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3 Questions to Ask Before Installing a Channel Drain  

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A channel drain, also referred to as a trench drain, is a type of floor drain that is frequently used to evacuate surface water or to contain utility lines or spills. When it comes to landscaping and gardening, most homeowners install channel drains for the evacuation of water. Here are three questions to ask before installing a channel drain.

1. Where will the channel drain be installed?

One major factor that should influence the type of channel drain you install is location. If you are installing the drain in an area where it will experience extreme freeze and thaw, you should ensure that the channel drain is made out of metal or polymer concrete rather than plastic. Unlike metal or polymer concrete, plastic is far more prone to freeze-thaw. In fact, a plastic trench drain is at risk of separating from the concrete during freeze/thaw cycles.

2. What aesthetics are you looking for?

If the trench drain will be visible, you should install one that will suit the aesthetics of your home. Narrow plastic drains, which have 1-2" widths, usually don't come with decorative grating options. Larger plastic systems, which have 3"+ widths, usually have decorative grating options in stone, plastic, cast iron, and even stainless steel. Picking the right decorative grating option can reduce unsightliness.

3. What are the load requirements?

Depending on where you will install the channel drain, you should consider load requirements. For example, if you're installing the trench drain in the driveway, you need to make sure that you choose a load bearing drains. The drains that are manufactured with vehicle traffic in mind tend to be small and have reinforcing frames and cast iron grates.

As long as you consider these questions, you should have no problem buying and installing the right channel drain for your needs. For more information about channel drains, don't hesitate to contact us here.

How Tree Roots Are Destroying Your Irrigation System

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Large trees in our backyard provide shade during the hot summer afternoons and add to the beauty of our home. However, the roots of the trees can cause immense damage to an irrigation system. It can be a real annoyance especially when the trees are planted too close. Read on to find out how the tree roots destroying your irrigation system;


Naturally, tree roots grow toward the water sources in search of nutrients, water, and oxygen crucial for the growth of the trees. As the roots of the trees become large, they displace the soil. In the process, any structures along the way, irrigation systems laid underground included will feel the effect.


As already noted, tree roots will grow in the direction of the irrigation system as they seek water and nutrients. If the pipes are aged and have started showing signs of cracking, the roots will escalate the matter even with a slight soil displacement.


After some time, the tree roots will the begin forcing themselves into the openings and further inside rupturing the pipes.

How to Prevent the Tree Roots Damage to the Irrigation System

  • Before planting trees in your yard, be sure to establish where the underground lines connecting to the irrigation system are located.
  • Make sure that you choose the tree species such as maple, pagoda and horse chestnuts whose roots pose less risk if any to the irrigation system lines.
  • Use of root barriers made from corrosion resistant metal, plastic or fiberglass that roots cannot penetrate and which is capable of redirecting the roots away from the irrigation system pipes.

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For years now, Irrigation Outlet has been providing homeowners with all types of landscape products including landscape irrigation, drip irrigation, seeds & chemicals, hose, pipes, and accessories. Call us today at 803-461-0561.

How Can I Improve Shady Areas of My Lawn?  

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There's nothing as pleasant as relaxing on a shady lawn on a hot afternoon. However, dense canopies will filter out the essential rays of the sun that ensure optimal growth of plants such as grass, leaving annoying patches on the lawn. Fortunately, if the shade is partial, there's a way to ensure the survival of your lawn. Here's how;

Thin Out the Trees

Most of the lawn grasses will need 4-6 hours of sunlight per day. Start pruning the low tree branches for the light to penetrate. In areas where it's too dense, you might need to selectively remove some of the trees so the sunlight can filter through.

Select Grasses Suited to Shady Areas

Grass-types like St. Augustine and Tall Fescue perform exceptionally better in the shady areas compared to other varieties. All varieties require a certain amount of light for growth and the shade-tolerant grass types are no exception.

Rake the Fallen Leaves Under the Trees Regularly

If you have trees that shed leaves on your lawn in the autumn and spring, you'll need to rake them up on a frequent basis. Yard debris, such as leave, can block sunlight and kill the grass underneath. Removing this debris will allow sunlight to penetrate and will give the grass some space to grow.

Avoid Overfeeding & Overwatering

If you overwater and provide more food than necessary, the roots will stay close to the surface and they will no longer penetrate the ground deeply to search for nutrients and water. That results in shallow roots, which can cause problems during periods of drought.

Overseed the Shady Areas

Plants in the shade will thin out due to insufficient light. Be sure to use more seeds in the shady areas to reduce the number of patches. Before sowing, eliminate any debris and dead grass.

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The Do's and Don’ts of Adding Landscape Lighting

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Homeowners know that landscape lighting adds security, visual appeal and value to their homes. Look at these do’s and don’ts of adding landscape lighting.

Plan Before You Buy

Take a photo of the front of your house. Print several 8 x 10s and use them to develop a plan. Go across the street at dusk and make notes of areas that look especially dark.

Concentrate on lighting your house, the walkway and steps to your front door and the entrance to your driveway.

Illuminating Your House

Make sure to use directional lights at each corner of your house. Use these to highlight architectural details of your home. Utilize a wall washer for flat facades or privacy and garden walls. Be sure to illuminate the second story of your home. Down lights on the eaves of your home add the perfect touch.

Avoid Straight Lines

Stagger your lights along the walkway to avoid looking like a runway. Be creative placing landscape lighting at the front of your house. Use a combination of up lights and down lights to create a well-lit and appealing appearance.

Accent Features

Be sure to accent a beautifully shaped tree with a well light. Use a bullet-spotlight light for water features or boulders.

Lighting set in the risers of your stairs adds safety and architectural interest. If you have steps along your walkway, be sure to illuminate them too.

