Tuesday, April 8, 2014

TexasET Network Landscape Watering Recommendations - "Cougar Central Austin"

Remember, this watereing recommendation from TAMU Agrilife is based on NO RAINFALL. Since rainfall patterns are so spotty in Central Texas, we have see NO RAIN on my property, and water running in the gutters only 4 blocks away. It is important to adjust your watering based on the amount of rainfall your property receives.  Simple cylinder raingauges are the best and easiest way to calculate rainfall.

Depending on your part of town, last night we received .25 to 1" ( Redbud Island Rain gauge ), if you have a gauge on you property and measured 1/2" since Saturdays rain event and Mondays, I would turn my controller to OFF. If you have a rain gauge attached to your irrigation controller, it probably is reading OFF already. All my clients I visited SUNDAY and MONDAY had their controllers reading OFF due to the rain gauge in various parts of town ( Circle C south all the way to Steiner Ranch.) 

Best way to automate the SHUT OFF and adjustment of  Watering percentage is with a Hunter Solar Sync or a Rainbird Weather Station ( with tipping bucket ). Weathermatic, Toro, and all brands have some kind of add on for automated runtime adjustment. They all connect directly to your controller and all consider rainfall in their runtime calculations.

Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension
Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension
Watering recommendation for "Cougar Central Austin" for the past 7 days:0.41 inches*
DateEToMax TemperatureMin TemperatureMin HumidityTotal Rainfall
NOTE: These reported values are hourly averages, not absolute highs and lows.
*Recommendations based on the following parameters (assuming no rainfall):
Adjust this watering recommendation for any rainfall that you have received during this time period.
TexasET Weather Station :Austin (Morris Williams)
Plant Coefficient :Warm Season
Adjustment factor :Normal
This information is provided by the "Irrigation Technology Program" under the direction of Dr. Guy Fipps. If you would like to discontinue service please click on the link above to log into your TexasET profile. To discontinue service for only this station select "modify" from your site list and delete the site. To discontinue all TexasET emails select "Modify your user profile" and uncheck "Receive watering recommendations by email".
This email was sent to cougar.irrigation@gmail.com by Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension
Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension 600 John Kimbrough BLVD, Suite 509 7101 TAMU College Station, TX 77843-7101

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