Contrary to what one may believe, lawn care and maintenance is an important responsibility year-round. While it may not seem like proper maintenance is necessary during the winter and early spring, failing to keep up on it can cause your lawn to die out and become a bigger issue when late spring rolls around.

In the DFW area, grass doesn’t stop growing entirely. Continuing with a regular mowing schedule, managing weeds, and setting your sprinklers accordingly is important to keep your grass alive. These tasks can seem like a lot, especially if you have a busy schedule already. Because of that, hiring out the work will benefit both you and your lawn in the long run.

In this article, we’ll cover the ins and outs of proper lawn maintenance during the late winter and early spring. By the end, you should have a good idea of what you need to do to ensure your lawn looks healthy and beautiful when the warm season rolls around.

Winter Lawn Mowing

For your last major mow of the season, it’s best to create a close cut and bag your grass clippings. Doing this will remove any build-up and dislodge things like acorns, leaves, and other natural materials from the ground. Throughout the winter, you’ll want to mow on a bi-weekly basis to keep the cut close to the ground.

Once you reach mid-spring, you’ll have a lawn that is far easier to upkeep than you would if you didn’t spend the time keeping your grass close-cut and loose of natural materials.

Winter Weed Management

Your grass won’t stop growing completely in the winter and that means weeds aren’t going to stop growing either. With any weed, it’s best to get rid of the issue before it even starts. As any person knows, weeds are notorious for getting out of hand very quickly.

Whether you choose to use chemicals, natural alternatives, or pull them yourself. All problems with weeds should be taken care of as soon as possible.

Adjust Your Sprinkler System as Necessary

Winters are generally pretty mild in the DFW area, so you’re still going to want to ensure your lawn is getting the right amount of water. Many sprinkler systems come equipped with a winter setting that allows you to change the timing from a summer schedule of three times per week to a winter schedule of once weekly.

There are also usually rain and freeze sensors for you to reference. These sensors will tell you if the water has reached the point of freezing or if the ground has enough moisture from natural elements.

Hire Out Your Lawn Care

To make law maintenance easier, it may be helpful to hire out the maintenance responsibilities your lawn needs. At StreamLine Designs, we offer services that cover everything mentioned in this article. We’ll also work with you to come up with a landscape maintenance plan that fits your unique needs.

Our crew offers service year-round, so you don’t have to worry about any point where you’d need to perform these tasks on your own. From mowing and weed management to sprinkler system installation and upkeep, we’ve got you covered. 

As winter arrives and freezing temperatures follow, preparing for those frigid winter days becomes increasingly important. There are plenty of tips for preventing pipe freeze inside of your home, but what about your outdoor sprinkler system? Do you even need to winterize it?

Truthfully, the answer to that question depends on where you live. If you live in an area with a cold climate that regularly sees temperatures below freezing, or you see harsh weather often, winterizing your sprinkler system is essential. Failing to do so will lead to the need for a new system when the season ends.

In this article, we’re going to cover when you need to worry about winterizing your sprinkler system and how to do so.

When to Winterize Your Sprinklers

The general rule for winterizing your sprinkler system is at least one week before the first freeze of the winter. Doing this will avoid potential damage to your system from freezing water. When winter is approaching, it’s important to pay close attention to the forecast and winterize your sprinkler system as soon as you see temperatures of 32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

32 degrees Fahrenheit is also known as the freezing point for water. When you see this temperature in the forecast, you know to drain the sprinklers completely to keep the water from freezing.

How to Effectively Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Winterizing a sprinkler system sounds like a lengthy, time-consuming process. However, it really just refers to the draining of your irrigation system before the first freeze of the year. This is a vital process in sprinkler system upkeep as failing to do so will cause your system to sustain damage that will sit until everything thaws in the spring.

When water isn’t drained entirely from your sprinkler system, it expands when it freezes. If there’s enough water still in your pipes, it has the potential to explode. So, if you want to save your money, taking the time to winterize your sprinkler system is a must.

To properly winterize your sprinkler system, follow these steps:

  1. Shut the water off. This means shutting off the main water supply to the system and any pipes leading to your backflow device if you have one.
  2. Make sure the timer is off. Most sprinkler systems run on a timer, so it’s important to make sure that’s switched off so water won’t flow to each release valve anymore.
  3. Drain the sprinkler’s water supply. Although you no longer have new water flowing through the system, you still need to get rid of any standing water in the pipes. This can be done via manual, automatic, or blow-out draining.
  4. Insulate anything aboveground. Cover any valves, pipes, and backflow preventers with insulating material like foam covers or insulation tape. Take care not to cover any air vents or drain outlets on your backflow preventer.

Draining Methods

There are three different ways to drain your sprinkler system. Some sprinkler systems have a manual draining option where you empty the system at each valve, one at a time. Other systems have an automatic option where they drain once you shut off the main valve.

Blow-out draining is an option with some systems that let you connect an air compressor to the system to blow out any residual water.

Lawn care is a lot of work. You have to worry about weeding, keeping the grass cut, and taking care of any decorative or ornamental plants. There are various layers of difficulty, but when you put them all together, it still takes time and effort. One of the biggest parts of taking care of your lawn is watering. To keep suitable grass on your property, you have to dedicate time to watering and feeding it, in addition to pest control.

One way to make this easier is by investing in a sprinkler system. Sprinkle systems take all of the labor out of watering your lawn. Many can be timed, and will only provide water to your grass when it needs it. However, a sprinkler system isn’t for everyone. Check out some reasons that you may want a sprinkler system, and why you may not.

Reasons to Install a Sprinkler System

A sprinkler system takes planning and work to install. However, once it’s been put into place, the benefits are huge. Take a look at them below!

  • Lawn maintenance becomes easy, with almost no manual labor having to do with watering.
  • Sprinkler systems make sure that your grass is given the right amount of water. Often, homeowners deprive their grass of the full amount of water it needs to thrive.
  • In terms of longevity, a properly installed sprinkler system will outlast a hose with ease. Hoses are subject to dry rot, as are the attachments you buy for them,
  • Overall, sprinkler systems are more water-efficient. This means that you’ll be able to conserve water, as well as reduce the amount of money you’re paying for your water bill each month.

Reasons to Avoid Installing a Sprinkler System

While the benefits a sprinkler system provides are great, they aren’t for everyone. There are a few reasons to avoid installing a sprinkler system for your home.

  • The initial cost of a sprinkler system may be too great for your household. When irrigation is done right, it can be expensive. It can also be higher in cost depending on the conditions of your lawn. If it requires more labor, it will require more money.
  • Your lawn may be too small for a sprinkler system to be effective. If that’s the case, avoid installing a system. It won’t save you time or money in the long run.
  • Additionally, your lawn may not be grassy! Xenoscaping, or creating landscapes with low-water needs, is popular in some areas. These lawns may need occasional watering, but it’s unlikely that you’ll need a sprinkler system to do so.

Should You Get a Sprinkler System?

If you find that you’re having a hard time keeping your lawn healthy, or just don’t have the time to manually water, you may want a sprinkler system. Installing a sprinkler system will help keep your grass healthy, and it will put time back into your day! It may be a high initial cost, but it’ll likely save you money in the long run.