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Signs It’s Time to Start Paying Attention to Your Lawn After Winter According to the Denver Sprinkler System Experts


January 6, 2021

The winter months leave most people running indoors to escape the cold but once the weather starts to change, getting outside is much easier. While it’s easy to tell when it’s time to get outside and start enjoying your favorite activities again, knowing when it’s time to start paying attention to your landscaping isn’t as simple as you might think. So, can you start thinking about your plants when there’s still snow on the ground? Yes, but you need to know what signs to watch for. Here’s how to tell it’s time to start paying attention to your lawn according to your Denver sprinkler repair experts.

The Trees Are Leafing Out
One of the easiest ways to tell if it’s time to start paying attention to your lawn and landscaping is to look at the plants growing in your yard. When the weather starts to improve, you’ll start to see signs of early life on the plants. This might look like small leaves growing on the branches or buds starting to form on flowering plants. Use this as a guide. If the trees and shrubs in your yard think it’s time to start growing, it’s time to turn your attention to your lawn. The closer you can follow the seasons and start tending your grass when the other plants are starting to bloom, the easier it will be for you to have a lush, green lawn as early as possible. 

Your Neighbors Are Starting to Garden
If you’re not comfortable trying to gauge timing by looking at the rest of your plants, use your neighbors as a guide. The chances are good that at least one of them will be more experienced in plant care and gardening than you are. If you notice several of your neighbors starting to get their hands dirty in their garden beds or making preparations for early planting, start turning your attention to your landscaping. Remember, the earlier you can start in the growing season, the more established your yard will be during the warmer months. This will make it easier for your plants to avoid shock if rain is scarce or the Denver metro area suffers from a severe heatwave for days on end. 

The Nightly Lows Are Above Freezing
Daytime temperatures tend to be significantly higher than the lows at night. Just because you’re getting warm weather during the day doesn’t mean you can start planting your garden or turn your sprinklers on to irrigate your lawn. You need to pay attention to the nightly lows. If they’re staying at or above freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit) and aren’t showing signs of dipping below freezing for the near future, you should be okay starting to water your lawn. If the temps are still getting cold during the nighttime hours, you’ll want to hold off. The last thing you want to do is add water to your sprinkler system’s lines only to have the system freeze up because the weather got too cold.

You’re Feeling Antsy About Your Landscaping
If you’re feeling concerned about your landscaping and feel like you’re ready to get a jumpstart on the process, go ahead and let your emotions dictate your actions. Remember, you can always start making improvements to your landscaping without planting new elements or working in the yard. Start new seedlings inside in a sunny room where you can control the temperature. Sketch out ideas for your spring garden layout and start acquiring the tools you need to bring your vision to life early. You can even schedule a sprinkler system inspection early on in the season so you’re ready to go once the weather improves. This way, you’ll beat the rush and be able to choose an appointment time that works with your schedule more easily. 

Wildlife Is More Abundant
Even in the city, wildlife can be abundant especially if you have a yard with tons of plants and growth. Rabbits, squirrels, and other critters can help you decide if it’s time to start working on your landscaping. If they feel that the weather is warm enough to be outside and away from their shelters for hours each day, you can likely start working on your garden. Remember, wildlife always operates with self-preservation in mind. If the weather is too cold, you won’t see plentiful wildlife at all. 

You Have Tons of Ideas and Inspiration
The colder months are a time to reflect on your goals for your garden and landscaping. If you find that the ideas are rolling in and you’re feeling more inspired than you have in a long time, don’t let that motivation slide. Start finding ways to get your landscaping ready for all of those ideas. This might mean building a new garden bed for your flowers once the weather improves. Or it could mean taking care of hardscaping maintenance that will impact the overall look of your yard. Whatever it is, it’s okay to get started as long as you’re keeping your plants safe and healthy.

It’s Staying Warm During the Day
Though most people are concerned about nighttime temperatures, you can also gauge your timing with the weather during the day. If the temperatures are staying warm all day long, it’s a surefire sign that spring is on the way. This is the perfect time to start paying attention to your landscaping and your lawn. You don’t even have to start watering it to make a difference. All you need to do is keep an eye out for weeds and figure out the ideal fertilizing schedule for your grass. Once the weather heats up in earnest and night temps stop going below freezing, you’ll be ready to start fertilizing and watering like normal. The sooner you can start this, the easier it will be to repair any wintertime damage to your grass. 

