Time to winterize!
All of a sudden, fall is here and that means it is time to prepare your irrigation system and landscape for winter. We have already began to see freezing overnight temperatures and thus irrigation systems need to be blown out, hoses need to be detached from spigots and drained, and mulch needs to be added to planting beds. Blowing out irrigation systems help prevent freeze damage to sprinklers and backflow devices. Drain hoses and detach all devices from outdoor faucets. Keep plant roots warm with a bit of mulch to help your landscape bounce back in the spring. And use tree wrap on new and thin bark trees to prevent sun and ice damage. Find more winterizing tips at CRconserve.com.
When to winter water
Keep that hose handy as we predict some trees may need a bit of winter water. Winter watering is necessary when there has been a long period (3-4 weeks) of no or low precipitation. Water only in the morning, when it is at least 40 degrees outside. This allows the water time to soak into the soil before freezing night temperatures. Though deciduous trees go through dormancy in the winter, they still are susceptible to the harsh elements. To help with winter watering, residents are encouraged to pile any shoveled snow into the yard instead of the street. Keep your investment healthy. Efficient water use = a healthy landscape.