Protecting your lawn and pipes during the colder months

POSTED: Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 4:20pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- This summer's historic drought wreaked havoc on our yards and pipes and even though we've seen some relief lately, homeowners still have their work cut out for them if they want to keep the lawn healthy and their pipes from bursting.

You can see it already , the yard has started dying and the grass is turning brown.

While you might think watering is the right way to keep it alive, Tim Schnabel with Aggieland Green, says you're causing more damage than good.

"The moisture just sits there and the diseases are just prolific during times like this when it's cooler and there is a lot of moisture in the soil and thatch."

So Schnabel recommends only watering once every week to two weeks but says it's important to water your yard before a big freeze.

"It's a good idea to water because the water will freeze and insulate the grass and protect it from winter kill."

Your lawn isn't the only thing that'll freeze during these colder months. Your plumbing system can too.

Telly Murphree, of T&M Plumbing says, "You know it can flood your house. It can cause foundation damage and a lot of the pipes are now in the attic so if a pipe burst in the attic, it can essentially ruin the entire house."

So when it comes to your pipes, one of the easiest things you can do is leave your faucet on at a slow drip to prevent any freezing.

While that may cost you a little extra every month, Murphree says it's better than a busted pipe, which is thousands to repair.

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