Helpful Landscaping Tips for Winter Weather

November 17, 2014

Helpful Landscaping Tips for Winter Weather

There are several steps you can take to protect the pipes and hoses in your home and landscape from cold weather:

Protect Your Pool

You can help reduce risks to your pool and/or spa from freezing conditions by following some of these tips:

  • During freezing temperatures run the filtration pump and jet pumps continuously.
  • Adjust pool and spa jets upwards to reduce surface freezing.
  • Maintain proper pool water level at all times.
  • Have all air and water leaks repaired.
  • Remove and store all pool accessories in a clean, dry area.

Protect Pipes and Hoses

  • Disconnect and drain garden hoses when they are not being used.
  • Insulate your irrigation backflow device by draping a towel over it and cover with a bucket or other protective cover that touches the ground. Never obstruct or seal the ports of a backflow protection device.
  • Wrap exposed irrigation pipes with pipe insulation, insulated “faucet socks,” an old towel or duct tape.
  • Set heat to 55 degrees when you’re away to protect pipes and houseplants.
  • Turn off the water valves to your washing machine to avoid flooding from burst hoses.
  • Don’t leave interior or exterior pipes dripping. Valley temperatures generally don’t drop low enough for a long enough period of time to warrant it.
  • Locate your water shut-off valve and learn how to turn off water at its source, so you can ward off damage from leaks or burst lines. Know how to turn off your irrigation backflow device as well.

Protect New Plants

Make sure to adding protective mulch on the soil around your plants to conserve water so you don’t have to water as often. Remember to stake new plants and water them deeply to prevent damage from winds and burning young leaves.