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Summer Gardening Tips to Get Your Kids Actively Involved


April 3, 2020

Summer will be here before you know it and while this means you’ll want to rely on your Denver sprinkler system to keep your lawn in good condition, it also means your kids will be out of school. If you’re like most parents, you’re already worrying about finding ways to keep them entertained without letting them spend hours in front of the television or computer. Gardening is one of the best ways to get your kids outdoors while also helping them develop new skills that they can use throughout the rest of their lives. Getting them on board can be a bit of a challenge. Here are a few simple tips to help you get them excited and encourage them to spend more time playing in the dirt.

Give Them a Garden of Their Own
The best way to get kids involved in gardening and landscaping is to let them have a place to explore the hobby on their own. Find a spot in your yard and build a kid-friendly garden where they can work without damaging your other plants. If you’re not sure where to start, see if any parts of your current garden bed would work for the project. If you’re not using the full space, consider giving your kids a small part of the space. If you have plans for those garden beds, build a spot in your yard just for them.

Build a garden box to help contain the dirt and place it in a sunny spot in your yard. Once you pick a spot, fill the garden box with high-quality gardening soil. Just make sure that the box is low enough that kids can work in it comfortably. Built-up beds are great for teens and adults, but might be too tall for small children.

Show Them the Ropes
Remember, your kids may have watched you work in your garden, but that doesn’t mean they know what to do in theirs. Show them what they need to do to give their plants the care and attention they need to thrive. 

Just remember that they may not do things the way you would. That’s okay. This is a learning experience for them and they can learn from the mistakes they make. Show them how to turn the soil so it’s loose enough to hold moisture without stifling the roots. Talk about how to space plants out so they don’t get overly crowded, and let them ask questions, no matter how silly they might seem.

Let Your Kids Choose Their Plants
The easiest way to keep kids interested in their garden is to let them choose the plants they put in the garden. Take them with you to a local garden center and let them pick out a few things. If they love flowers, let them pick a few species and colors. If they want to grow vegetables, encourage them to pick things they’ll enjoy eating.

When they feel like they got to pick the plants in their garden, it will be easier to get them to take care of those plants. Ultimately, it’s their responsibility to keep their garden thriving during the growing season. 

Give Them the Right Tools
You know which tools you need to care for your plants and garden throughout the growing season. Without those tools, those daily tasks will be much harder. The same holds true for your children. They need the right types of equipment to help them plant and care for their garden. 

Unfortunately, most standard gardening tools are too large for younger kids to use comfortably. Instead of trying to get them to wield things that are too heavy or too large for their hands, invest in child-friendly gardening tools. 

Find shovels, trowels, and gloves designed to fit small hands comfortably. This will give them more control over their actions and helps them better care for their plants every day. As they grow, they’ll be able to use full-sized tools correctly after developing the right technique with tools that fit them when they were small. 

Create a Task List or Calendar
No matter how much your kids love their garden, they’ll need to remember what to do every day to keep their plants growing well. Start by going over the tasks they’ll need to take care of every day to give their plants the care they need. Explain what’s expected of them and have a plan to supervise them as they take care of their garden. This way, you’ll be able to help them experience a successful first growing season.

Once you have those responsibilities in place, write them down. Give your kids a task calendar that they can follow to make sure they take care of everything in a timely manner. Put the calendar somewhere that’s visible to them whenever they need to double check something. The refrigerator or their bedroom door at eye-level is a great place to hang it. As they fulfill those tasks, consider rewarding them with a sticker to reinforce their behaviors.

Be Patient
Remember, it’s normal for kids to have all sorts of questions about their plants and the tasks they have to take care of every day. Try to answer them to the best of your ability and be patient if you have to explain things more than once. If possible, let them shadow you while you work in your garden and maintain the rest of the yard. They can learn by watching just as easily as they learn by doing. By the end of the summer, you may end up with at least one helper who can take the stress out of maintaining and caring for your landscaping!

Get Your Yard Ready for Summer Now
Before you and your kids start getting your hands dirty, give your yard a little TLC. Weed your garden beds, inspect your lawn for underperforming growth, and make sure your sprinkler system is ready for the heat. Contact our team to schedule a sprinkler system tune-up so you can keep your lawn looking great throughout the summer months. 
 
