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A Quick Guide For Identifying Common Lawn Pests

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

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Alan's Factory Outlet metal carports can help protect your car from ice, hail and falling branches.  How well protected is your yard from pests?

There are many types of pests that can invade your yard. It's easy to tell when a neighborhood dog has been digging holes around your fence: You can sometimes identify the guilty canine by the dried mud on its nose and ears. But what if you see damage to your lawn but never spot the perpetrator? Here are some tips on how to identify lawn pests without ever seeing them in person. Enjoy!

Grubs

Patches of wilting grass around your lawn can be a sign that you have an invasion of grubs. After the grass wilts, the turf begins to turn brown. If you lift a piece of this brown turf, you'll find that it has a sponge-like texture. You may even be able to see a few grubs underneath the turf. An increase in crows and other birds on your lawn can be another indicator of a grub problem, since many birds feed on grubs.

Moles

Moles live in tunnels that go a couple of feet underground, but that doesn't mean your lawn is off limits. As a mole tunnels beneath your lawn, it moves the loose ground toward the surface, creating piles of dirt that look like mini-volcanoes. These piles can sometimes measure a foot across! This can turn a simple walk through your yard into a treacherous journey. Look out for mole tunnels near sidewalks and driveways.

Rabbits

Where there is one rabbit, there are many. Some signs of rabbits include chewed plant leaves and vegetables missing from your garden. Also, they leave piles of round droppings wherever they go. Rabbits like to come out early in the morning as well as in the early evening, so keep your eyes open for a visit. I suggest you plant some items in your garden or yard that are distasteful to rabbits, such as yarrow, lavender, or black-eyed Susans.

Japanese Beetles

One Japanese beetle in your yard is no problem. But these insects travel in groups. Finding plants with numerous chew holes in the leaves is one sign that you have Japanese beetles. And a large, hungry group of them can leave skeletal plants in their wake.

Cutworms

If you think you have cutworms around your lawn, look for wilting plants and plants chewed through near the bottom of the stem. These pests feed on young plants and only come out at night. A group of cutworms can make their way through a large gathering of plants in a relatively short amount of time.

Squirrels

If you think that squirrels limit their activities to the treetops, think again. Some squirrels take on pest-like behavior by digging holes in a lawn to bury nuts. They are also known to dig holes in potted plants kept outdoors. Small holes in the lawn or your garden are signs that you've had a visit from a squirrel. You may even find a nut buried in the soil of the potted plant you keep on the patio!

Once you identify the pests, you can start figuring out what you can do to dissuade them from establishing permanent residence in your yard. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: common lawn pests

Caring For Houseplants During Winter

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Jan 4, 2017

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Here is an inside view of Alan's Factory Outlet 40' wide metal buildings.  You could even put a houseplant inside one of the metal garages to help make it feel like home.

Do you have any houseplants? Perhaps you have a favorite Boston fern or a tall aloe vera plant in your home. Though many houseplants are low-maintenance, there are a few things you can do to help them thrive despite the changes that come with the winter months.

Move Your Plants to the Best Location

Consider the location of the houseplants in your home. Make sure they are in a place where they receive an adequate amount of sunlight. Avoid putting your plants too close to a window: Windows may let in drafts that can harm the health of your plants. In addition, houseplants shouldn't be kept near a heat source, so if your houseplant is sitting next to a vent or above one, it should be moved so it doesn't dry out. Also, monitor the temperature of your home at night. Houseplants need to be kept in a room where the temperature stays between 60 and 70 degrees both day and night.

Monitor the Humidity Level

Boston ferns, aloe vera, and rex begonias are just a few examples of houseplants that thrive in a humid environment. But the air inside a home can become very dry during the winter months due to the heat produced by a furnace. One solution is to set up a portable humidifier near your plants to add some moisture to the air inside your home. Or you can put your houseplants in the bathroom and run the hot water in your shower for several minutes. Let your plants stay in the bathroom for an hour or so with the door closed. Doing this twice a week should give them the humid air they need to stay healthy.

Clean Your Plants

Keeping your plants clean can help them continue to flourish throughout the winter. Use a soft cloth, a small amount of warm water, and mild dish soap to clean the leaves of your houseplants. If you have a plant with prickly leaves, such as an African violet, try using a pipe cleaner or a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently remove the dust and dirt from both the upper and lower surface of each leaf. Cleaning your plants keeps their pores clear, allowing them to breathe and freely absorb sunlight. I suggest you put together a little kit containing a soft cloth, toothbrush, pipe cleaners, and a bottle of dish soap. That way, you're ready to clean every time your houseplants need a touch-up.

