Homeowners prep for first freeze

WICHITA, Kan. The cooler weather on the way to Kansas and the potential for the season's first freeze means it's time for homeowners to begin making preparations for winter.

Anthony Crone with Ryan Lawn and Tree believes winterizing your sprinkler system is something that should be done sooner, rather than later.

"Our schedules are definitely starting to fill up, Crone says. "As the weather is getting cooler, the calls are starting to come in."

The cooler temperatures move into Kansas Monday night and the potential for the season's first freeze this week means calls about frozen pipes and sprinkler systems are expected to become more common.

Crone says there's a quick fix, but he thinks it's best to winterize.

There are also a few tips to follow when it comes to keeping your plants safe from the cold.

"For annuals, it's a good idea for the tender annuals to go ahead and cover (before) the frost comes, " says John Firsching with Hillside Nursery. "As far as perennials go, probably no issue with them. If you go out and maybe hit them with a little water in the morning, they should be just fine for the frost."

Ryan Lawn and Tree says you can also prep your lawn for freezing by winterizing it. Make sure your trees are taken care of by watering them with a garden hose once or twice a month through winter.