Get Your Sprinkler Inspection Scheduled
Spring will be here before you know it. Rather than leaving things up to chance and risking expensive water leaks during the spring, make a plan to get your sprinkler system inspected. Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 
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Maintaining Outdoor Landscape Lighting Before Winter Starts


December 10, 2020

During the warmer months of the year, you rely on your Denver sprinkler system to keep your lawn looking great and growing well. However, once the weather turns and gets cold, you won’t be able to rely on your lawn to keep your landscaping looking great at all times. You need to find other ways to make your landscaping pop. For most homeowners, the easiest way to do this is with a system of landscape lighting. These lights highlight features in your yard when the light fades early in the day. Though these lights are durable, they can get damaged and when the do, you won’t be able to rely on them during the winter months. Here are a few simple tips to help you maintain your lights until your lawn starts to grow again.

Check Your Light Bulbs
Before winter is in full swing, you’ll need to make sure your landscape lighting is working properly. Turn the system on and walk around your yard. Inspect each fixture closely. Make sure the light bulbs turn on and off when you tell them to. If you notice anything flickering or not turning on, you’ll need to replace the light bulb. If this is the case, all you need to do is remove the bulb from the fixture. Take the bulb with you to your local hardware store to make sure you choose the right replacement option from their selection. If the bulbs you use are a specialty type, you may need to call your landscaper or electrician to order the right model. 

Look for Cracks in the Housing
While you’re inspecting the light bulbs, pay attention to the housing around the bulbs. Look at it from all angles and check for cracks or other damage to the material. Though these can be cosmetic issues, they can cause major problems to the fixture itself if you let them sit over the winter months. If you notice any cracks, contact your landscaping expert immediately. They’ll need to find replacements for your yard or make the necessary repairs to keep water and ice from seeping into the fixture and electrical components.

Inspect the Wiring for Wear and Tear
Though most landscape lighting has wiring that’s enclosed in the fixture itself, some have small portions of wiring outside the fixture. Try to inspect those visible wires closely. Look at the protective rubber casing around the wires. If they’re in good shape, the casing should be whole and undamaged. If you notice any fading on the rubber or see tears and cracks in the material, call an electrician as soon as you can. These cracks mean the wires are exposed to the elements. Though it’s possible that they’ll be fine over the winter months, there’s also a chance that water and melting ice can damage the connections and leave your landscaping without lighting at all. 

Make Sure They’re Angled the Right Way
Pay attention to the way your lights are angled in your landscape design. The position of the bulbs and fixtures can make or break the impact you’re trying to achieve with the lighting system. You may need to reposition the fixtures by hand to make sure they have the impact you want. If you’re not comfortable doing this on your own or want an expert to inspect your lighting to make sure you’re highlighting the features you want to showcase, reach out to your landscaping team. They’ll be able to make sure the lights focus on the aspects of your yard that you want to highlight. Keep in mind that you’ll need to keep an eye on things throughout the winter. Stray snowballs and snow shovels can end up knocking them out of position. 

Upgrade the Bulbs With LEDs
Running your landscape lighting for more hours of the day can end up increasing your home’s energy bills. Rather than accepting that increase, consider replacing your existing bulbs with LED bulbs. These lights use only a fraction of the electricity of standard incandescent bulbs. Over the course of the winter, switching to LEDs can end up saving you hundreds on your electric bill. Just make sure you choose a bulb that offers the same brightness and wattage as your standard bulbs. Otherwise, you might notice a change in your landscape lighting’s brightness and effectiveness.

Have a Plan for Ice and Snow Buildup
Your landscape lighting is only effective if it’s able to project a steady stream of light. When it’s blocked by snow and ice, it won’t create a beautiful effect as it should. Take the time to mark out your lights’ locations in your yard and be ready to clear those areas of ice and snow during the winter. For best results, clear those areas by hand. The last thing you want to do is knock your lights out of position and change the way they perform during the winter months. 

Get Repairs Taken Care of Quickly
It’s normal for even the most well-cared-for landscape lighting to need the occasional maintenance appointment. When the system needs repair, letting those repairs slide and ignoring them for months on end is the best way to keep your landscape lighting from working properly. Instead, take the time to get repairs taken care of in a timely manner. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, spare yourself the frustration and schedule repairs with a professional as soon as you can. This way, your system will work reliably during the colder months without a problem.

