Irrigation System Check

Winter Thoughts for Spring Series

Part 2 of 3

Tips to Prepare your Irrigation System for Spring

The weather is cold and frosty, and those warm summer evenings and fall leaves are a distant memory. Spring feels far away, but is actually just around the corner. In a few short weeks, trees will begin to bloom, and daffodils and tulips will poke their heads up after the long winter. In this second article in this 3 part series we will provide tips on how to prepare your landscape for spring.

Irrigation System:

Start early by making sure that your irrigation system is up for the demands of spring and summer. Plan to check your irrigation system for proper operation. Check for the following:

  • Insure the irrigation controller is operating properly.
  • Check that all irrigation valves are operating automatically from the controller.
  • Check each irrigation sprinkler for proper coverage and insure none are clogged.
  • Check for broken or leaking pipes, valves or irrigation heads/nozzles.
  • Trim any shrubs or ground cover that mat block the sprinkler coverage.
  • Replace any components that are not working properly.
  • Set your controller with “a spring time program”. One day per week with two start times should do it.
  • Replace the battery for back-up operation.

Next in this Series - Tips to help you plan for new plantings