25 January 2011
Dear Maintenance Men:
Do you have any suggestions as far as summer projects when it comes to maintaining my apartment building? I am handy and do not mind rolling up my sleeves.
First thing we would look at is your landscape sprinkler system. The weather has warmed up which means a broken sprinkler line or clogged head may cause dry spots. A non- or poor-working irrigation system can kill or damage your landscape before you know it.
Turn on your sprinkler valve and check for proper coverage at each head. Adjust any sprinkler heads so they do not water the concrete or non-growing areas. If you have an automated system, check that the valves are operating correctly, the wires are not frayed and the valves do not leak. Next, adjust the time clock, keeping in mind the warmer weather.
To fight against evaporation set your timer to turn on the sprinkler system early in the morning or late in the evening.