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Protect Your Property-How Poor Drainage Can Ruin Your Yard  

Posted by: Irrigation Outlet
Yard-Drainage

Poor drainage does not affect the structural integrity of your house only. It could also be the reason your landscape is dying out and lifeless. Although water is an important commodity in the growth of lush green grass, too much of it can affect the quality and density of grass growing in your yard, and even cause the grass and other plants to dry.


Here are a few ways poor drainage is slowly ruining your yard and making it unsuitable for lawn, flowers and other plants.


Water Logging

Water that stands too long in pools damages the roots of your plants. Too much water deprives the plant roots of oxygen and can cause the roots to rot slowly killing the plants. Being exposed to water for too long deprives the plants of air needed to survive. Prolonged exposure to water also leads to different plant diseases like fungal diseases.


Compacting soil

If the yard is not properly drained and experiences a lot of traffic, the muddy soil can easily become compact. The soil becomes extremely hard and prevents roots of plants from growing getting nutrients, air and water. It also prevents water from leaching properly, and with time, the plants dry out.

Before replanting, the soil has to be loosened. To prevent future damage and compaction, you should consider having alternative routes away from the yard to prevent compacting especially during the rainy seasons.


To enjoy a lush lawn with thriving glass and plants, you need to invest in proper drainage that allow just enough water for the plants to grow without drowning them. One of the ways you can do this is by having a gentle slope on the yard which helps the water flow away. The other is getting quality drainage products. Contact Irrigation Outlet for professional advice and high-quality products.

Ultimate Guide: Controlling Winter Lawn Weeds

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Summer is the season for all those who love to see their lawns look fresh and green. But, did you also know that winter is good, but it comes with its challenges?


When the ground is moist, plants look lively, and we all love the environment. However, it is during the same season that winter weeds invade lawns. If you are not careful, your lawn may be covered in weeds when spring-time rolls around.


At Irrigation Outlet, we endeavor to provide expert advice on how you can control winter weeds in your lawn and keep your landscape looking is best year round.


Start Early with a Pre-Emergent Herbicide

The best way to control winter weeds is to eliminate them before they get a chance to become established. By applying a pre-emergent herbicide in late fall, you can get the jump on many winter weeds. Since no single pre-emergent herbicide eliminates every weed, it is good practice to rotate pre-emergents in the fall and early spring.

Apply a Post-Emergent Herbicide

Since it is impossible to eliminate every weed with a pre-emergent herbicide, it is usually necessary to spot treat areas of your lawn with a post-emergent herbicide such as Image. Image herbicide works to eliminate some of the tougher winter lawn weeds. For the herbicide to work best, we advise that you follow the label instructions closely. Image is designed to work on warm on warm season grasses. Don't use Image on cool season grasses such as tall fescue.

Image Herbicide works best on these seven all-time lawn weeds:

1. Wild onion. 2. Wild garlic. 3. Dollarweed 4. Deadnettle. 5. Bittercress. 6. Wild Violets. 7. Clover.

Always Maintain Your Lawn

Perhaps the best way to control winter lawn weeds is to ensure your lawn gets appropriately maintained. When a house gets swept, mopped, and vacuumed on a regular basis, chances of molds invading are meager. It is the case with your lawn. If you don't want weeds on your lawn, have a calendar of maintaining it.


For questions and inquiries, contact us, and we'll be glad to assist.

How to Winterize your Sprinkler System the Right Way  

Posted by: Irrigation Outlet
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Are you a homeowner? Do you know how to winterize your sprinkler system?


Follow the steps below to learn how to prepare your sprinkler system for winter;


  • 1. Turn off water supply: Turn the water supply off at the main valve. It's important to note that the main valve should be protected from freezing temperatures. It needs to be buried beneath the frost line, or well insulated.
  • 2. Turn off irrigation controller: If you have an automatic timer, turn it off or set it to rain mode.
  • 3. Turn on valves: To release any pressure, turn on all of the valves.
  • 4. Drain the water: Drain the entire system by blowing out the water with an air compressor. If your system is PVC pipe, the pressure shouldn't exceed 80 psi. If the system is polyethylene pipe, the maximum pressure is 50psi.
  • 5. Remove the backflow preventer: In some cases, you can remove the backflow preventer and store it away for the winter. Make sure you drain the water completely before you store it.
  • 6. Insulate pipes above ground: All water pipes that are above ground should be insulated to protect them from freezing temperatures.

  • Winterize your sprinkler system the right way with Irrigation Outlet expertsto avoid winter season inconveniences. Winter presents us with low temperatures, and quality products should be used in winterizing the sprinkler system for a longer lasting solution. Our team of experts are here to help you go through a stress free winter season. We achieve this by equipping you with the simplest ways and best irrigation accessories. In case you have a question, need our services, or have an inquiry feel free to contact us.

    4 Outdoor Home Improvements That Add Value to Your Home

    Posted by: Irrigation Outlet
    Home-Improvements

    While most people know that making improvements to their home will increase its resale value, very few homeowners understand just how much outdoor upgrades can contribute to their home's value and curb appeal.



    Here are a few outdoor home improvements that will make for the best investments to add value.



    Improved landscaping and gardening

    Improved landscaping and gardening will go far in helping you fetch better prices when you finally decide to sell your home. Basic upgrades such as planting trees, adding flowering shrubs and lawn maintenance will enhance the outdoor appearance of both your front and backyard.


