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Sprinkler Repair Experts Share a Few Benefits of Mulching Your Landscaping


By Tanya Clark - August 6, 2018

Your Denver sprinklers work to keep your yard and landscaping properly hydrated day in and day out. While they’re efficient and reduce the amount of water wasted on irrigation and hand-watering, they’re only a small component of your landscaping. You still need to focus on the plants themselves and properly care for the soil they’re planted in. Believe it or not, mulch is one of the best things you can do for your garden, whether it’s a fully landscaped yard or just a few decorative flower beds. Here are a few benefits of incorporating mulch into your landscape design. 

Maintains Moisture Levels In Soil

Mulch sits on top of the garden soil, shading it from the sun and helping to preserve moisture levels without forcing you to water more often. When spread evenly and thickly, mulch helps eliminate the risk of evaporation, even in sunny conditions common to Colorado. This allows the water from your sprinklers to soak into the soil appropriately, hydrating the roots and keeping the plants happy. Furthermore, natural wood mulch soaks up water as the sprinklers run. This water helps insulate the roots from high heat and allows the soil to stay moist in between watering.

Prevents Erosion

When we do get rain, many Denver homeowners have to combat erosion in their garden beds. Even a small downpour can remove much of the top layer of soil, leaving the roots exposed to the elements and making the plant more easily damaged. When combined with the high winds the Front Range gets almost every afternoon, that soil can quickly disappear. By spreading mulch over the top layer of your garden and flower beds, you’re helping prevent erosion. Over the course of a growing season, the mulch will save you money by reducing how often you’ll have to replenish the soil as it won’t go missing in the first place. 

Distributes Nutrients

While there’s no substitute for regular composting and fertilizer treatments for boosting growth, it’s still important to preserve the natural nutrients found in the soil. Erosion, heat, time, and sunlight can all leach the soil of the vital nutrients plants need to thrive year after year. By laying mulch throughout the garden bed, you’ll help preserve the existing nutrients while also distributing new nutrients into the soil As the mulch breaks down, the nutrients kept inside the wood chips get deposited in the soil. This makes the garden bed richer and helps ensure a productive growth season each year. Your landscaping contractor will be able to help you determine a new fertilization schedule after the mulch has been spread.

Reduces Prominence of Weeds

Weeds need light to grow and fully infest your garden bed. By covering the soil with mulch, you’re reducing the amount of sunlight that newly sprouted weeds receive. This cuts down on their ability to grow into mature plants, allowing you to enjoy a weed-free flower bed. If the bed already has weeds popping up between the plants, remove them from the bed and cover the soil with mulch. This will keep new weeds from developing, even if part of their roots remain in the soil. Keep in mind that you may still want to spray or treat your lawn as weeds are only prevented in areas where mulch covers the bulk of the soil.

It’s Affordable

Adding new soil and dirt to your yard, buying weed killer, and spreading fertilizer regularly can get expensive very quickly. Mulch, on the other hand, is incredibly affordable and typically only needs to be spread or replaced once every year. If you’re worried about knowing when the mulch needs to be replaced, don’t be. As the wood starts to decay, it changes color, losing much of the tidy appearance it had when it was freshly laid. If you notice the mulch looking pale or notice that the pieces break easily underfoot, it’s time to add a new layer to the garden bed. Remember, a little goes a long way. The mulch should be about 3 inches deep in each bed to adequately protect the plants and soil.

Keeps Plants Happy During Colder Weather

Just as mulch insulates the soil from excessive heat during the summer, it also protects your plants in early spring and late fall. The mulch traps layers of air close to the soil. This air is often cooler in the summer and warmer during cold weather. When the temperatures drop, these warm air pockets act as a buffer for your plants’ roots, keeping them from freezing prematurely. Though mulch won’t be enough to help plants withstand the temperature changes associated with deep winter, it will help you start your garden earlier in the year and maintain beautiful growth longer into the fall. 

Makes the Yard Look Polished

Mulch makes a great decorative border for most homes and gardens. Since it comes in so many different varieties and colors, it can be used to highlight certain areas of the yard and make other parts more uniform and well-kept. With the help of an experienced landscaping crew, you can easily add an air of elegance to the yard just by spreading a layer of mulch. Additionally, mulch can greatly reduce the number of pests and insects your garden receives. This helps keep the plants looking their best, reduces premature damage to your trees, and guarantees that the yard is set up for success without potentially harmful chemical pesticides.

