Many home owners nowadays go the extra step and install an in ground watering system in order to keep the front and back lawns green in the summer heat. With these sprinkler systems in tact, people are able to water the lawn even in times of drought. The big challenge with these systems is protecting them from freezing temperatures during the early spring, fall and winter months.
If you choose to install automatic sprinkler systems, you can save a lot of time since you simply have to set the controls then you can forget about your lawn all day. Even turning the system off should not be a cause of worry since you can set it based on your schedule.
To eliminate some freeze problems, you can simply use rubber mats placed around your lawn sprinkler heads, it is really and an easy as well as attractive way. They are usually dirt brown in color, making the sprinkler heads easy to spot. They also help prevent the grass from growing so tall that they hide the sprinkler heads. It’s great to get recycled materials to help lessen your carbon footprint on the planet. Yet, not all garden mats are made of recycled material. Some rubber sprinkler mats are molded from old tires.
In some climates, using rubber mats, or backflow covers to protect irrigation systems is not enough. In these cases the entire sprinkler water line system must be blown out with compressed air to clear the pipes of any water prior to the first hard frost. If done incorrectly, the pipes may expand and crack, making for a messy spring!
This lawn care technique is one that confuses many. Do not under rate the importance of having a well watered yard. A good quality irrigation system is important as it will help to water a large area regularly. If your climate allows for a wet enough weather patterns, you may not need this. If your yard has too much water, be sure to monitor for the growth of mushrooms as this is something common here. All of your plants need to get enough water. When you have new plants and grass, they will need more water as their root system is still growing.
Let’s assume you live where long hot dry summers occur more often than not. Instead of investing in a better winterize sprinkler system maybe reseeding with a more drought resistant grass variety would be best. For instance St Augustine, Bermuda or Zoysia. Something that would put you within striking distance of a drought tolerant lawn should extended dry periods be common in your neighborhood.
Change the time setting on your automatic controller periodically. Adjust the clock on your irrigation pipes to correct watering times once per month. Use only what you need by adjusting the watering times based on the time of year and the weather conditions.
The last thing you need to do is test your system to make sure it is working properly. You might have to make adjust to some of the sprinkler heads. Time is the biggest issue a do it yourselfer will have, but the results can be the same as a professional installer.