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Preparing Your Garden for a Change in Weather

By Jaymee Cuti

It’s almost time to change your watering habits for the fall. This is a great time to prepare your garden and irrigation systems for the cold months ahead. Here are some tips:

  1. Compost your autumn leaves and other garden debris so you will have homemade mulch to add to your garden come spring.
  2. Add waterwise plants to your garden now so that they can use this fall's rainfall to start getting established. Get ideas from our Waterwise Plant Guide here.
  3. Remember to winterize your automatic sprinkler system and faucets. Taking time to winterize this fall will help to prevent broken pipes this winter and ensure that your system will function correctly when you set everything back up next spring.
  4. Give your lawn a little TLC. Fall is a great time to give your lawn a little pick me up for next spring and summer.

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