Sprinkler Winterization Tips

A lawn irrigation system is one of the best insurance policies you can make to preserve the appearance of your new or existing landscaping. A verdant green lawn, healthy trees, thriving shrubs, and other softscape features all rely on adequate water. Short and long-term droughts can stress your lawn and other plants, causing damage and potentially leading to dead spots.

A healthy green lawn needs regular watering in dry conditions. The relative amount it needs can vary depending on the local weather trends, the soil characteristics, and available soil moisture. Once an area of turf has dried, out it can take up to three times as much water to adequately saturate it and the underlying soil.

These days irrigation systems are sophisticated and often need professional installation and maintenance to maximize their results. CM’s has years of experience installing irrigation systems of every scale including residential and commercial. Our professionally trained irrigation specialists can assess your property’s watering needs to design the system that is best for your landscaping.

If you have an existing irrigation system that needs repair or upgrading, we can help with that too. We’ll assess the turf and softscape characteristics of your property to determine the areas that need to be repaired, replaced, or fully upgraded. This includes options designed to make the most out of every drop of water.

Cost-Efficient Watering

Simple sprinklers attached to the end of a hose tend to waste a lot of water. Large amounts tend to end up pooling in the turf and subsoil near the sprinkler head, while the perimeter ends up getting a small amount of scattered water. Even some older irrigation systems run into this problem.

Ultimately you end up wasting water near the sprinkler head just to provide the perimeter grass with the minimum amount of water it needs to survive. Sprinkler head placement can further add to these inefficiencies. A sprinkler system that over-shoots the boundaries of your lawn can waste a large amount of water on the sidewalk, or street as runs down the curb to the storm sewer.

However, a lawn that has a well-designed and programmed automatic sprinkler ensures that your turf and softscape remains healthy, without wasting water, or money. Our irrigation specialists can even include a rain sensor that will essentially suspend or abbreviate system operation when the turf has received adequate watering from the rain.

New System Design + Professional Installation

After assessing your site for any installation needs or upgrades, our irrigation system designers can answer any of your questions and make any necessary changes in the plan. Our professionally trained installers will then start on the process of placing water lines, sprinkler heads, and other components with a minimal impact on your existing lawn.

Since we are landscaping specialists to begin with, we can often affect the installation with nearly zero long-term change in your turf’s appearance. In most cases, your lawn should fully return to its original appearance in roughly 3 to 4 weeks.

Water lines are typically placed 8 to 14-inches deep to avoid any chance of striking them with an aerator. We will also provide you with a basic schematic to make sure you know where the water lines are in case you need to dig at some future date. If you are ever unsure of a water line, you should call CM’s so we can help identify it.

CM’s A Cut Above is committed to installing efficient irrigation systems, while being good stewards of our natural resources. Our approach to system design, installation, and management, as well as the products we use, specifically focuses on maintaining 100% coverage, water conservation, and automated monitoring of the system to quickly detect and address issues.

Hydrawise Pro-HC Controller & Flow Meter

Wi-Fi enabled for convenient system operation and management from anywhere using a web browser, Apple or Android app

Proactively makes watering adjustments based on local weather data including predicted temperature, rainfall probability, wind speed and humidity to ensure maximum water savings and conservation

Alerts the user of wiring or power issues within the valves and controllers, enabling faster detection and resolution

Monitors the irrigation piping and heads to detect and notify users of unwanted water use, helping to prevent property damage

Wireless Rain-Clik Rain Sensor

Communicates directly with Hydrawise Pro-HC Controller to automatically turn system off when unexpected rainfall occurs

PGP Ultra Rotors 4” Rise & Pro Spray PRS40 head with MP Rotator Nozzles 6” Rise

6” rise sprays to provide proper coverage for all turf types and blade heights

Equipped with check valves to eliminate water runoff from heads at the low point of the property

Pressure regulated stem installed to control pressure flow through MP nozzles, achieve optimal distribution and save water

MP nozzles to provide automatic match precipitation rates in both rotor and spray heads and gradual, uniform irrigation for ideal absorption in all soil types

Professional Monitoring, Repair & Renovation

CM’s offers irrigation system monitoring for our maintenance system subscribers. If our technicians notice a problem during the season, we can affect a quick repair or make any necessary changes before your lawn becomes distressed. Our maintenance programs can also include spring irrigation startup and testing to ensure it’s ready for the summer. We also offer a fall winterization service to drain any excess water before it suffers freeze damage.

Out irrigation system best practices include comprehensive monitoring aspects like:

  • Wet checks throughout the landscaping area

  • Timely repairs and replacement of damaged components

  • Sprinkler head repair or replacement

  • Water line repairs

  • System programming for timing and efficient water usage

  • Softscape inspection to ensure adequate watering throughout your landscaping