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Denver Sprinkler Repair Pros Share a Few Simple Ways to Extend the Use of Your Outdoor Living Space


October 17, 2018

Fall is finally upon us and that means colder weather is just around the corner. For most homeowners in the Denver area, this can put a damper on enjoying their outdoor living areas. The mild fall weather promises to extend your outdoor enjoyment for at least a few weeks longer than past seasons. However, there are a few things you can do to further extend your enjoyment of your outdoor living space. Your Denver sprinkler service shares a few simple fall landscaping projects that will let you use your patio or outdoor living area well into autumn.

Install a Fire Pit

Fire pits are the perfect way to add warmth and ambiance to any patio or outdoor living area. When considering building a fire pit, the first thing you’ll want to decide on is whether or not you want a permanent addition to the space. Fire pits can be built up to mimic the rest of your landscaping and exterior design and look wonderful with touches of natural stone. However, if you’re looking for something simpler, a moveable fire pit or fire bowl is a wonderful option. Make sure you choose a fuel source that fits your needs as well. Remember, propane fire pits are wonderful and durable, but they won’t give you the same ambiance as a traditional wood-burning option.

Warm Up the Seating Area

If a fire pit is not the right option for your home, make a few simple improvements to your seating area. Add cushions to stone benches and metal chairs to insulate you from the cold. Keep throw blankets on hand to give guests the option to warm up with a wrap, and consider installing space heaters meant for the outdoors. These units can be powered by electricity or incorporated into your natural gas supply making it easy to keep the patio space warm without you having to worry about an open flame. For homeowners with small children, space heaters are an ideal option. 

Cover Your Grill

Grilling season doesn’t have to end with the first snowfall. Extend your patio covering to your grill area to keep the snow at bay and ensure that the grill is ready to use at all times. To make the space even more comfortable and inviting, consider upgrading to a full outdoor kitchen. The heat of the grill will provide enough warmth while you’re cooking and the convenience of having everything you need at your fingertips will encourage you to keep using the space for many more months to come. 

Upgrade Your Outdoor Lighting

Fall weather means colder temperatures, but it also means shorter days. Fewer hours of sunlight can be enough to send your family and guests indoors where there’s plenty of light to see by. Instead, upgrade your outdoor lighting to illuminate the patio and yard comfortably. Add fixtures around your main seating area and install LED bulbs throughout the yard to add brightness to your landscaping. As an added plus, this might even help increase your home’s property value should you decide to sell in the future. 

Switch to Container Gardens

Though fall is the perfect time to schedule a sprinkler system blowout, it doesn’t mean you need to forgo gardening until spring. Instead of planting veggies and herbs in your garden beds, create a container garden. Plant multiple herbs in a single pot to create an eye-catching display that’s also guaranteed to be useful for all of your autumn inspired dinners. For larger crops like kale, lettuce, spinach, and broccoli, give each one a large pot of their own. They can sit outside in the sun on mild days and be brought inside the house when the temperatures drop. 

Enclose Your Patio

Enclosed patios naturally hold more heat than open seating areas, helping extend your use well into the winter. To accomplish this task, you can hire a contractor to install a permanent enclosure or opt for a removable canvas and plastic covering. These coverings allow you to create temporary walls around a covered patio and are mounted to the frame of the patio itself. The canvas is water resistant and the plastic windows let light in while blocking the seating area from those cold autumn winds. For maximum warmth and comfort, combine a patio enclosure with an outdoor heater and you’ll be able to use the space even when there’s snow on the ground.

Install a Hot Tub

Hot tubs may not be a true landscaping project, but they can make your outdoor living space more useable once the temperatures drop. After all, who wants to sit in an outdoor spa in full summer? These units can be free-standing or incorporated into your hardscape design to provide a more seamless look to your yard. Remember, the hot tub doesn’t have to be huge. You just need a small amount of space to install the unit and a large enough spa to accommodate the people that would use it most. 