The better prepared your garden and landscaping are, the more efficiently your sprinkler system will work to keep plants hydrated and healthy. By incorporating mulch into your garden, you’ll save money on water, spend less time clearing away weeds and keep your plants looking their best throughout the growing season. Best of all, spreading mulch has absolutely no impact on your sprinkler system and will never damage the sprinkler heads or plumbing beneath the soil. 

If you’re looking for help taking your landscaping efforts to the next level, contact the experts at Water Solutions Sprinkler Service. Our landscaping team will work to bring your ideas to life, whether you want to add a new walkway or dream of installing an outdoor fire pit. Call (720) 435-1495 to schedule a free estimate. 
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Denver Sprinkler Service Answers Frequently Asked Questions About New System Installations


July 25, 2018

Installing an automatic sprinkler system for your home is a great investment in your property. However, if you’ve never scheduled a sprinkler installation in Denver or have never had automatic sprinklers and irrigations systems in place, you likely have a few questions on your mind. This is completely normal and we want to help. We’ve answered some of the most frequently asked questions about lawn sprinklers and irrigation systems so you can know what to expect once you have one installed.

Won’t an automatic sprinkler use more water than I’m using now?

Contrary to popular belief, automatic sprinkler systems don’t use more water than hand-watering with the garden hose. In fact, they actually use less. Modern systems are designed with efficiency in mind and use only enough water to adequately serve the needs of your plants. Should you expand your garden or change the type of plants you have, the water rates can always be adjusted. Best of all, you never have to worry about accidentally leaving the hose dripping for an entire day after you water.

What will it add to my landscaping?

Simplicity. Water sprinklers can be set on an automatic timer, meaning they’ll kick on whether you’re home or not. This can make a huge difference when you’re looking to reduce the amount of time you spend on your landscaping. Once you set the timer, the system will start watering the yard at the appointed times without forcing you to get involved. For maximum convenience, you can opt to install a rain sensor so the sprinklers will turn off and stay off when we’re lucky enough to get rain in the Denver metro area.

Can’t I install the sprinkler system on my own to save money?

Installing a sprinkler system is more complicated than it might seem. Utility lines need to be located and marked out, electrical components must be patched into the grid, and water supplies need to be run properly to eliminate the risk of leaks or flooding. System installations require extensive experience in order to do the job properly. Handling installation yourself is not the best option and could lead to more expensive repairs in the future. By leaving it to the professionals, you’ll save money in the long run and keep your yard looking its best.

Will the water efficiency be great enough to make a difference on my water bill?

You may not see an immediate difference in your water bill after you install the sprinkler system. However, after a few months, the average usage should be significantly lower than it was when you watered with the hose. It all depends on how much you’ve been watering prior to having the system installed. If you’re the type of gardener that’s out in the yard four days a week, watering and caring for plants, you’ll likely see an immediate change. However, if you’re not watering your plants or have neglected the landscaping for a few months, the water bill may go up. Regardless of the circumstances, the amount of water the sprinkler system uses will still be less than hand-watering, ultimately saving you money.

What types of maintenance can I expect?

Like all home appliances and tools, your sprinkler system needs regular care and maintenance in order to function properly. In spring, schedule a tune-up with your installation team and let them inspect the system for damage from the harsh winter temperatures. If anything is wrong with the unit, they can repair it before you start getting the yard ready for the planting season. In late fall, schedule another inspection and allow a professional to prepare the system for winter. Periodically throughout the summer, keep an eye on the performance of the irrigation system. If your water bill is going up unexpectedly or you notice uneven spray from one of the heads, schedule a repair appointment immediately. The sooner damage is fixed, the less extensive repairs will be.

How much will the installation impact my landscaping?

Installing any type of irrigation system will impact your yard and disrupt the lawn to a certain degree. However, at Water Solutions, we do our best to minimize the disturbance and preserve the health of your landscaping whenever possible. As part of the installation process, we’ll first inspect the yard and let you know if there will be any major impact to the landscaping. Keep in mind that sprinkler systems and regular watering will help the yard recover more quickly, so most damage will no longer be noticeable a month after installation is complete.

What will I have to do to prepare for winter?

Lawn sprinklers use running water from your house’s plumbing system to provide the yard with adequate water. This means there are hoses and pipes underground that connect each sprinkler head to the water supply. Those water lines need to be blown out before winter, otherwise freezing temperatures could do significant damage to the system. Before the first deep freeze, schedule a blow-out appointment to make sure the lines are completely  cleared of water before the temperatures drop.

What happens if something breaks?

If something breaks or you’re simply confused about how to use the new system, call Water Solutions. We want you to feel completely confident in the use of your new sprinkler system and will happily walk you through how to use the system as many times as it takes. If anything goes wrong, we’ll come to the house and inspect the unit so you can get back to enjoying your lush lawn and beautiful landscaping without worrying about hand-watering.

