Irrigation Shutdown 101: Protecting Your Landscape for Winter
November 28, 2023
As winter approaches, it’s crucial to prepare your landscape for the colder months ahead. One of the most important tasks is shutting down your irrigation system properly. In this blog, we’ll guide you through the essentials of irrigation shutdown to protect your landscape and prevent costly damages.
The Importance of Irrigation Shutdown
Failing to properly shut down your irrigation system can lead to frozen pipes, cracked components, and even landscape damage. A well-executed irrigation shutdown ensures that your system is protected from freeze damage, saving you from costly repairs and helping your landscape thrive come spring.
Steps for Successful Irrigation Shutdown
Drain the System
Water left in pipes can freeze and expand, causing cracks. Draining the system is the first step in preventing this.
Insulate Exposed Components
Exposed pipes, valves, and backflow preventers should be insulated to protect them from freezing temperatures.
Adjust Controller Settings
Your irrigation controller should be set to the “off” or “rain mode” setting to prevent it from activating the system during winter.
Preventing Frozen Pipes
Utilizing air compressors and antifreeze solutions are effective methods for preventing frozen pipes in your irrigation system. Some systems particularly benefit from the use of air compressors to blow out any remaining water, a task usually best left to professionals to ensure the pipes are completely empty. For specific types of irrigation setups, antifreeze solutions can also be employed. However, this approach should be undertaken cautiously and ideally in consultation with professionals to prevent soil contamination.
Winter Lawn Preservation
Mulching and Fertilization are key practices for preserving your lawn during winter. Applying a layer of mulch helps retain soil moisture and shields plant roots from freezing temperatures. Additionally, a late-fall application of fertilizer equips your lawn with the essential nutrients it needs to weather the colder months, setting the stage for a vibrant spring.
Why Choose Greenway for Your Irrigation Shutdown
Greenway offers comprehensive irrigation shutdown services, ensuring that your system is properly winterized and your landscape is prepared for the colder months.
Our team will assess your specific irrigation system and landscape needs, recommending the best shutdown procedures for you.
Our trained technicians use state-of-the-art equipment and techniques to ensure that your irrigation system is properly drained, insulated, and prepared for winter.
Greenway offers ongoing support throughout the winter months, including emergency services for any unexpected irrigation issues.
Additional Tips for Winter Landscape Care
Proper snow removal techniques can prevent landscape damage. Avoid piling snow on grassy areas or near trees and shrubs.
In some cases, winter watering may be beneficial, especially for newly planted trees and shrubs. However, this should be done carefully to avoid waterlogging.
Protect sensitive plants with covers or burlap wraps to shield them from harsh winter winds and temperatures.
Properly shutting down your irrigation system is crucial for protecting your landscape during the winter months. From draining the system to insulating exposed components, each step is vital for preventing freeze damage and ensuring a healthy, vibrant landscape come spring.
Ready to winterize your irrigation system? Contact Greenway today at 203-569-2942 for expert irrigation shutdown services that will protect your landscape and save you from costly winter damages.