Preparing for Winter
By Ken Hutcheson President, U.S. Lawns | September 13, 2015
By following these simple steps you can ensure your hotel will be ready for one of the busiest seasons of the year.
Step 1. Winterizing Irrigation Systems
In order to prevent damages and costly repairs, hoteliers need to winterize their property's irrigation system. For hotels in seasonal and non-seasonal markets alike, winterization is key in ensuring your sprinkler system works properly in the future. Particularly in regions that reach freezing temperatures, the colder climates can freeze and break pipe walls, ruining your irrigation system come spring. But even those in temperate areas need to take certain precautions, as the year-round demands on the irrigation systems will need to be checked and cleaned more often. Your winterization approach will vary depending on where your system is located, but all hoteliers should follow the basic method: turn off the water, shut down the controller, and drain the pipes.
The first step in shutting off the water supply is by turning it off using the main valve. The second step is to turn off the sprinkler's control system. This step can be more complex since there are many different types of sprinkler systems, so if you're working with a landscaping company, it's crucial that they do it correctly.
The third and most important step is removing the water from your system's sprinklers, as it prevents your pipes from freezing, expanding, and bursting. It also ensures that the system's pipes are clean and working efficiently. Draining the pipes is a key step in minimizing damages and optimizing the functionality of the system, but it is also complicated, so professional help is highly recommended.
Step 2. Fall Fertilization