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What to Expect from Spring Irrigation Start-Up

After a long winter, it’s time to wake up your sprinkler system and get it ready for a season of keeping your landscape looking its best. Our sprinkler start-up service gets your system ready for optimum performance during the season by performing regular maintenance and identifying any specific issues that may cause problems during the season. It is possible for a novice to cause significant damage to a system by refilling the pipes incorrectly. Surge pressures, air compression and water hammer can result and can damage or destroy sprinkler heads, valves and other components. Trust our technicians to follow the correct procedures to do the task correctly.

Our spring start-up service includes:

  • Refilling the system with water
  •  Testing available water pressure
  • Operating each zone from the irrigation controller
  • Checking each sprinkler head for operation and coverage
  • Adjusting and cleaning components as needed
  • Visually checking for broken risers and underground leaks
  •  Setting controller for the upcoming watering season
  • Verifying sensor operation (where applicable)

 

Contact our office to schedule your spring start-up today.

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5 Indications it’s Time to Upgrade Your Sprinkler System

The older your sprinkler system is, the more likely it is going to continue to need a lot of repairs. At some point, routine maintenance and repairs might not be enough. Additionally, technology is always changing in the world of sprinkler systems. Just like other systems in your house, new heating, air conditioning, light bulbs and other common appliances can save you a ton of money on your energy bills. The great news is your lawn sprinkler system is the same way!

The useful life of a common rotary sprinkler head is anywhere from 5 to 7 years. Your old sprinkler heads may be still working, but that doesn’t mean they are providing you with the most cost-effective use of water.

So how do you know when you need to start upgrading?

  1. Sprinkler heads need to be replaced.

It’s true every year some sprinkler heads are going to need replacement. If each spring you’re finding a higher and higher number of them, you might want to start thinking about being proactive instead of reactive to their replacement.

  1. Rotary and spray heads don’t won’t go down.

Have you ever walked outside in the morning and seen your rotary or spray heads sticking up? That’s because they are beginning to reach the end of their useful life. The springs inside your sprinkler heads are losing tension from years of use. A landscaper we have worked with for over 30 years has said “I consistently have to worry about sprinkler heads sticking up when I mow the lawn. I feel terrible every time I clip one and it needs to be replaced.”

  1. Underground leaks continue to occur.

Leaks can a happen, but if they are continuing to happen more frequently, it could be a sign of wear and tear. Constant freezing and thawing from the winter months weaken the strength of your components.

  1. Sprinkler system constantly doesn’t seem to work.

Irrigation systems don’t only use water. Electrical components of your irrigation system control when and how long to water for. Turning on and off hundreds of times a year they will begin to fail. Your sprinkler controller and zone valves are the most susceptible to electrical failure and can be devastating to your landscape.

  1. Your sprinkler system is 15+ years old.

Older sprinkler systems are more likely to start breaking down. Upgrading your system sooner rather than later could be in your best interest. With advancements in technology, newer components are more cost effective and energy-efficient. What you spend on a replacement you’ll save through years of energy-efficient irrigation.

One of our customers in Fairfield told me, “I’ve been with Aqua-Lawn for over 20 years. Working together to proactively upgrade my system has been a great decision! You can visibly see the difference in performance and my water bill is lower than when we first installed the system.”

If you’re noticing these issues don’t worry, we don’t need to install a brand new system. As the leading irrigation service provider in Fairfield County, we can work together to develop a budget friendly, preventative approach. Our dedicated team can inspect your system and provide a detailed report on what needs to be done now, and what can wait.

Contact us to learn more about saving water today!

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Why it’s important to get a sprinkler mid-season tune-up

Let’s get your lawn back in shape!

Your irrigation system works hard on keeping your landscape beautiful. Every week it delivers the water your property needs to look its best. Depending on the weather, sometimes your sprinkler system might not be keeping up. It’s important to schedule routine maintenance to keep your system in shape. Maximize your sprinkler system’s performance with a Mid-Season Inspection.

Here’s what we’ll do with our Mid-Season Inspection.

Fine Tune Watering Schedule

  • Our Certified Irrigation Technicians will evaluate your current watering schedule and fine tune any adjustments. Depending on the landscape water requirements we’ll determine which areas need a little more water and which need less.

Full Sprinkler System Inspection

  • We take the time to examine every aspect of your irrigation system ensuring it’s still performing properly. Our experienced staff will inspect each zone in your sprinkler system making careful adjustments to increase its efficiency.

Detailed Sprinkler Report

  • A detailed report will be provided outlining areas for improvement and recommended actions to maximize water savings. Our report will outline the details of your irrigation components, watering schedule and areas for improvement on a zone by zone basis.

