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Denver Sprinkler Service Shares Ways to Save on Your Water Bill This Summer


March 14, 2019

Summer will be here before you know it. And for Denver residents, this means bracing for those long hot days. Your garden and landscaping will need extra water to make up for the rain we don’t get and that increased demand can take a major toll on your water bill. No one likes shelling out hundreds of dollars each summer just to cover one of their basic utilities, but there are things you can do to keep costs as low as possible. Your trusted Denver sprinkler installation team shares a few water-saving tips to keep your bills low and affordable in spite of the heat.

Water Early in the Morning and Late in the Evening
Summer heat makes water evaporate off plants and out of the soil quickly. And when the sun is shining, the evaporation happens even faster. This means you’ll need to run your sprinklers for longer if you water during the warmest part of the day. Instead, set your timers for early morning or late evening watering sessions. This way, the soil and the air will be nice and cool. This allows the water to soak into the roots and the soil rather than evaporating in the sunlight in a matter of minutes. As an added bonus, it reduces the risk of scorching on your plants so your landscaping will look even better for months to come.

Take Shorter Showers
The average person uses about 17.2 gallons of water every time they shower. With a large family, that can put a lot of strain on your water bill. Instead of using the shower as a chance to relax, start taking shorter showers. Shaving off just a minute or two per person per shower can save you tons on your water bill month after month. If you want to make the most of your water usage, stick a bucket beneath the spray while you wait for the water to warm up. After you shower, you can use this water for everything from watering houseplants to mopping the floors!

Keep a Pitcher of Water in the Fridge
No one likes drinking warm water in the middle of the summer. And, sure, the tap will eventually cool down after you run it for a minute or so. But letting that water run is like watching cash go straight down the drain. Instead of waiting for the tap to cool down before filling your drinking glass, keep a pitcher of water in the fridge and refill it every time you use it up. This way, you’ll always have cold water to help you beat the heat.

Let the Laundry Pile Up
Laundry day is a major chore and it might seem easier when you take care of small loads throughout the week. But doing so wastes a ton of water. Instead, let the laundry pile up until you’re ready to run a full load. Your machine can handle the job and you’ll use less water (and electricity) each week. Over the course of the year, this can result in a hefty savings and will slash your water bill month after month. 

Start Mowing the Right Way
Grass grows quickly and the shorter you cut it, the longer you can go between mowing sessions, right? The truth is, while it may save you time on lawn maintenance, it makes your lawn use far more water than it should. The shorter the grass is, the more soil is exposed to the sun and heat. This means any moisture in the turf evaporates more quickly. Leaving your lawn just a bit on the longer side may mean you’ll be mowing every week. But it also means you’ll be able to water your lawn less. Longer grass shades the soil and helps keep it moist. This can help cut down on your water usage all summer long.

Schedule a Sprinkler System Inspection
Before summer is in full swing, schedule a sprinkler system inspection with your maintenance service. During the inspection, they’ll check the entire sprinkler system, looking for leaks and damage in the lines and sprinkler heads. Remember, even small leaks can waste gallons of water each week and the sooner they’re fixed, the better off your water bill will be. 

The inspection is also the perfect opportunity to check the timers and computer system for accuracy. The more accurate your system is, the easier it will be to maximize your watering routine. With the right system in place, you won’t even have to think about your landscaping. Instead, you’ll be able to enjoy your yard and all its new growth with the knowledge that your system is using the least amount of water necessary. 

Forget Washing Your Car in the Driveway
Washing a car is a classic weekend activity. But when you do it yourself in your driveway, all those gallons you use to get rid of dust and grime are included in your utility bill. If you have more than one car or wash them once a week like clockwork, that can increase your bill by hundreds of dollars over the course of the summer. Instead, head to a nearby carwash. Carwashes are affordable, thorough, and leave your car sparkling like-new. 

Not only will you have a pristinely clean car, but you also won’t have to worry about increasing your water bill. As an added bonus, you’ll keep your landscaping in better condition. Soaps and cleaning agents can damage your lawn and landscaping quickly. The less it’s exposed to harsh chemicals, the better your lawn will look and the more money you’ll save on landscaping services.

 High water bills can take the fun out of summer. But if you follow these tips, you should be able to keep your water usage under control and lower your bills month after month. The best place to start is to schedule an inspection with Water Solutions Sprinkler Service as soon as possible. The sooner you fix minor issues, the better off your lawn and your landscaping will be for the summer months ahead.
 
