How To Prepare Your Sprinkler System For Winter

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It is well known that Torontonians experience long, cold winters. This cold weather can damage your sprinkler system and lawn, which is why you need to winterize your sprinkler system. Read on to find out more about sprinkler systems and how to prepare your irrigation system for winter.

Winter Lawn
Winter Lawn

If you want a great looking lawn, then one of the first steps is installing an underground irrigation system. It costs from $3,000 to $4,000 USD to get a water sprinkler system installed for a ¼ acre lot; however, the benefits outweigh the expense. An irrigation system keeps your lawn looking good and helps you to maintain curb appeal.

Agriculture makes up 80 percent of the water humans consume every year. An irrigation system distributes the right amount of water that a plant or lawn needs and prevents runoff and from over saturating the soil. You save energy and conserve water because of the accuracy and by decreasing unneeded applications. A sprinkler system from a leading lawn care expert like EZ Lawn Sprinklers will help you save on water usage since you can pre-set it to use just the right amount of water along a set schedule, which means your lawn receives water at the right time.

Everyone knows that the best time to water your lawn and other landscaping plants is in the evening or early morning before the sun rises so that less water is wasted in evaporation; however most people don’t enjoy watering their lawns in the dark. In fact, most people don’t enjoy manually watering their lawns at all, especially during the summer months when watering time must increase to compensate for the extreme heat. A sprinkler system will do all the work for you and will therefore only ever use just enough water for a rich, healthy lawn and garden. For this reason alone, this system is one of the most convenient methods for watering over other systems.

Sprinkler System for Winter
Sprinkler System for Winter

As the weather gets colder, you must think about how to prep your sprinkler system for winter. It is the best way to protect your system from getting seriously damaged from cold weather. Shutting off the water to the main valve is one of the first things you should do. It is essential that the main valve is located somewhere that the valve will not freeze. The location is something that you should discuss when installing your system with your lawn care experts. The tubing in an irrigation system tends to shift and sink – a movement that causes water to pool inside of your pipes. If this water is left in your pipes during the winter months, then it can destroy the metal and plastic within your system. The water will cause your pipes to expand when the temperatures drop and inevitably crack or bust apart, ruining your expensive irrigation system. To shut down for winter, you should remove the water from the sprinkler heads, valves and pipes.

It is important to prepare your property for Toronto Ontario’s cold weather. If you are not familiar with sprinkler systems, then you need to contact a professional. A technician can help you to winterize your system and make sure it is in good condition for the spring.