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Wait — don’t irrigate

Aerate

When it comes to lawn watering, April is too early to go automatic.

Save plans to program your sprinkler system for later months, when the ground is less likely to retain wintertime moisture.

You can still dig in and start preparing for the planting season. Here’s how:

  1. Start from the bottom up and aerate your lawn. If you can, aerate after a rain or snow shower to help prepare soil for the process.
  2. Then, check the height and width of your trees, shrubs and perennials.
  3. Prune any overgrowth you find in step 2 — it makes excellent compost when shredded.

Watch your mail for a detailed explanation of Denver Water’s annual summer watering rules, which start May 1 and last until Oct. 1.