Don’t Neglect Your Sprinklers
Though your landscape lighting is important, it’s only one part of your landscaping design. You still need to make sure your sprinkler system works properly come spring. The best way to do that is to schedule a sprinkler system blowout as soon as possible. Don’t leave things up to chance. Contact our team to discuss your system’s needs today and let us help you keep your lawn looking great for years to come. The sooner you schedule a blowout, the better.
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Denver Sprinkler Experts Share How to Care for Your Lawn During the Winter


November 5, 2020

Winter has a way of coming early in the Denver metro area and this year is no different. All that snowfall changes the way you use and care for your home’s landscaping. If you’re new to the area or haven’t had the responsibility of taking care of landscaping in the past, you probably aren’t sure where to start. Though it’s easy to think you can just let your lawn sit over the winter months, your trusted sprinkler repair team in Denver knows that nothing could be further from the truth. You still need to give your lawn a little TLC if you want it to rebound in the spring. Here are a few key tasks you should do to take care of your lawn during the coldest part of the year.

Fertilize Your Lawn

Most homeowners think about fertilizing their grass and garden beds in the spring before the growing season starts in earnest. While this is definitely helpful, it’s not the only time you should give your grass a little food. Whenever possible, apply a good amount of fertilizer before the ground freezes solid. Most years, this won’t happen until mid-November, so you still have time! 

That fertilizer helps replenish the nutrients in the soil that your grass used up during the summer and fall. This allows the roots to stay healthy and makes it easier for your lawn to recover in time for the growing season. If you’re not comfortable doing this on your own, contact your landscaping expert and get their advice. They’ll be able to tell you what type of fertilizer is best for your yard and how to apply it properly.

Schedule a Blowout


If you have a sprinkler system running across your property, you need to get it ready for the winter months, too. Otherwise, you risk damaging your lawn, your home, and your water bill. Think of it this way: water runs from your home’s water main through pipes to each sprinkler head on the property. Turning the water supply off will keep new water from flowing through the pipes, but it won’t do anything to get rid of the water already inside the pipes. If that water freezes, it can rupture the pipes, flood your lawn, and cause all sorts of problems for your property.

The best thing you can do is schedule a blowout with your sprinkler maintenance team. During this appointment, they’ll use a high-pressured air compressor to purge the water from the lines in your sprinkler system. This effectively dries the system out and makes your sprinklers safe even in the harsh winter temperatures. 

Aerate Your Grass

Over the course of the growing season, the dirt beneath your grass can get compacted. This happens when people walk across the surface over and over again or when you leave lawn furniture or decorations out for months on end. Once the soil gets compacted, it keeps the roots from getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to make your lawn lush and green when the growing season comes back around.

Luckily, you can do something about it. All you have to do is aerate the lawn when the weather starts to turn. The process involves punching holes in your soil to give the roots room to breathe. Most homeowners prefer to use automated lawn aerators to take care of the task quickly. However, if your budget is tight, you can pick up an aerating fork at your local hardware or garden supply store.

Rake It Often

Though leaves and plant debris can enrich the soil when they have a chance to break down, they can also cause serious damage and ongoing problems for your lawn. The leaves trap moisture between the soil and the top of your lawn. That moisture can’t evaporate and then encourages mold and mildew growth in your grass. This will create dead patches of grass when the growing season starts. Worse, the mold and mildew can spread to other parts of your lawn.

The best thing you can do is rake it every week or two. Pick up the piles of leaves and collect them away from your lawn. If you want to use them as compost for your garden bed, collect the leaves and let them break down in a dry spot in your yard. If you don’t want to create your own compost, bag the leaves and throw them out with your garbage.

Spread Seed

Believe it or not, the best time to plant more grass isn’t always in the spring. It’s actually in the late fall before the ground freezes. Spread fresh grass seed in the bare patches or under-performing parts of your lawn. Then, water the new seeds well during the heat of the day. You’ll need to use your garden hose with a spray nozzle for best results since your sprinkler system should be off for the season. 

Once you see the seeds start to sprout, you can stop watering and let them grow on their own. The roots from the sprouted seeds will continue to grow over the winter months. Once the weather warms up, the new seed will grow with the rest of your lawn. Keep in mind that there will always be some seeds that don’t make it through the winter. You may need to spread more seeds in spring to fill in any gaps that you find.

Follow These Tips This Winter

Keeping your home’s landscaping looking great during the spring is only possible if you take the time to maintain your yard during the winter. Follow these simple tips this winter and you’ll be in good shape and your lawn will recover from the cold quickly when the weather warms backup. It may take a bit of work and determination, but the results once the weather warms back up will be more than worth it. If you still need to schedule a sprinkler blowout or are worried about your system’s ability to survive the winter, don’t panic. Contact our team to schedule an appointment.
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How to Tell If Your Denver Sprinklers Are Causing Damage to Your Home’s Exterior


October 12, 2020

When your sprinklers are working the way they’re supposed to, they send a steady supply of water to your plants and lawn without issue. Once the timer sends the signal, the system turns on and runs through the cycle automatically, only missing cycles if there’s a significant rainstorm that makes watering unnecessary. Since they’re entirely automatic, it’s easy to stop paying attention to the way the system is working at any given time or the issues it might be causing with your home’s exterior. Remember, water damage is a serious issue and the sooner you deal with it, the better off your property will be. Here are a few key things your Denver sprinkler repair team wants you to watch for around your property.

