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Mid Spring Checklist

Early spring was the time to prep, prune, and plant, so now is the time to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor, right? Well, maybe, but there’s still more to do to keep your lawn and garden ready for the hot summer months ahead. We’ve compiled a brief list for your use to stay on track and ensure the health and prosperity of your lovely buds and bulbs.

Succulent

Prep for new summer buds

A great way to guarantee constant color through the seasons is to introduce complementary shrubs that will bloom throughout the season. Work on learning a few new flowers a week until you’re comfortable introducing new flowers to your garden.

Put the bird feeders away

Take down the bird feeders and store them away until fall or even winter.  ”How heartless!” you might exclaim, but we advise this for good reason. Feeding birds is most helpful when natural sources of seed are scarce, such as late winter or early spring. Birds need most energy when they are migrating or during extreme temperatures.

Enjoy the spring show

Take a seat and enjoy either yours or your neighbor’s hard work when the buds bloom and blossom all around you. At the very least, resolve to plan ahead for next year’s show and map out those garden beds.

Plant hardy annuals

Although annuals don’t typically last more than 6 months, they are easy to grow and their aesthetic is very rewarding. You can start sowing these from late February to early April; they can survive a light frost, but anything lasting will do them in quickly. If you are planting them before April, it’s better to start them inside, and transplant them outside after germination. This will allow them to survive outside in the case of any unexpected frosts.

Apply mulch

Mulch has extensive benefits, but one of your favorites (just guessing here) is the almost-no-weeding aspect of it. Throw some weed barrier cloth under the mulch to hinder weed growth even more, and prevent decomposition of underlying mulch. Just think–less hours weeding means more hours swimming!

For the perfect garden bed, get your drainage and irrigation checked up by your local experts—Rainy Days! Be the envy of your neighbors.

 
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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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Farmer's AlmanacHow the Forecast Affects NC

This winter is looking pretty, well…average. According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this coming winter season is looking very similar to last winter. Texas and Southern Central States will be seeing a cooler winter, but nothing they aren’t used to. As for us, it’s looking pretty consistent, so we won’t be blindsided by any crazy snow…who wants any of that anyways…snowmen are lame… *sigh*

According to the Almanac’s editor, Peter Geiger,

“It’s like Winter Déjà vu, [...] last year our bitterly cold, shivery forecasts came true in many states including the 23 eastern states that experienced one of their top-ten coldest Februarys on record. This year many of these same states may want to get a jump start now and stock up on lots of winter survival gear: sweaters, long johns, and plenty of firewood.”

According to the Farmers’ Almanac, the winter of 2015–2016 is looking familiar, meaning don’t get too hyped up about the possibility of a white Christmas. If you’re out looking to live the snow life, head to New England, the North Central States, or Ohio, where you’ll find plenty of snow to satisfy your snowboarding, skiing, and sledding needs. Before you go, however, make sure you gear up your home by winterizing your irrigation systems and prepping your home and lawn for the coming winter (since it seems to last forever!). 

We’ve talked about winterizing plenty before, so here’s some resources to refresh yourself  on what has to be done, and what could be done to make your life easier come springtime:

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(919) 779-9285 | Irrigation | Drainage | Backflow | Landscape Lighting

 
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Published on June 5, 2015, in Information & Tips.

Over the past months, we’ve received several inquiries about how to handle new homes with yard problems such as drainage, irrigation, and installments by previous owners. We’d like to talk about some of these questions and concerns!

Irrigation

  • I recently purchased a home with an irrigation system.  I would like to have someone come out and take a look at it to ensure it is operational.
  • The home I bought has an irrigation system, but it has not been used and I would like an estimate on what it would take to get it up and running.
  • I purchased a new home in July 2014. I have an irrigation system installed as well as an additional meter for the system but cannot find the backflow preventer valve as required by City. I will need an estimate to get this system “up to speed” before I install sod. Can someone please contact me about an onsite consultation?
  • Could you please call me to discuss starting a sprinkler system. I just bought a house and according to the previous owner, the system was winterized. I would like to get it started.

Even if we didn’t install the system, we are still able to repair and service all brands of systems to ensure you have the best lawn care possible. When purchasing a new home, whether it’s new construction or previously owned, it is a good idea to have all existing systems evaluated to determine if maintenance or replacements are necessary. We are happy to provided an estimate on any service.

Drainage

  • We have a new construction home which has drainage problems: particularly about 50 feet of side lawn stays wet, muddy, and has problems with grass developing proper roots. I want to install a French drain but don’t really have the time. I’d like to have you come out, take a look, and give me an estimated price.
  • I would like to discuss potential drainage issues in my backyard.

Drainage problems with new homes aren’t uncommon, even though they are supposed to be fixed before the sale is made. This means that it is up to the buyer to ensure everything will be taken care of to avoid the expense of repairing or installing systems once the closing comes around. The best way to ensure this is by having your agent include a clause in your contract that states:

The seller agrees that water must flow away from the structure, with a slope of at least six inches in the first ten feet, and agrees to correct any areas within the landscaped area where water stands for more than twenty-four hours following a rain.


