January 28, 2010
This post was prepared by our friends at Bruce Hage Irrigation, it includes some great tips:
Winter is here and it's FREEZING. Did you know that it is time to turn back the water on your lawn and landscape. You should only be watering once per week, accoring to the St. John Water Management District rules. It is also time to reduce the suration of time that you do water. If the grass is not growing, it does not need water. Just run your irrigation to keep everything lubricated and operating. It can be run just once a month or reduce the seasonal adjustment to 5% or 10%.
Increased watering times will not begin until the temperature is warmer, or the end of February or early March. Using less water now will decrease the amount of water your lawn will need, when the summer heat returns. Prepare now to benefit later.
Concerned about the pipes on your pump or backflow freezing? Just wrap them with an old blanket. When wrapping a pump, be sure not to cover the vents of the motor. If the pump sucks the blanket into the vents, it could damage and short out the motor.
And, as always, check your system for breaks, to avoid wasting water and/or pushing debris into pipes and sprinkler heads. For any concerns or repairs, please call us at Bruce Hage Irrigation at (407) 275-0804. We will be happy to assist you.