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How to Get Your Yard Ready for Spring Parties with Help From Your Denver Sprinkler Repair Team


February 27, 2019

Spring is just around the corner and if you’re like most Denver homeowners, you’re starting to plan all those fun gatherings and parties already. And no one wants to host a party without making the most of their backyard! And with so many sunny and warm days, it’s no wonder! It’s one of the many reasons we love the Denver Metro Area! But after a long winter, your yard will need a little TLC before it’s ready for those upcoming gatherings and your trusted Denver sprinkler service wants to help. Here are a few tips to get your yard ready for everything spring can throw your way.

Schedule a Sprinkler Tune-Up
The first step towards getting your yard ready for warmer weather is to have your sprinkler system tuned up. During the tune up, the technician will make sure every sprinkler head works properly. They’ll also check the water lines and electrical components for wear and tear. If anything is wrong or needs repair, they’ll take care of it before the growing season starts in earnest. This way, your system will be ready to help your lawn grow lush and green the minute the temperatures rise. Remember, the key to keeping your lawn looking its best is regular and thorough watering. Without your sprinkler system, you won’t be able to keep it looking its best.

Fertilize the Lawn
For most homeowners, the soil in your backyard will need some refreshing before your lawn can grow well. After a long winter, many of the nutrients in the soil will still be low around your lawn. This means you’ll need to add a bit of fertilizer to the grass. Fertilizer helps give your sod and grass the nutrients it needs to grow quickly once the weather warms up. When done properly, it sets you up for a successful growing season without much maintenance. Keep in mind, you’ll want to be cautious when spreading fertilizer. Too much can change the pH balance of the soil and keep your grass from growing in the first place.

Give Your Lawn Mower and Equipment Some Attention
Once your grass starts growing, you’ll need to keep it trimmed properly to keep growth levels consistent throughout the spring and summer. But over time, your lawn mower and other gardening tools start to get coated in dust and grime, even if they’re not used. Stay on top of the wear and tear by cleaning and tuning up your equipment at the beginning of spring. This way, you’ll have everything you need to keep your yard party-ready at your fingertips.

Pay Attention to Your Outdoor Furniture
Guests need a place to relax and enjoy your parties and events. And for most of them, sitting on the grass just isn’t an option. You need to have quality outdoor furniture in place to keep guests comfortable during your gatherings. If you have pieces on hand, inspect the cushions for damage and set them in the sun for a few hours to air out. The sun’s UV rays helps kill mold and mildew and the open air helps get rid of any strange and lingering smells lurking in the upholstery and padding. Wipe down each piece of furniture to get rid of dust and dirt.

If you don’t have furniture, consider investing in a few pieces. For serious home entertainers, a good outdoor living set is well worth the investment. But if you’re only using it occasionally, adding a few lawn chairs will be more than enough to keep your guests happy. 

Watch for Weeds
Keeping your yard looking nice means keeping a weathered eye out for weeds and unwanted plants. Unfortunately, weeds have a way of popping up before anything else in the garden starts to grow or produce flowers. And once they do, the roots can threaten those carefully chosen plants. Every week or so, head out to your backyard and inspect the lawn and garden beds for signs of weeds. Diligence matters. The more weeds are allowed to grow, the more they’ll spread throughout your yard. If you notice any, pull them up or kill them with an all-natural method. The last thing you want to do is use toxic chemicals on your grass, especially if you have small children or pets in the house. 

Create Shaded Areas
Denver is, believe it or not, considered a high-elevation city. This means the sun’s rays have to go through less atmosphere before it hits the ground. For humans, this means an increased risk of sunburn after only a short time in the sun. But covering up isn’t always an option, especially during some of Denver’s warmer springtime days. Instead, create shaded areas where people can escape the sun without putting on a sweater. Use umbrellas on your deck. Hang canopies between the trees and consider investing in a permanent covering for your deck or patio. These shaded areas will even make your yard more comfortable during the full heat of the summer!

Decorate the Right Way
Decorating your yard for parties and events makes the entire space feel festive and colorful. But some decorations can damage your landscaping permanently. Be careful about the types of decorations you use. Look for ones that are easy to remove. Decorations on garden stakes are a great way to add color without damaging your plants. If you hang decorations on trees, make sure you leave room for the tree to breathe. Wrapping ropes tightly and using long nails can damage your trees and thus hurt your landscaping. 

Your backyard deserves to get used as often as possible. But if you’re not confident in the way it looks, you won’t want to host parties and gatherings outside. Use these tips to get your landscaping ready for your spring and summer festivities and get the most out of your outdoor living space. If you’re not sure where to start or need help getting things back in good shape after the last freeze, schedule a consultation with Water Solutions today.
 