Give Your Plants the Proper Amount of Water

Most houseplants don't need as much water during the winter months as during the spring and summer. A good test to see if a plant needs water is to put your finger about two inches down into the soil. If the soil is dry at that depth, water your plant thoroughly. It's a smart idea to research how much water your specific types of houseplants need to survive during the cold weather months.

Don't forget about your houseplants this winter. Think of them as a constant reminder of the new growth you'll see this spring. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: caring for houseplants

Maintaining Your Fireplace During Winter

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Dec 28, 2016

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Run in sheds can not only be used for horses but also for equipment or a place to stack firewood to help keep it dry.

Over the years, I've noticed that a fire crackling in a fireplace has a way of drawing people into a room. The warmth of the fire combined with its familiar fragrance is a pleasant addition to a cold, snowy evening. I love to put up my feet near the fireplace and enjoy some delicious popcorn. But it's important to make sure that you maintain your fireplace so it's ready to go during the winter months. Use these tips to keep your fireplace in safe working order.

Inspect the Chimney

This is the most important maintenance tip to remember. Creosote, soot, and ashes build up on the inside of your chimney. These elements can create blockage that can lead to a fire or smoke flowing back into your home. It's a good idea to hire a professional who has the equipment to safely inspect and clean your chimney. A professional chimney cleaner will be able to find cracks and other damage. An inspection/cleaning should be done about once a year or more frequently, depending on how often you use your fireplace.

Sweep the Fireplace

It's a smart idea to clean the ashes and partially burned logs out of the fireplace every time you use it. This prevents a buildup of flammable debris in your fireplace. A set of fireplace tools including a special broom and shovel can be helpful in getting the job done in an efficient way. Be sure to vacuum any stray ashes off the hearth of your fireplace so they don't get tracked onto the carpet.

Install a Chimney Cap

Installing a chimney cap can keep leaves, sticks, and other debris out of your chimney flue. Plus, it stops rain from running into your flue and causing damage. Squirrels and birds are notorious for trying to build nests in chimneys, and a chimney cap can also deter them from trying to take up residence in your flue. Installing a chimney cap can help you simplify some of your chimney maintenance tasks this time of year.

Inspect Your Fireplace Doors

Chances are good that you have glass doors on your fireplace. Inspect the glass on your doors to find any cracks or damage. Also, open and close the doors to make sure that the hinges and latch are in proper working order. Now is the best time to make necessary repairs to your fireplace doors.

Maintain Smoke Detectors

You may already have a smoke detector near your fireplace. If so, check the batteries and test it to make sure it is working properly. If you don't have a smoke detector near your fireplace, consider installing one. This can give you extra peace of mind, especially when you aren't in the room to monitor the fire in your fireplace.

Finally, check the condition of your firewood. Take two logs and bang them together. If you hear a crack, it means they are dry and in good condition. A thudding sound means they have taken on moisture and should not be used in your fireplace.

Enjoy your fireplace this winter, and thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: maintaining fireplace

How to Reuse Holiday Wrapping Paper

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Dec 22, 2016

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A steel building from Alan's Factory Outlet could be just want Santa ordered for a place to store all of your Christmas supplies.

Watching loved ones open Christmas gifts is one of the most enjoyable parts of the season. But once all of the unwrapping is done, what do you do with that colorful pile of wrapping paper on your living room floor? Fortunately for you, I have some ideas for how you can give holiday wrapping paper a second lease on life. Enjoy!

Enhance Your Bulletin Board

A large piece of used wrapping paper makes the perfect background for a bulletin board in your kitchen, a child's room, or even the garage. Simply measure your bulletin board and trim a large piece of used wrapping paper to cover the cork surface. I suggest using glue dots as a neat, clean way to attach the paper to your bulletin board. However, if you plan to change your wrapping paper background from time to time, attach it to the bulletin board using push pins.

Create Some New Shelf Paper

Why have boring drawers if you don't have to? Used wrapping paper can be measured and cut to fit into the bottoms of drawers in your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, or anywhere else in the house. This is an easy way to keep your wrapping paper out of the landfill while adding some flair to your junk drawer!