Pooling Around Your Foundation
Your home’s foundation is designed to be able to handle the occasional rainstorm without a problem. It’s even built to move with changing soil conditions without cracking and getting damaged. However, it’s not built to withstand constant exposure to water. Walk around your home’s exterior and keep an eye on the foundation line. Look for puddles collecting along the side of your house after running your sprinkler system. 

Even if those puddles fade after an hour or two, you’ll want to get your system inspected by a professional. Small puddles soaking into the ground around your home still increase the amount of moisture exposure your foundation faces. Over time, it can cause the foundation to crack and warp. Once this happens, you’ll be in for some costly repairs and may have to deal with additional damage throughout your home.

Cracks in the Siding
Your home’s siding isn’t just a decorative touch that adds personality and flair to your building. It also helps protect the insulation, wiring, and integrity of the house itself. When it’s damaged, the rest of your house is at risk for serious water damage, insect infestations, and even mold growth. Unfortunately, water repeatedly hitting the side of your house can cause the siding to warp and lift away from the supports on the exterior of your house. 

Look at your siding at least once a month and check for any cracks and warping in the materials. If you see any, get them repaired quickly and have your sprinklers inspected to make sure the issue won’t repeat itself. Your repair technician will be able to make the necessary repairs to adjust the spray pattern of your sprinklers.

Warping Paint
Exterior paint is designed to withstand regular exposure to moisture and the elements, but repeat exposure caused by sprinkler systems constantly hitting the side of your home can cause the paint to bubble up. Once it does, the moisture barrier formed by the paint will be compromised. This puts your siding at risk of extensive water damage if the problem continues. Once the moisture builds up in the siding, it can end up encouraging mold and mildew growth inside your walls. Adjusting the sprinkler heads to avoid hitting the house will keep the damage at bay.

Excess Moisture Buildup in the Basement
Sometimes, the spray from your sprinkler heads can soak into the ground very quickly. That doesn’t mean it’s not doing damage to your home. Get in the habit of inspecting your basement or crawlspace every few weeks. Pay attention to the humidity levels inside and make sure there’s no sign of water soaking through the foundation and into your home. If you notice anything out of place or feel that the space is overly humid, don’t wait. Get the damage checked out by an experienced contractor and take care of your sprinkler heads’ positioning.

Discoloration in Your Foundation
All water has some trace minerals in it. Those minerals are actually beneficial both for your health and your home’s soil composition. However, those same minerals can also make it really easy to notice water damage caused by your sprinkler system after the water has dried completely. Between watering sessions, walk around your home’s exterior and look for visible discoloration along the base of your home. You’ll likely see a buildup of white specks left behind as the water dried. If you see this, take action quickly. The sooner you get your sprinkler system adjusted, the safer your home’s foundation will be.

Musty Smell Indoors
Severe water damage will eventually soak into the walls of your home even if the source of the water damage comes from outside your house. Though you might not see visible water damage inside your house, you will likely be able to smell it. Give your home a smell test every week and pay attention to any inexplicably changing odors. If you suddenly start smelling damp, musty, or earthy smells inside your house, you likely have water damage soaking in from the exterior. Keep in mind that this could be due to a problem in your plumbing, so it’s always best to schedule an appointment with your trusted plumber.

Water Pooling on the Main Level
If water keeps hitting the side of your house and you continue to ignore the issues at hand, you may end up seeing water pooling inside your home along the base of your walls. Ignoring this damage isn’t an option. The longer it sits, the more damaged your home will become. As soon as you notice inexplicable moisture on your floor, get your sprinkler system and your plumbing system inspected. This way, you’ll be able to fix the issue before the problem spreads and threatens the safety of your house and your furnishings.

Don’t Let Your Sprinklers Hurt Your Home
Watch for these tell-tale signs that your sprinkler system is damaging your house so you can stay on top of repairs and keep your home in good condition. If you spot even a single one, don’t ignore the damage. Contact Water Solutions Sprinkler Service as soon as possible to schedule an inspection with our dedicated team. We’ll make sure your sprinkler system is calibrated correctly so the only things the sprinkler heads will water will be the plants you love. 
 
