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Denver Landscaping Needs: The Benefits Of Retaining Walls


September 20, 2017

Installing retaining walls has been on the up and up in the Denver metropolitan area, and for good reason. Previously only installed for practical reasons, retaining walls are now being used to create beautiful patios as well. Retaining walls are also used to take a slope or hill in your yard and transform it into a beautiful, eye-catching design. While retaining walls might be a new concept for some, they don’t have to be any longer. Here are the benefits of installing retaining walls into your Denver landscaping company!

Erosion Prevention

First and foremost, retaining walls are practical and essential for preventing erosion. In the Denver area, a lot of property has steep areas, with hills and valleys, where soil is easily lost. Avoiding erosion is crucial for your yard as if you forgo preventing it, you’ll cause expensive damages to your property that will last years on end. By installing a retaining wall, your land will stay where you want it, as the wall will fight against the land’s movement. These walls are a definite investment in stopping erosion and preventing an eroding slope in your yard.

Make Your Own Space

If your yard does contain a lot of hills or slopes, retaining walls can actually create more space for lounging or playing around in the yard. You can accent the walls with signage and plants or flowers. Retaining walls also allow you to be create and really jazz up your landscaping. They allow your yard to make a fantastic first impression, and make a grand entrance upon your neighbors. Not sure what plants would look great? Read up on trees, shrubs, and plants for your Denver landscaping needs.

Prevent Flooding

The Denver area can experience a myriad of storms throughout the entire year, rain or snow. By installing retaining walls, you are actually helping prevent flooding in your yard, as well as your neighborhood. These walls are easy to care for too, if installed properly. By the way, if you go through Water Solutions Company, you can be sure they will be! If you know that rain is coming, be sure to check the pipes so that they aren’t clogged. Retaining walls will also improve water drainage throughout your yard.

Aesthetically Appealing For Your Home

Utilize retaining walls to make your space more functional and fun for your family. You can use them to define entertainment areas highlighting your outdoor kitchen or firepit. Add seating for your guests by turning the retaining walls into seats. By doing this, you’ll create more space for everyone to lounge around and enjoy the atmosphere. Feature your favorite plants by using the space created and defined by your retaining walls. To make everything look seamless, be sure to match your paving stones with the ones you’ve already used in other areas in your yard. If you can’t find the exact match, don’t worry, you can always use ones that are similar in tone.

There are so many more benefits of retaining walls that are additional to this list. At Water Solutions Company, we can discuss what your landscape would look like with a retaining wall, and professionally install it for you. We want our customers to be 100% happy so we keep in mind your design tastes when installing. You can trust that we will provide quality service and top-notch materials. Give us a call today for a free estimate in the Denver area!
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Denver Sprinkler Installation: Preparing Your Sprinkler System for Fall


September 13, 2017

While the weather may still seem like the summer, we have to face the fact that fall is right around the corner - literally! The Denver area experiences fall with a mix of weather, mostly warm, but there could be freezing nights that happen overnight. Those random freezing nights can really damage your sprinkler system if you’re not prepared for the change in temperature. Learn more about Denver weather to prepare for this fall.

By preparing your sprinkler system for fall, you can ensure that your system will be able to withstand the changing temperatures, and also be ready for shutdown in the winter. At Water Solutions Sprinkler Service, we can help you prepare your sprinkler system so that it lasts throughout each changing season.

Fall is the best time to shut down your sprinkler system, and for good reason. The temperature outside will have cooled down to the point where you no longer need to run your system until the next spring, and you can shut it down before waiting too long and risk a freeze.

Unplug Your Timers

First thing’s first, unplug your timers! If you take the time and effort to remove water from your system, having your timer turn on the next day will ruin the progress you made.

Empty Out Your Water Lines and Boxes

Next step, empty out your irrigation lines and boxes of all water. If there is any water remaining, the next time it freezes you risk ruining hoses, heads, valves, and regulations. In the Denver metro area, freezing can start as early as September, and freezing temperatures can drop suddenly overnight at random.

It’s best to get the water out of your lines as soon as possible so you can prevent possible damage to your system. Schedule a time with Water Solutions as far out in advance as possible so we can come out and help you prepare for this vital step. Learn more about Denver blowouts and winterization.

