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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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Take Control of Your Home’s Lighting

It’s cold! It’s dark! Winter is officially here in less than a month, but it feels like the deep throws of the dark and cold already. Thankfully, there are solutions! First, you have the option of moving somewhere that has more daylight. Or, to avoid uprooting your life, you could consider a simpler solution—landscape lighting.

Why come home to a dark driveway, dark lawn, and dark house? There’s nothing inviting or safe about unlocking your door in the pitch black.

There are several options when it comes to landscape lighting.

  1. You can go the simple route by adding solar lamps to frame your driveway and some column lights to illuminate parts of your lawn.
  2. Or, you can get a little more fancy with some uplighting to your home to accentuate the architectural details of the front exterior.
  3. You also have the ability to extend your living space by adding lighting your back exterior with down lights mounted on deck posts and step lights set in the riser of the steps to provide light on the deck.
  4. Path lighting also reduces the risk of tripping or falling.

With the cold weather on the rise, now is the perfect time to set up your exterior lighting to make the most use of your fire pit and outdoor space while staying safe. Take advantage of the perks of landscape lighting, such as automatic lights, energy efficiency, and remote applications that allow you to control your lighting system from your cell phone.

Call Rainy Days today for an evaluation of your home and suggestions on how best to utilize landscape lighting for the benefit of your home.

Request Landscape Lighting Service Right Now »


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

Yes it’s still summer, but autumn is quickly approaching and those dark winter nights will be here shortly. Now is the time to start considering incorporating landscape lighting to your exterior to illuminate your home when the nights get longer and the daylight passes quickly. Here are 5 important reasons to have landscape lighting installed around your house:

 5. Decor | Your home is your sanctuary from work and you spend a lot of time making it look presentable. Why not showcase your landscaping and highlight the architecture of your home to highlight attractive areas? Decor is a great asset of landscape lighting, allowing you to experiment with illuminating your home in the most attractive way possible. Mood lighting will romanticize your exterior and welcome you home, while low-voltage exterior lights will showcase your plants and gardening for you to enjoy 24 hours a day. Don’t let darkness hide your house, allow your taste to shine through with tasteful landscape lighting.

4. Curb Appeal | We’ve all heard ‘curb appeal’ and houses used in conjunction and landscape lighting can be a huge benefit in increasing that appeal. A well-lit house displays a warm and inviting home that welcomes family, friends, and visitors. It shows that the lawn and house are cared for and well-maintained by the owner, which increases property value in the long run. It also helps visitors find your house in the darkness and makes them feel invited. The value of curb appeal also lies in the possibility of your home being listed for sale in the future. The exterior is the first impression, and it takes 8 following instances to change that impression. Make it stellar by setting it apart from the surrounding houses.

 

 3. Comfort | By expanding light outside of the confines of your home, you can extend your living space into the outdoors. Maybe you invest in a screened-in porch or a fire pit, any way you use exterior lighting can benefit your family, friends, and guests when hosting parties, dinners, or simply relaxing outside on a warm summer night. Use uplights and install lights on outdoor structures to illuminate your home farther.

2. Safety | The safety of your family, guests, and pets can depend on the lighting available outdoors. Use walkway lamps to light paths, and illuminate your pool, patio, deck area, and any steps that could be tripped over. This will ensure the safety of any activities you may host, and may prevent accidents.

1. Security | Exterior lighting offers many security factors including motion activated lights and remote control from your smart phone. Burglaries and break-ins are significantly reduced when the front door and windows shed light on anyone attempting to cause harm to your property. Talk to your neighbors about keeping an eye on your house when you are out of town, and leave your home illuminated especially when you are away for long periods. Motion activated lights are highly effective as well in keeping criminals away from your home.

LED Lighting Choices

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.

It’s Easy to Get Started! Want to upgrade to LED lighting? Need a landscape lighting design from scratch? Discover the difference LED lighting can make. Let Rainy Days Irrigation provide a consultation to find the right solution for your home. Rainy Days will create a custom design and perform proper installation of your new LED system so you can enjoy all the benefits for years to come.

