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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

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