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When should I winterize my irrigation system?

As the vibrant colors of fall fade away, and the crisp winter air settles in, it's time to start thinking about winterizing your irrigation system. At Turf Professors, we understand the importance of safeguarding your irrigation system during the colder months to ensure its optimal performance when spring arrives. In this blog post, we'll share valuable insights on when to schedule a professional to winterize your irrigation system, providing you with a lush, healthy lawn come next season.

grass with frost on it

Continuing the Weekly Watering Routine:

To maintain a healthy lawn, it's essential to continue your weekly watering routine until Thanksgiving. Adequate hydration is crucial for your grass to withstand the harsh winter conditions, so keep providing it with the necessary moisture until the holiday season.

Scheduling Irrigation Winterization:

It's important not to delay scheduling your irrigation winterization service. The earlier you contact a professional irrigation contractor the better. We would suggest reaching out to a professional irrigation company well before cold weather arrives. These companies get really busy during this time of the year and you don’t want to be the last house on their winterization schedule. Waiting too long poses a risk of encountering freezing temperatures that could potentially damage your system. By acting proactively, you'll ensure that your irrigation system is winter-ready before the temperature drops significantly.

Unattach and Drain Garden Hoses:

Alongside professional winterization, there are a few tasks you can undertake to safeguard your irrigation system from freeze damage. Start by unattaching your garden hoses and draining them thoroughly. Leaving hoses attached can cause water to freeze and expand, leading to cracks or leaks. Store your hoses in a safe, dry place for the winter season.

Store Portable Sprinklers:

Remember to put away any portable sprinklers you might have and store them indoors. Portable sprinklers left outside during freezing temperatures can suffer damage from ice formation. Keeping them in a protected environment ensures they'll be ready for use when warmer weather returns.

Winterizing your irrigation system is a crucial step in maintaining a healthy and vibrant lawn. By continuing your weekly watering routine until Thanksgiving and pre-scheduling your irrigation winterization service in early December, you'll protect your system from potential freezing damage. Additionally, un-attaching and draining garden hoses, as well as storing portable sprinklers indoors, will further safeguard your equipment.

At Turf Professors, we are dedicated to providing you with the expertise and assistance required to keep your lawn in great shape all year round. If you need a reference for an irrigation contractor or would like to learn more about our sustainable lawn care programs, please don't hesitate to contact us at 804-741-3000.


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