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2 Secrets to a Perfect Lawn

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Along with choosing the right grass seed for your climate and your "microclimate" the secrets to the ideal emerald green lawn aren't terribly mysterious.

Select Seed Carefully

For best results, choose a grass species that suits the region in which you live. You'll also have to keep in mind your yard's soil, in terms of pH level and texture (sandy, normal or clay-like it is), as well as how much sun or shade the area gets.

We carry a range of grass seeds that thrive in our southern climate, including heat-loving Bermudagrass. Centipede grass does especially well in southern yards with poorer soils. Zenith Zoysia is another regional favorite, but it can handle the occasional cold snap, as well as light shade conditions.

Don't Over-Chop!

While it's tempting to cut the grass down to the soil line in order to avoid having to mow it again too soon, you'd actually be creating more maintenance headaches for yourself down the line. The bottom two-thirds of grass blades are more likely to be damaged when cut into. They're also thicker, meaning they can block water and sun if not raked up.

In contrast, the top one-third of a grass blade decomposes more quickly, so it won't shade out the sun. Further, these tips will contribute just the right amount of oxygen when cut and left on the lawn. So set your mower to cut only one-inch down, for example, when your lawn reaches three inches.

Seven Irrigation Updates for Your Landscaping Needs  

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How updated is the irrigation system for your lawn or garden? Modern technology is more customizable, less expensive, and more efficient than past versions.

Drip Irrigation Systems

Drip irrigation systems are great for gardens since they tend to be much more efficient than hose watering or even sprinklers. A few upgrades to consider are:

  • Drip control zones: Provide filtration and precise control over water pressure, crucial components for drip irrigation.
  • Standalone filters and pressure regulators: For additional customization, use standalone components to build your drip irrigation system to exact specifications.
  • Emitters: For further control over a variety of flow rates, install emitters throughout your system.
  • Micro-sprays and spray stakes: Add micro-sprays or spray stakes that place the water in the precise location you require.
  • Landscape Irrigation Systems

Like drip systems, today’s landscape systems are more high-tech, efficient, and affordable. With a little help, you can put together a professional grade system, using the following upgrades:

  • Controllers: Today’s controllers offer an amazing range of options to fit any budget and any size lawn or garden. Whether fixed, modular, smart, expandable, two-wire, or battery operated, your irrigation needs can easily be accommodated to exact specifications.
  • Valves: Whether reverse flow, high pressure, or with other specific requirements, there is a valve to fit nearly every use.
  • Sprinklers: Sprinklers are also highly customizable and typically quite affordable, outside of those for heavy industrial type use.
  • Contact Irrigation Outlet today to consult with their professionals on your irrigation needs.

Water Features to Jazz Up Your Landscaping

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Why add water features to your yard? Depending on the feature, you'll be creating instant drama, or enhancing the soothing nature of the great outdoors. Turn a drab ceramic urn into an enchanting fountain with a simple device, or create a small pond using just a liner and little digging. Whatever you're looking to create, we have the devices and materials to add the perfect water feature to your landscaping.

Create a Waterfall

You don't need a massive ravine and roaring stream to create your own waterfall. A small slope, retaining wall --or even some strategically placed small boulders and rocks -- can create this feature on a patio, by the pool, or in the yard. Our waterfall starter kit and filter tank will get you going on a spectacular landscaping feature.

Add Sparkle with Lights

If you have a pond, pool or fountain, you know that the moonlight can create some spectacular effects. But with underwater lighting, you can enhance those conditions. Choose from our decorative brass lights with nautical themes, or from our efficient halogen bulbs.

Water feature lights not only bring luminescence to the water, but also help highlight special portions of the water feature, whether it's lush plants or colorful fish.

5 Pond Upgrades You Can’t Live Without

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A pond beautifies your property in many ways. It draws beneficial wildlife and provides a place to grow attractive aquatic plants, such as water lilies. You can use several different techniques to enhance it:

1. Pump

Fountain pumps aerate water while creating pleasant white noise. This improves a pond's appearance and smell by preventing stagnation. The circulation benefits small animals even as it repels mosquitoes and discourages them from laying eggs.

  • Helps fish
  • Reduces algae
  • Deters pests

2. Lights

Electric lighting may prove desirable if you enjoy spending time outdoors in the evening. It will illuminate the water, plants, rocks and any fish. You can purchase floating or underwater lights for your pond.

3. Waterfall

If a pond doesn't have any natural waterfalls, you may create this appealing effect with the help of a waterfall starter. These units maximize realism by hiding everything but the water and rocks.

4. Statue

Eye-catching statuettes draw attention to ponds and improve their appearance throughout the year. Many resemble mermaids, children, fish, frogs or birds. You may find it amusing to see how real animals behave around these statues.

  • Herons
  • Rabbits
  • Toads

5. Liner

A pond liner separates the water from adjacent soil. This stops rain from causing erosion and prevents most leaks. Soil doesn't affect the color or cleanliness of lined ponds.

If you'd like to upgrade a backyard pond, the professionals at Irrigation Outlet can help. Please dial 803-461-0561 on a weekday or use our contact form to reach us with your questions.

