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Hand-watering

When Florida's water management districts limit watering with sprinklers, hand-watering is usually still allowed. Hand-watering means using a watering can, pail, or even a hose, as long as a shut-off nozzle is attached.

It's an efficient technique for irrigating potted plants, shrubs, trees, vegetables, and flower beds. It uses a lot less water than sprinklers because a minimal amount is lost to evaporation and wind drift.

Just make sure you don't overwater—plants often need less than people think. Wait until they begin to wilt before watering them; before that, they probably don't need it.

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