Make a Holiday Wreath

This idea can be a great project to work on with a child or grandchild. When you're making a wrapping paper wreath, you can be as creative as you want to be. For instance, you can combine different types of wrapping paper in your design or make it out of one particular type. Your wreath may have a color theme or a character theme featuring Santa Claus, Frosty, or Rudolph. Add extra interest to your wreath by attaching a bell or a large red ribbon to it. I suggest you put aside a special box for the wreath so you can bring it out as a regular part of the Christmas décor every December.

Put Some Color in Your Packages

If you're not into making shelf paper or wreaths, you can reuse your paper in a more practical way. Put all of your wrapping paper scraps and pieces in a bag and use them as packing material whenever you send a package to someone. The recipient of your package will get a thrill from seeing such colorful packing material. Plus, maybe that person will take your lead and begin to reuse their holiday wrapping paper the same way.

A Kids' Art Project

Kids can make an interesting collage out of discarded holiday wrapping paper. Begin with a large piece of white or black construction paper. Next, they can either cut or tear the wrapping paper into pieces and glue them onto the paper to make different shapes. One child may create a nighttime scene starring a family of snow people, while another kid may create an entire neighborhood of houses out of the paper scraps. Be sure to hang the collages on the refrigerator for everyone to see.

And here's one more quick idea: If you have a special occasion coming up, such as a birthday, wedding, or anniversary party, you can always tear up your used wrapping paper for confetti.

Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: reuse holiday wrapping paper

How to Protect Your Garage Floor From Spills

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Fri, Dec 16, 2016

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Most garage floors take a lot of abuse. They are walked on, parked on, and sometimes spilled on. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to protect your garage floor from stains and other damage that results from spills. This week, my post is all about how to keep your garage floor looking its best.

Types of Garage Floors

Most garage floors are made of concrete. Some homeowners cover their concrete garage floors with protective interlocking tiles made of vinyl or rubber. Others cover their concrete floor with a heavy-duty rubber mat cut to fit the dimensions of their garage. There are also garage floors made of granite. Granite is a popular choice for a garage floor because it's attractive as well as scratch-resistant. The type of garage floor a homeowner has depends a lot on what the space is used for.

What Kinds of Substances End Up on a Garage Floor?

One of the most common substances spilled on garage floors is water. You may think it's no big deal to spill water on your garage floor, but if you have a bare concrete floor, water can soak into its pores and freeze when the temperature drops. This can cause breaks and cracks in the floor. Oil is another common substance found on garage floors. It may leak from your car, or it can spill while you're doing an oil change. Other car-related substances that can stain your floor include anti-freeze, brake fluid, and transmission fluid. All of these things have the power to corrode a concrete floor. In addition, the garage is a common place to store paint, which can certainly lead to some colorful spills!

How to Protect Your Garage Floor

There are some simple precautions you can take to preserve the condition of your garage floor. For example, if you have a concrete floor, you can apply an epoxy coating to it that prevents water and other spills from soaking into the concrete. You can also purchase a special oil-absorbing mat to put down beneath your parked car. Parking mats are another option: They fit under each tire of your car and are great at preventing tire marks from ruining the look of your floor.

What to Do if a Spill Occurs

If you spill oil on your concrete garage floor, you can use the inexpensive kitty litter method to soak up the oil. A detergent that removes heavy grease is another solution for an oil stain in the garage. If you spill paint on your concrete floor, you can remove all or most of it with paint stripper. Be sure to take the proper safety precautions when using paint stripper. Kitty litter is helpful for cleaning up an antifreeze spill on your garage floor. After soaking up the antifreeze with the litter, sweep it away and use dish soap and water to scrub the stain off of the floor. The epoxy on granite floors makes most spills on this type of surface easy to clean up. Rubber floors are resistant to spills and can be cleaned with a mild detergent and a mop. No matter which type of garage floor you have, I suggest you clean up oil and other car fluid spills right away, as these spills have the potential to cause a fire and they're poisonous to dogs and cats.

Remember, if you take a few steps to protect your garage floor today, you won't have to be so concerned when a spill does occur. Thanks for reading! - Alan

DIY Holiday Front Yard Decorations

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Wed, Dec 7, 2016

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Say you'd like to dress up your front yard for the holiday season, but you don't want to spend a ton on decorations. I have good news! There are many DIY decorations that can give your front yard some holiday spirit without a big investment. Take a look!