Whether you’re looking for a new sprinkler system or want to have your existing sprinklers serviced, contact Water Solutions today. Our dedicated team will make sure your lawn gets the water it needs so you can enjoy your yard from spring to fall. We have years of experience and are comfortable working on just about every type of system, so you’ll have the peace of mind knowing your yard is in good hands. Contact us today for a free no-obligation estimate.
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Have Fun In the Sun With These Great Games From Your Denver Sprinkler Repair Experts


July 11, 2018

Summer is in full swing and that means the weather is just going to get hotter for a few more weeks. While it may seem like a great reason to spend time indoors, seeking comfort from your air conditioner, it’s unlikely that your kids will agree. They want to be outside, enjoying the sun and the freedom that summer brings. Your Denver sprinkler installation pros want to help you come up with creative ways to keep the kids entertained and cool outside this summer. Here are a few fun activities to try before the school year starts up.

Water Gun Fights

Nothing burns off energy while helping kids stay cool like a good old-fashioned water gun fight. Pick up a few water pistols from the dollar store and let your kids go at it! This is especially great for siblings that are often overly competitive. There’s no clear winner—it’s all about having fun and getting soaked. To make the event even more exciting, get other kids from the neighborhood involved! Set up water refill stations throughout the yard. Fill several buckets with water and place them along the perimeter where they won’t get knocked over by running feet. All the kids need to do to refill the pistols is remove the plug and dunk the pistol in the bucket. This can mean hours of fun with little to no cleanup afterwards!

Sponge Toss

Water balloons may be a great way to stay cool, but they’re incredibly messy and can pose a hazard for your landscaping, pets, and even your sprinkler system. Instead of tossing water balloons in the yard and having to painstakingly clean up small bits of rubber, use sponges! The bigger the sponge, the more water it will hold and the more soaked you’ll get. Set out buckets filled with water and soak the sponges. Large sponges can easily be tossed back and forth like a football, keeping kids and their friends active while helping them cool off. However, if you have smaller children or want to enjoy a more traditional water balloon-like experience, use smaller sponges. Here’s a great tutorial on how to make reusable sponge water bombs to completely replace those disposable water balloons.

Create Your Own Slip and Slide

Nothing beats the thrill of sliding across a long stretch of yard while getting soaked, but many of the commercially available slip and slide kits are expensive, putting a strain on your summer fun budget. Instead of buying a kit, make your own slip and slide. All you need is a large tarp, a water source, and a place to spread out. Lay the tarp on the lawn close to, but not on top of the sprinkler heads in the yard. Then, drench the tarp with water from the garden hose and let your kids slip and slide across the surface. For added fun and speed, grab a few pool floats and use them as water sleds. These will allow your kids to skim across the surface of the tarp quickly while also softening the impact as they jump. If you’ve laid out the tarp properly, you should be able to use the sprinklers to add to the experience, watering your lawn and drenching the kids in the process.

Boogie Bowling

Now that you already have the slip and slide set up, make it even more fun by creating a wet and wild bowling alley in the backyard. Start collecting two-liter soda bottles—you’ll want ten of them—and wash them thoroughly. Fill them about ¼ full with water to ensure they stay upright while your kids slip down the slide. Be careful not to put too much water in them as it will make the impact painful, especially for younger kids. Arrange the soda bottles in the traditional bowling pin triangle. Wet the tarp thoroughly with the hose and let your kids slide down the length to crash into the bottles. If they’re playing with other kids, let them keep score with sidewalk chalk. This way, the mess will be easy to clean up afterwards and they won’t have to worry about soggy paper getting in the way of their score-tracking efforts.

Kickball With a Twist

Kickball is a great game for kids of all ages, but running in the summer heat can be tough, especially if they’re playing in a yard with minimal shade. Instead of setting out traditional bases, use kiddie pools where kids can get a good splash in while they wait for their teammates to kick the ball. Consider using soft-sided inflatable pools so those used to sliding into the bases won’t injure themselves.

Duck Duck Goose + Water

If you’re looking for a way to entertain a large group of kids, encourage them to play a game of duck duck goose. However, instead of simply tagging the “goose,” players will get dunked. Fill a small bucket with water and give it to the first player. As they go around the circle, they’ll need to pick their “goose.” Once they do, they’ll dump the bucket of water over them and proceed to race around the circle. The game can go on as long as the group wants, but the added surprise of getting dunked makes the game interesting even for older kids.

