22 Oct Tips to Prepare Your Lawn and Sprinkler for Fall
Labor Day has passed. While it may not be a pleasant thought for some, the fact is – cooler temperatures are coming. While it may still be warm out, it won’t be long before the freezing temperatures move in. Now is the time to get a head start on winter prep for your lawn and prepare to turn your irrigation system off for the winter. Keep reading to learn more.
Getting Your Lawn Ready for Winter
If you haven’t had your lawn aerated yet this year, you should plan to have this done approximately three weeks before you turn the sprinklers off for the season. Aeration allows both moisture and air to get to the roots and builds a healthy foundation for your plants through the winter.
It’s also smart to schedule winter fertilization. Fertilizers used in winter are higher in potassium and phosphorous and lower in nitrogen. This encourages strong roots rather than blade growth. You need to winterize the lawn approximately three weeks before the ground freezes. Usually, this means sometime in mid- to late-October.
After your sprinklers are turned off for the season, mow your lawn one last time to a height of just three inches. If you experience a warm or wet fall, you may have to mow later, too.
After a few frosts, your lawn is going to turn brown, this is a natural occurrence. It’s a good time to look for any disparities in the color, including a persistent green patch during the fall. This may indicate a patch of hardier seeds, or it may be seen in areas that are more protected. However, it could also indicate a lower lying part of your yard that is retaining more water and that needs to be leveled. Ask your landscaper about removing the sod temporarily to install more soil and drainage.
Winterizing the Irrigation system
The irrigation lines and boxes need to be emptied of all water before a hard freeze occurs. If you fail to do this, you are at risk of bursting regulators, valves, heads, and hoses. You should also ensure the lines are blown out using an air compressor. This is going to ensure there’s no water left in the lines.
The back-flow prevention regulators have to be drained, too. These are the gadgets that are responsible for keeping the irrigation water from moving backward and into your drinking water supply. Make sure that the timing controls and clocks are turned off, or adjusted, too.
Getting Ready for Fall and Winter
If you are like most people, your irrigation system may be a complete mystery. That’s why it’s a good idea to call the professionals. They can ensure your lawn and irrigation system are ready for fall, winter, and will be ready to go when warm weather returns. Be sure to call for service now, before it gets too cold to ensure your landscape and irrigation system are prepared for the coming cold.