Drain Back-Flow Prevention Regulators

Backflow prevention regulations keep irrigation water from flowing backwards into your drinking water supply. The Colorado government created a law that if you have a sprinkler system attached to municipal or private drinking water supplies, your sprinkler system must have a regulator attached to it.

Prepare Your Pump

Does your sprinkler system use water taken from a well or a pond using a pump? If so, you’ll need to prepare it for the upcoming freeze. In order to winterize your sprinkler system, you can put one to two cups of a standard RV antifreeze in your pump to prevent freezing throughout the winter. Once spring rolls around and you’re ready to start up your system again, it won’t hurt a thing.

Give the Water Solutions Company a ring at 720-435-1495 to help prepare your sprinkler system for fall! Our staff has years of experience specializing in sprinkler installation, maintenance, and repair, so we know what to do to help you out with your need. We offer free estimates for sprinkler systems in the Denver metro area. Contact us today for your free estimate!
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What to Expect Before a Sprinkler Installation From Your Denver Service Experts


September 6, 2017

Landscaping can be fairly simple to understand, but when it comes to the sprinkler system needed to keep your landscaping thriving, it’s a bit more difficult. Sprinkler systems have a lot going on, and various components that need to be precise for an efficient use of your investment. It’s imperative that you choose the right irrigation contractor for the job, who knows what they’re doing. Water Solutions Co. is your Denver sprinkler expert, committed to providing the best sprinkler installation services in the Denver metro area. What should you expect before you get a sprinkler installation? Let us explain what must be done before the big day.

What To Expect

Sprinkler installation is a big deal, believe us. As simple as it may sound, it’s not, and comes with a few steps that need to be done before you install the system. At Water Solutions, we start with a full evaluation of your yard. A full evaluation should be done before an install because a sprinkler system is more than just a few pipes in the ground. A professional will want to avoid possible problematic issues such as requiring additional pumps, or special equipment.

Step Two

Second, list your preferences and make sure you speak to your professional installer about them. Some companies, such as Water Solutions, have a preference for the materials we use, and the procedure we like to take. However, as the customer you might have preferences that are different than ours when it comes to the types of hardware we use or installing the sprinkler a certain way. It’s important that the professional put the customer’s preferences first because at the end of the day, customer happiness is what counts.

Step Three

Finally, the professional should absolutely ensure that your sprinkler system is in it for the long run. You want to get your money’s worth out the investment in your yard! You also won’t want to deal with costly repairs down the road, so make sure you’re utilizing a professional with the right experience. When you choose Water Solutions Sprinkler Service, we look out for your future needs. We’ll supply you with the right advice on routine maintenance and repair options you can use to keep your sprinkler system running for year after year.

The benefits of installing a sprinkler system through Water Solutions are endless. You can actually decrease your water bill, all while keeping your yard beautiful, and watering on an energy-efficient basis. Avoid the four myths about Denver sprinkler installations!

With over two decades of experience installing sprinklers in the Denver metro area, you can trust the experts at Water Solutions. We perform a thorough investigation of your lawn before installing a sprinkler system and keep in mind your preferences too. We want to make you, the customer, is 100% happy! You can trust that we will provide quality service and top-notch materials. Give us a call today for a free estimate for sprinkler installation and other sprinkler and landscaping services in the Denver area!
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4 Secrets of Laying Sod From Your Denver Landscaping Experts


August 30, 2017

Are you building a new home or looking to replace your current lawn with new sod? Sod installation can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to be, especially when you hire your Denver landscaping experts! Let us break down the secrets on how to lay sod, as well as some tips when it’s time to lay it all out! You’ll want to make sure things are done right the first time.

Secret 1: Measure the area you’ll want to sod

This may seem obvious to do, but sometimes people just estimate how much sod they’ll need and end up wasting their money or not buying enough and having to make two trips to the store.

Measure the area you’ll be sodding, and add in an extra five-percent so you’ll have enough to cut and fit around curves (if you’ll have those). Choosing the right sod is imperative for continual growth, so let the experts pick out the sod you need.

We’ll ask you detailed questions about sunlight or shade that your lawn experiences, hardiness of the grass, and how often you’ll use the grass. We’ll need the answers to these questions so we can get the right type of sod ordered and ready for installation.

Secret 2: Prep Your Soil

Next, we’ll need to loosen up the soil up to a depth of 8 inches. After we remove debris, including rocks, we’ll use a rototiller to dig up your soil.

