When freezing temperatures cease in Tennessee, and spring kicks in, it’s time to activate your sprinkler system. In this blog, we will show you the importance of performing this task and how to properly de-winterize and start up the irrigation system.
With a shovel or spade, dig approximately 12 inches (30.48 centimeters) into the soil. If you come across frozen ground, wait a week or two before testing again. Never activate the sprinkler system while the ground is still frozen.
Turn on the control panel and pay attention to the current settings for date, time, and irrigation zones. If necessary, reprogram the controller for automatic watering. Replace the controller backup battery if it is more than one-year-old.
To avoid bursting the fittings and causing sprinklers to blow right out of the ground, fill the pipes first. Slowly open the shutoff valve that controls the water supply to the whole system. If you don’t have air pressure relief valves, remove the sprinkler heads located at the highest point of each zone. This will allow air to slowly be released when you turn on the water. Next, open the principal water valve slowly to avoid the uncontrolled flow of water. Stop when you hear the water begin to flow and wait for five minutes as water goes into the mainline. Continue by opening the valve just a few degrees every two minutes until it’s completely open. Repeat the same process if your system has several branch lines.
Test the irrigation of each of your zones using the control panel, one at a time. This will allow you to check that your spray patterns are receiving water where it is needed. With the sprinklers turned-off, adjust the nozzles if necessary. Finally, activate your full irrigation program for the last inspection. If you are satisfied with what you see, you are ready for your first lawn watering in spring!
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The Spring season brings joy to our homes, and many people are ready to finally go out, after the long cold days, to work outdoors. Others are preparing to spring-clean their garage or kitchen. However, don’t forget the outdoor areas of your home. Perform spring cleaning tasks performed to freshen up your yard.
Before you begin, wait until the soil is no longer wet enough to form a ball of debris, leaves, and any lingering organic material, to avoid walking on it and compacting it. Here is how to prepare your yard for the growing season.
The incessant rain, snow, and wind have taken a toll on your trees, so start your clean-up efforts by gathering the fallen branches and scattered sticks. Continue with your flower beds and remove any dead leaves and flowers.
The sooner you eliminate these nasty invaders, the better. Don’t let them settle, weeds will grow sturdy roots during summer. Pull these invaders out before it is too late.
Many trees, such as oaks, lose their leaves over the winter and spring. Removing those layers of old leaves will avoid grass mold or decay. Rake out fallen leaves and dead foliage. Once you are done, consider composting. Otherwise, let your town collection service take the bagged leaves.
Look around for damaged or dead bushes, overgrown perennials, and hedges, and prune them back. Use hand pruners to shape hedges. This is when you trim fruit trees so you can have a nice harvest later.
Trim damaged tree branches and limbs that you can easily access, and contact a professional tree-trimmer to take care of those that are hard-to-reach.
At this point, you can start planting any plants, shrubbery, or trees strong enough to survive early springs still-cool nights.
Early spring is the time when you can prepare damaged lawn areas for spring seeding. First, test the pH of the soil and make the necessary amendments. Remove dead turf with a square metal rake, then flip it over to spread compost.
A proper spring garden clean up should benefit your plants. By following the above tips, your garden will thank you later on.
Should you need help with your lawn, contact Secure Lawn professionals. We offer seeding & aeration among other services for Tennessee homes.