One big step to enjoying a gorgeous spring lawn is winterization! You’ll give your lawn its best chance by preparing it properly for winter. Hydro-Tech Irrigation Company is here to help you pave the way for a lush lawn.
Do you know what kind of grass you’ve got? Warm-season turf includes Bermuda, centipede, St. Augustine and zoysia. Cool-season turf includes fescue, Kentucky bluegrass or perennial ryegrass.
Cool-season grasses grow their strongest in the fall. Typically, if you choose to fertilize your cool-season lawn, you should do it once each year in the fall. You’ll use a product called winterizer fertilizer.
Fall fertilizing is effective because that’s when plants respond to external triggers like day-length and temperature changes to start the process of preparing for winter. In the fall, plants slow their growth and shift food reserves from leaves to roots.
Shifting excess nutrients to the roots is how plants return each spring. The same is true of your lawn. When you fertilize grass in the fall, you’re giving them more nutrients to store for winter.
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Once spring comes, your grass blades sense the seasonal change and begin growing again, using those food reserves. Grass that’s been fed in the fall greens up quickly in the spring, growing thick and lush. Thick lawns crowd out the weeds.
Winter fertilization is most important for cool-season grasses. For lawns with warm-season turf grass and early fall freezes, the grass goes dormant in winter. These lawns shouldn’t be fertilized after September 1, to avoid new growth that will only be damaged by freezes.
Finally, when you are thinking about winterizing your lawn, it’s important to winterize your sprinkler system too. The process will help to ensure that the coming winter and freezing temperatures don’t damage your sprinkler system’s components and piping. Winterization must be performed by a trained irrigation technician as it requires the correct use of specialized equipment. All of the people on the Hydro-Tech team are trained in the proper procedures to winterize any size underground lawn sprinkler or drip irrigation system. The equipment used is specifically regulated to deliver the precise amount of compressed air (based on manufacturer specifications) that will correctly remove the residual water in all of the systems’ main lines, lateral lines, manifold and solenoid valves.
When properly performed, the sprinkler heads, solenoid valves and piping will not be compromised by excess pressure or friction by an improperly regulated air compressor. If not performed properly, damage can result to the system and will be evident the following season when the system is started up again. That is why it is very important to go with the experts.
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When performed correctly, your lawn sprinkler system will be ready to handle whatever mother nature throws at it over the winter season. Have you scheduled your winterization? Visit our website today to learn more.