Sprinkler Maintenance Tips
Not all sprinklers are created equal. In fact, some are better suited for particular tasks than others. And, some use water much more efficiently than others. Find out more about types of sprinklers here or watch this Garden Time segment. Regardless of the type of sprinkler that you use, there are simple things you can do to ensure that the right amount of water gets where it is needed.
Fall Maintenance Checklist
Each fall, you should winterize your irrigation system to keep it in prime condition for the next spring and summer. To do this:
- Check to see that your sprinkler system is functioning correctly. Make sure that your sprinkler heads aren't blocked and are directed to the plants you would like them to water.
- Look for perpetual damp spots in your landscape as these might indicate a leak or broken line that will have to be fixed.
- Get your back flow checked. If you have an automatic sprinkler system, chances are that you have a backflow connection that is required by law to be checked annually.
- Winterize your automatic sprinkler system by emptying it of water and turning it off for the season (this includes drip systems too!)
- Put garden hoses away for the season and insulate outdoor pipes. Empty and disconnect your garden hoses from outdoor faucets. Also be sure to insulate your outdoor faucets and any exposed pipes for the winter.
- Clear debris from your gutters and downspouts. This will prevent overflow and keep the water from your roof directed where you want it to go during the winter rains.
Sprinkler System Maintenance Tips (video)