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How Do I Keep My Driveway From Flooding?  

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If your driveway tends to flood each time it rains, you may assume this is a typical part of homeownership. However, excess water around your driveway can be just as harmful as water around the foundation of your home. Not only can the flow of water create ravines on either side of your driveway, it can also lead to cracking of concrete and asphalt, over time, leading to pricey repairs.

Fortunately, correcting poor driveway drainage doesn't need to be a complex or expensive process. Read on to learn more about some of the products that can help.

Channel drain

A channel drain is a narrow, gutter-like drain designed to collect and direct water away from the base of your driveway.

Although channel drains come in both "open" and "closed" varieties, it's usually best to select a closed model for your driveway, as this will ensure no dirt, leaves, or other debris are able to enter (and clog) the drain.

Drainage swale

Another option for those who don't want to install a channel drain is a drainage swale. Like a channel drain, a swale diverts water from the base of the driveway; but unlike a channel drain, this swale requires no extra hardware or installation.

In some cases, particularly with heavily-flooding driveways, a swale (or sloping ditch) may have already begun to form naturally. By widening this swale, you'll be able to direct an even greater flow of water away from your driveway.

If you'd like to stop your driveway from flooding before the next rainfall, contact the experts at Irrigation Outlet to see which of the above options may be right for you.

How Can I Keep My Lawn Green All Summer?

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For many homeowners, maintaining a lush, green lawn is a tremendous source of summer pride. Well-manicured lawns can improve curb appeal and even increase the marketability of your home or neighborhood. However, factors beyond your control -- from drought to fungi infestation -- can often leave your lawn looking less than perfect by summer's end. Read on for some tips and tricks to help keep your lawn green all summer long.

Plant the right grasses

If you've struggled with your lawn every year since moving into your home, it's possible you don't have the ideal grass type for your climate.

However, even if you have the "wrong" grass type, you won't need to tear out your lawn and start from scratch -- instead, you may opt to gradually re-seed your lawn with a local grass. By applying grass seed each spring and fall for a few years, you'll be able to change your lawn's grass composition into a more regionally-appropriate breed.

Water regularly (and at the ideal times)

For areas where long spans of time with no rain are common, you'll likely want to invest in an irrigation or sprinkler system to ensure your lawn remains adequately watered.

One main advantage of a sprinkler system is its programmability -- rather than scrambling to water your lawn after getting home from work, you'll be able to schedule the sprinklers to turn on during the ideal watering time (usually defined as between 4 and 10 a.m.).

Whether you've been struggling to keep your lawn green for years or are just interested in the best ways to maintain its perfection, contact the experts at Irrigation Outlet for all your lawn and landscaping needs.

How Can You Control Storm Water Runoff in Your Yard?  

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Dealing with a marshy, swampy yard each time it rains can be discouraging. In addition to the mud and mess this excess water can create, poor drainage in your yard may cause your lawn's roots to rot or even impact your home's foundation. Fortunately, controlling water runoff in your yard doesn't need to be a tremendous undertaking.

Install channel drains

These thin, gutter-like drains are designed to re-route water away from flooded areas. Depending upon the areas of your yard that flood most frequently, you may opt to install channel drains on the sides of your driveway, around your home's foundation, or elsewhere.

Because channel drains are relatively narrow, they aren't always the best choice for significantly flooded areas, but can be a great start to reducing the amount of storm water directly adjacent to your home, driveway, and other structures.

Install a leaching system

Often, storm water runoff becomes a problem when a lawn doesn't have enough of an angle or pitch for the water to naturally make its way to the lowest ground. When this is the case, installing a leaching system -- essentially a French drain -- may be your best option.

Leaching systems like "Flo-Wells" collect storm water beneath your lawn and allow it to slowly soak into the ground making them the perfect solution for lawns that flood with minimal rain.

Regardless of the extent of your storm water problems, Irrigation Outlet can help. Give us a call or visit our website today to learn more about improving your lawn's drainage.

The Best Outdoor Lighting System For Your Home

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One of the keys to the finishing touches on an outdoor landscape is the lighting. Without the proper lighting, it will be difficult to accent the beautiful features of the landscape. People who are looking for the right lighting are often overwhelmed by the options and are unsure of where to start. When trying to decide on the best option for outdoor lighting, there are a few factors to keep in mind.

The Balance of Light and Dark

Ultimately, the goal of the outdoor lighting is to strike a balance between brightness and darkness. Using lights that are inadequate will keep hazards shrouded in darkness while using lights that are too bright could make the neighbors unhappy. It is important to see the lights in person to help determine the amount of contrast and the type of fixture that you need for the job.

The Number of Lights is Key

In addition to the brightness, people need to remember that using too many lights could lead to a landscape that is drowned out by the extra fixtures. Think about how many lights are truly needed to brighten up the landscape without taking away from the ambience.

Remote Control is Nice

Lights that have automated on and off features or lights that can be controlled with a remote are convenient and easy to use. The less hassle that people have to go through with their lighting system, the better it will be for everyone. Ask about the advanced technological features of any light system under consideration.

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.
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