Doing this improves soil aeration and water retention, and enriches the microbes in the soil. If you have healthy soil, you’re sod will remain healthy.

If you don’t have the best soil around, no need to worry! You can add in fertilizers during this process to help. After loosening the soil, it’s important to rake the soil out so it’s all even.

If you have paved sidewalks, driveways, or a sprinkler system, make sure that the soil level is one inch below those items.

Finally, we will make sure to water your soil at least 24 to 48 hours before installation.

Secret 3: Installing The Sod

Once you’re ready for installation, it’s important to note that we will begin laying out your sod along a straight edge. For example, start next to your patio and work your way out.

Place whole pieces down one at a time, ensuring that they are touching end to end. We will pat down the sod to get out any air pockets, and rake out footprints if necessary.
We will put your sod down like you are laying bricks down, cutting one piece of sod in half and laying it against the first one. Stagger the sod so it’s not all one row straight in a line.

Make sure your sod ends are tightly together, but do not have any overlap. If you find yourself with a few small pieces, tuck them into the edges of your sod that’s in the middle of your lawn, not on the edges as this could cause them to dry out and die.

Secret 4: Fill It In, Roll It Out!

After your sod is laid out, we will take topsoil or potting soil and brush that into your sod in the seams. Once we are done with that, the next step is to roll out your sod using a lawn roller to push the sod firmly against the soil. This is the secret and key to getting roots to connect into your soil.

Finally, it’s time to water your lawn! Remember, over or under watering can kill your lawn, so be sure you know how often you should or shouldn’t be watering.

Installing sod requires a lot of steps, time, equipment, and labor, so be sure you’re trusting a professional like Water Solutions to get the job done right. Contact us today for a free estimate or give us a call at 720-435-1495!
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Planting With Clay Soil From Your Denver Sprinkler Service Experts


August 23, 2017

Denver soil is known to be a bit tricky to work with, especially for newcomers to the state of Colorado. Our state sees every type of seasonal weather, including dry heat, flooding, freezing - you name it. The state’s high elevation make it prone to high intensity sunlight and low humidity. Fluctuating temperatures and low humidity along with Colorado’s clay soil makes for a very temperamental lawn environment. Colorado literally translates into “color red” for the red rock and clay found throughout the state. Planting and gardening can be fickle when working with clay soil, but your Denver service experts are here to help you every step of the way!

Positives and Negatives of Clay Soil

Clay soil can get a bad rep for growing plants and vegetation, but it does have good qualities! Clay soil is dense, which means that it can retain moisture well and is more nutrient rich than other types of soil. The particles that make up clay soil are negatively charged and attract positively charged particles making the soil packed with nutrients!

The negatives of Colorado’s red clay soil can seem daunting if you’re not used to this type of landscape. Because of clay soil being so dense and retains a lot of moisture, it is very slow draining and can be slow to warm up when springtime rolls around. There’s also a tendency to have alkaline in the soil. Also, clay soil compacts easily which isn’t the best news when you’re trying to grow plants. Compacted soil makes it difficult for plants to grow deep roots. Read more about understanding and improving your clay soil.

Planting Tips for Clay Soil

First thing’s first: examine your plants before you plant them! You’ll want to make sure that your plant sits about 1-3 inches above soil level and dig a hole just deep enough so you can ensure your plant won’t sink lower in the ground. Your plant’s hole should be at least twice as wide as the width of your root’s flare, and shape the hole so it gets gradually shallow on the edges like a large bowl.

Second, fill up your hole with the same type of soil that you dug out to avoid drastic environmental changes for the plant. Third, do not fill the bottom of the hole up with gravel as doing so makes it more likely your plant won’t make it until next season. After your plant is in the ground, remember that the soil in the hole is loose and will hold more water than the surrounding area so it’s best to be very careful when watering. If you can, plant your plants early in the season so the plants can adjust to their new surroundings before the cold and freezing weather takes place in late fall.

Working with clay soil can be tricky, but you can count on the experts at Water Solutions Sprinkler Service to help! After all, your soil is the best ally for your Denver sprinkler system! We have over two decades of experience installing sprinkler systems across the state. Contact us today for a free estimate for sprinkler installation and other sprinkler and landscaping services in the Denver metro area!
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