We even receive some great messages about our customers recommending us to the incoming home owners when they move. Just another reason why we love our clients!

>>> Can you please cancel my account.  We had the tail end of our service completed today and we have sold the house and under contract.  I have provided the new home owners your info for future service.


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

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

Standing Water

Over the past months, we’ve received several inquiries about how to fix puddling and ponding during these wet summer months. If you’ve noticed this problem, you’re not alone! The frequent showers and thunderstorms may not last for long, but the ground doesn’t have enough time to soak up the saturation before the next bout of rain, leaving you with frustrating puddles. Of course, the reason your lawn is remaining saturated may be totally different than your neighbor’s. Here’s what some of our clients are saying about their standing water problems:

  • Excessive rain causes water to run under one end of our home, which could take days to day out underneath the house!!
  • Need some help with water getting into crawlspace, etc.
  • I have a drainage issue where I have standing water in the front yard and a slope in the backyard where water runs down is eroding the ground.
  • We have existing water flow and ponding problems and would be interested in discussing with you to see what options are available.
  • Appears our backyard is holding water in several areas. We have pipes connected to all downspouts but possibly clogged going down to small creek in back yard.
  • Need to install catch basins and french drain in low lying area of backyard to reduce standing water.  Roughly 4 catch basins and 100 feet of french drain.
  • We have a new construction home which has drainage problems. Particularly about 50 feet of side lawn stays wet, muddy, and has problems with grass developing proper roots.
  • After rain water accumulates and stands on front sidewalk and step.
  • The 12 x 6 ft. are in front of my son’s house has water ponding up in it and needs a solution before he can plant anything in that area.

Ponding water has several negative effects, including drowning your greenery and creating the perfect breeding ground for insects with infectious diseases. Here are some ways standing water can develop, so you can begin to avoid it in the future.

  • Poor Soil: Soil needs to be porous to breathe and let water pass through. Overly compacted soil will create a barrier, leaving water to stand until it is evaporated. Poor soil, for example soil containing heavy clay, will cause a recurring problem with standing water. The quality of your soil is extremely important to avoid this.
  • Poor Grading: Your property’s grade is vital in determining whether you will have drainage problems. A grade that slopes toward your house or lays completely flat will cause these standing water issues. However, even if you have a sufficient grade, you might run into problems with neighbors having undesirable ones. While you can’t make them change their landscape, you can certainly adapt yours to prevent more problems.
  • Malfunctioning Irrigation System: Gutters and downspouts have a certain job, but they sometimes just end up dumping water onto your lawn if they are old or improperly installed. Preventative maintenance is a great way to ensure this doesn’t happen during the rainy season, but we can also repair, install, and maintain your systems for maximum performance any time of the year.

Since every drainage problem is unique, our services are tailored to your particular situation to produce the best and most effective solution. 


We even receive some great messages about company recommendations as well as customer recommendations to the incoming home owners when they move. Just another reason why we love our clients!

>>> Can you please cancel my account.  We had the tail end of our service completed today and we have sold the house and under contract.  I have provided the new home owners your info for future service.

>>> Our lawn maintenance company recommended you.

>>> I was recommended to you by [Cary drainage company].


Could our services be the answer to your new home drainage and irrigation 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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There are more lighting choices available than ever before. Even with all the new choices, it’s still simple to recognize LED lights as having the best advantage. Because of their small size, LEDs are now being incorporated into bulbs and fixtures for general lighting applications and provide unique design opportunities especially for landscape lighting fixtures.

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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.

Sprinkler Repair Benefits

  • 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 NC 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.

 

  • 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.

 

  • 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

We provide irrigation maintenance and repair services in Garner, Raleigh and surrounding areas of North Carolina.

Contact Rainy Days Irrigation today to get started! (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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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 


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

The winter months can take a toll on your landscape lighting.  It is important to check your lights periodically to keep them burning brightly.

First, it is important to keep the lenses of the lights clean from dirt and debris. In cases of ice and snow, you will want to clear your light fixtures out from under any accumulation.  Remember to be gentle as you clear away ice and snow to avoid breakage or damage to your lights.  Also, a broom can be used to gently brush away snow on lights that are above ground.

If any bulbs are burnt out they will need to be replaced.

Also, it is important to maintain the proper angle of your lighting fixtures.  Sometimes wind, hail, and rain can cause fixtures to shift position.  By re-positioning the fixtures, the lighting can be redirected to the correct places.

These tips will help to keep your landscape lighting working properly and improve your curb appeal.

Some of these landscape lighting tips are fairly easy to handle on your own.  However, some services need to be handled by a professional. Rainy Days Landscape Lighting offers regular maintenance service contracts.  These maintenance service contracts include checking voltage balance, resetting the timer, replacing burnt bulbs, re-positioning fixtures, re-burying wires, cleaning lenses, and clearing out debris.  Give them a call and keep your system running at peak performance. (919) 779-9285


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