Soon, all the snow will be gone, the cold air will have disappeared and the trees will bloom with leaves. Spring is on its way, which means you’ll soon be outside mowing, planting, fertilizing and watering.
Since spring is only a little over two months away, you should be thinking about what you want your lawn and landscape to look like this year. And in between now and spring, there are several things you can do to make the transition back into lawn care much easier. Here are some tips for getting ready for the spring lawn care routine:
Patience is key
Just because it’s comfortable enough outside to not need a coat doesn’t mean your lawn is ready. It needs to gradually wake itself up from the dormant winter state, and spending too much time on your lawn care before it’s fully green increases health risks, including grass compaction and killing new shoots before they’ve matured. Hold off on mowing or aerating until the lawn has become mostly green. Starting your lawn sprinklers really depends on the winter, but it’s generally recommended to wait until mid-April to avoid frost and other damage.
The last lawn care task you completed last year was most likely raking. It’s a good idea to do this again, and give your lawn a good, deep raking. This allows you to pull up any thatch that might have grown over the winter, and will allow you to locate dead or compacted areas that will require extra attention.
A soil pH test is an invaluable tool when prepping your lawn for the summer. Bitter winters can cause your lawn to become acidic, which makes grass growth very difficult.
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The cold air is here and it’s time to give your sprinkler system a well-deserved break. You should have your system winterized in order to protect the system from being damaged when it’s not in use.
You should have your system winterized before the first frost. While it’s important to continue watering your plants during the fall and during winter dry spells, a system not winterized can see pipes expand and burst due to water left in the system. Keep an eye on the weather as winterizing the system too soon could cause your sod and seed to dry out.
- To properly winterize a sprinkler system, an air compressor will have to be used. Should the temperature drop below 32 degrees, you’ll need to drain the system so the system doesn’t see costly damaged done to it. Follow these steps before we come out to finish winterizing:
- Turn off the main shut-off valve
- Remove the outlet drain plug/spigot
- Turn valves to a 45 degree angle
- Cover the backflow valve and all the copper with a large towel/blanket
- Place a 2-3 gallon bucket underneath the drain and open the drain valve. Close the valve once all the water has drained out.
- Turn on the sprinkler controller and activate your lowest sprinkler zone. This will drain out any remaining water. Turn off the controller.
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Because of the pride we take in our work, we’re happy to today launch our blog. It will be frequently updated with information on irrigation needs. We will also use this blog to showcase projects – past and present – the Advanced Irrigation staff has worked so very hard on.
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