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Published on July 3, 2015, in Information & Tips.

Disease Overview

No trickery here, this disease gets it name from the silver dollar sized spots found on green lawns. On home lawns, these spots will be from 3-6 inches in diameter and sport a tan color. The size of these spots have a correlation with the mowing height and blade size of the grass; for example, higher mowing height causes larger spots. These spots usually won’t get bigger than 8 inches and are commonly misidentified as animal urine damage. Your lawn will most likely show signs of this disease when it is low in nitrogen. This means that you may be fertilizing infrequently, using an organic fertilizer with low nutrient content, or a soil problem may be blocking the uptake of nutrients. Be careful, though, because using too much fertilizer can predispose the grass to other diseases.

Symptoms

This lawn disease can show up in a few different ways, such as producing an hour-glass lesion bordered by a purple band, or it might start browning from the tip down. When the roots become damaged, the grass will shed the damaged roots and replace them with new ones, to no avail. The new roots will experience the same cycle, essentially starving the grass. It can be spread easily, by mowing or foot traffic. In extreme cases, these spots can grow up to several feet in diameter and form highly irregularly shaped patches.

Stress

Dollar Spot Lawn Disease will not become severe if treated quickly enough, usually with an application of water soluble nitrogen for blade growth. Grass is more susceptible to disease when it is under stress, such as when it is low in nitrogen, resulting in a struggle to produce chlorophyll and carbohydrates. Another factor that can cause stress is over watering and shallow watering. Only water when the grass is in need of it, and water deeply to wet the soil 3-4 inches down. Shallow watering leads to shallow rooting and the grass then becomes stressed during dry, hot weather. A balanced fertility program is necessary, as well as reducing dampness as much as possible. If reseeding becomes necessary, use a more resistant variety to deter such lawn diseases.


Could our services be the answer to your lawn problems? Call Rainy Days Irrigation today at (919) 779-9285 and one of our trained technicians can advise you on the  best solution for your drainage and irrigation issues.


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Published on January 23, 2015, in News.

Landscapes change over time. Plants grow, bed lines change and intentional changes to your property create changes to your irrigation system layout. Thanks to advancements in technology and lawn care, modern sprinklers are widely available and able to help you better meet the needs of your lawn. Checking your sprinkler system for efficiency and upgrading your system accordingly can save water, and save your money.

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Published on January 16, 2015, in News.

January 19, 2015, is the day that the world will celebrate the birthday of the greatest activist, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As a country currently in its second term with its first black president, it is definitely a testament to how far things have come since King’s time on this Earth.

5 Facts About Martin Luther King, Jr.

  • King’s original name was Michael King Jr. Later Michael King Sr. and Michael King Jr. changed their names to Martin Luther after German Protestant leader Martin Luther.
  • He was incredibly smart. He only attended two years of high school, skipping ninth and twelfth grade, before making his way to Morehouse College at age 15.
  • King is to date the youngest male to win a Nobel Peace Prize, winning it in 1964 at the age of 35 (at the time he was the youngest overall for the Peace Prize).
  • MLK is the only non-president with a national holiday in his honor. South Carolina was the last state to recognize Martin Luther King, Jr. Day as a holiday in 2000.
  • On August 28th 1963 at a historic march in Washington DC for jobs, freedom, racial equality and the end of discrimination Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I have a dream” speech.

 


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Landscapes change over time. Plants grow, bed lines change and intentional changes to your property create changes to your irrigation system layout. We’ll update your system to operate like when it was new with irrigation system upgrades.

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Published on November 26, 2014, in News.

Hopefully, Thanksgiving is a day to slow down for a few hours, join hands with our family and friends, and truly reflect on how blessed we are. There is so much in this beautiful world to be thankful for. Take a moment to realize that on a day that is supposedly dedicated for giving thanks.

What is Thanksgiving? It’s many things to us. A time to get together and spend time with friends and loved ones.

Here are a few facts about Thanksgiving:

  • The first Thanksgiving with pilgrims and the Wampanoag tribe was held in 1621 by sitting down together for a feast and giving thanks for their harvest.
  • Many might say that the pilgrims were the first to have a Thanksgiving in America. This isn’t entirely true. Marian T. Horvat, a journalist with a Ph.D. in Medieval History, claims that the first “Thanksgiving” in America was held in 1598 by Spanish explorers in El Paso, giving thanks for their safe voyage.
  • Each year, the president of the U.S pardons a turkey and spares it from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The first turkey pardon ceremony started with President Truman in 1947. President Obama pardoned a 45-pound turkey named Courage, who has flown to Disneyland and served as Grand Marshal of the park’s Thanksgiving Day parade!
  • Thanksgiving wasn’t officially a national holiday until the 1900s when Franklin D. Roosevelt declared it as such.This move was largely in part to boost the economy and provide a longer holiday shopping season between Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving from our family at Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. to you and your family.


