It is easy to forget to have your irrigation system winterized. There are so many things going on with the school year moving along, holidays quickly approaching and busy work schedules to keep up with, the thought of winterizing your irrigation system is surely low on the list. However, when living in a cold environment winterizing your irrigation system is a must. Failing to winterize is one of the most common causes of irrigation system damage.

Irrigation Winterizing Benefits

  • Financial Savings -Irrigation systems are a large and important investment for maintaining your property, so is protecting your investment. If a irrigation system is not winterized system pipes, valves and numerous other components can expand during cold temperatures causing these parts to crack and damage the system, which can lead to hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars in replacements and repairs. Removing your system of all water with a professional irrigation winterization is the only way to ensure that it will still be working properly when spring arrives.
  • Protecting Your Tap Water – The backflow prevention device on most irrigation system is designed to prevent outdoor contaminants such as pesticides, animal and insect droppings and fertilizers from getting in to your homes water line. Usually these contaminants are often sucked into irrigation systems when the system is not running and sink into the ground, howver a backflow prevention device keeps these lines separate from your household water. The backflow prevention device is above ground and exposed to the elements if your system is not proerly maintained it can early become cracked of damaged. The backflow prevention device is one of the most expensive components of an irrigation system.
  • Protect Your Property – When a irrigation system becomes damage, the repairing and replacement process can cause a variety of problems on a well maintained lawn and garden. Since irrigation systems run underground your lawn and garden will be dug up to do repairs on cracked pipes and other components that can be damaged from the cold. Having a delay in the spring to repair an irrigation system can also lead to an unhealthy lawn and tree damage when can lead to even more out of pocket costs for the home owner.

For these reason it is essential to ensure your irrigation system is ready for the cold water before the first big freeze. October is the ideal month to have a system winterized.

 

 

 

Investing in a home irrigation system is a great way to save time, money, and water. Making this investment is a great way to add value to your home, that also offers many benefits. A home irrigation system ensures your yard and landscape is getting the proper amount of water needed, without over or under watering. Using an automated system is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to keep your lawn and landscape looking it’s best.

Today’s systems have advanced quite a bit from those of the past, and offer various features to ensure efficient watering. Things such as “smart” controls will automatically adjust watering based on rain, evaporation, soil moisture and plant water use. Each zone can also be individually scheduled to account for the different areas of your landscaping and needs of the plants in those areas. An efficient system will minimize over-watering, water evaporation and waste.

Benefits Of Home Irrigation Systems

  • SAVE TIME: Never worry about needing to stand around watering your plants or setting up sprinklers again. A home system will water on a set scheduled as needed.
  • SAVE WATER: A home system will water your plants with the correct amount of water every time, never under or over water again.  The system can also be adjusted in times of drought or heavy rain.
  • SAVE MONEY: A well planned efficient irrigation systems will help reduce your homes utility bill, while ensuring your lawn and landscape are getting the water they need.
  • PROTECT YOUR INVESTMENT: Your landscaper is an important aspect of your homes value, so keeping it healthy is essential to your investment. Investing in an automated irrigation system will also increase the value of your home.

 

Please remember there is much more to a home irrigation system than just the sprinklers themselves. The overall system design, installation and maintenance are critical factors to the systems efficiency, performance and longevityThis is why it is essential to have a certified professional install your system. The irrigation experts at Berns Landscaping can help ensure your system is efficient for your yards individual needs. Call the experts at Berns Landscaping Services, Inc. today (586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000 West) for a free estimate or fill out our free estimate form online.

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WATERING ALERT

Attention Metro Detroit residents. Current weather conditions are dry and many lawns have been drying out. Earlier in the year residents were able to water less frequently due to all the rain we had received.

Over the past few weeks we have not seen much rain and we have noticed many lawns have been drying out and have become damaged. Please be sure to keep watering your lawn and plants to ensure no further damage. If you can water your lawn in the morning. Watering in the morning ensures a dry surface for the evening hours.  Night time hours are when diseases thrive and spread the most.
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70-75

75-80

80-85

85-90

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1-1 1/4″

1 1/2″

1 1/2″ – 2″

2 – 2 1/4″

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1 1/4″

1 1/2″

1 1/2 – 2″

2 – 2 1/4″

2 – 3″

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2-3

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While the above summer watering chart is a  good starting point other factors must be taken into consideration. Shaded areas, very sunny areas, and areas that receive reflected heat off patios and driveways will make a difference in how often they should be watered as well. If you have any questions please call us.

 

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Irrigation systems can sometimes function improperly for a variety of reasons. These issues can be easily fixable or can require professional assistance.When you notice a problem with your irrigation system troubleshoot the problem immediately and if it cannot be fixed call your irrigation company to service the system. Failing to fix the problem when it’s noticed can not only waste water but also cause your landscaping to be watered improperly. Below are some common irrigation troubleshooting solutions.