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7 Tips to Help You Maintain Your Denver Sprinkler System Year-Round


March 5, 2020

Having an automatic sprinkler system in your yard makes it easy to keep your grass and landscaping looking great during the warmer months. It works whether you’re home or on vacation and can supply a reliable and steady amount of water for your lawn to thrive, even during dry spells. If you’re like most homeowners, you likely run your sprinkler system several times each week during the spring and summer. All that use means you’ll need to take a few extra steps to maintain your system and keep you from having to schedule unexpected Denver sprinkler repair appointments. Don’t worry—it’s easier than you think. Here are a few simple tips to help you maintain your sprinkler system.

1. Pay Attention to the Seasons
Your landscaping will need different amounts of water depending on the season. Pay attention to what’s going on outside when you set your watering schedule and make adjustments as needed. For example, if it’s cloudy for most of the week or raining in the afternoons, you may be able to turn the system off entirely. The less frequently the system has to run, the less wear and tear it will see. This can help you keep your sprinklers in better shape and extend the life of the components significantly. 

That said, don’t avoid using your system when you need it just because you’re trying to put off a professional tune-up. If it’s sunny and your grass keeps drying out, program the system accordingly.

2. Watch for Leaks and Signs of Damage
You know your sprinkler system and know what it’s supposed to look like when it’s running and when it’s not. Every week, take a walk around the yard and look for signs of leaks and other damage. If there’s something wrong with the system, you’ll likely see puddles around the yard even when the system hasn’t watered your yard or see sprinkler heads poking up out of the grass when the system’s off. If you see anything that looks out of place, call your sprinkler repair team immediately. The sooner it’s fixed, the better off the system will be.

3. Install a Rain Sensor Now
Most modern systems have rain sensors installed from the very beginning. But older sprinkler systems may not have this feature. If your system doesn’t automatically shut off during rainstorms, invest in a rain sensor as soon as possible. The sensor lets the sprinkler system controller know when the grass is getting enough moisture naturally and triggers the system to pause its regular cycle. This helps keep your grass in better shape but it also reduces unnecessary wear and tear on your sprinkler heads. 

4. Check for Blockages
Have you ever looked outside when your sprinkler system is running only to notice that a portion of your yard isn’t getting watered or the spray pattern just doesn’t look “right?” Instead of ignoring those issues until your next tune-up, investigate. Check the sprinkler heads for blockages and if you see any dirt or grass clippings blocking the spray head, clear it away. For stubborn grime, all you need is a damp paper towel and a bit of elbow grease. This should fix the problem and reduces the risk of breaking your sprinkler heads over the course of the growing season.

5. Be Mindful of Spray Patterns
When a sprinkler system is working properly, the spray should be even and consistent. After a few cycles, you’ll get to know what it’s supposed to look like. But if you notice that the spray isn’t going where it’s supposed to or looks like it’s misting off before it can reach the grass, you may need to adjust the sprinkler head positions. And if you notice the spray hitting your house or your driveway instead of the landscaping, you’ll definitely want to make the adjustments as soon as possible. If you’re not comfortable doing this yourself, don’t panic. Make an appointment with your repair tech and let them make the necessary adjustments for you.

6. Stay on Top of Tune-Ups
No matter how much or how little you use your sprinkler system, you need to get the system tuned up at least once a year. During the tune-up, your sprinkler repair expert will inspect the full system for any signs of wear and tear or damage. They’ll run the heads through cycles to make sure they’re positioned properly and respond correctly to the timer’s programming. If they spot any issues or damage, they’ll be able to fix the problems quickly. This helps keep your system in good condition for years to come and ensures that you always have a reliable way to water your yard without forcing you to water it by hand.

7. Always Get Your System Ready for Winter
In Denver, we get some crazy weather and when the temps drop, it’s always important to pay attention to your sprinkler system. The lines running under the soil contain water. When the temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside those lines can freeze. As the water freezes, it expands inside the lines, putting pressure against the tubing and, in some cases, causing cracks or ruptures in the pipes. After the growing season ends and before the first hard freeze, schedule a winterizing appointment. 

During these appointments, your technician will use a high-pressure air compressor to blow out the water remaining in the lines. Any moisture left inside the system will be too small to do any damage, even if temps drop well below freezing.

Keeping Your Sprinklers in Good Shape Can Be Easy
As long as you follow these simple tips, you’ll be able to keep your Denver sprinkler system in good condition for many years to come. But if you notice anything that’s not working correctly or just want an experienced professional to take a look at your system’s overall efficiency, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment and let our team help you keep your sprinklers working flawlessly. We’ll help you keep your sprinkler system in good condition no matter how often you use it.
 
