As hard as it is to believe in the halcyon days of summer and the beauty of early fall, winter is coming. And not just to HBO. This means it’s time to take steps to winterize your yard and irrigation systems, to protect them from low temperatures headed our way. It’s important to have your system looked at by a professional; no matter how well you’ve drained it, some water will remain and can freeze and expand, doing damage to the pipes or internal components that will require repair.
And irrigation isn’t the only part of the garden that benefits from some attention before winter. Aerating and reseeding your lawn is something that’s only required a couple of times a year, and late fall is ideal for it. Mulching and pruning perennial plants so that they’re ready to give their all in spring is also a good idea. Clearing deadwood from bushes and pruning woody perennials helps too.