If there’s one thing we know in Nebraska, it’s the importance of a well maintained lawn.
Maybe it’s because of our world-famous zoo that houses hundreds of different animals, each of them in their own specially designed enclosure to help mimic their natural habitats.
Or maybe it’s because we have a long history with the land. Nebraska is one of the nation’s top corn producers, and we didn’t get that way by not being savvy about farming!
Or maybe it’s just because we’re Midwestern, and Midwesterners are taught from a young age to be proud of their home and their appearance.
Fathers spend their Sundays off tending to the yard, making sure that it is neatly mowed and freshly sodded, when necessary. It offers a bonding opportunity between fathers and their children.
When the weather is mild, a nice lawn can serve as a gathering place. It can be a great spot to enjoy an impromptu picnic. It can be a place to hold a potato sack race or play a game of bag-toss or two. When a lawn is clean, well-maintained, and healthy, there are no limits to how you and your family can enjoy it.
In this article, we’re going to talk about some things you may not have known about sprinkler system installation and maintenance.
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Many homes and properties are choosing to have their sprinkler systems installed beneath the ground. Running pipes under sod is one way to ensure that your yard looks neat and tidy. There are no unsightly pipes cluttering up the look of your property.
Only the sprinkler heads themselves poke up above the ground, but they can also be disguised by professionals to make as small of an impression as possible.
Once installed, these systems can be very hardy. Because they are protected from the elements by the soil on top of them, they tend to last five to ten years longer than systems that are entirely above ground.
While it is a big project, many companies are able to not only install your sprinklers, but also repair your lawn afterwards. It will look as though nothing has been changed, even though there is now a complex network of waterworks and electronics resting just a few inches out of sight.
If you’re surprised to see the use of the word electronics, then keep on reading! Our next section promises to have another surprising fact waiting for you.
Time is of the Essence
If you know anything about gardening or lawn maintenance, you know that the time of day that you choose to water can matter a great deal.
For example, if you decide to water your tomatoes under the hot, midday summer sun, the water both in the soil and resting on your plants can actually become boiling hot.
If you’ve ever made pasta sauce from scratch, you know that boiled tomatoes tend to burst, spilling their juices all over the place. For pasta sauce, that’s great. That means that you’re in for a juicy, delicious treat. But if they’re still growing on the vine, that’s not as good.
The same process is at work when you water your lawn at the wrong time in the summer. The water can become too hot and actually damage your lawn instead of nourish it. You could be left with brown, dead spots in your otherwise pristine lawn.
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Then, in order to fix the damage, you would have to rip up the damaged grass and start all over.
One thing you can do to avoid this issue is to water early in the morning or late in the evening, around when the sun goes down.
Of course, some people are not early risers, and not everyone is home at the same time every day to maintain a consistent watering schedule.
What can you do?
Luckily, sprinkler systems have your back. You can program your system in many different ways. You could choose to water your lawn at the same time every day by setting a timer either on the electronic base of your system or, if your system supports it, on the supplemental app.
You could also choose to set your timer so that it corresponds with the changing times of the sunset and sunrise, just to ensure that you will not boil your plants.
Another feature common to sprinkler systems is the option to choose which days to water. Perhaps your lawn doesn’t need watering every day, but every other day. You can set it with your system and then stand back and let it do the work for you.
This is a great feature that many homeowners choose to take advantage of. Why not let the machines do some of our thinking for us? It’s about time!
Get the Yard of Your Dreams!
When many people think of sprinklers and irrigation systems, they are thinking about how to best maintain their grass. But sprinklers are capable of so much more.
Installed correctly, a sprinkler could help automate more difficult tasks, such as watering trees, flowers, or even a vegetable garden.
Nurturing a fruit tree can be difficult for the beginning gardener; having a system in place that automatically knows when and how much water your plant needs can make the difference between apple pie made from your own apples and having to dig out a dead tree in the spring.
Our laws are the first thing we see when we return home after a long day at work. They say so much about us, even before we have a chance to open our mouths. A well-maintained sprinkler system can help you and your property look and feel your best. By choosing to install and maintain a sprinkler system on your property, you’re ensuring a delight that will last for years to come.