Archive for the ‘Irrigation Repair & Installation’ Category
It is common knowledge that your landscape needs water to survive. Your plants, trees, flowers and grasses need an adequate amount of moisture to retain their condition and their livelihood. Unfortunately, natural watering from rainfall doesn’t always meet the thirst demands of your landscape. Therefore, it becomes imperative that homeowners intervene with their own watering system. While it is certainly possible to water your yard by dragging a garden hose around your property, there is a much better alternative in the form of an irrigation system. continue reading
Watering is a primary component to a healthy and luscious landscape. While rainfall is the most natural form of irrigation, we can’t always count on the right amount and frequency of watering from the sky. Intervention is necessary. Here are some tips on establishing the best irrigation methods for your particular lawn.
A custom irrigation system carefully considers the shape, size and type of lawn as well as how the landscape drains. These elements must be determined if you want to install an effective irrigation system for your property. Let a landscaping professional help you determine what your lawn needs as far as watering – this is not something you want to guess at. continue reading
Long gone are the days when you had to spend your summer standing in the yard with a garden hose to water your landscape. Now, most homeowners rely on automatic irrigation systems, which have brought valued benefits towards convenience and efficiency when it comes to maintaining your yard. However, while automatic irrigation can be a win-win for yourself and your lawn, they are not foolproof. Being able to detect irrigation problems early is critical to making sure your landscape doesn’t suffer. It will also help you get the most out of your irrigation investment.
When it comes to the health and beauty of your landscape, irrigation is critical. Your sprinkler system is an important investment that needs to be protected. However, just like any other operating system in your home, it needs proper maintenance and even repair from time to time. Learn these common signs that your irrigation system needs an adjustment or professional repair. Catching a problem early could not only save your sprinkler system, but it could save your landscape as well.
#1 Parched Spots and Soaked Spots
This is a sign of unbalanced coverage from your sprinkler. Uneven distribution of water could cause certain spots to dry out and other areas to become overly saturated. Both are equally harmful to the health of your lawn. A zone adjustment or sprinkler head repair may remedy this problem.
#2 Persistent Dripping From Control Valves
Your control valves are responsible for ensuring the correct amount and pressure of water goes to each zone. If you notice constant dripping or damp areas around the back end of your irrigation system, it needs to be addressed. This could be an indication that your system is clogged.
#3 Sputtering Heads
If your sprinkler heads are sputtering rather than delivering a full spray, you may have a cracked or clogged sprinkler head. This can cause pop-up sprinkler heads to emerge out of position and direct water out of the zone or only in one area of the zone.
#4 Pressure Problems
Your irrigation system needs to maintain proper pressure in order to function correctly. While low pressure may not irrigate your lawn enough, high pressure may cause damage to your system over time. This could be a simple fix on your control panel, or a more involved repair within your irrigation pipes.
#5 A Watered Sidewalk or Driveway
Does your driveway or sidewalk look more watered than your lawn? Consider adjusting your sprinkler zones so that you are not wasting water and causing drainage issues within your landscape.
#6 Change in Landscape
It is common for homeowners to make some upgrades or adjustments in their landscape but forget to alter their sprinkler system afterwards. If you’ve recently placed new plants or moved a flower bed, always be sure to adjust your sprinkler zones to accommodate for these changes.
#7 High Water Bill
Did your water bill skyrocket last month? Check your sprinkler system. If you aren’t noticing outward signs on your lawn that your irrigation is overworked, then you may find the evidence on your water bill. Hire a professional to check for leaks within your system or malfunctioning control valves.
At Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping, we can help you with your irrigation needs. We have experts that are dedicated to the health and beauty of your unique lawn, which always includes proper watering. Get an estimate today!
Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone
If you haven’t done so already, it is time to winterize your irrigation system so that your sprinklers are protected from the first frost. By mid to late fall, your lawn reaches the end of its growing season and does not require as much watering. However, you cannot just turn off your automated sprinkler system and forget about it until the warmer months. Instead, you’ll need to follow some steps to protect it from damage during freezing temperatures. Neglecting to winterize your irrigation can result in bursting pipes and costly repairs.
There are many types of irrigation systems available. Therefore, it is important that you follow specific instructions for your particular brand and type. A lawn care expert can also winterize your irrigation system for you – Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping offers irrigation system repairs and installation at an affordable rate.
In general, the following steps must be performed to effectively protect your irrigation from a frost:
- Shut off water supply to your system
- Insulate the main shut off value with proper tape/foam insulation
- Shut off the controller or timer in an automated system
- Drain the pipes and sprinkles (using either a manual drain valve, an automatic drain valve or the compressed air blow-out method)
- Insulate backflow preventers and protect valves that are above ground. Be careful not to block the air vent in doing so
After you’ve winterized your irrigation, don’t forget to also store your lawn care equipment and drain your hoses, sprayers and nozzles. As mentioned before, you will need to follow your specific manufacturers instructions for winterizing your irrigation. For help, please call the professionals of Pannone’s Lawn Pros & Landscaping. We are happy to help you prepare your lawn for the winter so that you can enjoy a stress-free and healthy landscape in the spring!
Posted on behalf of Brad Pannone