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What Happens to Your Denver Sprinkler System if You Don’t Schedule a Blowout


September 14, 2020

Your sprinkler system is one of the most important components of your home’s landscape design. When it’s in good condition, it will reliably water your yard for years. However, to ensure that the unit works properly for years to come, you need to let your Denver sprinkler repair pros take care of regular maintenance tasks on schedule. One of the most important things you can do for your system and your yard is to schedule an annual system blowout before the weather starts to turn. Though most homeowners remember to take care of this task on time each year, others just keep putting it off. So, what happens to your sprinkler system if you don’t schedule a blowout?

Your Pipes Could Burst
Every sprinkler system pulls water from your home’s water supply and sends it into your yard through buried pipes. Those pipes are what help you keep your lawn watered without having to worry about setting up a garden hose or move a detachable sprinkler around the lawn to make sure everything gets watered correctly. 

During warmer months, those pipes stay in good condition. The water flows through them freely and easily. However, as the temperatures drop and the ground starts to freeze, your pipes can freeze, too. When this happens, the water inside them expands and pushes against the walls of the pipes. If the freeze is hard enough, the pipes could burst. Once this happens, you’ll be in for an expensive repair come spring. 

Leaks Could Hurt Your Yard’s Growth in Spring
The ground often thaws long before you have to worry about turning the sprinkler system back on. When the pipes are empty of water, this won’t be a problem. They’ll stay dry until you turn the water supply back on. However, if those pipes burst, you’ll have a serious leak going on underground. Though it might not seem like a huge issue, those leaking pipes can do serious damage to your lawn and your landscaping.

The soil in your yard needs to be moist, not soaking wet for your plants to thrive. If the dirt is soaked by a leak, the roots in your garden will start to mold and decay. Over the course of a few weeks, your landscaping will start to show visible signs of damage.  Unfortunately, you’ll likely end up needing to redo the full landscape design if the leak has a chance to spread.

The Sprinkler Heads Might Get Damaged
The pipes underground aren’t the only components at risk for freezing. The sprinkler heads are, too. Though they don’t store water inside, some excess water from your pipes will still get trapped inside the heads. If the temperatures drop and the heads start to freeze, you’ll ruin the sprinkler heads entirely.

Once you go to turn your system on in the spring, you’ll notice that the spray either won’t go where you need it to go or won’t come out at all. Regardless of what happens, you’ll be without a sprinkler system until your repair technicians can come and inspect the sprinkler heads. In most cases, the heads will need to be replaced completely to restore your system to 100 percent functionality. 

Your Water Bill Could Skyrocket
One of the most common reasons homeowners choose to install sprinkler systems on their property is to reduce their overall water usage. When sprinklers are in good shape and properly maintained, you’ll be able to keep your bill as low as possible without having to cut back on your watering habits. However, if you forget to schedule a blowout, your bill will likely go up.

Remember, when your pipes burst, all that water seeps into the ground rather than getting distributed to your plants. Anytime you turn the sprinkler system on, your unit will need to use more water to hydrate your yard which, in turn, means more water gets wasted through the cracked pipes. Over the course of the season, this can easily add hundreds to your regular water costs.

The Backflow Device Can Break
If your yard is set up like most homeowners’ yards, your sprinkler system’s backflow device is located outside your house. The backflow device keeps the water in your sprinkler system from running back indoors and into your home’s drinking water supply. This helps prevent contaminants, dirt, and debris from ending up in your home’s taps. Since it’s outside, it needs to be drained as part of your normal blowout appointment before the first hard freeze.

If you forget to take care of your annual blowout, you risk damaging the backflow device. At best, water can start leaking out from the components around the device. The only way to stop the leak is to shut the water supply off entirely. At worst, water from your sprinkler system can get back inside your home resulting in contaminated water and potentially clogged pipes and drains.

You’ll End Up Spending More Money on Repairs
The most important thing to remember when deciding whether you can put off your sprinkler system blowout is that ignoring this important maintenance step can lead to serious and costly repairs. Those repairs are preventable and the easiest way to prevent them in the first place is to schedule a blowout before the first hard freeze. Remember, preventative maintenance is always going to be cheaper than paying for a full system replacement or having to dig up your pipes to repair ruptures and leaks. 

Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late
If you’ve been wondering if a sprinkler system blowout is absolutely necessary, the answer is a definitive, “yes.” Putting it off or failing to take care of it altogether puts your sprinkler system at risk for serious damage and could derail your springtime gardening plans before the weather even has a chance to warm back up. The best thing you can do is schedule an appointment with the team at Water Solutions Sprinkler Service now. We’ll help you figure out the perfect time to take care of the blowout and will handle the task quickly and easily. 
 
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