How to Choose the Best Irrigation System for Your Yard

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Having a properly functioning irrigation system for your yard will help you avoid a wide variety of such as wasting water and making sure your foundation is receiving just enough water to help keep from cracking. 


Proper irrigation is a balancing act and one that you need to educate yourself on if you want to avoid having to shell out the big bucks to repair issues caused by an irrigation system that's not functioning as it should. And the best way to do that is to assess your needs then select the right type of irrigation system for your particular situation.

Here are two of the most popular irrigation options for your yard.

Drip Irrigation

A drip irrigation system is a water-saving network that allows water to drip very slowly to the roots of your plants through a system of valves, piping, tubing, and emitters. The most significant benefit of a drip irrigation system is that it's the best way to conserve water while saving money on your water bill. A drip irrigation system is also extremely easy to install and you won't have any water drift. Drip irrigation systems are best suited for beds, but not so much for large areas like a lawn.

In-Ground Sprinkler Systems

Installing an in-ground sprinkler system is generally the most convenient method of watering your yard.

An in-ground sprinkler system should be installed after all your turf and plants have been put in. This will ensure that you can select the right kind of heads to deliver the appropriate amount of water to any given area.

While developing your planting schematic, make sure to organize your plants into groupings according to how much water each area will need. This will make it easier to select the proper sprinkler heads for each zone and to adjust the water according to how much each of those zones need.

The Bottom Line

Take some time to learn about the different types of irrigation systems so you can make an educated decision about which one is best suited to your particular situation. This will save you loads of time and money in the long run.

If you would like some help determining which type of irrigation system is best for you, or, if you just have a few questions, please Contact Irrigation Outlet to talk with one of our industry experts. We are here to help you with all your irrigation needs.

Tips for Preventing 3 Common Types of Turfgrass Disease This Summer

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To take good care of your lawn this summer, you will want to be prepared to combat turfgrass diseases. Listed below are three of the most common types of turfgrass disease and how to prevent them.

Preventing Anthracnose Foliar Blight

Anthracnose foliar blight shows up as irregularly shaped patches of grass that have turned a diseased yellowish or bronze color. The best way to prevent anthracnose foliar blight is with proper fertilization, though fungicides can also be used to treat and prevent the disease. You may want to increase the frequency of nitrogen fertilizer applications to improve resistance to the disease

Preventing Brown Patch

Brown patch appears on individual leaves which turn brown and the disease spreads out in patches. One distinguishing feature of brown patch is a dark purplish border that surrounds the diseased patches. To prevent brown patch, apply nitrogen during the summer months and avoid standing water on your turf.

Preventing Dollar Spot

Dollar spot appears as small patches of white or tan grass about the size of a silver dollar. Dollar spot infections begin in the early summer, so it's important to begin preventive measures as early as the late spring. Applying nitrogen fertilizer can be used to prevent dollar spot, and managing your irrigation to prevent moisture accumulation on the leaves is important as well.

Conclusion

Preventing turfgrass diseases in the summer takes a little work, but it is well worth the effort. If you would like to learn more about preventing turfgrass diseases and the role that proper irrigation plays in prevention, feel free to contact us today.

How to Avoid Some of The Most Common Drainage Problems

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You don't have to be a landscaping professional to know that having the proper drainage for your home, lawn, and garden are critical to preserving their integrity. And really, the one and only goal of proper drainage is to manage the quality and quantity of water effectively. 

That means you need to learn the most common drainage problems and what you can do to avoid or correct them.

1. Standing Water Around Your Home's Foundation

Problem:

If you have standing water around your foundation, it could seep into your crawl space creating problems with your floors, drywall, and other finishes. Additionally, it could, over time, contribute to mold and foundation failure.

Solution:

There are two solutions for this problem. You could either improve the grading round your home to control where the water flows. Or, you could have some French drains installed.

2. Gutters and Downspouts

Problem:

If your gutters and downspouts aren't functioning as they were intended, you will have loads of water exiting where it's not supposed to. This could cause foundation erosion, over saturation of plant beds and other areas.

Solution:

Pay attention to where your gutters are overflowing and adjust them to more effectively route the water. You also need to clean them periodically so they function properly. Additionally, your downspouts need to be checked for proper flow and ensure that the water is being discharged away from the foundation. Installing catch basins to collect the water and pipe it to the curb or into a Flo-Well are possible solutions.

3. Water Traps

Problem:

If your yard isn't level, it will hold water in various areas. This standing water will ultimately damage your plants and turf. And, it could turn your yard into a marshy mess.

Solution:

Installing a catch basin to collect the surface water will allow the affected area to drain properly. If the water cannot be gravity fed from the catch basin to a storm drain then consider installing a sump pump as another option.

The Bottom Line

Having the proper drainage in your yard and around your home could mean the difference between experiencing minimal cost and frustration to having to pay for major repairs to your home and garden.

Correcting or preventing drainage issues often comes with questions. Please feel free to Contact Irrigation Outlet f you have any questions or concerns. We have industry experts on hand that would be more than happy to help you with all your drainage needs.

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