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6 Early Warning Signs That Your Denver Sprinkler System Has a Leak


February 5, 2020

When you think of your sprinkler system, you think of a simple way to keep your lawn and yard watered throughout the year. It works automatically and all you have to do is sit back, relax, and enjoy your lush grass between those weekend mowing sessions. Though they’re durable and built to last, sprinkler systems can occasionally develop issues that put your yard at risk. The worst, hands-down, is an underground leak in the waterlines. Since it’s not visible to the naked eye, you may not always know when it’s time to call your Denver sprinkler repair team to fix the problem. Watch for these tell-tale signs that your sprinkler has a leak somewhere in the system.

Higher Than Normal Water Bills
Sprinkler systems are designed to reduce the amount of water you need to water your lawn and landscaping. It spreads water evenly and over a large area so the roots can make the most of every drop. This means your water bills will typically be lower during the growing season with a sprinkler system in place than they would be if you hand-water the entire yard. 

If you notice your water bills going up without reason and haven’t changed the way you use your sprinkler system, you likely have a leak underground. Even a small leak can waste hundreds of gallons of water—water you have to pay for every month. Compare your water bills against the ones from last year and see if they’re consistent or significantly higher. If they’re higher, you may have a leak. Once you get the leak fixed, whether it’s in the water supply line or through the pipes leading to the sprinkler heads, you’ll see your water bill go down. 

Wet Walkways
Grass can only use so much water before the roots and soil become overly wet and can’t absorb any more. When this happens, that water has to go somewhere, so it spreads out over the ground. When it hits the boundary of your walkway or driveway, it soaks the pavement or concrete. 

Take a look at your walkways, stepping stones, and driveway. If it’s dry, you’re in good shape. But if you see that the pavement is consistently wet, you need to get that sprinkler leak fixed quickly. When pavement gets wet and stays wet, it starts to deteriorate. Over time, you could end up needing to repave or add new concrete to keep those walkways in good and usable condition.

Soggy or Muddy Grass
Remember how we mentioned that grass can only use so much water? Well, excess water has to collect somewhere before it starts to spread out towards the walkways on your property. This often results in puddles throughout your lawn, but you might not know they’re there unless you’re walking on the grass.

Take a look at your lawn. Does it look relatively dry? Walk across it and see how the turf feels. If your footfalls make squelching noises or you pick your foot up only to discover that it’s covered in mud, you probably have a leak in your sprinkler system. The sooner you get it fixed, the better off your lawn will be.

Brown or Dying Spots in the Lawn
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as too much water for your lawn. When the grass is overly hydrated, it can develop root rot, fungus, and find it difficult to get the nutrients it needs to grow properly. Unfortunately, it takes time for these symptoms to develop. But if you see brown spots, dead-growth areas, or notice discoloration in your grass, you could have a leak.

The best thing you can do is get your sprinkler system inspected to see if there’s too much water flooding the roots. Keep in mind that discoloration of your lawn can also be indicative of over-fertilization, pest and rodent damage, and other issues. The only way to identify the exact cause is to perform a full inspection of your grass and your irrigation system.

Tons of Mushrooms Popping Up
Mushrooms can pop up almost anywhere with very little moisture. It’s normal and not necessarily bad for your grass when they pop up in small quantities. However, if you notice tons of mushrooms growing in different parts of your yard, even when it hasn’t rained recently, start checking for sprinkler system leaks.

Mushrooms need moisture to feed the spores that let them crop up in your landscaping. If you have a sprinkler system leak, those spores will get fed frequently. The longer this goes on, the more mushrooms will pop up. Even though they’re not harmful, they’re a great early warning sign of leaks and water issues on your property. Be mindful, look for them between rainstorms, and call your sprinkler repair team if they just keep coming back.

Low Water Pressure 
Every sprinkler system relies on water pressure to spray the water where it needs to go. When it’s high enough, your lawn gets watered properly. You won’t see any dead zones or have to waste time by hand-watering portions of the turf. Unfortunately, even minor leaks can interrupt that water pressure, causing it to drop significantly. 

Pay attention to the way the sprinkler heads are spraying. If the spray pattern looks low or you’re struggling with low water pressure throughout the system, you likely have a leak. Fixing the leak should restore proper water pressure for your sprinkler system in a matter of minutes, so you’ll be able to rely on that spray to water your yard throughout the growing season.

Watch for These Signs
These are the most common signs of leaks in your sprinkler system. If you notice even one or are just worried about the way your system is performing, don’t wait. Schedule an estimate and get your system inspected for any possible damage. Leaving even minor leaks unrepaired can cost you hundreds over the course of the year. At Water Solutions Sprinkler Service, we’ll help you keep your system in good shape whether you need a tune-up or have several leaks beneath the ground. 

