When Should You Start Up Your Sprinkler System?

March 5, 2020

If your sprinkler system is winterized, you’ll want to start thinking about starting the system back up as spring approaches. There is no certain date, it just depends on the weather.

Consistently cold temperatures and frozen turf can damage your sprinklers and cause leaks. In Wichita, late March to early May is a common time to turn sprinklers back on. If you’re ready to schedule your startup, call us at:

The Ground Should Be Thawed

Even though the temperature outside might be starting to feel like spring, the soil underneath your lawn might not have thawed from the winter months. This is key because starting your sprinkler system while the ground is frozen can cause cracks in the pipes.

In order to test the soil to make sure it’s not still frozen, use a shovel and insert it about a foot into the ground. The soil should be malleable and not too hard to dig into. If the ground is still rock hard, you’ll need to wait another week and test the soil again before starting up your sprinkler system.

Frost on Lawn

Typically the right time to start testing the ground in Kansas is in March or April, depending on how severe winter was. In years past, the second or third week of March has been a good time to start up a sprinkler system, provided the forecast doesn’t have freezing temperatures and snow.

Getting Your Sprinkler System Checked Before Use

The best time to get your sprinkler system tuned up is well before you’ll need it. That way you experience any delays when you need to water. If you wait too long to schedule a sprinkler tune up, you might be waiting due to a backlog of appointments and risk leaving your landscaping without the hydration it needs.

You might also find that your system is in need of a repair, which could further put your lawn at risk. Dealing with these issues early can save you headaches this season once the rain stops and you need your sprinkler system to work properly every day.

Backflow Testing

In Wichita, Derby, Andover, and most other municipalities, spring also means it’s time to have your sprinkler systems backflow preventer certified. Backflow preventers ensure that water flowing from the city water supply moves in only one direction. This one-way flow ensures the city water supply does not get contaminated. It is required by most cities. learn more about backflow testing here.

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