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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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Landscaping Trends for 2018 - Water Solutions Sprinkler Service


May 30, 2018

Spring has arrived, and it could not be a more exciting time to update your landscaping! With so many new landscaping trends coming up, you have several options to transform your spaces. Use these premier trending landscaping ideas for your front and backyard and learn how using sprinklers in Denver will make them flourish.

Fountains and Water Decor


Begin your day sitting on your porch or patio, listening to the relaxing sound of a water fountain. Homeowners are adding water fountains and decorative water-themed areas to enhance an area. In fact, many are creating entire retreats with beautiful plants and flowers that surround a small human-made pond that pairs with the fountain. It is the perfect complement to gorgeous landscaping that will take your landscaping to the next level.

Speaking of a small pond, this is a great addition to bring a backyard to life. On average a small pond, also known as a garden pond, can be as inexpensive as a couple hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars. This is great because you can make something work in nearly any price range. A couple things to ask yourself before starting your pond project:
  • How large should the pond be?
  • What plants and/or décor (i.e. stones) will go around the pond?
  • Do I want fish in the pond?
  • Should I add a waterfall?

When getting started and digging a hold, make sure to call 811 to ensure there are no pipes or anything you may damage. They ask to call at least two days in advance of the day you plan to dig. Once you have the green light, the process can begin. For a simple step-by-step, review DIY’s guide on how to install a garden pond.

Based on how you answered your questions above, you may have a few extra steps or purchases to make. First, if you plan to add plants or stones, be sure to have those details finalized and purchases made before installing the pond for efficiency. Next, if you plan on having fish, you will need to create an environment they can live in. Do your research and find fish that can survive Colorado’s climate. You will also need to properly filter the water as well. Last, if you plan to add a waterfall, you will need to purchase a pump to keep the waterfall working.

Wildflowers and Grasses


Who said landscaping care had to be difficult? Another up and coming trend for landscaping is the addition of wildflowers and ornamental grasses. When it comes to the wildflowers of Colorado, you have many to choose from in all shapes and colors. They are beautiful and do not require as much maintenance as several other flowers. Next, pair the wildflowers with ornamental grasses. Ornamental grass comes in a variety of shapes and colors. You can let it grow and don’t need cut it, which helps it become full and fill up a space. Some of the best ornamental grass types in Denver include switchgrass, hardy pampas grass, and blue fescues. Just like wildflowers, they are low maintenance and consistent with Colorado’s landscape. Your standard sprinkler system will help keep them flourishing all season long.

When planting ornamental grasses, make sure to add them in a part of your yard that gets plenty of sunlight. For soil needs, grasses can grow virtually anywhere. It grows especially well with other plants. As you go to plant the grass, be sure to add a little water to the soil if it is dry. When it comes to water, since they can adapt to several climates and weather patterns, you will not need to worry about watering them the same way you do for the plants in your yard. If you experience drought, that may be the only time you will need to make sure they get water. Otherwise, mother nature takes care of them!

Outdoor Living Spaces


In spring 2018, backyards are becoming more than just a “backyard.” Many homeowners are investing to make them complete living spaces. You can choose a living space, with comfortable outdoor couches and a small fire pit, surrounded by gorgeous flowers around a patio. Others area choosing kitchens with prep space and appliances.

You can also add a fireplace that is stand alone or up against the house. It is great for entertaining, relaxing or to help raise the value and quality of your home. They are also much easier than installing in a home because you do not have the same restrictions or guidelines. By adding a fireplace, you will be able to expand your space for guests, be able to spend more time outdoors throughout the year and will even be able to cook outside more as well! S’mores, anyone?

Purple Theme


Are you wondering what color of flowers and décor to purchase for your landscaping? Purple is the go-to color for spring and summer 2018. Some of the best purple flowers to plant include lavenders, Forever Purples, and Purple Dome Asters. Add a pop of color with white or yellow flowers. Tie in this color throughout your landscaping by adding accents like purple seating cushions and décor.

Looking to create a purple garden? There are many purple items you can add. Consider incorporating purple items such as beets, cauliflower, eggplants, potatoes, and carrots! You can visit your local gardening store or shop online to get everything you need to start your purple garden! This is also a great way to eat healthier throughout the year.

