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Monday, August 29 - Sunday, September 4
The data from Frisco’s weather station recommends no watering needed this week. With the heavy rainfall we received there is plenty of moisture in the ground for the grass. If you do choose to water, please don’t run your automatic sprinkler system more than one day this week on your regularly scheduled trash collection day. This week is impacted by the NTMWD request to limit outdoor watering.
 
Time-of-day watering guidelines are critical this time of year!
Irrigation controllers should be set to run before 10 a.m., or after 6 p.m. during Daylight Saving Time (DST). Running your sprinklers in the early morning and evening helps minimize water loss due to evaporation.

 

Alert: Overseeding is Prohibited in Frisco

Save money and water by letting your lawn go dormant this fall and winter. Overseeding your lawn with cool season grasses, such as rye and fescue, is prohibited in the City of Frisco (Ordinance 19-04-34 Section 8).
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Is super-human strength required when digging in your garden?

Not just a problem for farmers, soil compaction can occur in almost any garden - especially in recently constructed neighborhoods or in landscaped areas that receive frequent foot traffic.

Compaction occurs when individual soil particles are pressed tightly together, reducing the pore space between them. North Texas clay soils are particularly vulnerable due to the small particle size characterizing the soils in our region.

While it can be caused by a variety of factors, compaction is exacerbated by pressure. Machinery (vehicles or lawn mowers), foot traffic, or even heavy rain events can result in soils becoming compacted. Over-watered soils are also “squishier” and more vulnerable to compaction than drier soils.

The smaller pore spaces between particles of compacted soils mean less room for water and air in the soil. This can result in less available oxygen to plant roots, and more runoff and waste during irrigation. Plant roots also struggle to grow in compacted soils (think about how much trouble you might have experienced with a trowel when soils are compacted!). This results in shorter, shallower root systems that are at increased risk during extreme temperatures, both in summer and winter.

Minor soil compaction issues can often be addressed with the introduction of organic matter. Mixing compost materials into soils increases pore space and permeability, which also increases available soil moisture. For more severely compacted soils, aeration may be necessary. Fall is a good time of year to address soil compaction, before freezing temperatures put plant roots at risk.

In most cases, prevention is the best medicine. Prevent future compaction by avoiding work in your garden while soils are wet, and minimizing foot traffic in sensitive areas.
You've got questions. Our licensed irrigators have answers. 

This week's question:

What are the advantages (and disadvantages) of investing in a "smart"
controller?  Are the advantages worth the $100 plus that they cost?  Do they really save any water?

Answer: 
There are pro’s and con’s to every controller. The best way to ensure that you are saving water will always be, to actively monitor your sprinklers and their schedule. 
 
With that being said, a smart controller can be a great investment for some people. When set up correctly a smart controller can adjust your weekly runtimes based on data from local or personal weather stations. Likewise, if the zones are set up incorrectly the controller also has the potential of  overwatering (or underwatering) causing a high water bill or thirsty plants. 

Some smart controllers will also provide a “Rain Skip” if rainfall is predicted on one of your scheduled water days. This can be beneficial if you forgot to turn your controller off before a big storm. Even if your controller has the ability to connect with a local weather station, it is always a good idea to have a rain and freeze sensor on-site, since it’s possible to have rain at your house but not at the weather station you are connected to. 

Smart controllers can take a little extra time getting set up but once set up correctly it allows you to take a more hands off approach to your schedule. Even with a smart controller you will still want to test your sprinklers frequently to check for leaks or damaged nozzles. 

A smart controller can be a useful tool and well worth the investment for some people while,  others prefer to start with a good schedule and manage their sprinklers weekly based on water recommendations from the city.  If you need help adjusting the current schedule on your controller or setting up a smart watering program after a smart controller is installed, You can sign up for a free sprinkler checkup by calling 972-292-5800 or by using the myFRISCO app on your smartphone. 


- Jo Ostertag, Senior Licensed Irrigation Inspector

Want your questions answered? Email us at waterwise@friscotexas.gov.
Water demands are often highest during the month of August and without continued and aggressive conservation, water demands may surpass the facilities’ ability to deliver sufficient volumes. Residents are asked to continue limiting outdoor water use and follow specific guidance from their local provider regarding the timing and frequency of irrigation as the region enters the height of the summer demand season.

Help Keep Frisco Beautiful this Fall with out Second Annual Stream Clean!

Litter is by far the most common form of stormwater pollution, but YOU can make a difference! If you’re a Frisco family, organization, business, community, or someone who cares: join us for Stream Clean on October 15 cleanup goes 9-11 a.m. *Volunteers receive a FREE t-shirt, while supplies last!*
FREE Irrigation Sprinkler Checkups - Watch for changes coming later this year!
Conserve water and save money! Frisco's licensed irrigators offer free inspections to residents. Please be aware that our free Sprinkler Checkup program is extremely popular and there is currently a wait list going through September. 

Use the myFrisco app or call 972-292-5800 to schedule your appointment.
GPCD: Frisco's Water Statistics
The average daily water usage per person in Frisco is known as the GPCD. Calculations are obtained by dividing the total number of gallons used in Frisco by our city's population.

This week in Frisco, the GPCD was 189.
Last week, the GPCD was 249.
2022 Water Quality Report
Frisco water meets with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and exceeds all state and federal drinking water standards. Learn more by reviewing the Superior Rating. The City of Frisco is proud to let its customers know they receive safe, high-quality drinking water. Frisco’s water system has an Annual Drinking Water Quality Report.
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