Irrigation Troubleshooting

Sprinkler head does not pop up. – Check for debris above the sprinkler head, if no debris is found check for overgrown grass. Grass growing over the sprinkler head is often the cause of this common problem. Take scissors or a knife and clear the grass away, this should solve the problem.

Sprinkler head pops up, but water does not come out. – This is another common issue that is easy to fix. Often times the nozzle or screen will become blocked by debris. When the system is up pull up the stem of the sprinkler with your fingers and unscrew the nozzle. You will find a small screen under the nozzle rinse this off with water and check the nozzle for debris, then place the screen back and test your system.

Nozzle spraying not enough or too much water. – There is usually an adjustment screw on the head of the nozzle that is for making adjustments. By turning the screw clockwise you will decrease the spray, by turning counter-clockwise you will increase the spray.

System will not run. – First ensure your water is turned on. Next check to see that the non-working station (section) has been programed.

If you are still encountering problems or are not comfortable attempting any of these irrigation troubleshooting solutions, then call your irrigation company immediately to come out and address the issue. A non-working irrigation system will not preform as needed and could cause further damage to the system as well as your landscape.

The summer months bring on a wide variety of different weather conditions. Stretches of drought, varying temperatures, wind, low humidity and more. When to water and how much can become difficult to judge, especially with water restrictions in place for many areas. Below is a helpful table for summer watering, to help you through the hot months of summer.

MEASURING
In order to ensure your plants are getting the accurate amount of water they need, you must measure how much water you use. You can use a simple straight sided container and find out how long it takes to collect 1/2 inch of water, then use this time to judge how long you will need to water based on the table below.

WHEN TO WATER
Morning is the best time to water, this ensures a dry surface for the evening hours.  Night time hours are when diseases thrive and spread the most.

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70-75

75-80

80-85

85-90

Over 90

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[one_fourth]NORMAL CONDITIONS

1″

1-1 1/4″

1 1/2″

1 1/2″ – 2″

2 – 2 1/4″

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[one_fourth]WINDY / LOW HUMIDITY

1 1/4″

1 1/2″

1 1/2 – 2″

2 – 2 1/4″

2 – 3″

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1-2

2-3

3-4

3-5

4-6

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While the above summer watering tips are a good starting point other factors must be taken into consideration as well. Shaded areas, very sunny areas, and areas that receive reflected heat off patios and driveways will make a difference in how often they should be watered as well.

Using an automated irrigation system is one of the easiest and most efficient ways to keep your lawn and landscape healthy and beautiful. Automated irrigation systems also help to minimize water waste and usage. With careful and efficient planning a home irrigation system to evolve with your landscaping.

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Irrigation System Benefits

Today’s irrigation systems have advanced quite a bit and offer various features to ensure efficient watering. Things such as”smart” controls will automatically adjust watering based on rain, evaporation, soil moisture and plant water use. Each zone can also be scheduled individually to account for the different areas of your landscaping and needs of the plants in those areas.

An efficient irrigation system will minimize over-watering, minimize water evaporation and waste, adjust for rain and other conditions, allow easy maintenance of your lawn and landscape. A good irrigation system will also help save money on your utility bill.

The irrigation experts at Berns Landscaping can help ensure your system is efficient for your yards individual needs. Call the experts at Berns Landscaping Services, Inc. today (586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000 West) for a free estimate or fill out our online free estimate form, and a Berns Landscaping staff member will call you back with a rough estimate of service costs.

 

 

 

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Home irrigation systems are a great wave to save time, money and water. Investing in a home irrigation system is one of the best home improvement investments you can make for your home.  A home sprinkler system is a great way to ensure your yard gets the right amount of water it needs without over or under watering.

 

HOME SPRINKLER SYSTEM BENEFITS

  • Water consistently and efficiently every time.
  • Never forget about watering your lawn again, the system will do it for you automatically on its own set schedule.
  • A properly designed system doesn’t water just your lawn, it will also ensure your plants, flowers, trees and shrubs all get the proper amounts of water they require as well.
  • A home irrigation system will increase the value of your home.
  • Home systems conserve water, they are also easily adjusted during times of heavy rain, drought or water conservation.

 

Please remember there is much more to a home irrigation system than just sprinklers. The overall system design, installation and maintenance are critical factors to the systems efficiency, performance and longevity. This is why it is important to have a professional install your system.

The irrigation experts at Berns Landscaping can help ensure your system is efficient for your yards individual needs. Call the experts at Berns Landscaping Services, Inc. today (586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000 West) for a free estimate or fill out our free estimate form online.