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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.

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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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Published on March 6, 2016, in Information & Tips.

Ready, Aim, Sprinkle!

Spring is fast approaching as forecasted by the revered groundhog, meaning your lawn may need some much needed attention after the months of winter neglect. A little maintenance up front may save you a significant wad of bills down the road.

Before you kick start your spring watering efforts to get the flawless green carpet you’ve been pining for, first spruce up your irrigation system to save more green—as in your dollars and your environment. If you have a clock timer, you may be using up to 50% more water than if you weren’t using an irrigation system. If it’s programmed incorrectly, a small leak mysteriously appears after the cold winter months, or your sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, you may be wasting even more.

Avoid these small yet costly missteps with these quick steps:

  1. Inspect: Take a preliminary look at your system for sprinkler heads that may be broken, clogged, or missing. Then call a professional to ensure everything is tip-top and ready to relieve your parched lawn in even the worst summer heat.
  2. Connect: Take a careful look at the points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes or hoses. If you notice large pools or wet areas in your lawn, this could potentially be a leak rather than a drainage issue. Did you know? A leak as small as 1/32 inch (that’s about the size of the tips of a ballpoint pen) could cause you to waste around 6300 gallons of water per month. It wasn’t your tears drowning you, it was your insane water bill!
  3. Direct: Check each sprinkler head to ensure you aren’t watering your driveway or passing cars. The most efficient direction to point your grass is somewhere in the vicinity of the actual grass–don’t cheat it by watering weeds or pinestraw.
  4. Set it: Have you updated your scheduled irrigation controller lately? This isn’t a product where you can “set it and forget it.” Forgetting to change it with the seasons will create big bills later on. Update it to align with the changing seasons or purchase a timer tool that will do this automatically for you.
  5. E: All of the above: You could do all these things by yourself, but your eye is most likely not trained to see the hidden flaws or potential future problems that are not yet so obvious. Hire a professional to maintain your irrigation system to save you the most money long term.


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

 
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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:

From our partner, Rain Bird:


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

 
 
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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.

 


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

 
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Published on November 14, 2014, in News.

Rainy Days has a new drainage video for you to see! Check it out.


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.

Rainy Days is your one stop shop for Irrigation, Drainage, Backflow & Landscape Lighting. 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!

Please Contact Us for a Consultation. After your consultation Rainy Days can design and install a complete drainage system to handle all of the water in your landscape. We look forward to putting our experience and professionalism to work for your home or business irrigation system.

You can request an irrigation service online at any time by visiting our website or by calling us at (919) 779-9285.

 


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
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Veterans Day is a federal holiday observed annually on November 11th. Many Americans mistakenly believe that Veterans Day is the day America sets aside to honor American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat. That’s not quite true. Memorial Day is the day set aside to honor America’s war dead. Veterans Day is intended to honor and thank all military personnel who served the United States in all wars, particularly living veterans. It is marked by parades and church services and in many places the American flag is hung at half mast. A period of silence lasting two minutes may be held at 11am. However you chose to observe this day, remember to honor those who have served in our armed services.

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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

 
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Regions of North Carolina may not be in drought in the moment; however, it doesn’t hurt to practice efficient water conservation – especially in your summer garden.

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