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Common Errors of Lawn Sprinkler Systems

Lawn sprinkler systems can be pretty confusing. They are usually made up of several different components, and all of these pieces have to work in harmony in order for the system to be the most effective and efficient. We are a Minneapolis lawn sprinkler systems company, and we are well-versed in irrigation systems and more. Here are a few common errors people make when they have lawn sprinkler systems that weren’t set up by professionals like us.

First of all, your shrubs and any planter beds you have should be watered and irrigated separately from the grassy areas of your lawn. This is because shrubs and planter beds will generally have larger and more spread out root systems than your grass. So you want to be sure that your shrubs, plants and grass are all being watered equally. Putting them on separate systems will ensure all parts of your landscaping are getting plenty of water.

You should also be sure that your lawn sprinkler systems are using the proper spray nozzle patterns for the area of your yard you are watering. When you hire professionals like us, we will know exactly what kind of spray nozzles to use for your yard. Plus, we will be sure to set the pattern properly to ensure adequate watering for your yard.

Lawn sprinkler systems should also be equipped with a rain shut-off valve. This is an inexpensive device that will keep lawn sprinkler systems from turning on when it’s raining or storming out. You can save anywhere from 3 to 15 percent on your annual lawn sprinkler system operating cost. (And in some parts of the country, these devices have to be installed on any new lawn sprinkler systems by law. Otherwise, you could face a pretty big monetary penalty!)

For more information on Minneapolis lawn sprinkler systems, called Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 or contact us for a Free Estimate.

Special Announcement! Advanced Irrigation has a New Website!

In case you haven’t noticed already, Advanced Irrigation has a new website! We are pleased with our new and more user-friendly website, and we hope you find the site to be even better and more informative than our old one.

Our new website offers more information on all of our services: service and installation of irrigation systems, hardscape and softscape landscaping and residential and commercial lawn fertilizing. We feel our new website better represents our business and what we are capable of doing when it comes to our lawn care services.

The new website also has better pictures of our work that, again, show off what we can do and how we can help our residential and commercial customers. The site is also better organized, so it is easier to find the information you are looking for with fewer mouse clicks and effort on your part! But don’t worry – you can still get a free estimate and it is still as easy as ever to find our contact information.

We still have our testimonials up, and we now have a link on the website where you can leave us feedback on your experience with our company. A small but fun detail is Albertville’s current weather forecast, which you can find on the upper right-hand side of the new website.

We designed this site with you in mind! The functionality is more user-friendly. We hope you find all the information you’re looking for and more. Let us know what you think by leaving us a Facebook comment or Tweeting us on Twitter.

And when you need landscaping, irrigation systems, lawn care or fertilizer in Albertville or the surrounding areas, give us here at Advanced Irrigation a call at 612-599-8675 or Contact Us.

Beat the Heat: Tips for Keeping Your Lawn Green this Summer

Summer is nearly here, and it’s the time of year when most people start thinking about their lawn and getting it ready for the warm months. One of the best ways to get it summer-ready is by using irrigation systems. Maple Grove residents often come to companies like Advanced Irrigation when they need these systems installed and/or maintained. So we’d like to offer some tips on how to keep your lawn looking great and healthy all year round, especially in the summer when lawns tend to get dry and brown.

Fertilizing and mowing regularly can help keep your lawn looking great no matter what the weather, but the most important thing you can do for your lawn is to use irrigation systems. Being sure you get the water deep in the soil will help keep it looking nice and green. Irrigation systems can help ensure the water is reaching the grass’ roots. The rule of thumb is to water deeply but infrequently: this will encourage the roots to grow deep into the soil. If you water too frequently, the grass will grow shorter roots and the grass will dry out during dry spells and droughts. It is also recommended that you use your irrigation systems during the morning so less of the water evaporates in the heat and more goes into the ground.

If you come to us for irrigation systems, we can put one in place that will water your grass properly and keep it looking pretty and green throughout the entire summer. Irrigation systems can make maintaining your lawn a lot easier since they take care of watering the grass. So you’ll have a great-looking lawn with little effort on your part!

Call Advanced Irrigation at 612-599-8675 when you are ready to have irrigation systems installed for your Maple Grove lawn. Or you can Request a Free Estimate.

3 Spring Lawn Care Tips

It is truly and officially spring! It’s time to be making your spring checklist. While you probably already have a million things on your spring cleaning list, have you started thinking about all the things that need done outdoors? There’s a lot that goes into lawn care, but Minnetonka residents can call Advanced Irrigation to help out with all their needs. We’ll help you out by getting you started with 3 spring lawn care tips.

Clean Your Lawn

The first thing you need to do is clean your yard. This is something you can pretty much do at any time, now. Hopefully we’re done with the snow, so you can get out there again. You’ll want to rake up any debris leftover from the fall and winter. Also, take the time to prune plants and do any weeding that needs done. By taking the time to clean up a little, you’ll start off with a good foundation for the spring and summer.

Planting Grass

Do you need to plant grass? You may find some brown or bald spots when you clean up your yard. Spring is a great time of year to get some grass seed down. You may want to look into having Advanced Irrigation conduct a soil test to see if there’s anything preventing the grass from growing in a particular place. After that, choose a seed that works well for our climate and get planting! Make sure you water it often.

Fertilize the Lawn

Whether you’ve just planted new grass or not, fertilizing gives your lawn extra food and nutrients to help it grow healthy all spring long. We’ll help you with lawn care by recommending a fertilization program that best suits your property. If you start in the spring, there are fertilization programs that run all the way through the fall in 4 or 5 installments. Get ahead and have a green, lush lawn throughout the entire growing season.

Do you need lawn care help in Minnetonka? Then contact us today by calling 612-599-8675 or Request a Free Estimate.

Tis the Season for Lawn Sprinklers

It’s the most wonderful time of the year if you’re a warm weather lover! The robins are back, the sun is shining and soon enough, everyone will be out in their shorts and flip-flops. We here at Advanced Irrigation figure that most Elk River and surrounding Twin Cities residents are ready for the spring, but is your lawn ready too? Here are a few things to look for when picking out new lawn sprinklers in Elk River.

There are basically three types of lawn sprinklers: oscillating, pulsating and stationary.


Oscillating lawn sprinklers are great because they operate well at high and low water pressure, and they are good for rectangular lawns. (And it seems like most lawns these days are rectangular.)


Pulsating lawn sprinklers are great for irregular-shaped lawns and lawns that are larger in size.


Stationary lawn sprinklers are great because they aren’t that expensive and they are good for smaller lawns. These are the “classic” lawn sprinklers. (Remember running through the sprinkler when you were a kid? That’s the kind we’re talking about.)

If all of this is too confusing or you’re still not sure what kind of lawn sprinklers are best for your lawn, never fear! That’s why Advanced Irrigation is here! We can come to your Elk Lake home and install lawn sprinklers that will work best for your yard and landscaping, so you don’t have to worry that you’re getting the wrong kind of sprinklers for your yard. We can install the lawn sprinklers in your yard. We will stick to just one type, or we will use a combination of lawn sprinklers. We can even use drip heads in your flower beds to ensure the roots of your plants and flowers are getting all the water they need to grow.

Just give us a call at 612-599-8675 or Request a Free Estimate.