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Spring Lawn Sprinklers Start-Ups for Minnetonka Lawns

Spring has officially begun, which is hard to believe with all the snow on the ground in Minnetonka! You may be wondering when it will be time to start up your irrigation system again. Though we can’t give you an exact day when your lawn will be ready, we can give you an idea. Wait until there isn’t any frost in the ground anymore and you can shovel down at least 12 inches. When the weather is constantly warmer, it will be time to plan a visit from us!

Let a Professional Help
While you may think it’s just as easy to start up your irrigation system yourself, there are potential hazards in doing so. Let our experienced Minnetonka professionals help you with the process. We can help inspect your irrigation system to make sure it’s ready to go.

The Process
To perform a spring start-up there are steps to follow. Below is a brief overview of our procedure.

  1. Perform a visual inspection for any obvious signs of damage
  2. Reattach any aspect of the system that was detached during the fall
  3. Check that all the valves are open
  4. Connect the water source
  5. Carefully fill up the system with water
  6. Pressurize the system by sealing off all valves and the drain
  7. Check each station’s operation an analyze the overall functionality
  8. Make adjustments and repairs as necessary

We have an eye for potential hazards
We will be able to check your irrigation system for:

  • Broken sprinkler heads
  • Blocked sprinkler heads
  • Clogged nozzles
  • Broken valves
  • Mixed spray zones
  • Inappropriate nozzle/ spray patterns
  • Improper water pressure
  • and more!

Without a Minnetonka specialist looking at your irrigation system, you may run into problems. We will be able to answer any questions you have about maintaining your irrigation system over the year.

Let us help you do it right the first time, so when summer is here you’re system is in perfect shape. Contact us to schedule your spring start-up.

3 Common Turf Diseases

Kermit the Frog once lamented, “It’s not easy being green.” And you might feel it’s not easy to maintain a perfect, green lawn. Luckily, most of the common turf diseases can be avoided and controlled with a proper lawn care regimen.

Here are three of the more common turf diseases, and what should be done to prevent them from occurring:

Brown patch

A brown patch is probably the most common turf disease. It’s a fungus caused by too much water in hot, humid weather, and can affect all types of grass. Brown patch causes 3-10 inch circles of grass blades to have brown ends and bleached spots. In many cases, the center of the circle will recover, causing the area to look like a target.

Preventing brown patch can be done by watering early in the morning, and focusing on deeper watering and allowing grass to dry in between waterings. Another solution might be aeration in order to improve drainage.

Leaf spot

This disease attacks grass in wet, hot weather, leaving behind purple or brown spots on individual blades that are scattered through green turf. Varieties most impacted by leaf spot include tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass.

Leaf spot can be avoided by not adding too much nitrogen in the spring. Deep, early morning watering is another way to prevent the disease from impacting your lawn, and letting grass dry between hydrations. Severe problems may require fungicide, but you should consult us before going that route.

Red thread

Another characteristic turf disease of fall and spring is red thread. This causes a fungus to appear as red webs of pink or red threads spread over the turf and destroy grass blades. Fine fescues and ryegrasses are the most impacted by this plague.

Red thread can be avoided by making sure your soil is healthy and well fertilized. It should have a pH of 6.5-7, and you should avoid overwatering and water early in the morning.

Not sure what to do about your lawn? Give us a call at (612) 599-8675 or Request a Free Estimate.

Every Home Needs a Lawn Sprinkler System

With a lawn sprinkler system, you can keep your lawn hydrated with the right amount of water, and the process is automatically done, instead of requiring you to remember a watering schedule. This is only one of the reasons we feel every home should have a lawn sprinkler system. There are many reasons homes all over can benefit from having a sprinkler system installed, and here are a few of them:

Homes in drought-prone areas can benefit greatly from an irrigation or lawn sprinkler system. These areas can go for days at a time without seeing any precipitation, and lawns in these areas could benefit greatly from regular hydration by a lawn sprinkler or irrigation system.

Do you find that you have incredibly thirsty plants, shrubs and flowers? Some of these require more hydration than other kinds. If you find that some of your plants are requiring more water than what they’re receiving, then they’re most likely thirstier than your other plants, and the regular hydration provided by a sprinkler system can do them much good.

