A Spectacular Spring

A Spectacular Spring

Spring Into Action: 4 Tips To Prepare Your Irrigation System For The Spring Season

by Terri Holmes

Landscape design is an important part of your home's appeal and value, so ensuring your lawn, trees, shrubs, and flowers are healthy and attractive is essential. You may trim away dead limbs and fertilize your lawn in the spring season, but other tasks will be necessary to maintain your landscaping. Considering your lawn and plants require a good amount of water to thrive during the warmer seasons, an irrigation system is a smart option for protecting your landscape design. Of course, this system will need a bit of maintenance to prepare it for the upcoming spring season. With these tips, your irrigation system will work in an effective, efficient manner through the warmer seasons.

Place Pressure on Your Water Pressure

Your irrigation system was installed and set at a specific water pressure, but you should check this pressure to make sure it is sufficient for the needs of your specific plants. A low pressure may not be providing your lawn, shrubs, and flowerbeds with enough moisture to last through the warmer temperatures while too much water pressure can actually damage certain plants.

If the water is misting out of your sprinkler head, you most likely have the pressure setting to high. Reduce the water pressure, keeping it between 30 and 40 PSI.

Check For Leaks

In the winter, freezing temperatures can cause your irrigation system's plumbing and sprinkler heads to expand and crack. This not only decreases the system's ability to water your yard properly, but it also increases waste that can be expensive. Due to this risk, you must inspect your irrigation system for leaks.

If you notice certain areas of your lawn are soaked or puddling with water, you may have an underlying leak in your irrigation system that should be addressed immediately.

Inspect the Sprinkler Heads

A broken sprinkler head will cause numerous problems for your yard and finances. A broken sprinkler head allows large quantities of water to pour out onto your yard, oversoaking your lawn and plants. In addition, this excess water is wasteful, increasing your monthly water bills.

Before you set your irrigation to start watering in the spring, spend some time inspecting each of the sprinkler heads. Make sure the heads are not damaged or missing pieces.

The direction of the sprinkler head is also important. You, neighbors, family members, lawn mowers, or even animals may have knocked the sprinkler head out of alignment. Be sure the head is angled in the right position.

Adjust to the Needs of Your Plants and Climate

Certain grasses and plants require different amounts of water to grow in the spring and survive through the summer, so you must adjust your sprinklers accordingly.

Bermuda grass is drought resistant, so it does not need as much water as fescue does in the hotter temperatures. Also, lawns that lack shade will dry out quicker, so make sure to water sunnier areas of your yard accordingly.

Remember to adjust your timer controls as the spring season turns to summer and then fall. This will reduce waste.

Avoid setting your sprinkler system to come on during the heat of the day, as well. You may think your lawn and plants need this water, but watering during this time is wasteful. For the best results, set your irrigation to water your lawn and plants during the early morning hours. This will ensure the water soaks the roots and surrounding soil.

Maintaining your irrigation system may seem overwhelming, but it is an imperative part of protecting its function. With these simple tips and the help of a professional from a company like Sergio's Lawn Service, your sprinklers will be ready for the upcoming spring and summer seasons.


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A Spectacular Spring

Spring is a breathtakingly beautiful time of the year. During this special season, I adore looking at the beautiful trees, shrubs, and flowers in my front and back yards. Perhaps you want to enhance the appearance of your outdoor property this spring. Consider hiring a professional landscaper to help you accomplish this important task. An expert landscaper can plant fruit trees in your space. For instance, you might want this individual to plant apple, pear, peach, or orange trees on your property. You may also wish for this professional to plant attractive shrubs in front of your home. On this blog, I hope you will discover how a landscaper can help you have a spectacular spring. Enjoy!