We are going to be wrapping pipes to this sprinkler system valve as well as bleeding the BPV to prevent it from bursting internal parts. We had to remove a previous installation that was not properly insulating the water lines. It is important to seal the water lines as well as valves leading up to the backflow preventer valve. The area around the valves usually requires additional pieces of insulation to properly insulate. Only shut the main water line off, not the valve running to your sprinkler system. You are able to drain any remaining water in the back flow preventer valve by turning the two small valves along the side of the back flow valve. With proper insulation and a good tape, this insulation should last at least a few years.
We found this beautiful live oak growing between a chainlink fence so we decided to rescue it. We found a great spot in the middle of front yard and started digging a round hole deep enough to cover the tree root system.We then added some rich compost soil with plenty of worms and covered the root system completely. We also pruned unwanted branches as well as removed excessive leaves in order to allow tree branches more nutrients. We then installed tree stakes to support the young growing tree and protect it from south and north winds. Finally, we soaked the entire area to help tree roots prosper.
It's February! Perfect time to prune your crape myrtles. First, decide why you are pruning your crapemyrtles. These crapemyrtles have to many branches and are growing toward the fence. We want to prepare them for the spring to get nice healthy sprouts and guide the growth away from the fence. It is best to start at the bottom and take one trunk at a time, this way nothing is missed. If you start jumping from one trunk to another, you will not accomplish a manicured look. Tune back in in April!