The Summer Classic – Sprinkler Dash

Nothing beats running through sprinklers on a hot day. The gentle mist is enough to get you soaked if you’re playing directly in the spray or cool you off if you’re just on the outskirts. When turning on the sprinkler system for your kids, explain to them the importance of not touching the sprinkler head itself and encourage them to leap over the middle of the spray so they avoid stubbing their toes on the metal. This will keep your sprinklers in good shape for the entire summer and keep your kids from spending the summer nursing cuts and bruises from the sprinkler heads.

Before school starts up, let your kids have fun in the sun. Let the experts at Water Solutions Sprinkler Service make sure your sprinkler system is up to the task. Schedule an inspection and maintenance appointment today and enjoy summer to its fullest.
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Unique Perennial Flowers to Add to Your Denver Landscaping


June 27, 2018

When one looks out into their garden, they should be greeted by a plethora of colorful flowers that yield happy vibes. Gardens can be relaxing places where one retreats to decompress or a beautifully groomed oasis where one hosts events and parties. There is no better way to add a splash of color and creativity to a space than with the inclusion of flowers and plants. Whether you are looking to spruce up your current landscaping in Denver, or add a garden, now is the best time to do it!

Flower beds add a whole other dimension to your garden design and create a sea of color that instantly elevates your property. There are many different types of plants that one can plant, but perennials are touted as an excellent choice due to their ability to thrive for several years.

Unlike their other half, annuals, perennials continue to add texture and vibrancy to your garden even when they are no longer in bloom. The many beds they produce are not as finicky and can even tolerate shade.  Below are five perennial flowers that you can add that will come back year after year! Unsure what perennial flowers are? Learn more about what are perennials.


Peruvian Lily

Add the vibrant and unique Peruvian Lily, also known as the Lily of Incas, to your garden! They make a great addition both in front of a home or even along the side as they can grow up to three feet fall. These flowers bloom in a variety of colors from red and yellow to orange and purple and resemble azaleas. Peruvian Lilies are also easy to maintain. The lilies do well in colder climates and perform best in a sunny environment. These are terrific flowers to add to a bouquet and will surely light up any room.


Geum Chiloense

Another great options for gardens with taller plans is the Geum Chiloense. Also known as the Red Dragon, this flower’s vibrant reds and oranges will add lots of color to your landscape design in Denver. It will grow to be about two feet tall, or less. Plus, this flower is known to steer away deer and rabbits but can attract beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds.


Strawflowers

A popular west coast landscaping addition is the Strawflower. Also known as a Paper Daisy, these teeter the line of a perennial and annual but are indeed a perennial.  They grow to be up to three feet tall and bloom in a tight round shape. You will see these flowers in variety of whites, yellows, oranges, pinks and reds. Many also love this flower for its ease of cutting or drying. Strawflowers are a great addition to backyards-- display on decks, patios, porches and any nook or cranny that needs a pop of color.


Fuchsia Plants

People with gardens in the northwest love the Fuchsia Plant. They are quite unique in shape with an exotic look.  Fuchsia Plants are a great addition to a flowerbed or in hanging baskets or other containers. Parts of the plant are even edible! There are many varieties of fuchsia plants, each one with its own striking color palette.  These are a great perennial if you are looking to impress folks. The bulbous blooms blossom non traditionally and add an alluring quality to your garden.


Forget-Me-Nots

The Forget-Me-Not produces a gorgeous small flower that is great to fill Denver landscaping with consistent light blue color. They have five petals and grow to be up to eight inches tall and resemble something that you would see in a meadow. So why the name “Forget-Me-Not?” It’s quite interesting! The Aunty Flo website explains.  These stunning perennials are low maintenance and take well to most conditions. Forgot-me-nots are easy to care for and don’t run into problems with pests. These are traditional flowers that are sure to inspire nostalgic memories.


Lupines

If you’re looking to add a vertical/linear flower to your garden, the Lupine is a great choice. They grow in a variety of lengths up to three feet tall. Lupines bloom in a variety of shades of orange and yellow to pink and red. This wildflower will give you the feeling as though you’re walking through a field when in fact you will be just in your own yard! Especially because similar to the Geum Chiloense, they attract hummingbirds and butterflies.

Whether you are looking to liven up your current landscaping or need help with maintenance, you can count on us at Water Solutions Sprinkler Service to make sure you are covered. By having landscaping, you will increase your home value and our efficient watering methods will help you save on your water bill while keeping your garden looking beautiful! Give us a call at (720) 435-1495 or fill out a contact form to get started!

