We’ve reached that time of year again….Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday, November 2nd at 2:00 AM.
While Stage 3 Water Restrictions remain in effect, Frisco relaxes its time-of-day restrictions after Daylight Saving Time ends. If weather station data indicates that watering is needed, this allows watering during warmer hours and minimizes systems running in the evening hours when temperatures might dip below freezing.
As we cozy up indoors with warm fires and hot cocoa, take advantage of the cooler weather and give those sprinkler systems a break! Cooler days and shorter temperatures mean that our summer grasses and perennials are entering their dormant season. Because the fall and winter tend to be a bit rainier in North Texas, sprinkler systems can be turned off from now until around March of the following year. Based on historical weather station data, watering with sprinkler systems is not necessary this time of year.
While you’re resetting the clock on your sprinkler controller, now is also a great time to replace the batteries in your controller, AND to check that your rain and freeze shut-off sensor is in working order. If rain and freeze shut-off sensors are not functioning properly and your sprinkler system is left on during the winter, your system may fail to shut off in the event of rain or temperatures under 40 degrees. Running a sprinkler system during icy weather can create dangerous conditions for pedestrians and drivers alike, and constitutes a water waste violation.
To prevent creating an accidental winter wonderland in your yard, make sure to check the battery status of any equipment linked to your irrigation system. Not sure how to do this? Schedule a free sprinkler system checkup.
(this post courtesy of City of Frisco’s WaterWise News)