4. Bring a large cup, bowl or bucket and go back to your basement or crawl space and open the drain to drain the back side of your backflow and pipe. These drains are usually attached to the valve that you shut off the system with. Pictured below. They are usually a little tiny cap that unscrews to let the water out. But it is very important to do steps 1-3 before opening this drain cap or you willl not get all of the water out. When done draining, leave this cap loose or unscrewed with a bucket underneath to catch any dripping if possible.
If you don’t know how to properly drain your sprinkler system, then you should hire a professional to winterize it for you. You can get away with not blowing out the sprinkler lines on some systems, but you will need to drain it properly anyway or you will freeze your backflow preventer, ball valves, copper pipe and/or valve manifold.
When we winterize and blowout a sprinkler system, half of what we do is a proper draining of the system, then we blow air through the lines that can’t be drained to get all of the water out of the entire system. On some systems that have poly pipe for lateral lines, you can get away with not blowing air through the lines, but this is risky. You can crack a sprinkler head or fitting even though the poly pipe may not crack during a freeze. Not to mention the poly pipe becomes weaker each year that you don’t blow the water out of it, because the water expands and contracts the pipe during each freeze, creating weak spots and eventually cracking.
If you have PVC Laterals in your sprinkler system, you better blow it out or you will have major damage the following spring. PVC freeze cracks can go the entire length of your yard, which means you would have to replace the entire run of pipe and that’s not cheap.
Make sure you hire a reputable company to winterize your sprinklers. If the job isn’t done correctly you will have damage in the spring that may cost five times more than a good company charges for a sprinkler blowout. Don’t call the guy who hand writes on a sign and sticks it on the corner, you really never know what your going to get with someone like that.
The bottom line is, you can get away with not blowing out your sprinkler system in some cases, but it is risky if you don’t know what you are doing.
Feel free to call or email us with questions regarding sprinkler winterization and blowouts.
Happy Roots – Thornton, Broomfield, Westminster, Brighton, and Erie Colorado – 303-457-8300
Thank you for your business! We really appreciate you choosing Happy Roots to help maintain your lawn, landscape and sprinklers. Below you will find a few tips on what to do next.
Please call or e-mail us if you have any questions or comments regarding the services performed on your lawn today. E-mail:Les@ColoradoHappyRoots.com Phone: 303-457-8300
After Service Care:
Services you may be interested in this fall/winter. Call or email us for details and pricing.
If you have questions about any of these important lawn tips or would like to order Please contact us at www.ColoradoHappyRoots.com or call us at 303-457-8300.
Apply a fall fertilizer in September to thicken your lawn, build strong roots and help recover from the heat stress of the summer. Then apply a winterizer in Mid October to Mid November for early spring green up next year. The roots of your lawn are taking up nutrients and penetrating deeper into the soil in the fall more than any other time of year. The fall is also the best time of year to aerate for these same reasons. Spring aerations are also recommended.
Happy Roots Update and Lawn Tip,
Thank you for your continued business. We really appreciate it!
I visited a lawn last Monday in Thornton to aerate it. It was one of my long time customers, her name is Deb. I pulled up and her lawn was thick, green and already growing, it was the nicest lawn on the block by far. She was already mowing and it looked beautiful. I hadn’t aerated it yet, so why was it so green and thick. Well, she had put on a late fall fertilizer and had applied her spring fertilizer in March. The other very important thing she did was start watering early. The water and feeding the lawn with the fertilizer is all it took to make her lawn look amazing. She still wanted me to aerate, which is smart on her part, but that is not why her lawn was in this condition. If you just aerate a lawn and then don’t water or feed it properly, it will still look unpleasant to say the least. We grow cool season lawns in this state that love water, and we haven’t had much natural rainfall lately so if you aren’t already on a regular watering schedule, you need to get with it or you will be missing a great opportunity to build a thick lawn before the heat arrives.
So why aerate you ask? When you pull out thousands of plugs from the soil in your lawn, you create a situation where water, nutrients and air get directly into the root zone of your grass. You save water by having less runoff, and you feed the roots directly. Aeration is a very important compliment to the water and fertilizer treatments. When you aerate your lawn regularly at least Spring and Fall you are creating a deeper root zone each year, which will help your lawn get through the hot summers and cold winters with less stress. But aeration will only help if you are watering and fertilizing correctly. They all work together.
Remember, we are here to serve all of your residential lawn and sprinkler needs. If you have already had your lawn serviced by us this spring, please get your water on to activate the products we’ve applied. If you haven’t had your lawn aerated or fertilized yet this spring, it’s definitely not too late. You can visit our web site at www.coloradohappyroots.com or call us at 303-457-8300 to schedule the services you need. We also offer lawn and sprinkler consulting to give you all of the inside information on how to take care of your lawn and sprinkler system. For as little as $30 I can personally visit your home and fill you in on what works and what doesn’t.
Remember we offer weekly lawn mowing for those of you who need it, or just want to relax instead of mow this summer. We offer same day quotes for free, and have the best service around. Please see our mowing page on the website.
p.s. Thanks for your regular support and referrals. We work hard to help you make your yard the best it can be and appreciate it when you HELP US GROW OUR BUSINESS by telling your friends and family to call us.
Owner – Happy Roots
e-mail – les@ColoradoHappyRoots.com
I was talking to one of my long time mowing customers tonight about his watering practices in his lawn area, that conversation made me think of some information that I wanted to pass on to you, to help you get the most out of your lawn and the services we provide for you. I wanted to share with you the 3 basic needs of lawn care. If you execute these three things correctly, you should have a beautiful lawn all year long.
Remember to shut your sprinklers off for a day or two when we get 1/3” of rain or more.
Our EZ Wet product and Core Aeration helps the water you put down get deeper into the soil.
That is all it takes to have a beautiful lawn. The catch is that you need all three. If you are missing any one of these three, your lawn will not look very good. If you follow these directions, you will have a thicker, greener, healthier, lawn with little or no fungus problems, with deep roots to withstand the summer heat, and less weeds, because the best way to keep weeds out is competition. If your lawn is really thick the weeds will not get the sunlight they need to germinate. If you would like more information on proper ways to take care of your lawn, please e-mail or call me.
***If you know someone who could benefit from the information I have provide you, or might be interested in our services, please forward this message to them. I appreciate your business and I am here to help you get the most out of the investment of your landscape.