Trust the experts at Aqua-Lawn for all your irrigation needs. Your sprinkler system is an important investment, protect that investment by having the professionals tune it up. Our customer satisfaction guarantee ensures we will exceed your expectations. Contact us today!

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Your Older Sprinkler System May Be Wasting Water & Costing You Money

Did you know that if your lawn sprinkler system is more than 6 years old, it’s probably costing you money? It’s also not doing a great job of keeping your lawn and landscape in the best condition.

Why is that?

Well, it’s not because older sprinkler systems are bad. It’s just that there have been such incredible advances in the technology over the past couple of years. These advances offer homeowners the opportunity to:

  • Save Money: You’ll use far less water – a fact you’ll appreciate each time the monthly utility bill arrives. But you’ll also have a healthier lawn and landscape. Why? Because you’ll be giving your landscape the EXACT amount of water they need – no more, and no less.
  • Conserve Water: Water is a precious commodity. Throughout Connecticut, homeowners are facing steep rate hikes and rising water bills.  It makes sense to have sprinklers tuned to use only what’s needed.
  • Do Less Trimming and Maintaining: By providing your landscape with the precise amount of water it needs, plant growth will be more controlled. Your plants will grow at a healthy rate. Less time spent mowing and trimming.

A mid-summer sprinkler audit is a great opportunity to find out if you can save money and improve the health of your lawn and landscape by tuning or modernizing your sprinkler system.   We can quickly add sensors, high-performance nozzles and more to improve your system’s performance.

Don’t wait… 85+ degree temperatures are already stressing lawns and driving up water use.   Have Aqua-Lawn check your system and recommend ways to save.   Contact us today!

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Top 7 Ways to Make your Irrigation System More Efficient

How much water does your irrigation system actually use?

Watering one acre with 1″ of water consumes a little more than 27,000 gallons of water! If we compare that to a conventional 16′ X 32′ swimming pool, filling your swimming pool uses 20,000 gallons. Most times you only fill your pool once a year, an irrigation system uses water on a weekly basis!

Did you know?

  • The average suburban household uses at least 30% of its water consumption for irrigation.
  • More than 50% of landscape water is lost due to evaporation, wind and/or improper system design, installation of maintenance.
  • A household with an automatic landscape irrigation system that isn’t properly maintained and operated can waste up to 25,000 gallons of water annually.

Source (Environmental Protection Agency), https://www.epa.gov/watersense/statistics-and-facts

What are some easy ways to make your system more efficient?

  1. Install a Rain Shut-Off Switch 
    Rain sensors will turn off your system automatically when a certain amount of rain has fallen. A rain sensor can provide an estimated water savings of 15-20%.
  2. Sprinkler Check Valves
    Low head drainage is a common cause of run-off and water waste. Installing Seal-A-Matic Check Valve in your sprinkler heads keep water from draining out of the system.
  3. Check for Leaks 
    Underground pipe leaks can go undetected for long periods of time wasting a huge amount of water. One broken sprinkler head can waste 25,000 gallons of water in one six-month season.
  4. Water deeply and less frequently 
    Watering more frequently can actually harm your plants. Deep infrequent watering reduces run-off and encourages your plants to grow deeper and stronger.
  5.  High-Efficiency Nozzles 
    Rain Bird manufactures a great high-efficiency nozzle that are estimated to save 30% of your water usage. These nozzles are designed to apply water evenly over the landscape. Traditional nozzles output different amounts of water based on fluctuations in water pressure.
  6. Drip Irrigation 
    Replace traditional irrigation systems in planting beds, tree and shrub areas with drip irrigation. Drip irrigation has been proven to be up to 90% more efficient. Targeting plants with a slow application directly to the roots, minimizing evaporation and runoff.
  7. Programming
    Knowing when and how much to water is the cheapest and easiest way to save. Landscapes are constantly overwatered. Different micro-climates on your landscape require different amounts of water. Tailoring your watering schedule to the specific plant requirements and landscape conditions is the best way to save water.

Leading Fairfield County in water-efficient practices, Aqua-Lawn has the solution to fit your needs. Contact us today, we’ll evaluate your system and implement these quick and easy techniques to start saving water now.

 

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When should I water my yard?

From spring to winter your landscaping goes through a variety of climate changes. Fertilizing and watering are important to keeping the health and sustainability of your landscape. You might ask yourself, when should I be watering?

In Fairfield County, its common practice to turn your sprinkler system on early in the spring and winterize late in the fall. While these practices are standard in our region, that does not mean you need to water all season. Most landscapes in our area are over-watered which weakens the health of your landscaping.

