Don't get caught off guard by freezing temperatures when frost is in the forecast. Instead of pondering what to cover and what to carry indoors, use our checklist to craft a simple to-do list for those first frosty nights. Learn where to invest your time to help crops survive, rescue the harvest and get ready for the real cold to come.
Drain and coil hoses – Unwind your hose on a downward slope (even a slight slope works well). Standing at the top of the slope, pull the hose toward you, coiling as you go. Store hoses in a frost-free location, if possible. If not, remove all watering wands, nozzles or quick-connects and store these items in a frost-free spot.
Winterize automatic irrigation systems – Shut off the main water supply, then open each valve in turn to relieve water and air pressure. If your system has a drain valve at the lowest point, use that to drain the system. Let valves remain open for a few minutes. In cold zones, use an air compressor to blow out any remaining water. Use the same process to drain drip irrigation systems.
Disconnect hoses from exterior faucets – If frost precedes an extended period of freezing weather, shut off water to spigots. Drain any water remaining in the line. Install insulated spigot covers if necessary.