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Your Lawn Isn’t Static–Why Should Your Lawn Maintenance Be?

Irrigation systems might seem like a ‘set it and forget it’ lawn accessory, but have you ever noticed how your yard shifts and changes through the seasons? After heavy rains, dry summers, icy winters, and even hosting events with street parking, there are all kinds of reasons your landscape will 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.

Irrigation products are improving on a regular basis. Rainy Days can upgrade your system to save water, reduce damp areas and hot spots, avoid fines from water departments and keep your landscape looking its best no matter what the weather conditions. Below is a list of typical upgrades for existing systems:

  1. Drip irrigation
  2. Check valves
  3. Water efficient multi-stream nozzles
  4. Sprinklers with integrated high flow shut down
  5. ET based controllers
  6. Soil moisture sensors
  7. Pressure compensating sprinkler heads
  8. Pressure regulation of the water supply

This especially applies to our commercial customers. Sport’s fields, worn walk-ways, disturbed landscaping–these are all elements of a neglected irrigation system that we can revive. Considering the onset of spring and sweltering summer months on the horizon, now is the ideal time to check up and maintain your irrigation systems for peak performance.

Contact us today to get your sprinkler system to 100%! >>

 
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Using Autumn to Prepare for Spring

We’re commonly tricked into thinking that autumn is the perfect time to stop paying attention to our yards. WHOA! Not true. This is the BEST time to prepare your lawn for next spring. Right now, your lawn is absorbing nutrients and water to prepare itself for winter. If you put work into it now, you’ll be much happier to welcome spring as you watch your lawn flourish with little help.

1. Continue giving your grass a haircut | If you thought your days of mowing have come to an end until spring, I have bad news for you. Mow as needed until the end of fall, which is when you should drop the mower’s blades to its lowest settings for the last 2 times you mow. Don’t trim off more than 1/3 of the grass blades at any time though! The trick is to gradually lower the blades until the final 2 cuttings. By mowing this way, you’re letting more sunlight reach the crown of the grass, which makes your lawn less brown during the winter.

2. Let that soil breathe | This is the time to aerate your lawn to get oxygen, water, and fertilizer down into the roots of the grass. If you’re willing to do it yourself, you can rent a self-propelled machine that will aerate your soil and extract plugs of dirt. If you have a large lawn, you might want to hire a landscaping contractor.

3. Pull out the rake | When you let leaves pile up on your lawn, they will become wet, matted, and create a layer that will suffocate your grass and breed diseases (we’ve talked about these diseases before). Don’t wait for all of your leaves to finish falling before you start raking. If you absolutely detest raking, you can collect leaves using a lawnmower with a collection bag. This is most effective with a large yard with deciduous trees.

4. Fertilize | Listen: If you only fertilize your lawn once a year, do it in the FALL. Apply a dry lawn fertilizer in mid-to-late fall. For a more comprehensive guide based on your type of grass and climate, here’s a good resource. The fall is a great time to fertilize because while grass leaves grow slowly, the roots and rhizomes grow quickly regardless. Fertilizing now will deliver essential nutrients for growing deep roots and reserve those nutrients for a healthy spring.

5. Rogaine those bare spots | Nothing sticks out worse than bald spots on a lawn. The best way to fix this is with an all-in-one lawn repair mixture that has grass seed, special lawn fertilizer, and organic mulch. Loosen the soil in the bald spots before spreading a thick layer of the mixture over it. Lightly compact, water thoroughly, and continue watering every other day for a fortnight (ahem, 2 weeks).

6. Weed control | If you’re completely over weeding all those pesky little dandelions and thorny monsters, now is the time to solve your problem. Like all other plants at this time, weeds are absorbing everything that comes their way, including poison. If you apply weed killer now, you won’t worry about weeds in the spring. When you purchase your herbicide, make sure to read the instructions. Most commonly, it’s suggested that you apply during early-to-mid autumn when it’s consistently above 60 degrees F.


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
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Published on July 24, 2015, in Information & Tips.

Have you considered making your own compost pile, but aren’t really sure where to start?