 
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7 Surprising Benefits of Installing an Automatic Sprinkler System at Your Denver Home


January 8, 2020

As a homeowner, you know that your lawn can make or break your home’s exterior. When it looks run down and unhealthy, the rest of your property looks just as bad. But when it looks healthy and properly watered, it makes the rest of your home look well-maintained. To make this happen, you have two choices: hand water your landscaping or let a Denver sprinkler installation team install a new system. If you’ve been hand watering your yard for a while, you likely aren’t sure if a sprinkler system can make that much of a difference in your maintenance routine. Here are a few benefits you’ll see once you install an automatic sprinkler system at your home. 

Saves You Time
When you think of your landscaping, you probably think about the hours you spend mowing the lawn, weeding the garden beds, and carefully trimming overgrown limbs and branches. While these tasks take time, they’re not the part of landscaping that take up the most of your valuable days off. At least, not if you’re watering by hand. 

Using watering cans or hoses to water your landscaping can take hours every few days if you’re not careful. Installing an automatic sprinkler system will dramatically cut down on the amount of time you spend maintaining your yard. Instead of spending hours throughout the week carefully making sure your plants get enough water, you’ll be able to focus on other tasks. 

Cuts Down on Your Water Bill
It seems like watering your plants by hand would use less water. After all, you’re monitoring the way the water soaks into the soil and can stop the spray as soon as the plants get enough. But did you know that you’re actually using more water than is necessary?

When you water by hand, you’re only able to water small portions of your landscaping at any given time. The delay you have in moving the hose and shutting off the water can end up wasting gallons every time. 

With an automatic sprinkler system, the spray covers more area and wastes less water. The end result is a lower water bill month after month. Over the course of the year, you could end up saving hundreds depending on the size of your yard. 

Decreases Stress
When you’re hand watering your landscaping, you have to remember the last time you watered, pay attention to the weather, and watch for signs of excess moisture in the garden beds. Unless you live for gardening, this can create a lot of undue stress that takes away from your ability to enjoy your weekends and your time off. 

Automatic sprinkler systems can change all that. Instead of worrying about watering your lawn, you’re able to set a timer and let the system do it when needed. Even better, it works whether you’re at home or out of town and you won’t have to worry about landscaping maintenance when you’re trying to enjoy yourself. 

Saves You Money
Let’s revisit the thought of going on vacation. When you hand water your yard and landscaping, you’ll need to find someone to take care of it while you’re away from home. And it’s rare that those people will be willing to do it for free. You’ll have to pay them every time they come to water. Over the course of a two-week vacation, this can really add up!

An automatic sprinkler system will help you save money by skipping out on the watering help. Instead, your system will take care of it. But even better, it’ll do it with less water, saving you more money on your water bill! 

Adds Value to Your Home
It should come as no surprise that your landscaping can make a huge difference in your home’s resale value. But having beautiful landscaping isn’t enough to really drive the value higher. Think of it this way—buyers actively look for properties that are easy to maintain. If they have to spend hours each week taking care of the landscaping, they’ll find the property less attractive. After all, it’ll cost more to maintain.

Installing an automatic sprinkler system will increase the value of your property and can make your home more marketable if you think you’ll sell in the near future. New systems work incredibly well and are always a draw to homebuyers who fall in love with the way a property looks. The less time they have to spend taking care of it, the more tempting the home will be and the more the home will be worth to them.

They’re Low-Maintenance
Many die-hard hand waterers quickly point out that their way is the ultimate low-maintenance method. While this is technically true—you’re not going to have to maintain a watering can—it doesn’t mean automatic sprinkler systems aren’t worth the investment. In fact, they’re incredibly low-maintenance when installed correctly by an experienced professional. 

You won’t have to spend any extra time maintaining the system throughout the year as long as you schedule an annual tune-up and a winter blowout to protect the lines. These can be done by your installation team. Even better, you don’t have to be home for the appointment so you won’t have to change your schedule around!

New Systems Include a Warranty
Manufacturer defects happen and they can make it impossible for you to keep your yard properly watered. If you’re faced with paying for the repairs yourself, owning a sprinkler system can seem like quite the investment. But new systems include a manufacturer warranty to help protect against those issues.

If you ever have a problem, all you have to do is call your installation expert. If the damage is due to a problem with the components, they’ll help you get the system fixed quickly and at no or very little cost to you. 

Install One This Spring
If you’re looking to get the most out of your home’s landscaping without having to put in the work, stop hand watering your lawn and garden beds. Contact our team and let us install an automatic sprinkler system for your yard. You’ll save time, money, and get your days off back instantly. 
 
