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Published on July 17, 2015, in Information & Tips.

Rainy Days National Irrigation Month 2015

How are you going to celebrate National Irrigation Month? You can start by checking up on your irrigation system to make sure it’s running at peak efficiency, or have one installed! No matter what you do to celebrate, you can always find more ways to conserve water. Here are 3 tips to help you start on the right foot!

Perform Proper System Maintenance

When you first turn your system on after installation or a winter, as well as throughout the season, check for any broken sprinkler heads and leaks and repair immediately. Adjust the heads to be straight at ground level and ensure they are not leaning or being block, as this can deflect and waste water. It is best to install pressure-regulated devices that prevent misting & fogging, which indicate high water pressure. An inexpensive way to save water is to replace mismatched nozzles and install high-efficiency nozzles.

Program Your System Correctly

Don’t ever set the timer and forget it. Consider the time of year, precipitation, and plant needs, then adjust accordingly. For example, shady areas will require less water than a sun-exposed area, same with spring and fall as opposed to summer. When your plants become established is another good time to adjust the timer since they require less water. You can check your soil by inserting a screwdriver into the soil–the easier it is to push, the more water the soil already has. In the summer heat, it is best to cycle and soak to allow the ground to absorb the water without puddling.

Consider ‘Smart’ Technology

You can easily save water by eliminating human error and installing a smart controller, such as evapotranspiration (ET) technology. This technology uses weather data to determine the best times to water based on scientific information. Another technology, rain sensors, eliminate watering before and after a rainstorm. You can check your water provider’s website to see if they offer rebates or discounts on smart controllers and shut-off devices.


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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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 July 24, 2013, in News.

July is ‘Smart Irrigation Month,’ which was started as an Irrigation Association initiative to increase awareness of the value of water use and grow demand for water-saving products, practices and services. No matter the size, or nature of your business, there are many ways to participate in the Smart Irrigation Month campaign.

It was first launched in 2005 and is gaining attention as stakeholders recognize the positive impact efficient irrigation and water use provides. It is designed to educate businesses, homeowners, growers/producers and other users about efficient water use, encourage industry firms and professionals to promote smart irrigation practices and technologies and help position your organization as a leader in smart water stewardship.

Want to read about some clever ideas on how we all can become better water users?  These links provide some great information:

 


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Published on June 4, 2013, in Information & Tips.

Excess rain can cause some issues with our lawn care. Don’t forget to check your rain sensor to make sure it is working properly. These types of devices are there to conserve water, and therefore save you money. The rain acts as a switch to turn off your sprinkler system when there is already water present. That way your sprinkler system can skip an irrigation cycle. The sprinkler system will remain off until the water dries up, or is removed. Often times the sensor needs to be placed in direct sunlight to properly dry out after a particularly rainy period.

Below are just some of the perks of using rain sensors:

  • Saves Money. The money you save over time will more than pay for the rain sensor, whether you pay for city water, or use electricity for a pump.
  • Extends Sprinkler System Life Span. Irrigation systems use many parts. If the system parts are used less frequently (example: during the rainy season), they last longer.
  • Protects Water Resources. When you limit the over use of your sprinkler system, a rain sensor reduces excess water run-off. Excess run-off is a big problem because it can carry fertilizers and pest control chemicals into our shared water supply.
  • Conserves Water. Plain and simple. Need less, use less. Save any supplemental water use for when it hasn’t rained.

If your rain sensor isn’t working properly, visit our website or give us a call. We will be happy to troubleshoot any problem you may be experiencing. Let’s work together to conserve our water supply.


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Published on May 2, 2013, in Information & Tips.

Tips on Saving Water and Money

Irrigation is all about watering the soil for plant survival and growth requirements. The key to efficient irrigation is to adjust your watering schedule throughout the season. Homes with automatically timed irrigation systems waste a lot more water. Setting your controller once can do more than waste water, it can also hurt your landscape and your wallet.

The key to efficient irrigation is to adjust watering schedules frequently during the season. A good controller will allow you to easily adjust your watering schedule based on the weather. The evapotranspiration (ET) rate indicates how much water needs to be applied to plants for them to stay healthy. We realize this is a little more technical than most want to consider but there are some handy tools for calculating your water scheduling on the Irrigation Water Management Society website if you are interested. The other option is a smart controller that adjusts the schedule for you.

Your system can waste even more water if it’s programmed incorrectly, if a sprinkler head is pointed in the wrong direction, or even a leak can be a huge problem. Tiny leaks can waste thousands of gallons each month. Having your sprinkler system tuned-up by one of our certified irrigation professionals is the best way to keep your system operating at peak performance. We will inspect it for leaks, clogs, broken sprinkler heads and redirect sprinklers to apply water only where needed. We can even help with your scheduling needs as well.

From the latest in advanced irrigation control technology, scheduling and proper maintenance, we are here to help ensure the health of your landscape while conserving water and helping you to save money.


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Water Usage Laws

Water usage can be a big issue during droughts, and depending on different regulations you may not be able to run your irrigation system. If you are a homeowner with an irrigation system, paying attention to the North Carolina laws on water and its usage is in your best interest. Today we would like to share some resources with you so you can find out more information about water usage and the state’s policies that may effect you.

NC Division of Water Resources – Rules, Policies, and Regulations

Read more on the North Carolina Division of Water Resources website.

http://www.ncwater.org/

North Carolina Irrigation Guide
“Conservation of water and nutrient resources is a prominent issue in the forefront of today’s irrigation designer. Conservation makes dollars and sense for the long-term operation and maintenance of an irrigation system. The irrigation system should allow for efficient application quantities and quality of water, with a minimum of waste, and have a good cost/benefit ratio. An additional benefit from an irrigation system should be a more consistent crop output of higher quality. Land resources, soil fertility, and water quality should not be negatively impacted by a properly designed irrigation system.”

View Garner, NC’s rules & regulations  involving landscaping and irrigation here.


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