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Fall is here, time to dial down your sprinklers

Shorter days, cooler temperatures and plant dormancy, all signal to decreased needs for water. Since there is no watering during or within 48 hours following measurable rainfall, be sure to watch the weather and the long-term forecast to know when the time is right to shut down your irrigation system. Most years, you’ll want to turn it off by Halloween.

Don’t forget to drain your drip system. Since drip lines are usually on the ground surface or under mulch, they’re susceptible to freezing.  With the water turned off, undo the end caps and let the system drain. Don’t forget to put the end caps back on to keep water and debris from clogging up the system. You don’t need to move the tubing or emitters once emptied, but timers should be stored at above-freezing temperatures.

Even with your system shut down for winter, some plants still need water. Trees should also be watered if it’s been three to four weeks without significant precipitation. Be sure to water the root ball of newly planted trees regularly through the winter and early spring.

Roses also appreciate water during the winter. Use a watering can to apply a few cups of water at least once a month, but don’t prune them. Wait until spring.

Most lawns will do just fine without winter irrigation. The exceptions are newly seeded or sodded lawns that have not yet developed robust root systems. They’ll also need water if it’s been dry for three to four weeks, as long as the soil is not frozen.

For questions or additional information, contact Municipal Services at (209) 668-5590 Or visit the City of Turlock website at: Brought to you by the City of Turlock Municipal Services Department.



Winter Watering Schedule: The City of Turlock Wintering Watering Schedule goes into effect Nov. 1. Even numbered addresses can water only on Saturdays and odd numbered addresses can water only on Sundays. Watering is prohibited between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.