Spring is often a time of frenetic energy with a long list of things that need to be done to get your life as well as your yard, ready for summer. Making sure that your lawn’s irrigation system is up and ready before the potential dry time of summer is of critical importance.

While it might seem as simple as turning a few valves and maybe resetting the timer schedule, there is actually a lot that goes into testing, maintaining, and preparing a quality lawn irrigation system. Here at CM’s, we offer spring activation as part of our spring maintenance services as well as a standalone service.

This includes things like monitoring the valves and heads. If some part of your irrigation system has been compromised by something like a winter frost heave or the presence of a burrowing rodent, our specialists can affect a repair before your system suffers more significant damage.

During the spring activation process, we will also take a closer look at other critical aspects of how your irrigation system is functioning. This includes things like:

  • Checking the coverage area
  • Performance testing each sprinkler head
  • Removing any organic debris from sprinkler heads and other system components
  • Checking the main system controls
  • Programming your system for optimum performance or providing you with recommendations

If the soil under your turf has a high clay content it might be better to dial back your watering schedule during wet times of the year. Clay tends to trap excess moisture and hold it for a long time, which could potentially lead to problems with overwatering.

On the other end of the spectrum, sandy subsoil allows water to drain through very quickly. In hot and dry times of the year, you may need to increase the amount of water your lawn receives or the times when it is watered.

Ideally, you want to set up your irrigation system to water your lawn between 4 am and 9 am. This will ensure that grass and other softscape features have received sufficient moisture before the full heat of the summer day sets in. If at all possible, you should avoid watering at night, as wet grass and foliage can be increasingly susceptible to diseases and the incubation of fungal spores.

Irrigation System Winterization

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The laws of physics are fickle when it comes to the inherent properties of water. As the temperature starts to drop and water freezes, it is actually one of the few compounds that expands in its solid form. Excess water that is trapped in your irrigation system has the potential to wreak havoc. In some cases, you might not even notice the damage to your system components until the spring thaw.

Fortunately, CM’s offers a winterization as part of our fall menu of maintenance services. The process includes a thorough inspection of your system to catch any immediate damage or defects. We can deal with any faults before they freeze.

We will open any test ports on your backflow device to ensure it is properly winterized as well. Then we will move any ball valves on the backflow to 45 degrees. If you are not home when we complete the winterization, we will leave you any applicable notes and invoices to review.

If you have any questions or concerns related to spring activation or winterization of your lawn’s irrigation system, you shouldn’t leave it to chance. You can always turn to the helpful professionals at CM’s to make sure it’s done right and everything is ready for the rigors of the season ahead.