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Wait — don’t irrigate

AerateWhen it comes to lawn watering, April is too early to go automatic. Set aside 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:

  • Start from the bottom up and aerate your lawn. If you can, aerate after a rain or snow shower provides moisture, which helps prepare soil for the process.
  • Then take a top-down approach by checking the height and width of your trees, shrubs and perennials. Prune any overgrowth — it makes excellent compost when shredded.

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