What do sprinkler systems do?

The purpose of an irrigation system is to provide supplemental watering for when there is a shortage of effective rainfall. Evapotranspiration is the sum of evaporation from land surfaces and the transpiration from plants. A proper watering schedule is designed, to replace the amount of water lost from evapotranspiration after effective rainfall. If enough rain has fallen to offset the amount of water lost, then your sprinkler system doesn’t need to water!

How often should I water?

As the saying goes, April showers bring May flowers. Typically the spring months are full of rain, in most cases you don’t need to water your landscaping until late spring. A professional landscaper in Westport, CT says, “Ideally once your landscaping begins to show signs of stress is when you should start watering.” Once a watering schedule is activated, deep and infrequent watering is the best practice. Once or twice a week in heavy   doses is optimal for healthy plants and green grass.

What’s the best time to water?

The best time to water your landscaping is in the early morning hours. This allows your landscaping to soak in the amount of water needed and evaporate any excess quickly. The best time is early in the morning between 4 a.m. and 10 a.m. Watering in the evening hours promotes disease and fungus which can be devastating to your landscape.

How much should I water?

With evapotranspiration in mind, you should only water the amount that is needed after effective rainfall. Today’s “Smart” Controllers do the math for you! Weather-Based sprinkler controllers adjust the system’s run times based on the plants’ watering requirement. Using onsite and local weather sensors, they collect the required information for evapotranspiration and rainfall to determine just how much is needed.

In fact, these controllers can provide as much as 50% water-savings! Deep infrequent watering is key in developing a strong root system and preventing disease and fungus. With weather-based controllers, all the work is done for you.

Practicing these water-saving techniques is not only great for your landscaping and the environment but for your wallet too! Millions of gallons of water are wasted every year due to over-watering and inefficient sprinkler systems. To keep your landscape and wallet full of green, Aqua-Lawn Inc. is the best in the business. Our team can provide the tips and tricks you need to transform your sprinkler system from a water waster to a water saver. Contact us today, we’ll be happy to inspect your system and provide a number of different ways you can start saving water.

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Why Maintenance Agreements Benefit You

Our maintenance agreements are designed to provide you with a no worry hassle-free experience. We pride ourselves on delivering an excellent customer experience. With our maintenance agreements we have the tools to exceed your expectations. In fact, one of our customers in Fairfield, CT told me “I love your maintenance agreement program, its great not having to worry about servicing my sprinkler system.”

Signing up for a maintenance agreement not only provides outstanding customer service, but it can put your mind at ease when thinking about your lawn and landscape. Rest assured that your irrigation system is operating efficiently and your property will continue to look its best all year long.

With our plan you’ll experience:

No worries, No hassles

  • You’ll receive priority scheduling for your annual maintenance. You no longer have to worry about contacting us for appointments.

 

Cost Savings

  • We’ve taken the time to examine the history of your annual maintenance to determine the amount of time required and pass the savings down to you as our valued customer.

 

Peace of Mind

  • Your routine maintenance is handled for you! We know when the required services need to be performed and will be proactive in scheduling them for you.

 

Simplified Payment

  • Maintenance plans include your seasonal maintenance, including start-up, in-season checkups and winterization. Save time and money with our easy one-time payment.

 

Nothing to Forget

  • We’ll send you reminders when it’s time for your routine service and be proactive in working with you to schedule a convenient appointment.

 

Contact us today to sign up for your maintenance agreement.

We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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What to Look for in Choosing the Right Sprinkler Company

With over 45 years of experience leading the irrigation industry both nationally and here in Fairfield County, Aqua-Lawn has a wealth of knowledge regarding proper design, installation and service of your lawn sprinkler system. We’ve outlined a couple important factors to look for when choosing the right sprinkler company for you.

Look for Experience

One of the best ways to know if the company is experienced is by speaking with them. Mention any concerns you maybe encountering with your sprinkler system and ask what they would recommend. Any experienced irrigation company should be able to provide a detailed explanation and solution.

Check Their Credentials

The Irrigation Association offers a number of certification programs for professionals specializing in landscape irrigation. With these Select Certifications, irrigation contractors qualify for the EPA Water Sense Program. Companies that are certified ensures you are receiving the most up to date water conservation practices in accordance with national and regional standards. Look for these symbols on the company’s web-site.

