Preparing Your Lawn for Spring

Yard care time is arriving with the warmer temperatures, and with it a need to tackle some of the deferred work and issues in your yard's landscaping. After a winter of snowstorms and wind, there can be a great deal of cleanup and repairs you need to get your yard back into shape. Here are some recommendations to complete in your yard and landscaping as part of your spring cleanup and maintenance.

Check, Maintain, and Repair the Sprinklers

When the temperature begins to warm up outside and your lawn starts to grow in nice and green, it is time to check into your lawn's sprinkler system. Soon the heat will settle in, and you may begin to rely upon your sprinkler system to keep your lawn alive.

Winter is a time of year when your sprinkler system can be damaged by the temperatures and snow removal, and because it is not in use, you won't know about any damage until spring. And, depending on the type and quality of sprinkler heads you have, they can last anywhere from two to twenty years before they will need replacement due to damage. 

Take some time to maintain your sprinkler system, and check that it works properly. Run water into your line and watch each sprinkler head in the zones, switching them on one at a time. Look at water flow and pressure to make sure all the heads are spraying properly. A lack of water pressure in one or more sprinkler heads indicates you have a break in the line that will need to be dug up and replaced.

To repair the line you will need to excavate the section where the damage has occurred, and you can do so by looking at which heads are spraying and which ones are not. Dig between the last sprayer that sprays and the first head that is not spraying. Once you have exposed the crack in the line, cut off the section that is broken and replace it with a new section, being sure to use a sprinkler primer and glue to ensure the repair holds.

Look After Your Lawn Health

After you take the time to get your lawn's sprinkler system repaired and checked for proper spray, you can focus on your lawn's health. You won't need to water your lawn until the soil dries out after the spring melt and rainstorms. But depending on your climate, this can come sooner rather than later, so watch the weather and your soil and lawn condition so you get your sprinklers turned on to prevent your lawn from burning up.

Remove any layer of thatch from your lawn with a lawn dethatching blade, or you can have this done by your landscaper. Dethatching will remove a thick layer of thatch from the base of your lawn to allow fertilizer and moisture a better route to feed your lawn plants and boost their health all season. 

Call companies like A Ronnow Lawn Sprinkler, Inc., to get help with things like sprinkler repair.

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