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Denver Sprinkler Repair Pros Share Tips for Placing and Installing Raised Garden Beds


February 13, 2019

Your home’s landscaping sets the tone for how your house looks throughout the year. While built-in features and professionally designed garden beds are a great way to improve property value, they’re not always enough to let you flex your green thumb. But instead of expanding them, many homeowners choose to install raised garden beds in their yards. When done correctly, raised beds help you maximize your gardening space and give you flexibility in the types of plants you incorporate into your garden. And your Denver sprinkler service wants to help. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when installing raised garden beds. 

Make Note of Where Sprinkler Heads Are
Before installing any type of garden bed, raised or otherwise, walk around your yard. Check the ground for sprinkler heads and drainage areas. Grab a piece of paper and make a note of where each head is located. Use this information to keep track of where you can install the garden beds. If you’re planning on building them close to a sprinkler head, make sure the structure won’t interfere with the sprinkler system’s spray. Otherwise, the rest of your yard may not get the water it needs to thrive. Worse, you could do damage to the sprinkler system itself.

Pick a Place with Adequate Light
All plants need adequate light, but some need more light than others. Take a look at the plants you’re wanting to use in the garden. Are they mostly full-sun or do they prefer shade? This information will help you find the best location for your garden beds. Remember, you can use the existing landscaping as a guide. Plants that need full sun can be placed near permanent landscaping with similar lighting needs. If the plants need full shade, consider installing the beds where the shade from your trees will cover the plants. Make use of what you have but always keep the plants needs in mind.

Choose the Right Size
How many plants are you going to install in your yard? Knowing this will help you decide on the right size for your garden bed. Remember, raised beds don’t have to be huge. You’ll want to have room to walk around them to tend the plants. Keep the beds small enough to be manageable but large enough to accommodate the roots of the plants you want to incorporate into your yard. Remember, installing more raised beds can be more effective than installing a single large bed. But ultimately, the best size for your needs is a matter of personal preference.

Cover the Grass with Landscape Cloth or Newspaper
Before you install any raised bed, you need to prepare the ground. Spread landscape cloth over the area where the bed will go. This helps reduce the risk of weeds and unwanted plant growth crowding the plants in the bed. If you don’t want to pay for landscape cloth, grab a few pieces of newspaper and spray them down with a hose. Then lay the damp pieces over the soil and grass. Newspaper will break down on its own, but it won’t do so until the rest of your plants are already established. Any weeds or unwanted plants growing beneath the bed will have died by the time the newspaper biodegrades. 

Get the Right Soil 
Every garden bed needs the right type of soil. Instead of using the dirt around your yard, invest in quality gardening soil. This dirt is specially formulated to keep garden bed plants happy and healthy. Spread the soil loosely. You want to avoid compacting the soil as it can suffocate the roots and keep new growth from forming. Once you spread the soil and plant the seedlings, mulch the dirt to keep it from eroding away in the wind. Any type of mulch will help improve the nutrients in the soil and protect your plants for weathering. 
Stake Out the Sides
Every raised bed needs to be as structurally sound as possible. Even when the sides are rigid, the weight of the soil can cause the walls of the bed to shift. Consider adding extra supports by placing stakes every few feet along the length of the bed. This will help keep the walls intact and reduces the risk of shifting once the bed is in place. 

Decide How You’ll Irrigate the Beds
When it comes to watering the plants in your raised garden beds, you’ll have a few choices. You can hand water with the hose or a watering can. This is the best choice if you want absolute control over how much water each plant gets. But it’s also incredibly time-consuming. You can install drip irrigation systems into each box. But this can get expensive and confusing if you’ve never installed an irrigation system before. Or you could let your sprinkler system water the boxes for you.

To make use of your sprinkler system, you’ll need to strategically place each garden bed. Look at where the sprinkler’s spray falls as it moves over your yard. You’ll want to place the beds in areas where the spray hits them fully. This ensures that each plant gets the water it needs to thrive. Remember, sprinkler systems deliver a rain-like spray so most plants in raised beds will be able to get the water they need without losing petals, leaves, or fruit. If you need extra heads installed, contact your sprinkler service to discuss your options. 

Raised garden beds are the perfect way to add functional gardening space to your existing landscape design. You just need to plan out where each bed will be installed. Take the time to plan your layout thoroughly and you’ll be able to see your garden thrive for years to come. If you’re worried about the condition of your sprinkler system or want an experienced opinion on how to improve your sprinkler system’s programming with the addition of new garden beds, schedule an appointment as soon as possible. We’ll make sure your system can adequately water your plants throughout your yard. 
 
