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Top Irrigation Updates That Will Save You Money This Summer  

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Healthy lawns and landscaping don't have to eat away at your wallet. Proper maintenance and minor tweaks and additions to an irrigation system can conserve water and money, while helping to ensure lush landscaping and a beautiful yard. With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to update your irrigation system and lower your water bill.

Install and Master an Irrigation Controller

An irrigation controller is one of the easiest ways to conserve water and save money. By adjusting your watering schedule regularly, you can control which areas of your yard receive the most water, control the duration of irrigation, and change the start time, according to the seasons. Tailored watering schedules lead to greater efficiency and can reduce energy usage by as much as 30 percent.

Set your irrigation system to go off when the sun is down, wind is low, and the temperature is relatively cool. An extraordinary amount of water is lost to evaporation during sunny, hot days. Target specific zones, since landscaping and grass rarely need the same amount of water.

Install Irrigation Sensors or Rain Shutoff Switches

Irrigation sensors detect rainfall and freezing temperatures, prompting your irrigation system to turn off in adverse conditions or when your yard is simply wet enough. Rain shutoff switches are relatively inexpensive and can be installed to almost any irrigation system. These switches and irrigation sensors prevent over-watering and damage to your actual irrigation system.

Inspect Your Irrigation System Monthly

Every month, make time to check your irrigation system for leaks, obstructions, and broken sprinklers. Clean filters as needed. This is also a good time to adjust sprinkler heads that may be unintentionally watering sidewalks, driveways, or structures.

Lowering your water usage and saving hard-earned money is as simple as taking a few steps to ensure your irrigation system is running as efficiently as possible. For any further questions, contact the experts at Irrigation Outlet today.

3 Tips for Fertilizing Your Lawn During the Summer  

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Some individuals have very fond memories when it comes to their lawns. Whether their lawn be used for entertaining guests, roughhousing with the dogs and kids, or a place to enjoy life, a beautiful lawn is something to be proud of. However, a beautiful lawn requires proper fertilization in order to look great and provide such positive memories. So with warm weather on the way and more individuals looking to spend more time outside, we're going to provide some excellent fertilization tips for this coming summer.

1. When To Use Fertilizer

If you want your lawn to look great in the summer, you have to start laying down fertilizer in the spring. The best time to begin feeding your lawn is when the soil temperature reaches 55 degrees Fahrenheit. For most parts of the country, this should take place around mid-April, when the flowers begin to bloom and the grass starts to grow.

2. Understand The Numbers

It's important to understand the numbers on your fertilizer bags before you begin spreading the fertilizer on your lawn. These numbers are meant to tell you what is being applied your lawn and how the grass will look afterwards. The best numbers to apply to your lawn in the spring would be 20-5-10. These numbers show the percentage of nitrogen, phosphate and potassium, respectively. These are all primary nutrients that are needed to feed your lawn.

3. Stick With Granules

Professionals have no problem when it comes to applying fertilizer in minutes, but it's likely you're not a professional yourself. However, granules are incredibly easy for anyone to apply and allow you to get a consistent application. Plus, they still give your lawn the professional touch it deserves to look great.

How to keep water from pooling in your yard  

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If you have spots on your lawn where water frequently pools, it is more than just unattractive. Pooling in yards can kill your grass over time and even nearby plants and shrubs that are not water resistant. Even worse, pooling attracts mosquitoes. Using topsoil to fill in the trouble spots may only transfer the problem to another area of the lawn. However, solving a pooling issue does not have to be a major improvement project.

All you have to do is choose the right easy-to-install drainage system.

How serious is the issue?

Pooling water following a large cloudburst is common. If, however, pooling is frequent after normal amounts of rain, and if it's still pooling a day or two later, it's time to address the problem. Fixing it may be as simple as digging a small trench and installing a catch basin. Catch basins involve digging a hole so the basin sits low enough to collect the water and then lets it flow through a PVC pipe placed in the trench. The water flows to a spot where it can drain further.

A French drain is another option. It requires perforated corrugated pipe placed in a shallow trench that is then covered with gravel or some other coarse aggregate.

Let us help.

Not sure which option is best for you? Contact the experts at Irrigation Outlet now. We will help you choose the right solution for your pooling problem.

Why not all landscape lighting was created equal

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Landscape lighting provides immense value to home and business property owners. It enhances the outdoors appeal, provides greater safety and security, makes the space cool to spend time at even at night, and most of all enhances the property's value. However, if you are looking to have some spectacular landscape lighting system installed on your property, it is important to note that not all landscape lighting designs are created equal. And this is why;

Different Properties Have Different Lighting Needs

Landscape lighting designs are created different in order to suit each individual's property lighting needs. Some lighting designs may be too much for some property and too little for others. When preparing your outdoor lighting plan, keep in mind that you want to see the effects of the landscape lighting and not the source of the light. Architectural features, water features, pathways, etc., will all help determine what types of lighting a property may need. Irrigation Outlet has a variety of different types of lighting to choose from depending on taste and style. Let our experienced professionals help you determine what serves your property needs best.