Keep Your Furniture Outside

Once the weather starts to get colder, it may be tempting to put your outdoor furniture in storage. However, doing so only means you won’t be able to use the furnishings on those warm autumn afternoons. Instead of putting your furniture in storage for the season, leave it outside. Cover each piece with a furniture cover or remove the cushions and store them in the garage where they’ll stay dry. This way, you’ll be able to use your furniture whenever the desire strikes without having to haul those heavy pieces out of storage multiple times during the fall. 

No matter how much or little you use your yard, make sure your sprinklers are ready for the colder weather this fall. Schedule a sprinkler blowout with Water Solutions and keep your home’s irrigation system and pipes in good shape even during those troublesome hard freezes. Our experienced technicians will take the time to make sure your system is ready for winter and in good repair so your yard will be good to go come spring. Call (720) 435-1495 to schedule an appointment today.  
 
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Fall is the Perfect Time to Schedule Repairs


October 3, 2018

You rely on your home’s sprinkler system to keep your yard properly watered throughout the spring and summer. After all those days of use, the system will likely need maintenance and repairs. While you could wait until spring to schedule a maintenance and repair appointment with your Denver sprinkler service, you don’t have to. Here are a few reasons to consider scheduling a maintenance appointment during the fall instead of waiting until the first thaw in the spring. 

More Availability

During the height of summer, people are more likely to schedule appointments to repair even minor issues with their sprinkler system. This can mean your repair technicians might not be able to squeeze you in for an appointment as soon as you’d like. For most homeowners, this can put strain on their schedule, forcing them to find time to meet the repair team after a busy day at work or ask a friend or neighbor to point out the problems in their stead. By waiting until fall, they’ll have more open availability, allowing you to pick an appointment that fits with your schedule rather than having only a few times to choose from. 

Changing Weather

Fall brings with it colder weather. This means the end of the growing season for your plants and garden. Once the growing season ends, you won’t have to rely on your sprinkler system to keep your lawn and plants looking their best and are better prepared to give your sprinkler system the attention it needs. By waiting until fall for regular maintenance, you’ll be able to address even major repairs without worrying about neglecting your plants. This gives you the freedom to shut off the water as needed, even if the technicians have to come back several times to completely repair the damage. 

Better Soil Conditions

Some repairs require replacing the system with an entirely new sprinkler or irrigation system. To install the system, the soil conditions need to be just right. The yard can’t be too wet, like it would be if you were watering regularly. Similarly, the soil can’t be frozen as it would be in winter. By scheduling a repair or maintenance service in the early fall, you’ll be able to make use of the remaining warm days before the soil freezes. This makes it easier to replace any parts of the system that are broken and allows your repair technicians to access areas under the soil without wasting time struggling to dig up frozen dirt. 

Let’s You Prepare Ahead of Time

It’s important to address repairs as soon as they happen with your sprinkler system. However, by scheduling routine maintenance during the fall instead of waiting until spring or summer, you’ll be well ahead of your neighbors on your maintenance schedule. This means as soon as the weather is suitable for planting, you’ll be able to start using your sprinkler system immediately. While your neighbors are waiting to have their systems tuned up and fixed, you’ll be ready to de-winterize and get started watering in time for the growing season. 

Saves You Money

Freezing winter temperatures can put strain on even winterized systems if they already have pre-existing issues that need repair. Those minor problems that would be easy to fix at first can turn into major issues that threaten the safety and functionality of the rest of the sprinkler system. By repairing those issues and maintaining your unit during the fall, you’ll save money on repairs. When minor issues are fixed, the lack of use during the winter can’t make them worse. This is both beneficial for your budget and your sprinkler system. 

Maintenance and Winterization Can Happen at the Same Time

Every winter, you’ll need to prepare the system for the freezing temperatures. For most homeowners, this is a separate appointment. However, if you plan ahead and discuss your needs and concerns with your sprinkler technicians, you may be able to take care of routine maintenance at the same time that you winterize the system. This allows you to book only a single appointment rather than having to schedule a routine tune-up earlier in the season and then schedule winterization session with your sprinkler service, saving you both time and money. 

