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Irrigation System – Spring Preparation
By Nations Outdoors In Irrigation Maintenance Posted February 26, 2020
Living in Central Florida, it’s safe to assume that most of us are very happy to see the number of cold days coming to an end in the very near future. Not only does this mean it will be time to go swimming and head back to the beach, but it also means now is the time for “Spring Cleaning” and for “Spring Preparation”. Yes, now is the time to get your irrigation system turned back on. Not only that, but it’s also a good time for your irrigation system to get a tune-up. If you’re like most homeowners, you’re not all that familiar with how to tune up your irrigation system, and that’s fine. We make it very easy, so please contact Nations Outdoors. We will trouble shoot all necessary equipment and check each of your zones. We begin by turning the water back on, controlling its flow, and finding and repairing any components that are broken, leaking, or damaged.
Protecting Your Water Supply – Backflow Prevention
When water flows in the opposite direction than intended, contamination of drinking water can occur. This backflow, caused by a loss of pressure in supply lines or an increase of pressure on the user’s end, can introduce contaminants into water lines. There have even been instances of worms getting into drinking water this way! This is one of the reasons to contact a licensed professional such as Nations Outdoors to ensure you have an effective backflow prevention assembly in place. We have trained professionals who can install this equipment and test your system to make sure it conserves water and protects our drinking water from intrusion, as well as installing new irrigation systems.
Water Conservation – Irrigation System Tune-up
Tune-ups will not only help in repairing leaks or preventing damage, but it will also help conserve water, thus saving you money on your water bill. There are several ways to conserve water both inside and outside. Always remember to follow the schedule provided by your county. This is much easier if you have a programmable irrigation system. A programmable irrigation system allows you to set it and adjust the run-time based on various conditions. It’s good to know that most lawns typically only need up to one inch of water per week. Conservation is particularly important during the spring and summer months when drought conditions can arise. Your irrigation system is no different than any other expensive investment such as your car, pool, or AC system. You expect them to be reliable and in order for this to occur it’s important for homeowners to maintain and properly service their irrigation systems annually. Proper care of your system will help run it to run more efficiently, which will also provide you with better results in your garden and lawn without wasting water.
About Nations Outdoors
Nations Outdoors is a family-owned and operated business that is fully licensed and insured. We provide system design, new sprinkler installations, modification or retrofitting service irrigation repairs, and irrigation maintenance. Please give us a call to schedule your appointment today.
Tips For Using Your Sprinkler System To Water Your Lawn And Garden
By Nations Outdoors In Blog Posted February 19, 2020
What time of the day should I water my lawn?
Using your sprinkler system to water in the early morning or late evening when temperatures and wind speeds are the lowest will reduce water loss through evaporation. If you’re watering in the afternoon, stop watering with enough time before dark to allow the grass to dry. If water is left on the grass too long, it can promote fungus and disease. This is where setting your sprinkler timer is important. You want to set your irrigation system at the correct times to achieve optimal watering.
How much water does my lawn need?
For most Florida soils, 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch of water per application is enough to replenish the grass. During the summer months, up to an inch of water per application can be needed. This is where a correct sprinkler system could come into use. Sandy soils could use more watering from your sprinklers than silt or clay.
How does watering your lawn change throughout the year?
In central Florida, the suggested sprinkler watering schedule averages two days a week, with an irrigation run time that varies by month.
During springtime expect to water your lawn 1-2 times a week, summer 2 times a week, fall 1-2 times a week, and in winter 1 time a week.
Do I have to water my plants separately?
Depending on the area of your plants, your sprinkler irrigation system may be enough. Shady garden beds don’t dry out as fast as sunny spots, so you may have to adjust your irrigation system accordingly.
Need a way to test coverage?
Place several shallow flat bottom containers (ex. tuna cans) around your yard in each sprinkler zone. After the sprinkler system completes its cycle, use a ruler to measure the depth of the water in each container. Increase or decrease the amount of time the sprinkler system runs based on the measured amount of water you find.
Sprinkler System Misconceptions In Oviedo, FL
By Nations Outdoors In Blog, Bobcat Services, Irrigation Installation, Irrigation Products, Irrigation Repairs, Irrigation Services, Water Saving Tips Posted February 12, 2020
QUESTION: Is it smarter for me to turn my sprinklers on every day for a short period of time?
ANSWER: It is better to use your sprinkler system less frequently (ex. two days a week) for longer periods of time than it is to water every day for a short period of time. When irrigation systems run every day, root systems stay closer to the surface, which can cause disease and insect infestation.
QUESTION: Should I only set my sprinkler timer for 30 minutes per zone?
ANSWER: The amount of time needed to achieve 3/4 of an inch will differ between each sprinkler zone. Many factors go into the amount of water needed per zone. For example; different landscapes, time of year, and shaded verse sun areas. In most cases, spray heads require less watering time than rotor heads.
QUESTION: Do I need a sprinkler system rain sensor?
ANSWER: We use Rain Bird rain sensors that require a set amount of rain to shut off your irrigation system, saving you water. If you see your irrigation system running while it's raining, the rain sensor hasn’t accumulated enough water to shut off the system.
QUESTION: Can I shut my irrigation system off if it has rained in the past few days?
ANSWER: Depending on the season, the amount of water your lawn requires could be met by rainfall. However, in most cases, rain showers dump a large amount of water at once. The majority of the water runs off your lawn and can’t be absorbed quickly enough. It is important to leave your sprinkler system on a regular schedule to ensure proper distribution of water at a slow even rate to allow correct absorption.
QUESTION: Does my irrigation system need maintenance?
ANSWER: Just like any mechanical system, your irrigation system requires maintenance. One non properly working sprinkler head can cause lawn damage across the whole zone. Maintenance can include inspections for broken, clogged, and leaking sprinkler heads, proper functioning valves, and adequate water coverage, etc.