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Winterization is an important part of maintaining a properly running lawn sprinkler system. 

Irrigation and sprinkler systems must be drained before the first prolonged period of cold weather strikes or else the water in the system can freeze, cracking the pipes. Neglecting this task can result in costly repair bills or a ruined sprinkler system.

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Published on September 4, 2014, in News.

Recent pictures from Rainy Days Irrigation‘s project at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC.

Go Camels!

Rainy Days Installing Irrigation at Campbell University

Rainy Days’ technicians are licensed and insured. We are happy to provide you with a consultation about our service! Contact us today!

 

WORRY-FREE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENTS

All sprinkler systems require periodic service to keep the system in optimal running condition. With Rainy Days’ convenient Service Agreement, your maintenance worries will be over.

We offer several affordable plans customized to your needs. Whether you need monthly visits or just spring start ups and winterization, we can help you.Customers with maintenance contracts receive discounts on labor as well as priority scheduling.

The North Carolina Irrigation Contractors Licensing Board has issued a list of minimum standards designed to promote water use efficiency. Regular monthly inspections are called for to achieve the goal of the licensing law.

 


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Quality customer service and the expedited processing of all contracting claims is #1 to Rainy Days.

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Published on July 7, 2014, in Information & Tips.

Spotting Broken Sprinkler Heads

One of the simplest irrigation problems to spot is a broken or failed sprinkler head. In some cases you can visually see the head not working, it may be cracked or snapped off, producing frayed water coverage, or perhaps no coverage at all.

If you have been tolerating a problematic sprinkler head, now is the time to consider a repair. Failing to do so can result in severe home-owner issues:

Increase in Water Bill

Have you noticed an increase in your water bill? A broken sprinkler head can lead to excessive distribution of water into the lawn. With the unnecessary increase in water usage your bill will show an increase as well. Of course, it is easy to spot an above ground leak. However – the easiest way to tell if you have a non-visible leak will be to turn all water off in the house, make sure no water is running at all. Now check your water meter, if the register is running, your hard-earned money is going down the sewer!

Lawn Flooding

The common misconception is that capping a broken head can solve the issue. Just because the head isn’t shooting into the air like a geyser doesn’t mean it isn’t doing any damage. Water can still leak through the damaged area and flood the lawn. This can cause thousands in damage to a lawn.

Browning of Lawn

On the other side of the coin, a broken head can also send out too little, to no water at all. During the summer months, if your lawn does not receive adequate hydration it can quickly brown and die.

General Care

If your sprinkler head looks to be in good condition but still doesn’t work, it may be clogged with dirt and other lawn debris. Usually, the head comes apart when you twist it counterclockwise and then you can remove it from the canister. Use a slotted screwdriver to remove the head’s filter basket from the unit and rinse it with water. Clean the rest of the head as well in case there’s any other debris inside. When the head is clean, return it to the system and it should work properly again.

Hire the Pros

As soon as you notice a problem with your irrigation system, you should contact Rainy Days Irrigation. We service and repair all brands of irrigation devices as well as have over 25 years doing so! Please contact us with your service needs and check out our website for more information: http://rainydaysnc.com 


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The cold of winter has surly gone and the longer days and sunny weather are here. As you scurry around the house planning for that summer vacation you have been looking forward to all year, one of the last things on your mind may be your lawn!

Why My Lawn?
Like you, your lawn has to prepare for the warmer months of summer. Irrigation systems can keep a lawn lush and healthy all the while freeing up time for you to focus on the little things. Sitting back and letting the system work for you while you enjoy a Carolina sweet tea, talk about a vacation! And it helps with your vacation plans too! You can relax in relief knowing you won’t have to return to a home or landscaping that has suffered due to lack of, or too much watering.

Rainy Days Can Help!
Call the irrigation service experts for setting up a Worry-Free Irrigation Maintenance plan for year round support. A properly functioning irrigation system will efficiently provide the coverage you need without hassle.

Rainy Days will ensure your lawn stays green with a properly functioning system while you are away from home. We understand that your landscape changes throughout the year and our team of professionals can catch any issues so you don’t have to worry about it. For the complete details and to receive a discount on labor & priority scheduling visit our website >

Rainy Days offers several affordable plans customized to your needs. Whether you need monthly visits or just spring start ups and winterization, we can help. We can update and upgrade your system to save water and keep your landscape looking its best!


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
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