Terra-Cotta Snowmen

A terra-cotta snowman is one of the simplest holiday decorations to make for the front yard. All you need are three terra-cotta pots (one small, one medium, and one large), white paint, black paint, two paintbrushes, a few small sticks from your yard, three large buttons, and craft glue. The first step of the project is to paint your terra-cotta pots white and let them dry. Next, turn the pots upside down and use the biggest pot as your snowman's base. The medium-sized pot should be set on top of the base, and the small pot will serve as your snowman's head. Using the black paint, create the eyes, nose, and mouth of your snowman. You can use the craft glue to carefully attach a line of buttons down the front of your creation. Also, using the glue, attach a stick arm to each side of the snowman. If you have an old red scarf or even a black top hat, these can be used to enhance the look of your DIY snowman! If you prefer, you can opt for a gathering of little snowmen instead.

Picket Fence Snow People

If you're fortunate enough to have a white picket fence around your front yard, you have the main element necessary for making picket fence snow people. You can use washable craft paint to make eyes, a nose, and a mouth on each picket of the fence. Black felt material is perfect for making top hats and buttons for your snow people. Red, blue, or purple felt are all good ideas if you want to make a colorful scarf for each of your creations. You can use removable glue dots to secure these items to each snow person. I suggest giving a funny name to each snowman or giving each one the name of someone in your family. Stringing white LED holiday lights along your picket fence is sure to draw extra attention to your family of snow people.

Luminaries

This is an example of an easy DIY holiday decoration that looks like it took a lot of time to create. You will need a package of white paper lunch bags, a selection of Christmas-themed stencils, a pencil, an X-ACTO knife, and a package of LED tea lights. Put a stencil of a Christmas tree, a snowflake, a snowman, or any other shape you want onto one of the white paper bags. Next, using the X-ACTO knife, cut around the stencil so it creates the shape in the side of the bag. Click the little switch on the bottom of an LED tea light, place it inside the open bag, and set the bag on the railing of your porch or on the steps leading up to your home. You may want to anchor it to the ground using some duct tape on the base of the bag. Make several of these bags with a variety of stencils and you'll have a collection of appealing luminaries in your front yard. Use LED tea lights that flicker for extra flair!

A Milk Jug Santa Claus

This is a DIY project your kids or grandchildren can help with. First, clean out an empty plastic gallon-sized milk jug. Next, cut off the top two inches of the bottle so you can place an LED tea light down inside it. Decorate the face of your milk jug Santa using felt material and cotton balls. Be sure to give him rosy red cheeks. Turn on your LED tealight, place it in the bottom of the jug, and put a Santa hat on the jug to cover the opening. You could make a milk jug Santa, a Mrs. Claus, some elves, and even a reindeer or two to occupy your front porch or yard.

Explore your creativity with your yard decorations this holiday season! Thanks for reading. - Alan

Topics: holiday decorations

Here's How You're Using Your Shovel All Wrong

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Mon, Dec 5, 2016

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The first day of winter is on its way, and it's time to dust off your snow shovel. Maybe you purchased a new snow shovel in preparation for the winter months, or perhaps you're using the same snow shovel you've had for decades. Either way, it's important to know the right techniques when it comes to shoveling snow. Unfortunately, using a snow shovel in the wrong way can result in back strain or even serious injury. So this week, my post is all about the different types of shovels and how to use them in the proper way.

Common Snow-Shoveling Mistakes

One common shoveling mistake is overloading a shovel with snow, then throwing it off to one side. The act of lifting heavy snow and twisting the body to the side can cause back strain or injury. Another common shoveling mistake is using your lower back to lift a snow-filled shovel. You should always bend at the knees to protect your back.

The Proper Use for Different Types of Snow Shovels

Choosing the proper shovel can help you dispatch the snow on your driveway in a safe and efficient way. A square-nosed shovel is perfect for snow that has iced over. Its square shape helps to break the frozen snow away from the cement. But avoid using a square-nosed shovel for heavier snow. This shovel has a short shaft, which requires a user to bend down to retrieve the snow. Lifting heavy snow with this type of shovel may result in back strain.

A round-nosed shovel helps cut through frozen snow that has piled up. This is a handy shovel to have when a snowplow clears your street, leaving a big pile at the end of your driveway. I think an aluminum shovel looks more at home in a horse barn than shoveling snow on a driveway. But its deep scoop is useful for clearing large piles of snow, plus the material makes it rust-proof.

