A modest home with a dormant yet still green St. Augustine turf lawn
A Florida-Friendly lawn in winter. UF/IFAS.