The Right Time to Start Your Sprinklers in Reno/Sparks


When it’s time to fire up the sprinklers here in northern Nevada, there’s always a bit of risk. Too early, and you run the risk of frozen pipes if we get a cold snap. Too late, and your plants, trees and shrubs go too long without water. So when should you start your system? There’s no hard-and-fast rule, because both weather conditions and individual water needs will play a role. Still, a good rule of thumb here in Reno and Sparks is sometime in early to mid-April, which is typically when there’s no longer any snow on Peavine. Here’s what to know about starting your irrigation system and why it’s a good idea to schedule Harris Landscape Construction so we send over an irrigation technician for an inspection of your system.

Irrigation Start-Up

HLC is pleased to offer irrigation shut-down and start-up services, and it’s something worth considering. Between freeze-thaw cycles and our unpredictable northern Nevada weather in the spring, there can be issues in your pipes and sprinklers that aren’t easily detected until you turn them on. It’s fairly common for a number of problems to crop up on residential irrigation systems come spring. In most cases, our team can quickly and easily resolve these issues and offer solutions like adjusting or relocating sprinkler heads for more efficiency. We’ll also troubleshoot problems like wasted or inadequate watering, as well as any flooding concerns.

If you’re confident in your ability to manage your own irrigation start-up, we have a few recommendations to help things run smoothly.

  • Slowly open the main water valve to give your pipes time to fill gradually. Opening the valve too quickly can create a high-pressure surge and uncontrolled water flow. Both can lead to cracking. If you need any guidance, contact HLC today and we’ll send someone over to do this for you.
  • From your controller, manually activate each zone to make sure everything is working as it should. Check individual sprinkler heads for proper rotation and coverage and to ensure there are no leaks. You should also keep an eye out for any low-pressure areas, which can be a sign of a missing sprinkler or a line break. Adjust sprinkler heads as needed, and clean the filters on any sprinklers that seem to be underperforming.
  • Program your controller so that it waters automatically, and take a minute to check the back-up battery too. If your system has a weather sensor, you should uncover and clean that, as well as the back flow preventer.

If you’d rather leave your irrigation start-up to a pro, we understand. Contact HLC in Reno today, and we’ll get you on our spring schedule. It’s the easiest way to ensure your irrigation system is working properly just in time for the warmer weather. Contact us today!


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