A wheeled snow shovel can clear light snow, pushing it to one edge of a driveway. A wheeled shovel is an ideal choice if you want to avoid putting any strain on your back. A shovel that's 18 to 22 inches wide is a good choice if you get an average amount of snowfall in your area.

More Tools for Snow Removal

A large push broom can be helpful when you want to move a light covering of snow to one side of your driveway. I own a push broom and consider it one of my most versatile tools. These brooms can be used for snow, leaves, dirt, and more!

But if you get a lot of snowfall in your area each year, you may want to skip the shovel and think about a snowblower instead. There are a variety of snowblowers capable of removing large amounts of snow in a short amount of time.

The key to avoiding injury is to choose the right shovel for the job. Remember to keep your back straight and bend at the knees when lifting a shovel. Always walk the shovel of snow over to where you want to dump it. Finally, remember to wear warm clothing that lets your skin breathe. Take care, and thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: snow removal

Spread Holiday Cheer With Your Garage Door

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Dec 1, 2016

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When you spot your neighbors hanging LED icicles on their gutters, decorating their front bushes with Christmas lights, or hanging an evergreen wreath on the front door, you know it's holiday time. I think decorating the inside as well as the outside of a house brings even more joy to this season. If you have a garage door, why not include it on your list of things to decorate? Whether you adorn it with traditional decorations or come up with some new ones, it's sure to earn the appreciation of your neighbors. Consider some of the ways you can dress up your garage door for the holidays!

Create a Wintertime Mural

You can create an appealing mural for your garage door with a few basic supplies. One idea requires a large piece of butcher paper, a bag of cotton balls, a pad of construction paper in a variety of colors, glue, scissors, and a package of removable mounting squares. Use the cotton balls and glue to create the snowmen in your scene. Black construction paper is great for making a snowman's arms, buttons, hat, and pipe. You can use the other colors of construction paper to make Santa Claus, Rudolph, Mrs. Claus, a troop of elves, and any other characters you want to include in your scene. Of course, if you don't want to spend your time gluing, you can use crayons, markers, or even watercolors to create your wintertime mural. Use the removable mounting squares to attach your butcher paper mural to the garage door. These squares won't harm the surface of your garage door when it comes time to take the mural down. I think this is a great project to work on with young kids or grandchildren.

Gift-Wrap Your Door

Putting gift wrap over the garage door is a tradition for many homeowners But, instead of using actual gift wrap, find some plastic tablecloths in a festive red or green and attach them to your door with tape. You may be able to find some plastic tablecloths with holiday characters on them at a dollar store. Be sure to raise and lower your garage door once or twice to ensure that the plastic tablecloths don't interfere with the operation of your door.

Dress Up Your Windows

If you don't want to gift-wrap your garage door, you can decorate the windows instead. One idea is to tape real wrapping paper to the inside of each window. Another idea is to think of each garage door window as a panel in a short comic strip. If you have four windows in your garage door, you could make four drawings that display the story of how Santa Claus chose Rudolph to guide his sleigh. Or you could write words of holiday greeting in each window using a temporary white window marker. The best thing about decorating your garage windows is that you can do it inside where it's warmer and dry!

Light Up Your Door

LED lights look just as attractive on a garage door as they do around a front door or the railing of a deck. You could put an arrangement of colorful lights around your garage door to highlight your mural or decorated windows. Setting up a spotlight is another idea if you want to showcase the creativity of your garage door decorations!

Give your garage door the attention it deserves as you decorate for the holidays this year. Thanks again for reading! - Alan

Topics: garage door decorating

Learn How to Clean Your Gutters Like A Pro

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

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Cleaning the gutters on your house should be high up on your fall to-do list. Clean gutters allow rain and melted snow to flow freely into the downspout and away from your home. When it comes to this important task, you have a couple of options. You can make it into a DIY project or call in the tools and talents of a professional. These tips can prove helpful in either scenario.

Tools for Cleaning Your Gutters

If you've ever climbed a ladder to peek into your gutters, you know that they can take on a lot of debris. Gutter debris can include leaves, sticks, acorns, shingle sediment, maple tree samaras (aka "helicopters"), and maybe even a stray tennis ball. To clean the gutters, you'll need a trowel, a bucket with a handle, a ladder, rubber gloves, a broom, and a garden hose. I would use a metal trowel instead of a plastic one that may not be able to handle the weight of the debris. Also, you may want to wear safety goggles if you're concerned about dust or other particles getting into your eyes.