Are you wondering why you should hire professional Denver landscaping services for your yard? When you hire an expert, you can be sure you are making a good investment in your space. Water Solutions is your team of local landscaping experts. As you are looking for go-to ways to incorporate new trends into your yard, we will help you plan and ensure water needs are met. Get started and contact us today at 720-435-1495 for all of your sprinkler installation, repair, and landscaping needs.
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Reasons Why Utilizing a Denver Sprinkler Service is a Smart Decision


May 16, 2018

When it comes to your property’s garden and landscape, an absolutely critical element of the equation is the way in which your yard will be consistently hydrated. Without proper watering, a yard will quickly turn into a sad, dying mess. In the Denver metro area, water from rain can often be a scarce event, which only necessitates a proper watering schedule for your property. As a result, the importance of utilizing a professional sprinkler service in Denver should not be underestimated, as these professionals can help you keep your property looking its absolute best. With that in mind, here are a few of the best reasons why you should consider hiring a professional sprinkler service for your property:

Water Conservation

A key component of your landscaping system will be the efficient and effective use of water, which is an ever-precious resource that should be conserved at all costs. Manually turning on sprinklers or watering by hand can often be inefficient and waste water, which not only increases your water bill but increases your environmental impact. For those individuals that care deeply about conserving natural resources, utilizing a sprinkler service company can be a great option.
 
Professional sprinkler and irrigation services can dramatically reduce water usage depending on the type of system you have installed. There are many advances that have been made within the field of irrigation in recent years, as technology has improved the ability to efficiently manage your water usage. 
 
Irrigation systems can be installed with a variety of sensors that consistently measure the amount of moisture in the soil. If it rains that afternoon, an irrigation system that includes these sensors can limit or skip a watering cycle to compensate for the added presence of water in the soil. This will not only reduce your impact on the environment and reduce your water bill, but it will provide the plants with the proper amount of moisture they require, as overwatering can negatively impact your precious foliage.

Utilizing a Sprinkler Service Will Save You Time

Having a large yard or garden with a plethora of plants that need to be watered also comes with the added burden of having to spend time each day watering your property. Whether you decided to do this by hand or simply turn on your sprinkler, this element of having a living landscape to maintain can be a cumbersome chore that requires consistent and persistent attention throughout the season. 
 
By hiring a sprinkler service company to take care of this aspect of your yard for you, you will be able to rest easy knowing your yard is being maintained by capable and competent professionals who are experts in the field of irrigation and watering systems. Having a professional irrigation system installed will also allow you to go on vacation and not have to worry about how well your plants will do while you are away from your home. A professional sprinkler service can automate your landscape to provide your plants with the much needed hydration they require to stay in optimal health.

Having a Professional Eye to Ensure Your System is Performing Well

If you have an existing irrigation system in your home, making sure that it is running efficiently and without any leaks can be a chore that you won’t be able to properly complete. The benefits of having an irrigation and sprinkler system are certainly plentiful, and by utilizing a professional sprinkler service you will also receive the added benefit of having a team diligently maintain your watering system.
 
Leaks and other issues sometimes can arise within a sprinkler system, and by having a helpful and reliable service on hand to assist you with any potential issues is more than worth the investment, as you will be able to rest easy knowing your sprinkler system is in good hands. A leak within an irrigation system that is not addressed can cost you a ton in water bills, as well as negatively impact your living landscape. By hiring a service to consistently manage this system for you, you will know that you won’t have to worry about any issues if they do indeed arise.

Increase Your Property Value

By taking advantage of the services of a professional sprinkler service, you will be adding immense value to your property by having it look its best. A well-functioning sprinkler system is essential to having your landscape look pristine, and the best way to have the most optimal watering system is to hire the professionals whose job it is to make sure your plants are properly hydrated.
 
In the event that your yard or landscape isn’t being maintained properly, certain municipalities and code enforcers can write a citation, causing you stress and financial burden. This can be avoided by using a sprinkler service company that can help you keep your yard looking terrific. 
 
In the event that you decide to sell your property, your well-maintained landscape and garden will be a major positive that can definitely help sell your property faster. Without proper watering, a landscape can quickly go into disrepair, causing your property to lose value and appeal in the process. As a result, the value in hiring trusted professionals to take care of this issue should certainly be kept in mind, as this can go a long way towards keeping your property value as high as it possibly can be.
 
If you are considering having your yard professionally maintained, specifically when it comes to the sprinkler and irrigation components, contact the trusted professionals at Water Solutions Sprinkler Service. We handle all of your sprinkler and irrigation needs, including installation and repair of your irrigation systems. We also take care of sprinkler blowouts at the end of the season and are more than happy to provide routine maintenance of your system throughout the season. We strive to provide our customers with the best possible customer service, and we are proud to have served the Denver metro area for over two decades. Call us at 720-435-1495 today.
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