Why Regular Maintenance Matters

Your sprinkler system is responsible for distributing water at relatively high pressure throughout your landscaping and lawn. When it’s damaged or not working properly, water can leak underground, threatening your home and your plants. By incorporating regular maintenance into your landscaping routine, you’ll be able to address repairs before they threaten the safety of your system or risk flooding the roots of your landscaping with more water than they can handle. 

When left unaddressed, minor repair issues can become major problems. Remember, your landscaping is the first thing people notice about your home—it’s an investment in both time and money. When the plants are damaged or over-watered, you run the risk of losing that investment. Routine maintenance, especially when coupled with a winterization appointment helps reduce your loss, keeps your plants and yard in good condition, and gets you ready for spring planting season well before the snow starts to fall. You’ll be ready to get your yard in good shape well before your neighbors. 

What You Can Expect From an Appointment

When you schedule a maintenance and winterization appointment, you can expect the technicians to first inspect your system. They’ll go through the entire system from the water supply connection to the individual sprinkler heads to make sure everything is running as it should. Once any minor issues are taken care of, they’ll flush the water from the lines, removing any buildup and excess moisture from the system. This protects your yard and sprinklers during hard freezes. Then, they’ll make sure everything is safely retracted and ready for winter weather. 

If you’re ready to schedule a winter maintenance appointment, contact Water Solutions Sprinkler Service today. Our technicians can repair and maintain your system so you’ll be ready for spring weather the moment it hits. Call (720) 435-1495 to schedule an appointment today. 
 
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Fall Landscaping Tips


September 19, 2018

Fall is just around the corner and before you know it, cold weather, snow flurries, and the harvest season will be upon us. While the cooler weather can send most home gardeners back inside to wait for spring, you don’t have to give up on your landscaping as soon as the temperatures drop. In fact, with a little work and preparation, you’ll be able to keep your garden going strong well into the cooler months. Your trusted Denver sprinkler installation pros have put together a few tips and tricks to keep your landscaping and garden looking great this fall. Here’s what you need to do:

Cut Back on Fertilizer

Fertilizer may make everything grow more rapidly and more vibrantly, but continuing your fertilization schedule into the fall months can put too much strain on your plants. Instead, cut back your fertilization efforts as summer starts to fade. You’ll still want to fertilize once more before the growing season ends, but once the lawn starts getting those first few brown blades of grass, it’s best to let the lawn rest. Otherwise, the soil could become overdrawn on nutrients, leaving you with an underperforming lawn come springtime. 

Keep the Lawn Clean

Falling leaves have a way of cluttering up even the most pristine and cared-for landscaping. Instead of leaving them where they fall, pick them up. Try to clear the lawn every week at least. Remember, even into mid-fall, it’s not uncommon for lawns to stay green provided they have enough water. Fallen leaves block the performance of your home’s sprinkler system, keeping the water from reaching the grass in the first place. When you clear away leaves on a regular basis, the grass will still be able to get the much-needed water from your sprinkler system and your landscaping will continue to look as great as possible for longer. 

Aerate Your Lawn

Fall is the perfect time to schedule a lawn aeration appointment with your landscaping crew. This process involves poking hundreds of holes through your lawn to allow air and water to better circulate throughout the lawn’s roots. This helps keep the soil light and allows the lawn to draw nutrients from the soil more easily. Neglecting this step causes the soil to grow more compacted with each passing season. Eventually, the soil will become too dense for the roots to draw enough water or nutrients up, leaving you with a patchy and brown lawn even in the height of spring. 

Mulch Your Garden Beds

Mulch helps protect the roots and soil of your garden beds from the elements. Even if you’re not actively growing anything in the beds once fall rolls around, it’s always a good idea to spread a new layer of mulch. This will keep your perennials roots insulated against those random cold spells early in the season and protects them well into the winter from premature frost and damage. As an added precaution, consider mulching around the base of your trees to protect them from everything those harsh Colorado winters can bring. 

