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  • 22 Jul 2014 1:03 PM | Deleted user

    Wouldn't it be nice if your mobile device could tell you what your apartment community’s lawn needs? Maybe even send you a message to turn off your sprinkler system if it rains? That would be especially helpful as the temperature rises and we are in some of the driest months of the year. The folks at Tampa Bay Water informed me about a new app called Smartirrigation Turf. The app was specifically created to help urban turf irrigators in Florida and Georgia water their lawns more effectively and efficiently.

    Smartirrigation Turf is one of four apps created through a partnership between the University of Florida, the University of Georgia and the US National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The app generates irrigation schedule recommendations based on real-time weather and short-term forecasted data to better meet your lawn’s water needs in a given period. If you irrigate on a regular schedule, this will help you conserve water and minimize nutrient runoff caused by over-watering.

    Users can register irrigation systems in the app and receive notifications regarding irrigation schedule changes due to differences in the irrigation demand for the next few days. The app is available for the iPhone and Android operating systems.

    For more information, go to

  • 22 Jul 2014 1:00 PM | Deleted user

    The Atlantic hurricane season began on June 1 and runs through November 30. I join with local government emergency management officials to encourage you to have a plan of action to protect your property and residents. This preparation is especially critical for properties located within hurricane evacuation zones. However, even those properties at higher elevations and further inland should be aware of the danger of hurricane-force winds and the tornadoes they can spawn.

    For more information, visit the website for your county’s emergency management office.
    An additional, valuable resource is the Florida Division of Emergency Management website:

    Also, through June 8, you can take advantage of Florida’s sales tax holiday when you purchase hurricane preparedness supply items. The tax-exempt products include portable generators, batteries, first aid kits, ground anchor systems, flashlights, and more.

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