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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.

What to Consider When Purchasing an Irrigation Controller

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Most people would prefer having to avoid standing outside for hours on end of a hose as they water their yard. This is why many people have started relying on irrigation controllers. For those who don't know, irrigation controllers are fantastic devices that allow someone to control the irrigation of their property automatically. When purchasing an irrigation controller, consumers should keep a few key factors in mind.

Does the Controller Provide Timing Options?

One of the key issues that people should consider with an irrigation controller is whether or not there are timing options. Can the user program the device to turn on the irrigation system at different times? Can they run the system on different days of the week? The more control you have over your irrigation system, the better care you will be able to give to your lawn.

Is there a Water-Saver Option?

One of the problems with many irrigation systems is the amount of water that they use and how that can impact someone’s utility bills. An irrigation controller can provide water-saver options that will cut down on overall usage when necessary.  Be sure to ask about all water-saving options available before investing in an irrigation controller.

Is it a “Smart” Controller?

Some irrigation controllers can connect to an on-site weather station that will allow it to self-adjust irrigation run times depending on the current weather conditions.  For example during periods of hot sunny days it will call for more water to be applied, but on cloudy rainy days it will adjust and only apply a small amount of water if any at all.

 Anyone with questions about their irrigation system should contact Irrigation Outlet for more information! Rely on the professionals to take care of everything.

What to Look for When Replacing Your Sump Pump

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A submersible pump, or well pump, is a popular method of irrigation thanks to their general durability, high performance, economy and mobility. A submersible pump can be used in water because they are hermetically sealed, which means they are water- and dust-tight and have permanently oiled bearings. Sump pumps are a great way to move water- whether it comes from a pond, well, or other water source.

Signs it’s Time to Upgrade

If you rely on a submersible pump to irrigate you can imagine how quickly things go wrong if your pump stops working. Prevent the worst from happening and keep on the lookout for these signs of a failing sump pump.

  • Frequent, yet brief, cycling- A big warning that there’s something going on with your pump, cycling on and off at a higher-than-normal rate could cause motor could burn out. Cycling in this manner could also be a sign that your pressure tank is too small or has an improper air pressure setting.
  • Noisy Pumping- If you’ve ever listened to your pump pump water, you’ll know it operates at a low hum. A big red flag that something could be going wrong with your pump is excessive noise or grinding and rattling. That sound is usually a damaged or jammed impeller, which pulls water into the pump.
  • Pump doesn’t turn on-If your pump isn’t turning on when it needs to, there could be several different issues going on. The most common is a broken pressure switch.

Trust the Experts

Dealing with a failing submersible pump is not an easy task, and we understand that. Irrigation Outlet is your go-to expert when it comes to problems with irrigation equipment. We’ll find you the proper parts or replacements for your sump pump in no time! Contact Irrigation Outlet today!

What are the Best Insecticides to Use on My Lawn?

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Every landscape and lawn is as unique as the homeowner who cares for them, which means finding the perfect insecticide can prove to be a difficult task. The quality of the insecticide, changes in season or temperature, and type of grass can all impact the effectiveness of these chemicals.

When to Use an Insecticide

The best method of determining if your lawn requires treatment with an insecticide is to look for thinning or bare patches of grass in the spring. These areas are typically infested with grubs or other damaging insects. Sometimes, even with proper mowing and irrigation schedules, you could be encountering bigger problems.

How to Choose an Insecticide

Irrigation Outlet offers a large selection of insecticides that can be used on numerous kinds of grass. If you’re looking for the perfect insecticide, check out a few pointers that can get you on your way to a healthier lawn:

  • Look at the active ingredients in each insecticide; this can help determine if the chemicals will be harmful to your particular kind of grass.
  • Determine what kind of insects or pests are bugging your lawn; knowing what the cause of your problems is before acting can save you time and money.
  • Check your state’s guidelines for insecticides to ensure you purchase the correct type of chemicals for your area.
  • Call your local experts on lawn health with questions about the best insecticide for your issues.

Contact the Experts

Treating your lawn for malicious insects is a tricky and often tedious process. Even with proper maintenance and care, insects are often able to cause a lot of damage in a seemingly short amount of time. If your lawn has begun to show signs of an infestation, reach out to the experts at Irrigation Outlet for advice. We’ll find the best insecticide for your lawn and answer any questions you may have about the health of your grass. Contact Irrigation Outlet today!

How Do I Clean My Sprinkler Heads?

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With spring coming up, it’s almost time to begin watering your lawn more regularly. In order to ensure that your sprinkler system will operate at its best, try doing a quick spring cleaning of your sprinkler heads. Follow this step-by-step guide to cleaning your sprinkler heads and get ready to enjoy the best of your sprinkler system.


Why Should I Clean My Sprinklers?

You may be wondering why cleaning your sprinkler heads is so vital to the well-being of your system. Over time problems like clogged screens and nozzles can disrupt the spray stream coming from the sprinkler head, which means parts of your landscaping could be going unwatered.

Cleaning Your Sprinkler Heads

  1. Remove the sprinkler head from the in-ground sleeve it is stored in when not in use. You should lift the head gently and so that it is positioned in the same way as it would be if it was on.
  2. Unscrew the head and remove it entirely. If you find that it is jammed, it helps to run water and let the sprinkler head lift up on its own. The flowing water makes it easier to remove. Secure the tube with a pair of locking pliers while the top piece is removed. It’s difficult to pull the tube out of the in-ground sleeve if the top is not connected.
  3. Remove the small filter located inside the sprinkler head. Wipe down the filter and the part you unscrewed from the sprinkler head. Next, soak the two pieces in a bucket of warm water to loosen dirt and blockages from the sprinkler holes. You can also clear out the sprinkler sleeves while the heads soak.
  4. Put the filter back inside the sprinkler and reattach the top of the head. Finally, remove the locking pliers so the sprinkler head is able to return to the in-ground sleeve.

Pro Tip: Order a Spray Head Pull-Up/Hold-Up Tool and make clearing clogs out of your sprinkler system easier!


Be sure to test your freshly cleaned system by turning on the water. You’ll want to ensure that each head is now running smoothly. If you find that any sprinkler heads aren't working properly, it may be a sign that it’s time to replace them. Contact Irrigation Outlet today for questions, concerns, or inquiries about replacement parts.

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