Should I Turn On My Sprinklers If It Is Getting Warmer Out Earlier?

Should Sprinklers Be Turned On When Temperatures Rise Earlier in the Year?

Many homeowners are used to turning their sprinklers on at the beginning of Spring when the weather starts to warm up. However, as temperatures continue to rise and the weather becomes more unpredictable, they may be wondering if they should prepare to turn their sprinklers on earlier than usual. At Berardi Irrigation, we suggest scheduling your Spring Start-Up service once temperatures begin to consistently reach above freezing. Depending on the frost level, morning temperatures, and if there is any snow still present, warm temperatures can be a false sign that it is time to turn your sprinklers back on. In this blog, we will discuss how rising Winter temperatures can affect your irrigation system and how to determine when it is the right time to turn your sprinklers on.

sprinklers spraying onto lawn during end of winter when frost no longer spreads on lawns

Do Rising Temperatures Affect Irrigation Systems?

In the past, winters in Massachusetts have been known for their harsh snowstorms, wind chill, and freezing temperatures. However, in recent years, they have been warmer with less snowfall. Having a warmer winter can create a false sense that Spring is rapidly approaching, leading homeowners to think it is time to turn on their sprinkler systems. If you turn your sprinklers on too early, you risk damaging your system and causing costly repairs. This is because the ground may still be frozen or have frost present, which can cause damage to pipes and valves when water begins to flow through them.

Frost Indicates It Is Too Early to Turn Sprinklers On

Frost is a sign that the ground is still frozen, and it is not yet time to turn on your sprinkler system. When water freezes, it expands, causing pipes and valves to crack or break. If you try to use your sprinklers when there is still frost present, the expanding ice may cause damage to your irrigation system. Even if the temperatures are predicted to reach above freezing during the day, there is still a risk of frost in the morning or overnight. It is important to wait until there are several consecutive days of no signs of frost before scheduling your Spring Start-Up service.

Measure Soil Temperature to Determine If It Is Time to Turn On Sprinklers

Another factor to consider when deciding if it is time to turn on your sprinkler system is the soil temperature. Soil temperature should be consistently above freezing before turning on your sprinklers. At Berardi Irrigation, we can measure your soil temperature to determine if it is safe to turn on your sprinklers. If the top few inches of soil are still frozen, we can make a plan with you on when to schedule your Start-Up service with our team.

Should You Turn on Your Sprinklers for Spontaneously Warm Days?

Sometimes, the forecast predicts an unusually warm day in the winter. However, this does not mean you need to turn on your sprinklers. The sudden temperature spike may not be enough to warm the soil and thaw any remaining frost. As mentioned above, waiting for consistent above-freezing temperatures and no signs of frost is important before turning on your sprinkler system.

Contact a Professional to Inspect Your Lawn & Determine the Best Start-Up Time

If you are unsure about whether it is time to turn on your sprinklers, it is always best to consult with a professional. At Berardi Irrigation, we have years of experience helping homeowners properly prepare their irrigation systems for the spring season. We can inspect your lawn and determine when it is safe to turn on your sprinklers, avoiding any potential damage and costly repairs. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 781-828-2029 or submit an online request form.

Schedule Massachusetts Sprinkler Start-Up Service to Prepare for the Spring with Berardi Irrigation

Once the weather is officially showing signs of Spring ahead, prepare your lawn by turning your irrigation system back on with Berardi Irrigation. Based in Canton, Massachusetts, we provide professional sprinkler installation, replacement, and maintenance services for homeowners across the area. To learn more about our services and find out if we service your location, call us at 781-828-2029 or schedule an appointment online today!


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We Service All Lawns in Canton, MA and Southeast Massachusetts

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.

Contact us today to learn more about our services, and find out if you live within the areas we serve.

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