Who doesn’t want to do less work? The beauty of automation means you’ll have to work a lot less. And automatic lawn sprinklers means you’ll have one less thing to worry about, and can leave the watering of your lawn and sprinklers to your sprinklers. When you have a lawn sprinkler system installed on your property, you can focus your energy on other necessary to-do’s, and still have a beautiful looking landscape.

Sick of having your daily routine interrupted by needing to water your lawn and plants? Get started on having a lawn sprinkler system installed by calling (612) 599-8675 or Click Here to Request a Free Estimate.

5 Easy Steps to Get the Yard You’ve Always Wanted

We’ve all been there: you’re driving and notice a yard that’s lush, green and gorgeous. All you can think is, “How did they do that?”

It can be yours in five easy steps. And it won’t mean giving up all your free time. Once you’ve got your lawn established, it’s just a matter of taking care of it. Get started by following these five steps:

Plan

How do you use your lawn? Is it a place for storing firewood and lawn care tools, or do you use it for leisure, like sports and entertaining? Think of all these things and then sketch out a plan detailing how you want your yard to look.

Conserve

Going green isn’t just about saving the environment: it’s about saving you from higher utility bills. One of the simplest ways is to have your sprinkler systems set on a timer. You can also conserve water by arranging flower beds and shrubs in a way that they take advantage of water runoff and using mulch and vegetation as buffer strips around ponds and streams to help retain moisture.

Test

Establish your soil’s condition by having a test done. The results will help you to select fertilizer, compost and so forth. Contact us today to schedule a soil test.

Determine

What kind of soil do you have? Is it sandy, clay or some other type? You’ll need to determine the type of soil you have and check to see whether it’s compacted. If it’s tightly compacted, a tiller or hoe might be needed to break it up. The job will be done easier after a heavy rainstorm or watering.

Go

Once you’ve went through the previous steps, you’re ready to plant your lawn. Give us a call at (612) 599-8675 and we can help you determine what types of grass will grow the best.

Troubleshooting Lawn Sprinkler System Issues

Spring is just around the corner, and your lawn sprinklers will soon be back in operation. However, if you began to notice problems last season, then your sprinklers may not work as well as they should be. Luckily, there are some troubleshooting techniques you can do to determine what’s causing the problem(s).

Increased Water Usage

If you notice that your water usage has gone up, then it could be a problem with your sprinklers, whether it’s equipment malfunctions, broken lines or incorrect scheduling. It can be easy to blame your sprinklers when it might be something else, so check for the following:

  • See if the watering schedule was correctly set or readjusted. This can be found in your controller.
  • Look for excessive dampness or wet spots in your yard.
  • Turn on the system, and see if geysers or water is coming out from under heads.

If you find any of the following, then get in touch with us today, so we can perform a more thorough check of your system.

System Won’t Run or Turn Off

Is your system not turning on or off? Check the following:

Problems Turning On

  • Check to see that all supply valves are in the “on” position. You’ll find at least one in your basement, and two on the outside backflow device.
  • Make sure the clock is on and running. If not, reset it by turning it from auto to off. If the clock doesn’t seem to be doing anything, then check the fuse.
  • Check your rain switch if it’s rained recently. Empty it if it’s full.
  • If you can hear water running and see that the meter is running, then it could be a cut line somewhere on the system.

Problems Turning Off

  • Check the clock.
  • See if there’s debris in any of the control valve. Turn on the zone for three seconds, and off for three seconds several times in succession. Even if this seems to solve the problem, you should still have your system serviced.
  • Turn the supply off at the backflow device, and leave it off for 30 seconds before turning it back on.

If you find you still have problems, contact us today.

Spraying Troubles

If you have spray head sprinklers and notice they don’t operate like they should, there is most likely debris in the nozzle. If this occurs, the nozzle will have to be replaced with a new one.

If your irrigation system is more than 5 years old, it is not up to date with the new water saving technology. The new innovations in the irrigation industry have resulted in up to a 50% reduction in water usage by using ET based controllers, weather stations, efficient irrigation heads, uniformity, uniform spray nozzles and uniform designs. An average residential irrigation system uses 2,000 gallons of water per cycle, and will operate for 72 cycles in Minnesota.

None of the above? Then call us now at (612) 599-8675 or Click Here to Request a Free Estimate.