In most parts of the U.S., it's necessary to winterize irrigation systems, outdoor faucets and pipes. This prevents burst pipes, freeze damage and other problems due to the cold. In some milder parts of the country, it's also possible to extend your growing season in the fall or plant earlier in the spring by winterizing your raised beds, gardens or fields.
DripWorks carries a variety of winterization products for drip irrigation and gardens to make sure Ol' Man Winter doesn't take a bite out of your crops or your budget. For winterization, sprinklers and other components of a watering system need to be shut off and drained so there's no water to freeze. Our flush valves and drain valves provide a simple, effective way to drain lines so they don't freeze during the winter months. These valves also reduce particle buildup during warmer times.
We also carry frost protection shields to protect your plants from frost, wind and other dangers. These provide a cost-effective way to extend your growing season. They can also protect seeds and seedlings from birds and other creatures. Other gardening winterization products include hose plugs to prevent debris from entering and O-ring lubricant to refresh seals.
Check out our winterization irrigation system guide for free expert advice. You also can call us during business hours to speak with a specialist. DripWorks will help you winterize gardens and irrigation systems so you're ready to plant as soon as the weather warms back up.
Garden Winterization FAQs
What is Garden Winterization?
Winterization is the process of getting your garden and irrigation system ready for winter. This prevents damage that can occur if water gets frozen in pipes or certain plants are left exposed to the cold. You'll also be able to get your garden up and running sooner when spring arrives. Think of it as the process of closing a garden down for the season.
How to Winterize Garden Beds?
Start by doing basic cleanup such as pulling weeds and removing sick plants, dead plant materials and any remaining annuals. Refill the soil and add any amendments, then cover them with a protective organic layer such as mulch or compost. Then clean off the frame and inspect it for any damage that needs repair. You might also plant a winter-friendly cover crop in the top to prevent soil erosion or other damage during the winter.
How to Keep Birds Out of the Garden?
Preventing birds from ripping up your garden during the winter or summer will make planting easier. Some options include scarecrows, decoy predators, garden spinners, chicken wire and stick barriers. You can cover seedlings with plant shields or butterfly netting to prevent birds from pecking while they're vulnerable. These solutions will protect the garden while being harmless to the birds.