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How to Get The Most Out of Your Denver Sprinkler System During a Drought


June 13, 2018

Denver weather has a way of changing every 15 minutes, but almost every summer, rainfall totals and water conservation become the focus of the community. While maintaining your yard and keeping the space looking as nice as possible is always a priority, it can be difficult to accomplish during periods of extended drought conditions. Working with your trusted Denver sprinkler service will help you get the most out of your lawn and your watering routine even when the county imposes restrictions. Here’s what you need to know about getting the most out of your sprinkler system during a summer drought.

Understanding What Qualifies as a Drought

Technically, droughts are any period of time where rainfall is scarce and conditions in the area are drier than normal. These events can be short, lasting for as little as a month or can extend well over a year, impacting growth throughout spring, summer, and fall. Even though the average rainfall in Colorado is relatively low, averaging around 17 inches a year, snowmelt often provides the greater Denver area with plenty of water to keep yards and landscaping looking lush and vibrant throughout the warmer part of the year.

When snow is scarce, it puts the state at risk for water shortages and increases the chances of wildfires damaging the surrounding wilderness. What this often means for homeowners is an increased awareness of water usage and heightened conservation efforts across the county. While Denver county is slow to put water restrictions in place, they can occasionally institute watering regulations that impact your regular sprinkler system’s operation.

Voluntary vs Mandatory Restrictions

Depending on the severity of the drought, the county will institute either voluntary or mandatory water use restrictions. If voluntary restrictions are in place, it’s up to the individual homeowner to decide how and if they want to conserve water. Mandatory restrictions are put in place when the government declares a Stage 2 drought or higher. These mandatory restrictions will require you to shut off your sprinkler system and prevents homeowners from watering their lawns or landscaping until the drought conditions lessen. Though severe droughts do happen, they’re far more infrequent than moderate droughts. Regardless of the type of restrictions in place, every conservation effort homeowners can make will help reduce the impact the drought has on the water table.

During voluntary restrictions, there are many simple things you can do to reduce the amount of water your household uses, particularly with your landscaping and your sprinkler system.
  • Water during the coolest part of the day. Water evaporates in heat and direct sunshine. This means if you water during the middle of the day, your plants will require more water to adequately hydrate the root systems. Instead, run your sprinklers during the early morning or after dusk when the weather has cooled off and the sun is lower in the sky. This way, your plants will get the water they need without forcing your sprinklers to use more water than necessary.
  • Angle the sprinklers appropriately. Watering your driveway or the side of your home won’t help your lawn maintain its growth. When you turn your sprinklers on, watch to see where the water goes. If it’s hitting the majority of your plants, you’ll be fine. However, if the water is hitting the pavement, schedule an appointment with your sprinkler service and let them reposition the sprinkler heads so the spray will do the most good. It’s best to avoid trying to do this yourself as you may inadvertently damage the system.
  • Look for overly green areas in your yard. Overwatering is something everyone should avoid, but it’s even more of a hazard during drought conditions. Periodically check your yard for any overly green areas or places where the lawn is growing faster than others. This could indicate a leak in your system that needs to be addressed immediately. The faster the leak is repaired, the more water your household will be able to conserve.
  • Set timers. If you’re watering early in the morning or late in the evening, it’s easy to forget to water your lawn until later in the day. Rather than dealing with the evaporation issue, set your sprinklers on a timer and take the worry out of watering.
  • Don’t water every day. Though it may seem like a good idea to water your yard a little each day, it’s not necessary, especially during drought conditions where water levels are low. Instead, water your plants and your lawn every three days. This will prevent the risk of overwatering the lawn while also helping you conserve water at home.
During mandatory restrictions, you’ll need to adhere to the requirements outlined by the county. If they permit you to run your sprinklers for a few minutes every few days, do so. This will help keep your sprinklers in good condition, even if the water is not enough to adequately help your plants. If restrictions are severe, don’t simply turn off your sprinkler system. Contact your technician and have them properly prepare the system for premature shutdown. This will help keep your irrigation system in good repair, ensuring that they’re ready for the following year when the rainfall and snowmelt levels are back to normal. Regardless of the restrictions, you’ll want to take the time to water your trees, even if you have to do it by hand. Letting your trees face the drought without a little bit of water every few days can cause their vascular system to wither, leading the tree to die during the drought.

Whether you’re looking for a way to streamline your watering routine or simply want an expert to get your sprinklers ready for the growing season, contact the pros at Water Solutions. Our friendly and dedicated staff will help you with everything from installation to ongoing maintenance and will work to keep your landscaping looking its best by providing reliable and efficient watering systems for your yard. Call (720) 435-1495 to schedule an appointment with our friendly team and get a free estimate for all work and repairs.
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