How to Rake & Blow Leaves from Lawn Without Damaging Sprinklers

The Fall foliage in Massachusetts is known for its vibrant colors, crisp crunch, and piles and piles of leaves on your lawn. Keeping up with leaf removal can be a chore for many homeowners with routine raking and heavy blowers, making it a bigger challenge when also looking out for sprinkler heads and pipelines. Luckily, there are ways you can navigate around your irrigation system and keep a leaf-free lawn without causing any damage. In this blog, we will discuss the best tips on leaf removal with sprinkler care in mind.

What Should I Do With My Sprinklers During the Fall & Winter in Massachusetts?

Once the first freeze of the year rolls in, your sprinklers and irrigation system can be at risk for damage. If there is any water in your pipes or sprinkler heads, the frozen temperatures can cause them to freeze, expand, and potentially burst or crack. To avoid damaging your irrigation system, it is important to schedule your winterization services before it hits 32 degrees or lower. This process involves draining all the water from your pipes, valves, and sprinkler heads to prevent any accidents. To learn more about winterization services and why they are so important, contact Berardi Irrigation.

Tips for Removing Leaves Without Damaging Sprinklers

Even though your irrigation system will be turned off from winterization, your sprinkler heads and pipes will still be on your lawn. When raking or blowing leaves, it is important to note where they are and work around them. Although this seems challenging, some of the best tips for leaf removal to avoid any damage to sprinklers include:

Mark Sprinkler Heads with Flags or Stakes

Sprinkler heads tend to camouflage within the grass, making them hard to spot when hidden under piles of leaves. Before you start your leaf removal process, mark each one with a flag or stake. This will help you to easily identify where they are on the lawn and prevent any accidents.

Rake by Hand for Gentle Leaf Removal

If you have a smaller lawn, consider raking by hand. This will give you more control and allow you to gently remove leaves without causing any damage to your sprinklers. Use gentle pressure if you come across a sprinkler head, and remove any debris or leaves around it with your hand.

Reduce Blower Speed Near Sprinkler Heads

If you are using a leaf blower, reduce the speed when aiming close to where your sprinklers are planted. With powerful gusts, high speeds can cause your sprinklers to budge, crack, or even completely unroot.

Be Aware of Where You Pile Leaves When Raking or Blowing

As you rake or blow leaves into a condensed area for easy disposal, avoid piling leaves directly on top of sprinkler heads or pipes. Since sprinklers are usually small and light, the weight of piled leaves can cause them to break or bend, leading to larger problems when you turn your irrigation system back on.

Contact Berardi Irrigation in Canton, MA for Fall & Winter Sprinkler Care & Winterization Services

Based in Canton, Massachusetts, the lawn experts at Berardi Irrigation can help you keep your sprinkler system damage-free through the Fall and Winter. We offer professional winterization services to homeowners throughout Southeast Massachusetts and the Greater Boston Area, including water drainage, pipe blowouts, system repairs, and more. To learn more and schedule a consultation, fill out our online form or call us at 781-828-2029.


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Berardi Irrigation is a leading name in the lawn care industry based in Canton, Massachusetts. Our team is dedicated to providing top-notch irrigation and landscape lighting services to homes across the surrounding areas. Our commitment to quality, integrity, and personalized customer service sets us apart from the rest. Whether you need a simple sprinkler repair or a complete irrigation system installation, we have the expertise to get the job done right.

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