Advanced Irrigation Blog Posts

Winterizing Lawn Sprinklers

Dare we say it? It’s time to be thinking about winterizing your lawn sprinklers. The process of turning off your irrigation system for the winter is a task that should not be taken lightly. It is best preformed by a professional company to assure proper techniques are used. In this blog, we’re going to give you some information about why it’s important to winterize your system and cover the basic process.

Importance of Winterizing

Are you thinking about just shutting off the water and calling it a day? Then you definitely need the services of a qualified professional. Winterizing your system properly is crucial to the overall performance of your system. If water is left in the system over winter, the pipes may freeze causing them to burst. This can result in costly repairs in the future. Come spring, you’ll want to have a working irrigation system. You have a better chance of this if you properly shut down your system now

The Basic Process

1. Shut off the water supply to the sprinkler system

2. Turn off the controller that regulates water flow

3. Disassemble any excess pieces of the system

4. Drain the water in an organized way

5. Make any necessary repairs to the system

There is a lot more than meets the eye. This process has a lot of variables depending on your system, climate and special requirements. Our team of trained professionals has the knowledge to navigate almost any sprinkler system. Let them help you check one thing off your to-do list this fall and get prepared for the winter. You’ll be glad you did.

Are you in need of a company to winterize your lawn sprinklers? Give us a call today at 612-599-8675 or contact us online.

Some Lawn Care Tips as we Head into Fall

Fall will be here shortly. Like, really shortly. Like, within a week. Don’t panic, we’ve got you covered with some lawn care tips to propel you into fall. At Advanced Irrigation, we never run out of advice, so if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. Every lawn is different, so you may need to use different techniques to keep your lawn in tip top shape. As we head into fall, you will need to update your lawn care routine to accommodate.

Watering Techniques

Just because temperatures are generally cooler in the fall, it doesn’t mean you can just forget about watering. Your lawn will need about one inch of precipitation a week, during the fall. If Mother Nature doesn’t provide that much for you, you need to take it upon yourself. If you underwater your lawn now, it will have a harder time making it though the winter. Lawns can go dormant if they are left unattended for too long.

Rake Those Leaves

Though it may seem like a chore, you need to get out there and rake those leaves once they start falling. Your grass needs direct access to sunlight and if there are leaves in the way, it will be impossible for sunlight to get to your lawn. Take the time, while you’re raking, to also clear out any thatch, pine needles and other materials on top of your grass. When you clear the leaves off, remember how much you are helping your lawn. Plus, an added benefit of raking is awesome leaf piles to jump in!

Fall Fertilizing

Grass can benefit from some fall fertilizing action. By fertilizing now, you are providing your plants with the opportunity to grow stronger and deeper roots. This will help them last through the winter and be better prepared when it comes to be spring. Giving your grass a little extra food and nutrients now, can help its overall health in the long run.

Do you need help with your lawn as we head into fall? Give us a call today at 612-599-8675 or request a free estimate online.

End of Summer Lawn Care Tips

It seems as though summer temperatures are trying to give us one last hurrah! Hot days have definitely become the norm around here. It’s hard to believe, but it will soon be that time of year when you need to start preparing your lawn for the winter. Fall is the perfect season to clean up your yard, turn off your irrigation system and batten down the hatches. If you live anywhere around the Twin Cities, like Edina, irrigation systems need to be shut down by a professional. In this blog, we’re going to cover that and some other end of summer lawn care tips.

Minimum Requirements

During the hot, dry conditions prevalent in summer, your lawn may need up to two inches of water per week. But, during the cooler fall temperatures, your lawn probably only needs watered one inch per week, on average. This means you need to adjust your irrigation system once fall temperatures set in. Overwatering your grass can be just as harmful as under watering your grass. If you’re unsure about where to set your system, give us a call.

Summer Brown Spots

Just because your lawn has brown spots doesn’t mean it’s dead. It is possible that your grass is dormant due to dry conditions. When a lawn is subjected to harsh conditions for over 45 days, focus its efforts on keeping the roots hydrated. This will cause your grass to appear brown. It is a perfectly normal condition and once more moderate temperatures set in, your grass will continue to thrive.

Fall Blowout

By the end of the fall, it will be time to conduct a fall blow out. This is where our team will visit your irrigation system and shut it off properly for the winter. It’s recommended you have this process taken care of by a trained professional. If an irrigation system is shut down improperly, it may result in damage over the winter. It’s never too early to get your fall blowout scheduled, as spots fill up quickly.

Contact us today for all your irrigation system needs by calling 612-599-8675 or contact us online.

Is Your Lawn Evenly Green?

It’s the middle of August. It’s a significant way through the growing season, so you should have a pretty good idea about how your irrigation system is functioning. We recommend performing a visual check of your lawn for any signs of your irrigation system malfunctioning. One easy way to tell is if your lawn is evenly green or not.

In this blog, our team of Eden Prairie irrigation system experts is going to explore this and some of the signs your system isn’t functioning properly.  If you notice any of the following problems, contact Advanced Irrigation at your earliest convenience to have the issue remedied.

Brown Patches

If you see brown patches around your yard, they could signify a couple of different things.

1. There is a leak in your irrigation system and water is not getting to the area.

2. The sprinkler heads are not properly spaced, causing the spot to be missed.

3. Your lawn is infected with a disease.

Our team of Eden Prairie irrigation system experts can take a look at your system and analyze the problem. We can make adjustments to your system to fix any issues. We can replace parts and reposition the sprinkler heads.

Soggy Patches

When you walk around your yard, you may notice some soggy ground. It could mean a number of things.

1. There is a leak in your system, causing water to pool at a specific spot.

2. The sprinkler heads are not placed properly and the water flow is overlapping.

3. Your timer is running too frequently, thus overwatering your lawn.

When we notice ground oversaturation, we can easily make the necessary adjustments. Overwatering your lawn can be just as harmful as under watering, so give us a call when you notice this type of situation.

If you need any irrigation system services, call us at 612-599-8675 or Contact Us Online.

Lawn Care Services for Eden Prairie Homes & Businesses

How much care do you give your lawn? Maybe you mow, edge and fertilize. That’s a great start, but there’s so much more to lawn care. Taking proper care of a big lawn requires a large time commitment. Many of you probably don’t have the time to make such a commitment. If you live or work in Eden Prairie, lawn care services are available to help you. In this blog, we’re going to review a few simple lawn care services we offer that will help the health and life of your lawn. Leave it to the experts at Advanced Irrigation to personalize a lawn care plan to benefit your lawn.

Irrigation System

Irrigation systems play a huge role in the care of any lawn. Rain is unpredictable and sometimes scarce. This can lead to lawn damage, especially during the summer months. One of the lawn care services we offer is installing and maintaining irrigation systems. The proper amount of water can go a long way and that can be ensured with the use of an irrigation system.

Weed Control

Weed control is vital to the success of a healthy and beautiful lawn. All your lawn care efforts will be wasted if in the end your lawn is still overrun with weeds. Our expert team can treat and remove all types of weeds encroaching on your space. We can help analyze the type of weeds you have on your property and devise a treatment system to remove any lingering pests.

Lawn Disease

Lawn disease is probably something you don’t hear about too often. It can be hard to diagnose a lawn disease, as it looks like many other common lawn issues. If your lawn is patchy or has a whitish growth on it, it may be suffering from a disease. Our team is trained to spot and treat lawn diseases. With proper care, you probably won’t have to deal with any type of lawn disease.

Ready to begin a lawn care plan for your Eden Prairie property? Then call us today at 612-599-8675 or Request a Free Estimate.