Lawn Care

5 Things to Know Before Installing an Irrigation System

Before you tackle any home improvement project, it is important to do your research so that you can make informed decisions and understand exactly what you are getting in to. If you have been considering installing an irrigation system in your yard, here are few important things to consider before you take the plunge.

Different Types of Sprinkler Heads

There are a wide range of sprinkler heads that are used in irrigation systems. Choosing the right combination of sprinkler heads will depend on the size of your lawn, how much sun certain areas receive, whether you are watering grass, shrubs or flowers and many other factors. While there is no need to become an expert in all the various options, it is important to have some general knowledge so that you can ask the right questions when you are shopping around for the best irrigation system installation company.

You May Need a Building Permit

Even though irrigation systems are installed underground, they still require a decent amount of plumbing and wiring. Your city may require that you get a permit or meet other regulations before you can begin installing your system. A reputable contractor will be aware of these issues and take care of any permits, but it is still a good idea to ask questions and double-check that they have practiced due diligence.

Different Types of Irrigation Systems

There are two main types of irrigation systems: pump and metered water. A pump system draws in water from a nearby pond or lake and distributes it to your landscape. If you have access to a water source, you won’t have to pay for additional water usage. With a metered system, water is delivered through your city’s utility department. This means that you will see an increase in your monthly water bill, but for many homeowners, a metered system is the only option.

Cost of an Irrigation System

Many homeowners are hesitant to install an irrigation system because they don’t want to deal with the monthly utility bills. However, it is important to remember that an irrigation system will actually work to protect your landscape and the money you have already invested in installing plants and turf. In addition, a well designed irrigation system will strategically deliver water for an approach that is much more efficient than hand watering with a hose. In the long run, an irrigation system will deliver an excellent return on investment.

Excavating Your Yard

Keep in mind that installing an irrigation system will require a certain amount of excavation. Fortunately, there are special machines and plows that can be used to dig trenches and minimize damage. In addition, the right landscaping and installation company will make sure that any disturbed turf is replaced so that your lawn and landscape will return to normal as soon as possible.

Installing an irrigation system can be complicated and you want to make sure the job gets done right the first time. That is why the success of your installation project often comes down to hiring the right company. Be sure to take the time to research different companies and learn more about irrigation systems so that you are armed with information. Feel free to call the experts at JT’s Landscaping to get answers to all your questions and schedule a free consultation.

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Lawn Care Tips for Repairing Winter Damage

Spring is here and it is time to give lawn some extra love and care. Spending some time during the spring repairing winter damage can set you up for a lush and beautiful lawn throughout the summer. Follow these tips to repair damage from winter weather and prepare your landscape for outdoor living.

Aerate Your Lawn

Aerating your lawn involves punching small holes into the soil. This can be done using a manual tool or with larger machines that remove a plug of soil at certain intervals. Over the winter, your soil becomes more compact, which makes it difficult to absorb water and allow for the transfer of essential gases and nutrients. Aeration loosens the soil, allows water and fertilizer to get to the roots and provides space for oxygen and carbon dioxide to do to work nourishing your lawn. As a result, your lawn will grow a thicker, healthier root system.

Dethatch the Grass

The term thatch refers to a layer of dead grass that forms between the root system and the new green lawn growth. If this layer becomes too thick, it can suffocate your lawn and prevent it from thriving. Aeration can help break up thatch, but it is also a good idea to use a rake to dethatch your lawn. While a traditional leaf rake can be used, there are actual dethatching rakes that feature tough tines that are more widely spaces. Breaking up and removing thatch will help prevent insects and disease from setting up shop and will allow both the root system and new growth to get the nutrients they need.

Plant New Lawn Seed

If you spent the fall battling bald spots in your lawn, spring is the time to fill in rough patches with new seed. While you will want to plant early, you also want to wait until temperature are consistently reaching 60 to 75 degrees during the day. This will ensure that the soil temperature is warm enough to promote growth.

Celebrate spring and getting your landscape ready for summer with these tips for repairing lawn damage. All it takes is one afternoon to complete a few chores to make sure that your lawn will be lush and healthy. If you want more expert advice or help executing your spring lawn care plan, call JT’s Landscaping of Raleigh.   

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