Are you wasting water in the rainy season?

Imagine being at a restaurant, enjoying a meal with a glass of water as your drink. Now imagine that your server adds water to your glass, even though your glass is already full. The water spills over onto the table and eventually puddles down on the floor. The logical thing to do is to fill the glass only when it’s needed, but instead, every few minutes more water in poured into an already full glass. Seems pretty crazy, doesn’t it?

This may seem like a far-fetched scenario, but this analogy is exactly what some homeowners are doing when they over irrigation their lawns in the rainy season. Living in a climate where drought is common, homeowners shouldn't have to rely on memory for when to use their sprinkler system. What we should be doing is irrigating when there is a need for water. It’s better for your lawn, the environment, and your wallet - and the new weather sensors allow just that!


July is Smart Irrigation Month! Some Tips on Gainesville Sprinklers and Their Efficiency

July is the perfect time to take stock of your water use and see what changes can save resources and money. Smart Irrigation Month promotes the social, economic, and environmental benefits of efficient sprinkler techniques in your Gainesville lawn and landscape. Led by the Irrigation Association, Smart Irrigation Month gives you the opportunity to make real changes to your water use that can positively affect the environment as well as your GRU water bill.

The Master's Lawn Care can help.

Irrigation Analysis
Finding out how your sprinkler system is performing will allow you to make strategic decisions when investing in upgrades. Our irrigation professionals will review your system, explain water use vs. actual plant needs, and present options for improvement. This gives you the opportunity to weigh costs against future savings so you can make decisions that directly impact your monthly water bill.

Smart Irrigation Technology...

Gainesville Grass Care Tips for Each Turf Type

It’s already been a pretty unique year in our Gainesvile, Florida lawn and landscapes, and there’s still time left for more unusual activity from Mother Nature. But, homeowners and business owners across North Central Florida need to start looking ahead to the fast-approaching dawn of the summer growing season and giving some thought to how to best handle your lawn service in the coming months.

There are four major types of Gainesville grass types that most commonly are seen in our market: 

  • Zoysia
  • Centipese
  • Bermuda
  • St. Augustine (we saved the most common for last)

They’re each different, and have their own set of best practices for yearly lawn care. Here’s a brief primer for caring for each of these four grass types as we look forward to the spring thaw:

Caring for Gainesville Zoysia Lawns
Zoysia grass requires a little extra attention, but it can make...

3 Common Gainesville Lawn Problems in Spring

April slipped right past us and here we are in mid-May, knocking on summer's door. This is the time of year that we hear from a number of clients who are particularly concerned about their lawn. The typical call may sound a lot like this:

"I'm really worried about my lawn. It started to green up from winter and was looking nice right after you fertilized. Suddenly, it's getting worse. Is there a pest eating my lawn or does it need more fertilizer?"

After spending a few minutes on the phone with the client asking questions, we're typically able to identify one of the 3 primary spring issues.

The majority of problems in Gainesville lawns over the past couple weeks has come from 3 primary concerns:

Drought Stress - This is the most common issues, and luckily, drought stress in lawns is one of the easiest problems to identify. Take a look at areas of your lawn that get some...

How to Know It's Time to Upgrade your Gainesville Sprinkler System

Like anything else, irrigation systems wear out as they age. Sprinkler heads stop rotating, Pop-ups stay stuck up in the lawn, valves get stuck open, and timers stop functioning. Additionally, new technologies and better equipment are introduced to the market that save water and money for clients while also performing the job of irrigating better. For any of these reasons, an irrigation system will at some point need upgrading, but how do you decide when to upgrade your irrigation system?

Why upgrade?
There are many ways in which a Gainesville irrigation system can signal that it needs to be upgraded. For example, the water use may have increased or the landscape appearance may have deteriorated. Another sign is that the number of sprinkler service calls has increased or the cost to maintain the system has become too much.

A system may also need to be...

How does Moisture Manager help my Gainesville Lawn?

In North Florida, where drought stress in spring and summer creates problems in almost every Gainesville lawn, applying more water can't be the only solution. Especially with the Alachua county and city regulations prohibiting any watering outside of the 2 scheduled days per week to conserve our liquid resources. More and more homeowners are looking for solutions to keep enough water in the lawn to keep it healthy and green, while at the same time not wasting our natural resources.

With the added concern of drought stress making lawns more susceptible to chinch bug damage, it becomes a major concern of your lawn's health.

Moisture Manager is a blended application with formulated specifically to reduce watering needs on golf courses, landscape plantings, lawns, and are even used in agriculture.Moisture Manager is the cornerstone of a soil moisture management program whether you are maintaining existing turf and plants or ensuring the survival of new sod, seed, sprigs,...

Bi-Annual Sprinkler System Maintenance helps Prevent Water Waste

A poorly maintained sprinkler system prevents water from reaching its designed area of your yard, and instead causes wasted water to go onto your driveway, curb, or even cause water damage to your home. A Gainesville irrigation system service plan is one of the most effective ways to reduce your GRU water bill, reduce pollution from run-off, and improve plant health by applying the correct amount of water where it can be utilized by the landscape.

Minimally, irrigation systems should be checked on a bi-annual basis.  Once at the beginning of the season when the system is first turned up to it's regular watering schedule and again in winter when you set the timer back to once per week. However, we recommend that commercial irrigation systems be looked at quarterly or even monthly due to size and...

Protect These Gainesville Landscape Plants from Freezing Temperatures

There is a Freeze Warning coming up in Northern Florida for this weekend. The current forecast is predicting overnight freezing temperatures for both Saturday and Sunday nights, which could result damage or Gainesville sprinkler systems and tender landscape plants. Here are some tips that will help minimize the harmful effects of low temperatures:

  • Cover your sprinkler system's backflow preventer with protective covering and change settings like this. Upgrading your weather sensor to a rain/freeze sensor also protects your irrigation from running and leaving moisture to cause freeze damage on plants. 
  • Cover your cold-sensitive plants (see list below) with sheets or blankets, but not plastic.
  • Don't mow or use heavy equipment on your lawn if it is frozen or if there is frost present the following morning.

Most Common Cold-sensitive...

April's Lawn Pest: Drought Stress

Although the word 'pest' is typically used to describe an insect such as chinch bugs or webworms, the term is actually used to describe anything that is unwanted. (Perhaps you remember what you may have called your little sibling growing up?) In this case, a lawn certainly is not improved by being pestered with a lack of one of it's three basic needs)
When and where is drought stress the most prevalent?
Imagine filling a gallon bucket with water and setting it out in your yard. When you check your bucket a week later, you’re going to find it still has water, but you’ve lost an inch or so from evaporation.  That’s what happens to your lawn and landscape plants if the evaporation isn’t replaced by rain and/or irrigation. If you had the bucket of water in full sun, it would experience more evaporation than one in the shade....