Transition to Container Plants

If you’re looking for a way to add some fall color without disrupting your existing garden beds, consider incorporating a few container plants into your yard. Hardy flowers like chrysanthemums, pansies, and million bells all offer a pop of bright color when other plants are starting to fade. Best of all, by keeping them in individual pots rather than planting them in the garden bed, you’ll be able to protect them from early frosts and freezing temperatures. Simply bring them inside the house on nights when the temps drop and set them back outside when the sun is back out. 

Mow the Lawn One Last Time

To give your grass a fighting chance against disease this winter, cut it back one last time. Go as short as your grass can handle—for most species, keep the blades no taller than three inches. Shorter grass withstands heavy snowfall better, keeping the individual blades intact even under the weight of the snow. If the blades are too long, the snow will compress them, causing the soil to retain excess moisture. The more moisture there is, the higher the risk of mold in the roots.  

Take Care of Pruning

Fallen limbs are always a hazard for homeowners in the Denver area. However, they can be controlled by pruning the trees in the fall. Schedule an appointment with an arborist and let them carefully trim away damaged or dangerous growth. This way, when the snows fall, the limbs will be less likely to break, keeping you and your home safe. Trim back perennials and shrubs as well to prepare them for the winter cold. When done properly, pruning will help keep the plants healthy through the coldest months of the year so you can better enjoy them when summer is in full swing. 

Schedule a Sprinkler Maintenance Appointment

Sprinklers and cold weather don’t mix and it’s important to get your system ready for freezing temperatures ahead of time. Before the first freeze of the year, schedule a fall maintenance appointment and let your sprinkler service inspect the lines and system for damage. This will allow them to fix the problem long before spring and ensures that you’re ready for the growing season when it returns. During that appointment, they’ll also blow out the lines, removing any excess water still trapped inside the system. This keeps the lines from freezing and saves you from unexpected burst pipes and costly underground leaks. 

Getting your landscaping ready for fall doesn’t have to be a challenge. Follow these tips and contact your trusted landscaping experts at Water Solutions Sprinkler Service to get your yard ready for winter. Our experienced team will help with everything from winterizing your sprinklers to making sure your lawn’s drainage is ready for the winter snows. Call us today at (720) 435-1495 to schedule a free estimate and see the difference that a little preparation and TLC can make in getting your yard and landscaping ready for winter. 
 
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Common Causes of Brown Lawn Spots Explained by the Denver Sprinkler Repair Pros


September 5, 2018

You expect your lawn to stay green and lush during the growing season. While a regular watering schedule will help give your grass the resources it needs to grow well, it’s not always enough. Unfortunately, many homeowners have to combat ugly brown spots and areas of dead growth in their yards. Brown spots can be caused by many different issues, ranging from underperforming irrigation systems to soil malnutrition. Your Denver sprinkler installation pros explain some of the most common causes of brown lawn spots and what you can do to help your lawn recover.

Improper Mowing Technique

Mowing your lawn is a part of your weekly yard maintenance routine. However, there’s more to mowing the lawn properly than simply running a few passes over the grass. Cutting the grass too short will shock the lawn and cause areas of otherwise healthy growth to die prematurely. Ideally, take no more than a third of the grass’s height off at any time. If the grass looks too tall after you mow, let it recover for a few days and mow again. Remember, grass grows slowly and when you cut it too short, you’re setting yourself up for an underperforming lawn.

Dull Lawn Mower Blades

Dull lawn mower blades have the tendency to rip and tear at the grass rather than cut it smoothly. This causes splits down each individual blade of grass, exposing more of the plant to sun and air. The increased exposure causes the plant to dry out more quickly, resulting in dead patches on the lawn. Keep your lawn mower blades sharp and tune up your mower once every three months. The more you pay attention to routine maintenance, the better off your lawn will be.

