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The Truth About Watering

Keep watering those plants and trees until first frost!

Many homeowners invest ample time and money into watering and irrigation during the spring and summer; however, for some reason, much of this effort is abandoned come fall. The truth, however, is that trees and plants, especially those that are newly planted, need to be continually watered until winter.

The standard rule of 1" of water per week applies to the fall, just as it does in spring and summer.  Following the 1" per week rule allows the water to penetrate roughly a foot down into the soil, which is necessary for optimum root growth. Of course, depending on the soil there irrigation-wateringmay be more or less room for water to penetrate; however, usually 1" or water will penetrate perfectly, with any excess running off into the water table. What exactly does this mean? It means that, even if we get 5" of rain in a week, only about 1" is actually absorbed by the soil, and the other 4" runs off and fills the water table. Despite the abundance of rain one week, it is still necessary to apply 1" the next week.

Continue to apply 1" of water to your trees and plants throughout October. Fall is a great time for root development, and the appropriate amount of water each week will aid in this development. It is especially important to water new landscapes and plants through the fall. If you have any questions about soil moisture, or are curious about irrigation system design and installation, please request a free consultation.


July Landscape and Tree Care Tips

Follow these tips to ensure your landscape and trees are in the best shape possible.

The month of July is here, and with it came a strench of some hot, yet gracefully welcomed weather. Here are some tips that our Certified Arborists and Lawn Care pros recommend to help ensure optimal appeal and health of your landscape through the summer:

-Apply 1 to 1.5 inches of water to your lawn each week. Take into consideration the amount of rain water you've received in the week as well. A healthy lawn will require 1 to 1.5 inches each week.

-Ensure extra water gets to your trees, shrubs, and turf during periods of drought which will begin to occur in July. Irrigation sensors and drip irrigation are great for regulating water use and moisture.

-Prune shrubs and ornamental trees to ensure great blossoms next spring.

-Avoid storm damage due to high winds and lightning. Have your trees inspected to see if there are hazardous limbs or branches.

-Inspect trees for signs of Lace bugs, Scale, and Spider Mites, and look for evidence of Grubs in your lawn.

These tips will help keep your landscape and trees in prime shape throughout July. For more information request a consultation or call 877-308-8733. Our Certified Arborists are always available to come to your property to inspect for insects & disease, hazardous branches, and more.

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Save Water, Time, and Money with Irrigation Systems

My hatred for improperly installed and operated irrigation systems started one rainy morning while at a college lacrosse practice. This particular spring was extremely rainy, and our practice field was more of a mud pit than a grass playing surface. Though I was already a little disappointed that it was raining out, our sprinkler system decided it was time to water the grass and turned on in the middle of the practice. This put a damper on our practice, but also made me think about how much water the college wasted by watering the expansive grounds and fields when it was not necessary.

Since then, my college lacrosse days have ended and my alma-mater has reconstructed their irrigation system; however, I continue to notice that households and commercial buildings are using inefficient irrigation systems and wasting water. By designing and implementing a new irrigation system, or tailoring an existing system, thousands of gallons of water and hundreds of dollars can be saved each year.

New irrigation technologies, including drip irrigation and rain sensors, have helped transform the industry, and now allow home owners and property managers to irrigate at ease, without the fear of inefficient or wasteful watering. Drip irrigation, or micro-irrigation, systems apply water directly to the root area of a tree or plant, allowing for optimal watering with little run-off or evaporation. Also, in order to irrigate only when necessary (unlike at my college), rain sensors can be built into irrigation systems to prevent inefficient watering. A rain sensor will test the moisture level in the soil and only allow the irrigation system to turn on when necessary.

No longer does irrigation have to be an expensive and inefficient method of lawn care. Our lawn care professionals can design, build, and maintain irrigation systems equipped with rain sensors and drip irrigation, in order to ensure the appeal and health of your lawn and plants. Request a consultation with a Certified Lawn Care Professional today.

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Fertilize While You Irrigate with Fertigation

Fertilize Your Lawn Each Time You Water

Fertigation is a system attached to your irrigation system that will apply low doses of fertilizer to your lawn each time you water, keeping your lawn healthy and green all season long.

The benefits of Fertigation over traditional broadcast fertilizing methods include:

  • Eliminates over-fertilization and run-off
  • Increased nutrient absorption by grass plants
  • Reduction of fertilizer and chemicals
  • Reduced nitrogen leaching into water table
  • Reduction in water usage due to plant’s increased root mass and ability to trap and hold water

For more information on Fertigation, call now to arrange a consultation with our irrigation specialist at 877-308-8733.

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