Ask About Water Efficiency

Fairfield County is moving into an era of watering restrictions, water companies have implemented mandatory drought restrictions for the towns of Darien, Greenwich, New Cannan, Newtown, Stamford and Westport. Water-efficient sprinkler systems can save you up to 30% on water use, which reduce your water costs dramatically. Companies that practice the recommended best management practices promote efficient use of water in the managed landscape. The Landscape Irrigation Best Management Practices improve water use efficiency and protect water quality while providing a sustainable way to maintain a healthy, functional landscape.

If you are in the vicinity of Fairfield, CT and are considering choosing the best sprinkler system company in your area. Please don’t hesitate to contact us, our friendly staff will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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5 FAQS about Sprinkler Systems

Irrigation systems are a great investment, gone are the days of dragging a garden hose across your property. Sprinkler systems are the most convenient and efficient way to keep your landscape looking beautiful, especially in the Fairfield County climate. We’ve outline a couple important facts to know about your system.

What are the benefits of an automatic sprinkler system?

Irrigation systems are the easiest and most cost-effective way to beautify your landscape. Increasing your home’s value and saving yourself time and money. It’s all automatic! Never worry about remembering to water the lawn or your flowers again. Aqua-Lawn has the solution for you!

Does a sprinkler system waste water?

All of the irrigation manufactures such as, Rain Bird, Hunter and Toro have been working tirelessly on increasing the efficiency of their products. We take these products and apply efficiency in all aspects of your system. From our design and installation down to our service techniques, Aqua-Lawn has built a long standing reputation around water conservation. Our top priority is beautifying your landscape, while maximizing water savings. Our highly skilled, and knowledgeable team will design, install and service your irrigation system while implementing the latest water-efficient practices.

What kind of maintenance does a sprinkler systems require?

Maintaining your sprinkler system is important to the growth and longevity of your landscape. In Fairfield County, sprinkler systems need to be winterized each fall. Proper winterization includes flushing the sprinkler lines so they don’t freeze in the winter. In the following spring, your sprinkler system will need to be reactivated. Our experienced service technicians will examine your irrigation system each spring ensuring it is in tip top shape.

How often should I have my sprinkler system checked?

The more frequent you check, the better off you’ll be. While we’d love to stop by and see you every week, we recommend the seasonal maintenance and having it serviced on a monthly or bi-monthly basis. Changes in weather affect how frequently you should water and reviewing your watering schedule on a monthly basis helps reduce your water bill and prevent over-watering. One of our customers in Westport, CT told me once, “I make sure to check my sprinkler system once a month. With today’s climate change, adjusting how much I water is the key to keeping my lawn green.”

What are the different components of sprinkler systems?

There are many different components that go into a sprinkler system. The different components control where the water should be applied and for how long. Our irrigation experts are fully trained and among the best in the industry. When designing and evaluating your sprinkler system we consider a number of different factors to determine the appropriate type of components for each area. Some of the components are:

Aqua-Lawn Inc. has been serving Fairfield County for over 45 years. Our staff is completely licensed and trained to handle all your sprinkler system needs. We are known as one of the top irrigation companies in Fairfield County and would love to assist you with any of your irrigation needs.

Please contact us with any questions you may have, we’d love to hear from you!

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Outdoor Water Conservation Tips

You can reduce water waste by managing when you water and how much you apply. Check out these easy tips:

  • Avoid watering during the hottest, windiest time of day. Early morning is usually best.
  • Use “cycling” to avoid run off when watering turf areas with sprinklers. Pause during waterings to allow time for water to soak-in. It may take 2-3 cycles to water turf without run-off rather than applying the entire amount all at once.
  • Understand ET. Evapotranspiration is the amount of water that is evaporated from the soil and transpired through the plant’s leaves. This amount of water needs to be replaced through watering. If you know your area’s Et rate, you can plan the amount of water to be replaced through irrigation. Check with your local water district, weather bureau or cooperative extension service and ask about your Et rate. However, your particular microclimate will also affect evapotranspiration in different areas of your yard. Ask us about Smart Controllers that use an on-site sensor to determine ET automatically.
  •  Avoid applying water to hardscapes and areas where plants aren’t growing. Significant run-off can occur when water is sprayed on sidewalks and driveways. This can wash fertilizers and pesticide residues into storm drains and thereby into streams, lakes or oceans.
  • Revise your watering schedule as the seasons change. Over-watering is most common during fall months when summer timer settings have not been adjusted to the cooler temperatures.
  • Check plant moisture levels regularly. Make sure root zones are moist to a depth of 6-12” for turf, flowers and vegetables, 12-24” for shrubs and groundcovers, 2-3’ for trees. Water applied below the root zone is not accessible for plant growth and therefore is not effective.
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