Weed-Killer

Weeds are a problem in every lawn. However, reaching for that commercial weed killer at the hardware store can take a major toll on your landscaping. Many of these weed killers destroy the root systems of all plants indiscriminately. While it will get rid of dandelions, bindweed, and prickly lettuce, it will also likely kill the grass around the weed. If you’re worried about weeds taking over your lawn and landscaping, look for a product rated for use on lawns. Better still, hire an experienced landscaping crew to get rid of the weeds for you once and for all. Pros have the training and experience to get rid of weeds without doing long-term damage to an otherwise healthy lawn.

Pet Activity

Believe it or not, your four-legged friend might be responsible for much of the damage on your Denver lawn. Their claws can rip up the turf when they dig or run, leaving patchy areas of grass in the areas they play most often. Pet waste is also notoriously acidic. In areas where dogs tend to mark their territory, it’s not uncommon to see grass wither and die after frequent exposure. If you’re looking to keep a particular part of the lawn in pristine condition, keep the pets away from that space. You can repair the damage, but it won’t be instantaneous. You’ll have to wait for a new layer of grass to grow over the brown patch.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Water and fertilizer helps your lawn grow, but when you overdo it, the lawn can suffer. Too much fertilizer deposits more nitrogen than the soil can handle. This, in turn, causes the grass to die in the affected areas, leaving brown patches behind. Similarly, overwatering and not sticking to a water schedule can drown the roots in parts of the lawn. Once the soil becomes oversaturated, you’ll need to wait for it to dry out thoroughly before assessing the damage. If the grass has died from overwatering, an experienced landscaping company will be able to help revive the lawn by removing the areas of dead growth and laying fresh sod or seed over the damaged area.

Compacted Soil

With regular watering, human activity, and time, the soil beneath your lawn will gradually become compacted. Once this happens, the roots of your lawn won’t be able to spread or become established, resulting in poor growth and brown patches. Having your lawn aerated in spring before the growing season begins in earnest will help keep the soil light and nutrient-dense. This also helps keep the soil at appropriate moisture levels, reducing the risk of fungal growth that can damage other plants in your garden.

Thatch Buildup

Around the same time as the aeration, you’ll also want to de-thatch your lawn. Thatch is made up of dead and dried bits of grass leftover from mowing. As it collects, it weighs down the sod, further compacting the soil. Additionally, thatch makes it hard for water to reach the roots, holds excess moisture in the soil encouraging fungal growth, and chokes out the remaining healthy grass. To remove thatch, use a stiff rake and gently pull up the clippings until you can see the soil underneath. Take care not to dig the rake into the soil as the prongs will cut the healthy roots. Once removed, the water from your sprinkler system will be able to absorb into the soil properly.

Brown Spots Are Easier to Prevent Than Repair

The easiest way to get rid of brown spots is to prevent the damage in the first place. Work with an experienced landscaping team to help keep your lawn looking its best year-round. They’ll be able to implement the proper fertilization, aeration, and watering schedule designed to keep your plants happy and reduce the risk of premature root decay and brown spots across the lawn.

At Water Solutions Sprinkler Service, we believe every yard should look its best. Whether you’re worried about the quality of your landscaping’s irrigation system or want an experienced landscaper to assess the condition of your soil, we’re ready to help. We understand the unique challenges that Denver homeowners face when caring for landscaping in our often unpredictable weather. We’ll make sure your yard is prepared for everything the weather can bring. Contact us today to schedule your free no-obligation estimate.
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Denver Sprinkler Repair Experts Explain How to Improve Your Lawn’s Drainage


August 22, 2018

You rely on your Denver sprinkler system to keep your yard looking its best. However, for many homeowners, managing their yard’s drainage is an almost uphill battle. Without the proper drainage in place, your yard can see dozens of puddles of standing water, all of which can damage your plants and ruin your landscaping. If you’re battling poor or improper drainage in your yard, you’re not alone and the trusted experts at Water Solutions Co. want to help. Here are a few simple things you can do to improve your yard’s drainage and prevent your treasured lawn from turning into a muddy swamp.