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Denver Sprinkler Repair Issues You Need to Know About


February 1, 2019

Your sprinkler system is designed to keep your yard and landscaping looking great throughout the growing season. In most yards, it gets used at least three times a week, but during periods of dry weather or extreme heat, it’s not uncommon to run the system more frequently. All that use can quickly leave you looking for a Denver sprinkler service to perform routine maintenance and repairs throughout the year. Though it may be winter, being prepared for sprinkler maintenance and repairs once the weather warms up is always a good idea. Here are a few of the most common types of repairs you need to understand.

Minor Leaks All Over the Lawn

Sprinkler heads are designed to spray water evenly across the yard. However, because they have so many moving parts, they’re particularly vulnerable to damage and leaks. While they may not be visible during the winter, these leaks can be a major problem once the ground warms up. If you have leaks around each sprinkler head, you’ll notice puddles and muddy patches around each head’s depression in the yard. In most instances, these leaks are caused by worn out seals on the sprinkler head itself. Your sprinkler repair team will be able to inspect the heads for signs of damage and take care of minor damage before the leaks wreak havoc on your lawn and on your water bill.

Leaky Water Valves

Water valves perform two main tasks: letting water into your sprinkler system or keeping it out of the pipes. When the valve is turned on, water flows freely to the sprinkler head. If it’s shut off, the water will stay in the pipes and out of the irrigation system. Unfortunately. Many homeowners have leaky water valves that allow water into the system even when they want it completely turned off. This can lead to incredibly high water bills, especially if left unrepaired for the better part of a year. If you notice your water bill going up without you increasing your water usage, let your sprinkler repair team inspect the system for leaks. If none are found in the system itself, they’ll move to the valves and inspect them for wear and tear. In most cases, all the repair technician will need to do is replace the seal on the valve. 

Broken or Burst Pipes

If you didn’t have your system winterized in time, it’s possible that you’ll notice leaks in the pipes once spring comes around. If water is allowed to freeze inside the lines of your sprinkler system, it can expand and push against the material of the pipe itself. If the pressure gets to be too great, the pipe can crack. While it won’t be an issue when the water is turned off, it can be a major problem when you turn the water back on in springtime. Depending on the severity of the leak or crack, your lines may need to be replaced completely. The easiest way to avoid this is to schedule a winterization appointment and have the lines blown out before the first hard freeze of the year. 

Pest Infestations

Believe it or not, burrowing critters like chipmunks and mice love getting into your sprinkler system. The lines provide plenty of fresh water and the casings for the mechanisms make the perfect hidey hole for them to build their nests. Unfortunately, they can also chew through the wires and lines underground, leaving you with an underperforming or completely broken system. Though your sprinkler repair team may not be able to keep the critters away – an experienced exterminator can do that – they can repair the damage caused by the critters in the first place. If you notice that sprinkler heads aren’t popping up when the system is turned on or see that the controller isn’t working properly, schedule an inspection. If you notice turned up turf or rodent droppings in your yard, call a pest control expert as soon as possible. 

Damaged Controller

The electronic controller is what tells your sprinkler system to turn on and when. When it’s damaged or not working, your system may not follow the schedule you set. Typically, problems with the controller come down to user error. It’s easy to forget how to set the timer properly after a long winter of not using your sprinklers. However, other times the issue may be due to a faulty controller or poor wiring. Regardless of what you think the problem is, make an appointment with your sprinkler service. They’ll be able to show you how to properly set the controller and, if needed, make any repairs to the system to keep the unit working throughout the spring and summer. 

Lightning Damage

Lightning doesn’t have to hit your yard or your home to do serious damage to your property. In fact, if the strike is far away, but still causes a power surge, it’s still strong enough to damage your sprinkler system. Worse, the damage can go unnoticed for a long time, making it worse during the spring and summer months. The only way to know if you have lightning damage in your system is to monitor the performance of the sprinklers when the system is on. If the controller flashes an error message or you notice a black scorch mark near the unit itself, the power surge may have damaged the electronics. If a section of your system isn’t responding to the controller, the lines and mechanisms underground may have also been damaged. 

No matter how minor or severe you think the problem is, it’s always best to leave the repairs to the professionals. At Water Solutions Sprinkler Service, our dedicated technicians are equipped to handle everything from routine maintenance to full system replacements. We’ll make sure your sprinklers are working properly whether you’re just noticing the signs of damage or are simply concerned about a slow-moving sprinkler head in the corner of your yard. Don’t put off your maintenance inspection. Contact us today to schedule a free no-obligation estimate for all repairs. 
 