Don’t Forget the Basics

In addition to the lights themselves, you will also need a transformer, wire, connectors, and other accessories such as a timer and/or photo cell.

Call or email the experts at Irrigation Outlet. We provide expert advice for any landscape light project

The Anatomy of An Effective Drip Irrigation System Design

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Drip irrigation has transformed watering by minimizing misuse of water. Unlike other irrigation systems, drip irrigation has been proven to be 95% effective. It is easy to install, very affordable and crops are less prone to diseases related to excessive moisture. For this reason, many farmers growing high value crops are using drip irrigation. There are three fundamental parts that a farmer should ensure that they are properly installed to realize maximum results.

Types and Flow of Emitters

There are two basic categories of drip emitters, pressure compensating and non-pressure compensating. The type of emitter used depends on the topography of your land. For example, if your land hilly and undulating, then pressure compensating emitters are a must to achieve any degree of uniformity. But if you are on a flat land, then then non-pressure compensating emitters are fine.

Once you have chosen an emitter, it is important that you do not plant the emitter below the ground unless it has been specifically designed to be buried. This could pose a threat to the emitter since plants may extend their roots and block the emitter outlet.

Backflow Preventer

Backflow preventers are required by most water purveyors when you are connecting any type of irrigation system to a municipal water source or well. Backflow preventers use a series of check valves and/or vacuum breakers to prevent irrigation water from flowing back into the municipal water source or well. Once irrigation water is in contact with the ground it can contain many contaminates including fertilizer, pesticides and even animal wastes. The use of a properly functioning backflow preventer is essential to protecting our drinking water supply.

Regulations can vary by state and municipality as to what type of backflow preventer is required. Contact your local water purveyor to check on local code requirements before connecting any type of irrigation system to a municipal water source or well.

Filtration

To ensure your drip irrigation system continues to perform at peak efficiency, make sure that your filtration system is up to the job. Drip irrigation, due to the small outlets of components, requires clean water to operate efficiently and effectively. A quality filtration system is essential. The most common type of filtration system used is a self-cleaning or automated screen filter. Screen filters can be used on all water sources including surface water, well water, and municipal water. In some cases sand media filters are used when surface water (ponds, lakes, or streams) is used as a water source.


Contact us today at Irrigation Outlet for expert advice on irrigation and high-quality, well-designed landscape irrigation systems.

2 Ways a Soil Test Can Reveal Chronic Lawn Problems  

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How often do you do perform a soil test on your lawn? A soil test can help you identify some of the common chronic problems with your lawn. Through routine soil tests, you can know the fertility as well as the health of your soil. Here are two the ways through which a soil test can help you identify chronic lawn problems;

You can identify the missing nutrients

No matter the amount of effort you put in the care of your lawn, your plants will weaken and eventually die if the soil is lacking the vital nutrients necessary for adequate growth. With a soil test, you can know the nutrient levels and determine which fertilizer to use to remedy the problem. 

Grasses need macronutrients in large amounts. The three most common are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. They are necessary for proper root development and optimal growth. As such, a soil test will help you know the type of fertilizer to apply. 

Reveals the Soil pH

Plant growth on your lawn is dependent on the pH of your soil. pH is the measurement of alkalinity or acidity of soil measured on a scale of 1-14. In this case, 7 is neutral, any number below 7 is acidic and while those above seven indicate

A low pH inhibits the availability of nutrients in the soil. Although different grasses require different levels of pH, most of them range between 5.8 and 7.2. When the pH is too acidic, limestone is applied to bring it back to normal.

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Irrigation Outlet is your source of all the quality landscaping, lawn, gardening and irrigation tools, chemicals & fertilizers, grass seeds and more. We have a broad array of products at excellent prices to ensure the maximum care and the optimal growth in your lawn, garden or landscape. Call us at (803)-461-0561 for more information. 

4 Signs of Drainage Issues

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Proper drainage is vital to every property, and any issues need fixing right away before it escalates. In most cases, the problem will arise from the improperly installed surface and underground water drainage systems and failure to pipe water to a convenient location. When it comes to identifying drainage issues in your garden, landscape or lawn, there are distinct and more subtle signs. We will discuss several signs of water drainage issues:

  • Puddles of Standing Water

    If water pools in one place in your yard, that is the first red flag of drainage problems in your garden, landscape or lawn.

  • Soggy/Sunken Lawn
  • You can tell you have a drainage issue if there’s a patch of your lawn or landscape that appears watery or even sunken. 

  • Soil Erosion
  • Areas where the soil has eroded (washed away) are typically caused by large amounts of water moving at a high rate of speed across this area. In many the source of the water is from a downspout or water coming of off a hardscape area such as a patio or driveway.

  • Front and Backyard Flooding After Rainstorms
  • It's a definite indicator that you have a drainage issue if after heavy rains your backyard and front yard have flooded. This can be dangerous if it starts to leak into the basement walls since it can weaken the foundation.

How to Fix Drainage Problems in Your Yard

  • Fix the grading/topography so that the water runs on the lower side of the yard or landscape rather than toward your basement.
  • Fit your gutters properly and directly pipe or use catch basins to collect water from downspouts and direct the water away from your home. This water can be piped to a dry sump or storm drain.
  • Use channel drains to collect water from drive ways and other hardscape areas and pipe it a dry sump or storm drain.

Speak to Experts at Irrigation Outlet

Irrigation Outlet has been providing quality and affordably priced products to homeowners who do their own landscape, gardening and irrigation. We have drainage systems, landscape irrigation tools and accessories, chemicals and fertilizers and more. If you have any question, call us at (803)-461-0561 and our experts will be eager to help.

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