Time to kick back and enjoy your garden. It’s the safest and nicest place to be right now. Enjoy evenings in the garden with cool drinks, a light alfresco supper. Oh no! The whine of mosquitoes. this time of year’s worst pest. The cure: Even small amounts of standing water can make a breeding ground for mosquito larvae. Empty what you can and add a few drops of vegetable oil to standing water. It coats the surface, prevents the larvae from breathing and hatching into mosquitoes.
Murphy’s law: If you leave the house or go on a vacation the water heater will start to leak or the sprinkler system will stop working.
Hint: Leave detailed instructions right next to the sprinkler controls. Who to call? Where the master turn off is. Now is a good time to check out how effective your sprinkler system is. Is the water hitting where it needs to go? Put out some pie tins to see where the water is actually going. Next, after you do that watering, wait a few hours and dig down 6 inches or so. You will see how far down the water penetrated.