Commercial vs. Residential Landscape Lighting

There are many factors that can set commercial and residential landscape lighting apart. Such factors include the planning, design and installation process. For a business, landscape lighting systems are designed to create an attractive appeal for customers as a way of luring them into your business; especially by drawing their attention during the night. Lighting that provides safety and security is also more of a consideration in commercial venues.

On the other hand, residential lighting designs are mostly meant to highlight the best parts of your home and focus attention to certain features or areas such as gardens, water features, outdoor kitchens, etc.

Different Technology Adoptions

Some landscape lighting designs have incorporated the most modern technological advancements in the lighting industry. Such designs are able to save more on energy, have dimming options, can change colors to create different outdoor themes, and have more stylistic designs to fit each individual's preferences.

4 Ways to Improve Lawn Drainage

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Soggy lawns with improper drainage can lead to root rot and mold, damaged foundations, and driveway issues. To solve the problem, here are a few ways to improve lawn drainage.

Add a Drain

If water drainage is a large problem, consider installing a drain in the affected area. You can use flexible corrugated pipea grate, and the appropriate fittings to collect water and direct it away from the areas of your lawn that have drainage issues. If your water drainage issue is causing problems with your driveway, sidewalk, or similar areas, a channel drain is probably the best option.

Install a Catch Basin

When you have areas of standing water in your yard, a drain alone may not be enough to redirect the water. This is especially true in clay soil, which is quite compacted and doesn't allow a lot of water movement. For these areas, a catch basin may be the best solution. The catch basin is typically installed in the lowest area of your yard where water collects most. Water drains down through the catch basin, then away from the affected area of your lawn through an attached pipe.

Use a Drywell (Or Flo-Well)

We offer a drywell alternative that works in a similar way, but is easier to install and more eco-friendly. A Flo-Well collects large amounts of water and slowly dispenses it into the ground so it doesn't cause drainage issues. If the drainage problem is severe, more than one Flo-Well may be installed in the same area.

Using these solutions and more, the experts at Irrigation Outlet can improve your lawn drainage, as well as answer any other questions that you may have.

How to Get Rid of Common Lawn Diseases

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No matter how diligently you tend your lawn, you'll eventually experience some form of lawn disease. That doesn't have to be the death of your green grass, though. Here are several common lawn diseases, how to spot them, and how to get rid of them.

Southern Grass Diseases

Southern grasses include Bahia, Bermuda, Centipede, St. Augustine, and Zoysia. There are also Northern grass varieties that may experience diseases other than the ones listed below, but these types of grasses are rare in the southeastern U.S.

Brown Patch

Brown patches usually occur in the summer, and they are usually a circular shape. Eventually, the grass becomes tan or brown in this area. Some common treatments include applying a fungicide and watering the grass early in the morning.

Dog Spot

Dog spot isn't actually a lawn disease, but it's often mistaken for one. Dog spots show up as small circles of brown or yellow grass. It's caused by dog urine, and it is best avoided by preventing dog urination in your yard. If this can't be avoided, try to train the dog to use one area of the yard, and water the spot thoroughly to prevent stains.

Slime Mold

Slime mold usually looks like a white or gray powder on your lawn, and it appears during wet weather from spring to fall. Thankfully, this mold isn't harmful, so a simple mowing and raking can remedy the problem.

Pythium

Pythium is usually quite noticeable. The grass starts thinning, and numerous brown or yellow patches will develop. This is a form of root rot, so the best treatment is to increase drainage throughout your yard and make sure that you are not over watering.

If you've tried the remedies above but still have problems with your lawn, contact Irrigation Outlet for a professional solution.

How Can I Improve the Efficiency of My Sprinkler System?

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Sprinkler systems are an effective and convenient way to ensure that your green spaces get the water they need. They are often much more efficient than simply watering the area by hand. They also usually make the area much livelier and green compared waiting on Mother Nature to water the lawn for you.

Even though sprinkler systems work better, they can always be more efficient. You can use the following tips to help make your sprinkler system work even more effectively.

Develop a Consistent Watering Schedule

Watering on a regular schedule can reduce energy usage by up to 30% in some circumstances. Using a plan that is optimal for your area will also help you avoid overwatering. The size of your sprinkler system and the area you are watering will both have an effect on how long you should water and how often.

Periodically Check Your Sprinkler System

Checking your system for leaks and replacing broken parts right away can significantly increase efficiency. Dirt and grime can also clog the sprinkler head, which can affect how water is applied. Making it a habit to check your system can prevent problems before they start.

Water Only When Necessary

Watering too much can cause more damage than it helps. Instead, you should check your grass for whether it springs back after applying pressure. If it doesn’t, then it is time to water.

Irrigation Outlet has all of the supplies you need to ensure that your system is running at optimal efficiency. Our team can also answer questions and help with concern areas.

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