Understand That Overwatering is Not the Only Cause

While overwatering your lawn and landscaping is a primary cause of a flooded yard, it’s not the only reason water collects in the low spots. In fact, standing water can be caused by heavy rainfall, underground water leaks, improper roof drainage, and many other issues. While it’s important to water your plants properly and ensure that the soil has a chance to dry before being watered again, there’s more you’ll need to do. Maintaining your sprinkler system, monitoring your water bill, and being mindful of the forecast are all simple steps you can take. By catching leaks early and not watering your lawn when a major storm is expected, you’ll save yourself a ton of frustration.

Inspect the Slope and Grade of the Lawn

A completely flat lawn may be visually appealing to some, but it’s a major hazard when it comes to proper drainage. Every lawn and landscape needs to have at least some degree of a grade to allow water to run off to a designated drainage area. When the grade is too flat, water simply collects on the surface and puddles on the grass, often killing the lawn and causing damage to the rest of the landscaping. If the lawn is flat, all you need to do is hire a landscaping company to regrade your yard. This will create enough of a slope for water to safely run off from the lawn and to a drainage area where plants and landscaping won’t be impacted.

Rake the Lawn

While mowing your lawn may help keep your grass looking great, all those clippings can clog the soil and make it difficult for water to drain off properly. Over time, the more clippings left from mowing, the more likely the yard is to develop puddles after watering or a large storm. To keep the buildup to a minimum, rake your lawn with a good metal rake. The sturdy prongs will reach through the blades of grass and into the thatching, pulling away any dead and unwanted grass clippings. For best results, do this every month or so during the primary growing season. This way, your lawn will get the hydration it needs from the sprinkler system without creating a bunch of unwanted puddles.

Aerate Your Grass

Aerating your lawn involves punching holes into the soil throughout the entire grass area. This helps break up compacted soil and gives water and runoff a place to go safely. If you plan on doing this yourself, use a garden fork or rent a lawn aerator from the local hardware store to get the job done as quickly as possible. Keep in mind that leaving the task to an experienced landscaping crew will save you time, the cost of the rental, and the potential backache. Lawn aeration is a physically demanding task and can take the better part of a weekend to accomplish if you’ve never done it before. For most homeowners, hiring a professional is the best option.

Install a Dedicated Drainage System

Sometimes, even the natural methods need a little boost to keep the lawn from flooding. If your yard is particularly prone to water retention and none of the other methods have yielded results, consider installing a dedicated drain to help manage the runoff. Many homeowners see success when they utilize a French drain method. This involves using a series of trenches around the yard to send excess water away from the grass. The trenches don’t have to be incredibly deep, just deep enough to channel water away from the lawn. Once dug, the trenches are lined with an irrigation pipe. These pipes have perforations along the length to allow some water to still reach the soil beneath. The pipe is then covered with gravel. After a rain, gravity will send the excess water through the channel and down the pipe to the designated drainage area away from both the house and your landscaping.

Schedule an Inspection

While pooling water is often caused by heavy rainfall or compacted soil, it’s not the only thing you need to worry about. In fact, leaks in the pipes, issues with your sprinkler system, and problems with the connection to the home’s water supply can all lead to excess water collecting in your yard. If you’ve tried the other methods to reduce the frequency of pooling water but haven’t seen any results, it may be time to schedule an inspection. Have a sprinkler service look at your system and check for any underground leaks or problems with the sprinkler heads. Schedule an inspection with a plumber and have them check the fittings, exterior pipes, and connections to ensure the materials are solid and not leaking or cracked. The sooner you catch a problem, the less water you’ll waste and the better off your lawn will be.

Whether you’re worried about your yard’s drainage or suspect an underground leak in your sprinkler system, getting the problem solved quickly is important. At Water Solutions Co., our experienced sprinkler repair experts will quickly assess the problem and help you find the right solution for your yard. We know that a soggy water-laden yard is never a pleasant sight and will work to restore your grass and your watering system as quickly as possible. Contact us online or call (720) 435-1495 to schedule a free estimate and let us help you keep your yard looking its best.
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