Tips for Cleaning Your Gutters

Once you've got your cleaning supplies, find a piece of solid ground where you can set up your ladder. It's a smart idea to ask another person to steady the ladder as you work on the gutters. After climbing the ladder, set your bucket on the collapsible shelf that is part of the design of most ladders. You can use your trowel or gloved hands to scoop the debris out of your gutters. For safety, don't try to reach further than arm's length to retrieve debris. Put the leaves, sticks, and other debris into your bucket. Once you have most of your gutters clear, climb down the ladder to hook up your garden hose so you can spray water through your gutters. The water should flow freely through the downspout. If it doesn't, examine the downspout and pull out any debris you see. If some of the debris is out of your reach, use the broom handle to push it down and out the end of the spout.

Getting the Help of a Professional

If you prefer to stay off of the ladder this autumn, you may want to call professional gutter-cleaners. Professionals have equipment designed to safely handle all of the challenges of cleaning gutters. Plus, if any maintenance is necessary, a professional can take care of that, too. If some of your neighbors use a local gutter-cleaning service, I suggest you ask them their opinion of the company. They can tell you all about the services provided by the gutter-cleaners as well as give you the name of the company's owner.

What About Gutter Covers?

Installing gutter covers or screens is one way to cut down on the gutter-cleaning process. Some businesses create gutter covers with a patented design that are guaranteed to keep out all kinds of debris. Alternatively, you can go to your local home improvement store and purchase gutter screens that you can install yourself. As long as they're made of durable material and stay firmly in place, installing gutter screens can help you remove this task from your to-do list.

I have just one more tip for you. If you decide to clean your gutters yourself, wait for a day that follows several days without rain. Scooping dry leaves and debris out of your gutters is much easier than removing a soggy mess. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: clean gutters

How to Care For Your Drip System In the Fall

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Thu, Nov 17, 2016

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The above picture is an Amish made wood pergola kit from Alan's Factory Outlet which is delivered in the lower 48 states precut with all of the hardware included for an easy assembly.

Installing a drip irrigation system is a smart way to make sure the flowers, vegetables, and other plants in your garden get the water they need to flourish. This system is designed to save water as well as fertilizer by gradually giving plants the nourishment they need. If you have a drip irrigation system, you know that it's about time to winterize it so it will be ready to go next spring. Take a look at some of the steps involved in winterizing your drip irrigation system so you'll know what to put on your to-do list.

Draining the Water

The most important step in the process of winterization is to drain the water out of the system. First, turn off the main valve that supplies your irrigation system with water. Next, open the valves of your system, allowing the water to run out. Some people use an air compressor to blow out their system to get rid of all of the water. The draining method you use depends on the type of drip irrigation system you own. The backflow device, filter, valves, pipe, sprinkler, and drip hose must all be drained of water for the winter. Angling your drip hose in a downward position makes it easier for water to drain from it. Draining your drip irrigation system prevents any remaining water from freezing and causing damage to the pipes over the winter.

Check the Individual Parts of the System

Check your system's emitters, sprinklers, pipes, O-rings, washers, and tubes for damage. Not surprisingly, insects and other pests can crawl into various areas of your system, creating clogs, so checking all of those parts and cleaning them out is a key step in the winterization process. Remove the filter screen from the system, clean it, and put it into storage for the winter. You can either put it back in the springtime or replace it with a new one. In addition, there are specially made end caps that fit over the tubes and pipes of drip irrigation systems. These caps can keep dirt as well as insects from getting into your pipes.

Remove the Water Timer

Depending on the type of drip irrigation system you have, it may be a good idea to remove its water timer and store it inside for the winter. The water timer can be one of the most costly parts of a drip irrigation system. You should take out its batteries and clean it before putting it in a safe place. But don't let those batteries go to waste. I suggest you use them in a child's toy at Christmastime later this year! If you have a water timer that is made to endure the cold weather, you may simply be able to shut it off for several months.

Watering the Garden

With the arrival of the cold weather season, your garden won't need as much water as in the spring and summer months. However, if you do want to give it some water, use your garden hose to get the job done. But the rain and snow usually provide a garden with an adequate amount of water during the winter.

Taking some steps now to winterize your drip irrigation system can make it easier to get it up and running more quickly in the springtime. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: drip system in fall

 

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