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Turn off the water supply to the sprinklers system.
Connect a compressor to the system and blow out the individual zones, one at a time.
You can have this done for you for about $75.00 if you are without a compressor or are unsure of the procedure.
Doing it incorrectly will destroy the underground pipes as the water will crack the pipes.

Posted on Jan 02, 2015


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What is required to winterize my yard sprinkler system.? WILL MY PIPES BURST IF SYSTEM IS SHUT DOWN..??

That depends on what was installed. Some systems have a drain at the end of each circuit or zone. When there is no water pressure, the drain opens and lets the water in each line run out. If you have this then you only need to make sure that the main line supplying the water to the valve manifold is drained. If you are not sure, then you need to hook a large compressor to the system and blow the whole thing out. Usually there is a connection at the vacuum breaker that you hook an air hose to, shut off the water inside the house and then turn on the compressor, when it builds up enough pressure you turn each circuit or zone on and let the air drive the water out. When the zone is done, you move to the next one.

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Haste to stop waste!

Too often we let our irrigation systems go on without really making sure that the amount of water, the pressure, the radius and other settings are what our lawn or landscape needs.
This causes not only a great waste of water and money but it may also ruin our flowers and plants.
Therefore here are a few tips to transform a wasteful sprinkler irrigation into the effective system it should be, and to keep a healthy landscape, lawn or garden.

1. When to water.
Watering your lawn and landscape should be differentiated according to seasons.
During warm months (May to October) irrigation should be activated between midnight and sunrise, so to minimize the water that evaporates.
While during winter, plants and lawns should be watered during the warmer part of the day to prevent water from freezing on the landscape.

2. Don't drown your plants.
Keep an eye on your lawn while the sprinklers are on and monitor when the water starts dripping off the sides. This way you will know how long your sprinklers should be left active for, so that the plants may absorb the water without being overwhelmed.

3. Avoid daily, light watering.

4. When watering plants with deep roots, water well and deep, until about half inch deeper than the deepest roots, in order to encourage downward growth.

5. When watering on a slope do it gradually. Run your sprinklers every 3 hours circa and aerate to increase infiltration.

6. Check your sprinkler's efficiency once a month.
Check for damaged, leaking, clogged or stuck sprinkler heads and for constantly soaked patches of grass or soil to detect leakage.
Make sure that the water is sprayed all over the area and that new additions or plants that grew higher and larger don't block the spray pattern.

7. In seasons in which the temperature reaches 30/32 degrees Celsius remember to run your sprinklers 5 to 10 minutes in the afternoon to cool the area. It reduces the symptoms of summer patch disease.

8. Create water zones by putting together the plants that have similar water needs, and water them accordingly

9. Be careful when mowing. If your sprinkle heads don't retract underground after irrigation, apply small flags on them so that while mowing you see them better and avoid damaging them.

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Toro lawn sprinkler system, shut water off went to winterize system hooked compressor to blow out plug turned on first zone, water blew out everything good, went to blow out 4 other zones and nothing

I may suggest your distributor was set to the first zone.
Therefore, neither water nor compressed air will "flow" in any zone except that one.
See if turning on the electric and setting a different zone will accomplish your desired result.
God bless your efforts.

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How do I run each valve when winterizing my system? I have completed the other steps, but not sure how to run each valve for a couple of seconds. I have set the system to run all valves for one minute but see no evidence of water draining.

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I need operaiting instructions for a Nelson Model 5800 water timer

Copy following link for sprinkler, irrigation timer manuals:
After checking resources on link above, add a comment and describe timer in detail.
Generally sprinkler timers last a few seasons, and cannot be exposed to freezing water in winter or they will deform, crack or break.

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Went to winterize my sprinklers for the first time. Have a 12 gallon, one horse, upright Craftsman compressor. Took a long time to get to 120 pounds and as soon as I opened a zone it dropped down to 30...

if your sprinkler system is very large at all, this is normal.

The compressor will not be able to keep up with the entire system trying to flow air all at once.

Blowing out each zone at the flow you can get out of the compressor for a few minutes should be sufficent.

It's also not a bad idea if you live in a very cold area to add a little antifreeze to the system. Just be sure you can recover it when you restart the system so that you're not sprinkling antifreeze on the ground when you restart the system in the spring.

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the bleeders or solenoids are probably open or loose on all the zone valves.close each of the bleeders and the water in each zone will stop.The zone valves are usually installed ad part of a manifold enclosed in a green box installed flush to the grade or grass. Pull the cover off to expose the zone valves

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On most sprinler systems all you need to do is turn the water back on and turn the timer on.Most are just blown out with air to winterize
Pls rate the answer

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