When you live in New England and own property, there are just certain things that you do throughout the year to help maintain the landscaping and aesthetic appeal. For example, in the springtime, many property owners turn to local services for Rhode Island sod and seed to help them have beautiful lawns throughout the summer months. Landscape spring preparation can help to make residential yards and commercial properties look their very best. In the fall, yard clean-up of leaves, twigs and other debris is important, as is taking care of maintenance issues, such as winterizing the irrigation system and doing what you can to protect organic and hardscaping elements.
Hiring reputable Glocester landscape contractors can be tricky. You want to find a team that has the knowledge and experience to help you achieve your goals, but you also want to find services that are reliable and affordable. Eastern Landscaping can provide you with a NO COST estimate for residential and commercial services, as well as installations and seasonal full service landscaping maintenance. Our team of landscaping technicians and designers can help you to get the property you always wanted and we can even assist in maintaining it as well.
Preparing for the Winter Months
As fall settles in and the winds begin to change, it’s time to start thinking about making preparations for winter. Hopefully you have already taken care of your landscape spring preparation, whether you installed Rhode Island sod and seed, took care of fertilizing and weeding, or just did a massive clean-up of leaves, twigs, pine needles and other debris. Once all of that has been accomplished you can turn to making preparations that will help protect your equipment and property throughout the winter.
One example of this is in winterizing the irrigation system. The water needs to be completely shut off and thoroughly blown out of the irrigation pipes to prevent freezing, breakage and leaks. This is not a job for novices. You really need to know what you are doing. You should have your full service landscaping crew handle this job for you and also perform an annual inspection at this time. Once everything checks out, you can put the irrigation system “to bed” for the winter. Improper winterizing or neglect of this important job can lead to costly repairs of damages incurred by bursting pipes. It can cause major problems with your irrigation system as a whole, and if you can’t afford to get it fixed, could also mean a change of plans when it comes time to grow a lawn again the future.
What to Expect
When you hire local Glocester landscape contractors to take care of winterizing your irrigation system, there are four things that should happen. First, the water supply must be shut off at the main water valve. Once it is shut down, the valve and any components that lead up to it should be shut down completely and insulated for the winter. The water must also be removed as part of your winterizing and landscape spring preparation.
The way that your irrigation system is drained will depend on the type of system that is being used, as well as the experience of the person who is doing the work. There is a manual or automatic drain valve that can be used, however many full service landscaping companies in Rhode Island use an air compressor to effectively blow-out all of the water from the system. Even a tiny bit of water left inside could cause a lot of damage.
Additional work should be done if the valves and back-flow preventive equipment are located above ground. These should be insulated to prevent freezing and other issues throughout the winter. Even if you were “lucky” in previous years, when you work with Glocester landscape contractors who specialize in this type of servicing, you should take their recommendations and do everything you can to protect your investment. Sprinkler heads should be inspected, repaired and, if they are removable, should be removed for storage throughout the winter to prevent damage.
Contact Eastern Landscaping for Four Season Landscaping Services
If you own property in the Greater Rhode Island area and are in need of full service landscaping, contact Eastern Landscaping. Our team of highly trained and experienced Glocester landscape contractors can help you with a wide range of services, including the installation of Rhode island sod and seed, tree planting and trimming, landscaping and hardscaping maintenance, as well as seasonal landscape spring preparation and fall clean-up. Give us a call at 401-766-9035 to get a free NO COST estimate for your residential or commercial property.