    Boosted curb appeal in the front yard

    Curb appeal is everything when it comes to keeping your home's exterior in optimal condition. Improving the exterior of your home will help you make a good first impression and ensure high return on investment. Some of the changes you can make in this regard include replacing your front door, pressure washing the exterior, driveway restoration and repainting the exterior with warm and inviting colors.


    Additional outdoor living space

    If you have a reasonably big backyard, you can consider having additional outdoor living space. Installing a patio, deck or outdoor kitchen will create more room for cooking and entertaining your guests. If you love unwinding beside a crackling fire, you can add an outdoor fire pit or fireplace to give you the pleasure and increase the value of your home while at it.


    Garden entertainment

    Having features that offer you entertainment in your garden will allow you to enjoy your investment and at the same time boost the value of your property. A swimming pool, spa and garden beds are some of the features you may want to include as you upgrade your home's exterior.


    If you are to take proper care of your lawn, you should consider investing in quality irrigation products. If you would like to get professional advice about these products or have your questions answered, kindly contact our experts at Irrigation Outlet.

    4 Key Benefits to a Well-Lit Yard

    Posted by: Terry Brady
    Well-Lit-Yard

    Safety and security are obvious benefits to having a well-lit yard. But there are some other benefits that are not so obvious. Outdoor lighting can offer some great aesthetics for enhancing the look of your home and your landscaping at night. Here are some key benefits to a well-lit yard:


    Path Lighting:

    Create a welcoming atmosphere at your home for guests with nighttime path lighting. An added benefit to path lights is that it keeps guests from wandering into your yard or flower beds if they're not quite sure where the path is after dark!


    Expanded Living Space:

    Landscape lighting can be used to extend your living space after dark, especially if your family enjoys outdoor barbecues or other activities that extend into the evenings. Light up the outdoor space to make your yard the perfect spot for outdoor dinner parties and other fun activities.


    Boundary Lighting:

    Most homes have fencing, shrubbery or some other property marker for boundaries. Lighting can be overlapped to create a continuous wall of light around your property to showcase it, while at the same time expanding that nighttime activity area.


    Highlight Features:

    Sculptures, fountains or other luxury landscaping features can be enhanced with directional lights. Showcase these objects with directional lighting. If you have a fountain, underwater lights can be a great way to show these off.


    These are just a few of the added benefits of having a well-lit yard. If you want to explore some area lighting options for your home but don't know where to start, contact Irrigation Outlet!

    4 Valuable Steps to Re-adjust Your Pop-Up Spray Heads  

    Posted by: Irrigation Outlet
    Pop-up-Sprinklers

    If you make changes to your garden or your landscaping, you might need to adjust your pop-up sprinkler heads. The good news is that this a really simple process. Most pop-up sprinkler heads are designed the same way and all you'll need to readjust are a pair of pliers and a regular screwdriver.


    Here's how to tell whether you should adjust your sprinkler heads and how to do it:


    1. Do an Inspection

    After watering your lawn, take a look at your lawn to see if there are any problem spots. Is water pooling in one area? That could be a drainage issue on your property, or it could mean that the sprinklers covering that area are delivering too much water. Does your lawn have a nice uniform color? Are there any spots that are "not quite as green?" That could mean you're not delivering enough water to those areas, requiring a different adjustment.


    2. Turn the Water Back On

    Once you've identified any potential problem spots, turn the water back on. You should be able to visually verify what's happening (too much water or not enough in the problem areas).


    3. Readjust Your Pop-Up Spray Heads

    To adjust a sprinkler head, grip the sprayer head with a pair of pliers or a pull-up tool, and pull it up as far as it will go. Adjust the nozzle clockwise or counter-clockwise until it will fully cover the area you want watered. If the water spray is too much or too little, you can adjust the output screw on top of the sprinkler head with a screwdriver.


    4. Turn the Water Back On

    Check your results! Keep adjusting the pop-up heads until you have the water spraying exactly where you want it.



    Spray pop-up sprinkler heads are inexpensive and easy to adjust once you get the hang of them. If you have any questions or need any replacement heads, contact Irrigation Outlet!

    3 Winning Formulas to Strengthen Your Lawn for Winter  

    Posted by: Terry Brady
    Strengthen-Your-Lawn

    The winter months usually aren't very harsh for us in South Carolina, but you still need to do some seasonal work to get your lawn ready for the cooler months. Taking care of your lawn before winter sets in will ensure that it grows in green and lush when spring arrives.


    Here are some winning formulas to strengthen your lawn for the winter:

    Fertilize Before Winter

    You'll want to revitalize the nutrients in the soil after the long summer months. Late fall, preferably before the first frost, is the best time to do this. If you apply a low nitrogen lawn fertilizer before the ground freezes, it will nourish the roots of your lawn all winter long.

    Mowing

    During the last month of mowing season, gradually lower your lawn mower's blades a little bit each time. Cutting the grass lower over time will allow it to winter well. The key to knowing the proper mowing height for your lawn, is to know the type of grass you have. Once you have determined the type you have (warm season or cool season), you can maintain it at the suggested height.

    Clean off the Lawn

    Rake up all the leaves before winter arrives and remove any lawn furniture or other items from the grass. Leaving something on top of the grass can produce an ugly dead spot that you'll have to deal with in the spring. With that in mind, remember that your lawn is not a parking lot during the winter months. If you can minimize foot traffic on the lawn during the winter months, that will help as well.


    The key is to do these things before winter arrives and not at the last minute. If you have any questions on landscaping or strengthening your yard, contact Irrigation Outlet for quality products and professional advice.

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