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6 Key Things Your Denver Sprinkler Repair Team Wants You to Think About When Designing an Outdoor Kitchen


January 16, 2019

Winter often puts an end to your gardening and landscaping tasks. But that doesn’t mean you can’t start planning for new improvements in spring. For most homeowners, making their outdoor living space a more inviting place is a great place to start. While adding a patio can help add to the space, nothing makes your yard more functional and fun like an outdoor kitchen. Before you start planning out a design, there are a few things your Denver sprinkler installation and repair pros want you to know to reduce the risk of damage to your landscaping. Here are a few of the most important things to think about when creating your designs this winter.

Think About Your Landscaping
Outdoor kitchens are a wonderful way to increase the usability of your yard, but they can take a toll on your existing landscaping. Depending on the footprint of your kitchen, you may need to remove garden beds, take out established plants, and even reroute your irrigation system. This is all doable, but it can make your project more expensive. 

Ideally, you’ll be able to create a design that works around your existing landscaping without sacrificing the amenities and features you need in your outdoor kitchen. Think about how the garden beds and plants can add to your design instead of removing them. This can make the design feel more integrated into your yard instead of making it look like a haphazard addition. 

Consider Your Sprinkler System
Your sprinkler system was laid out and designed to work with your landscaping as it is. Adding any large feature, like an outdoor kitchen, can change how your irrigation system needs to work. When picking the ideal location and size for your design, you’ll want to look at where the sprinkler heads are placed. 

If there are heads right where you plan on laying the foundation for your outdoor patio and kitchen, you’ll want to have them moved by a professional. If the weather is mild enough during the winter, your sprinkler installation team may be able to take care of the project. However, if you’re worried about disturbing your soil during winter or aren’t completely sure about where the kitchen will go, wait until spring. Keep in mind, you’ll need to take care of the irrigations system before any work can begin. 

Understand What Types of Prep Work Needs to Be Done
Moving sprinkler heads is only one part of the preparation process. You may need to bring additional dirt in to fill holes and keep the foundation level. Once the ground is built back up, you’ll need to level the dirt thoroughly. You’ll also need to make plans to have gas lines run for the appliances and could need additional electrical connections installed to provide power to the space. 

Create a checklist of things you need to accomplish before the kitchen can be installed. This will help you stay on track and keep your project from running well into summer. After all, you’ll want that kitchen and outdoor living area to entertain friends and family once the weather warms up!

Pick the Right Appliances
Every outdoor living space is unique and that means you get to choose the types of appliances you install. For most people, a built-in grill and outdoor sink are absolute musts. But the only limit is your imagination (and maybe your budget). 

If you want to create a full outdoor living area, consider incorporating a firepit into the design. If you’re building a gas grill area, you can install gas lines to power a fireplace at the same time. If you want to have cold drinks on hand at all times, a mini-fridge is a no-brainer. Best of all, you’ll be able to keep your food at safe temperatures without having to run back and forth between your guests and your indoor kitchen.  

Don’t Neglect Outdoor Lighting
Lighting is one of the most important components of any outdoor living space, but it’s also the most neglected. When thinking about your design, start considering your lighting options. You’ll want to install task lighting around the food preparation areas. If you’re also building an outdoor seating area, you’ll want to include lighting for that space. 

If you don’t have landscape lighting installed already, you may also want to install features throughout your yard. If you’re entertaining outdoors, your backyard will be noticed by more people. Why not highlight the landscaping elements you love? This can help accentuate the impact of your existing landscaping and make the yard appear more unified after the outdoor kitchen is complete.

Focus on Seating
Seating is just as important as the kitchen space, especially if you’re planning on entertaining guests. But with seating, you have several options. You can choose freestanding and movable seating options or incorporate built-in seating into the design of your outdoor kitchen. 

When choosing movable seating, make sure the furniture is rated for outdoor use. Bringing indoor furniture outside is a recipe for mold, mildew, and damage. Outdoor furniture, on the other hand, is made to withstand the elements and stay in good condition even when exposed to rain, snow, and ice. 

If you’re installing built-in seating, make sure the seating platform is deep enough to be comfortable. The last thing you want is to feel like you’re perching on a wall. Additionally, make sure there’s room to install cushions. Asking anyone to sit on solid stone or hardwood for more than a few minutes can quickly ruin their enjoyment of your outdoor living area. 

Designing an outdoor kitchen and living space is the perfect way to keep your mind focused on your yard during the winter. Come spring, you’ll have everything you need to gather estimates, find an experienced contractor, and get the project finished in time for all those summer barbecues. 

Once you’re ready to start the prep work process, schedule a consultation with Water Solutions Sprinkler Service. We’ll take care of your sprinkler placement and make sure your yard is properly hydrated no matter where you decide to build your outdoor kitchen. 

 

 

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