We at Rainy Days Irrigation keep your best interests in mind first and foremost. Now is the perfect time to consider installing exterior lighting on your home. With summer ending and winter creeping around the corner, you can beat the early sunset by installing soon. Call today for an estimate or request landscape lighting service now! (919) 779-9285


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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
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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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Published on May 8, 2015, in Information & Tips.

Buying a new home can be an exciting and often exhausting process. If you do your homework, it can be a positive and enjoyable experience. One of the most common areas of concern when purchasing a new home is the lot and proper drainage.

When water collects in a large surface area or flows a great distance, it has the potential to create significant problems.

Remember: Water Flows Downhill!

Make certain you understand how a property drains before you buy it. Visit the site during a heavy rain and observe the water flow. You’ll then be able to discuss your drainage concerns with your builder and get his plan for dealing with potential problems.

Proper New Home Drainage Means:

  • There is a reasonable slope away from your home; six inches of fall within the first ten feet from a structure is the basic requirement.
  • Significant amounts of water coming from other lots should be diverted into drainage swales, well away from the house.
  • Positive flow should be maintained on all disturbed areas of the lot, and water should not be allowed to pond anywhere.
  • All drainage across the lot, except as contained in drainage swales, should be gentle enough to allow grass to grow.

Finally, be aware that drainage is a major cause for conflict between builders and their customers. If you understand the flow of water across your lot prior to closing, and if you and your builder are in agreement about the final grading and landscaping of the property, you are much less likely to have to deal with drainage problems later. Have 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.


Rainy Days Irrigation specializes in Landscape Drainage Solutions. We are happy to help you with any concerns you may have and get you on your way to enjoying a beautiful Spring yard.


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
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Published on May 1, 2015, in Information & Tips.

So, what is a French Drain?

You hear the name as a common drainage solution, but what is it and what does it do to improve your soggy landscape?

For starters, it must be properly installed. That’s where Rainy Days comes in! We bring expert technicians to your problem and leave with a solid solution in place. Our technicians are trained in French Drain installation. Here are some basics:

  • A French drain is a trench filled with gravel or rock or containing a perforated pipe that redirects surface water and groundwater away from an area. A French drain can have perforated hollow pipes along the bottom to quickly vent water that seeps down through the upper gravel or rock.
  • French drains are used to prevent ground and surface water from penetrating or damaging building foundations. They may be used to distribute water, such as a septic drain field at the outlet of a typical septic tank sewage treatment system. French drains are also used behind retaining walls to relieve ground water pressure.
  • French drains can lead to a downhill slope or to dry wells or rain gardens where the extra water is held and absorbed by plants. This is useful when city water systems or other wastewater areas cannot be used.
  • These drains are installed around a home foundation in two different ways: Buried around the foundation wall on the external side of the foundation, or installed underneath the basement floor on the inside perimeter of the basement.
  • External French drains or drain tiles are installed around the foundation walls before the foundation soil is back-filled. It is laid on the bottom of the excavated area, and a layer of stone is laid on top. In many cases, a filter fabric is then laid on top of the stone to keep fine sediments and particles from entering. Once the drain is installed, the area is back-filled and the system is left alone unless it clogs.

Could the popular French drain be the solution to your landscape needs?

You may be saying “Rain, Rain Go Away!” lately as the southeast experiences heavy rain fall. There are some things you can look for. Common signs of lawn drainage problems:

  • 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

Ask our professionals at Rainy Days Irrigation to provide a consultation.

Let our 29 years of service history help you! (919) 779-9285


Rainy Days Irrigation, Inc. | 115 Sigma Dr. | Garner, NC | (919) 779-9285
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Published on April 3, 2015, in Information & Tips.

Soon the sounds of lawn mowers will be heard as Spring brings us renewed grass growth and blooming flower beds. Proper irrigation is vital for a healthy lawn and garden.

10 Tips for Effective Lawn Irrigation

Here are some basic helpful tips on monitoring your irrigation needs as the weather begins to warm up: (more…)