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As the kids start back to school, we come to an end of a very hot Summer. We are still going to have some hot days, but not as hot for as many days in a row. Keep in mind a couple of things as we work towards fall.
Don’t turn the irrigation system off. One of the most common misconceptions is that when the dog days of summer are over, you can turn off the sprinklers. Nothing could be further from the truth. Your turf and shrubs still need water even when the temperature starts to give us some relief. You will want to cut the frequency and duration back but dont stop it completely.

The other big problem when you don’t run your irrigation for an extended time is that the valves get sticky and begin to either stay on when you want it off or not come on when you need it. This problem is increased in areas that use reclaimed water. You will want to run your system regularly all year long and keep the system exercised to avoid repairs come spring.

The cooler temps are when it is a good time to work on getting rid of the tough weeds in your yard. You can hit them in fall with an herbacide and then follow up in spring with another application. Another thing to check is your soil PH. There are test kits available in most garden centers or the county extension agent can do it. Be sure to get about a coffee can sized amount from a couple spots in your yard. The results will tell you what your yard needs. That will give you a jump on the weeds come next spring.