Good news—it’s simple. All you need is a large drum container or small fenced-in bin to get started. Start a routine and turn what you may think of as useless organic material into nutrient-rich soil. This not only provides healthy soil for gardeners and farmers, but it also reduces the amount of waste we put in landfills. Be careful though! You can’t throw just anything into a compost pile and let nature do its thing. When you’re unsure about an item to be composted, check before you chuck. You want to enhance your soil, not detract from it!

Here’s a list of interesting items that you may not have thought of composting.

 

  1. Freezer-burned fruits and vegetables. If you’re like me, you can’t handle that freezer-burned taste. Don’t throw your money down the drain, throw it in your pile!
  2. Algae and aquarium plants. You can add extra nitrogen to the soil by composting material from freshwater tanks.
  3. Dryer lint. It’s easy to toss aside, but it’s smarter to toss it outside.
  4. Human hair. Clean out your brushes, make a hair stylist friend, and throw that fringe in the pile.
  5. Tea bags. Don’t let your tea bag’s journey end in the trash, give it a new life in the ground!
  6. Coffee grounds. From cup to compost, let that caffeine give the soil a boost too. Don’t be selfish.
  7. Old bills. Bills, receipts, coupons—protect your information and enrich the soil, it makes great fodder!
  8. Pet bedding. Don’t bag it and trash it, use that expensive hamster, rabbit, guinea pig bedding for something useful.
  9. Graded homework. Doesn’t matter if it’s an A or an F when it’s deteriorating in the soil!
  10. Wool fabric. Be sneaky and throw out your husband’s old holey socks into the compost bin. He won’t check there!
  11. Seaweed. If you live near water, wash and dry the seaweed and let your soil soak in the nutrients.
  12. Pet hair. Go ahead and brush your best friend, then toss it in the pile (the hair…obviously).

Maybe more importantly, here’s some things to NEVER compost!

 

  1. Human and animal feces. If it’s from a meat-consuming creature, DO NOT put it in the compost pile.
  2. Glossy pages. Heavily printed or metallic paper (i.e. magazine or catalog pages) don’t break down easily and the chemicals can contaminate organic crops.
  3. Dead plants. If the plant died from bacteria or fungal issues, it could hurt your healthy plants.
  4. Used cooking oil, pasta & baked goods, milk products. These will attract unwanted Jumanji-like attention from birds, rodents, and insects.
  5. Rice. Raw rice will not only attract unwanted pests, but cooked rice will almost always breed bacteria.
  6. Walnuts. This nut contains juglone, which is toxic to some plants.

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.


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
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In anticipation of Spring arriving, now is the time to begin planning an updated backyard living space. Before you decide on certain landscaping designs, you need to ask yourself some basic questions:

What are you looking for from your yard?

Is your family big on entertaining friends with cookouts?

Or do you prefer to relax and decompress with your garden flourishing with your favorite flowers?

Is your family full of kids and pets?

If so, you must take into account their needs with your backyard design.
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Proper drainage in the landscape is just as important as proper irrigation. Excess water in the landscape can lead to some common issues. Improper drainage behind retaining walls can weaken the integrity of the wall and lead to catastrophic failure. Many drainage issues have simple solutions.

Signs of Common Landscape Drainage Problems:

Excessive water not only affects your landscapes but it can also cause issues in and around your home or business, such as:

  • Mildew/Mold in Crawlspaces and Basements
  • Settling Foundations
  • Loss of Plant Material
  • Insect Problems
  • Mechanical Damage from Mowing Equipment/Footprints
  • Soil Compaction
  • Standing Water or Puddles
  • Yellow Grass or Plants that Wilt or Appear Unhealthy

Simple Solutions to Your Drainage Problems:

  • French Drains - A French drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock that redirects surface water and groundwater away from an area.
  • Catch Basins - Catch basins are designed to drain excess rain and ground water from lawns and gutters.
  • Gutter Down Spout Piping - Water collected by a rain gutter is fed usually with a downspout or downpipe from the roof to the base of the structure where it is directed away from the home or building.
  • Sump Pump Installation - Sump pumps remove water that has accumulated in a basin, commonly found in the basement of homes. However, wherever there is puddling water, a sump pump can redirect water away from problem areas.