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Denver Sprinkler Repair Experts Share How to Add Flair to Your Yard This Winter


December 11, 2019

You’ve scheduled your sprinkler system blowout and are all ready for the cold temperatures to hit in earnest. But what do you do with your landscaping that’s not actively growing? Do you let your yard slide into a winter slumber without doing anything to spruce it up? Or should you find fun ways to add color and pizzazz to your yard until the temperatures go back up? Your trusted Denver sprinkler repair experts believe that winter is the perfect way to play with your landscaping and add color to your home. Here are a few simple ideas that will make your yard stand out even during the off-season.

Play with Your Landscape Lighting
Even during the winter months, you can use your landscape lighting to highlight certain features of your yard. Use this to your advantage. Keep the lights on and show off the silhouettes of your trees or shrubs. Change out the light bulbs for different color options and add flair to your yard as the seasons change. You can even reposition some of the lights to call attention to different features like seasonal decorations. Whatever you do, just make sure to use high-quality LED bulbs. This way, you’ll still be able to enjoy your lights without having to pay high energy costs each month.

Repurpose Holiday Lights
Holiday lights are ideal for making your home feel more festive, but that doesn’t mean you have to take them down as soon as the holidays are over. Instead, repurpose them and hang them elsewhere in your yard. Use clear lights to add warmth to patios or porches and hang colorful lights in the backyard to create an air of whimsy that you and your family can enjoy at night. Instead of leaving the lights on the trees’ canopies, consider wrapping the strands around the trunk. This highlights your trees without making it feel like you’re leaving holiday lights up past the season.

Add Color with Evergreens
Your trees may be leafless and bare during the winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t add color to your yard. Instead of relying on fake flowers that look both tacky and cheap, opt for evergreens. Young evergreens are great potted plants that, with the right care, can stay small for years without outgrowing their pots. Arrange these in your yard, on your porch, or along your walkway to add life to your winter landscape. If you want to make a more permanent addition to your yard, transfer the evergreens in the spring and let them grow to their full height.

Hang Bird Feeders
Most of the birds may leave the Denver metro area during the winter, but some species like to stick around even into the colder months. Draw them to your yard by hanging bird feeders around your property. This will make your yard look alive even when it’s covered in snow. Just remember to hang the bird feeders away from your house. Use the trees or decorative stakes to hold them out in the open. This way, you won’t have to worry about insects or pests getting too close to your home or worse, slipping inside when you least expect it.

Show Your Mailbox Some Love
You may not think much about your mailbox, but it’s one of the most visible things in your front yard. When it looks run down, it only makes your winter landscaping look more barren. Instead of leaving your mailbox in place, give it a facelift. Give it a coat of fresh paint to protect it from rust and make it look like-new. 

If you’re not sure what color to use, look at your house and try to match the paint to the colors of your home’s exterior. For example, if you have gray siding and white trim, a fresh coat of white paint will make the mailbox seem like an intentional yard decoration. 

Spread Fresh Mulch
Spreading mulch is a great way to insulate your plants and your garden beds against the cold temperatures. But it also adds a touch of color to your yard. Use enough to completely cover the exposed soil around the base of your trees and your flower beds and leave it in place once the weather warms up. As the mulch breaks down, it will distribute nutrients into the soil. This will help your plants thrive during the growing season and increases the health of your soil without the use of chemical fertilizers.

Keep Your Driveway Clear
When the snow falls, it’s beautiful to look at. But once traffic kicks up road grime onto the white stuff, it quickly loses its appeal. Though you can’t control the amount of grime that kicks up onto the part of your yard by the street, you can help the rest of your front yard look pristine until the snow melts. The easiest way to do it is to keep your driveway clear and free of ice and snow. Shovel it thoroughly after the storm and move the snow before it has a chance to get dirty. Once your driveway is clear, the debris and dirt clinging to your car will fall to the pavement instead of staining the snow. The result will be a cleaner looking yard and pristine landscaping until the snow melts.

Make a Plan for Spring
Though you shouldn’t try to add new plants to your yard during the winter, you can create a winter landscaping strategy for the following year. Make a plan to plant winter-friendly plants in your yard. Shrubs like holly and trees like the red twig dogwood provide color even when the world is blanketed in snow. And if you plant them early enough, their roots will have a chance to grow and get established before the growing season ends. 

Give Your Winter Landscaping a Helping Hand
Protecting your landscaping during the winter months doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun with it. Use your imagination and add color where you see fit. And if you haven’t already, schedule a sprinkler system blowout to protect your lawn and your water bill.
 
 
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