After your consultation, Rainy Days Irrigation can design and install a complete drainage system to handle all of the water in your landscape.

Give us a call today at (919) 779-9285.

 


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
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Published on January 2, 2015, in News.

Rainy Days Request an Irrigation Service Design & Installation

Irrigation Services by Rainy Days

Rainy Days takes the design of our irrigation systems very seriously. Our irrigation systems are designed in-house by a Certified Irrigation Designer. We don’t rely on our suppliers to do this. Our designers know that a good irrigation design incorporates the customer’s needs, with the site conditions (plant species, sun exposure, slopes, soil type, water supply, and drainage situations).

We provide detailed estimates, will take care of all permits necessary, and provide an assortment of warranties and guarantees depending on the products and services. Our certified professional technicians have years of experience and are ready to help you with your irrigation needs today!

Get started now and request a quote or pick up the phone and call 919-779-9285! Rainy Days’ friendly and professional staff is ready to provide irrigation service to you.

 


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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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Five Great ways to Welcome Fall!

1. Visit Ken’s Korny Corn Maze – Open now through Nov 9th.

Looking for something fun for the whole family? Look no further…Ken’s Korny Corn Maze is the longest running corn maze in North Carolina.  Ken’s Corn Maze has over 6 acres of corn maze with 2 1/2 miles of paths to get completely lost in. There is also many other activities such as the children’s maze – just for the little beginners, rope maze – 8,000 sq. ft. of winding ropes, live animals area, hay barn and much much more.  And if you’re looking for thrills and chills, check out the haunted corn maze which runs October 24th, 25th, 30th, 31th and November 1st.

For more information, visit their website.

2. Go Pumpkin Picking!

The Great Pumpkin Contest will be held Thursday, October 9th at the Raleigh Farmers Market. Check their website for more times and information.

3. Support Your Local Football Team! Go Team!

  • UNC Tarheels vs. Virginia Tech Hokies – Saturday, October 4th @ 12:30pm at UNC Kenan Memorial Stadium, Chapel Hill, NC
  • NC State Wolfpack vs. Clemson Tigers – Saturday, October 4th @ 3:30pm at Memorial Stadium, Clemson, SC
  • ECU Pirates vs. SMU Mustangs – Saturday, October 4th @ 12:00pm at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, Greenville, NC
  • Duke Blue Devils vs. Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets – Saturday, October 11th @ 12:30pm at Bobby Dodd Stadium, Atlanta, GA

4. Food Truck Rodeo of 2014 – October

The last Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo will be held Sunday, October 12th from 1pm – 6pm on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. This is a free event. For more information visit their website.

  • Admission: FREE
  • Times: 1:00 pm-6:00 pm
  • Location: Fayetteville Street in Raleigh
  • Contact: 919-773-7417

Garner’s 1st Annual Food Truck Rodeo will be held on Sunday, October 26th from 12pm – 4pm. The event will be held on West Main in downtown Garner. There will be approximately a dozen trucks including beer vendors and some entertainment. Be on the look out for more information.

  • Admission:  FREE
  • Time: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Location: West Main Street in downtown Garner
  • Website: www.downtowngarner.com

5. Oktoberfest Run Green 8K, October 18, 2014

Great fun by all! An afternoon of running and eco-friendly fun in downtown Raleigh. Each registered runner gets a free beer after the run, a chance to win the $3000 travel voucher, and the after party in Moore Square will be chock full of good music and great times! Back by popular demand, we will also have our braut eating, beer stein holding, and limbo contests.  Male and female winners of each will receive a glass beer boot!

  • Admission: $25-$40 (depending upon your registration date)
  • Time: 3:00 pm
  • Location: Moore Square – 218 S. Blount Street in downtown Raleigh
  • Contact: Race Director at info@nogrunclub.com

The last day to register online for the Oktoberfest Run Green 8K is Wednesday, October 15, 2014

For more information, visit their website.

 


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