Ever heard of the term 'Feast to Famine'?
That is exactly what almost every transition from Spring to Summer is like in North Florida. A couple of weeks ago, lawns were burning up, drought-stressed, and begging for water. It almost seemed like no amount of irrigation could quench their thirst. Fast forward a couple of weeks, and rainstorms are a daily occurrence.
Instead of worrying about sprinklers, people are worried about drainage solutions and run-off erosion. Quite the change for a short period of time. So why would I be writing about irrigation in a season like this? Because your water use matters - even if you aren't concerned with the environment, you certainly care about your GRU or municipality's water bill.
This is where the...
Now is the time when Florida starts to get warm and dry. It’s a good idea to get a head start on gearing up your irrigation system to set you and your landscape and lawn up for success before the season fully kicks into gear. Here are 5 easy steps to get you started!
- Run the system manually by pressing Manual Start button and walk your property while each zone runs. Here is a short tutorial by Chuck on the fundamentals of 4 different brands of irrigation controllers.
- Check heads to be sure they aren't wasting too much water on paved surfaces and that plants are getting proper coverage. Remember that some overspray on surfaces will happen, but you want to minimize it.
- Look for dry spots. Spring is when areas of the lawn with low water will struggle. Especially the hottest areas like where spots get full or afternoon sun (the hottest part of the day). Make sure these are ...
Do you want to save money and reduce your impact on the environment? Your iGainesville rrigation system should be smart enough to do that for you
The main reasons to invest in a smart irrigation controller are, obviously, the cost savings on GRU bills and saving precious water resources. It is also incredibly handy to be able to track and control your watering from almost anywhere with your smart device.
Here are some other reasons.
You will program your smart irrigation by answering a number of questions and let it go from there. The smart system will determine watering based on local water regulations, weather, climate, and plant and soil types.
Your smart system will be able to decide how much water is needed, and when. If it rains heavily, the system may skip watering for that day. This type of lawn engineering can save up to 50% in watering costs.
We’ve gotten a number of calls from customers asking questions about how to improve their lawn's appearance in the North Florida dry spell. Lawns are struggling from drought stress in any area that gets sun exposure, landscape plants are beginning to wilt, and you're already watering with your sprinkler system. What can you do?
Until we begin to get normal rainfall, here are some watering tips. Notice that these tips are beyond the basics of watering early in the morning, follow the 2 day per week schedule (unless you have new sod or plants), and put down an inch of water. These tips are specifically the dry spells we have come accustomed to a couple times a year in Gainesville landscapes. These tips need to be reveresed after normal rainfall begins as you could create problems with overwatering and fungus when the dry spell ends.
- Use the Seasonal Adjust function -On most irrigation controllers installed in the past decade, there is an option ...
A lush, well-manicured lawn adds to curb appeal and enjoyment of your home. But lawns are susceptible to diseases and pests, especially if they're left vulnerable from poor cultural practices like underwatering or being scalped too low. Here are five common things your Gainesville lawn is trying to communicate to you, and how to spot and fix each before they get bad.
Problem: Brown Spots
Like your body, your lawn requires regular water to stay healthy. It’s that simple, really - but there are a few important best practices to know before just running your Gainesville, Florida sprinklers.
1. WHAT IS THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF IRRIGATION?
Your lawn loves about an inch of water each week, on average. Some full sun areas require more and deep shaded areas need less, but 1" is about average. In many areas of the U.S., rainfall is plenty, but in Florida's drastic heat and weather changes - we go from needing are sprinklers to run more to needing an improved drainage system to manage all of the rainwater in the span of months.
Typically, spring is a Gainesville Irrigation system's prime time due to high heat and low rainfall. That whole "April showers brings May flowers..." is not typically a good description for Gainesville lawns. Summer's rainfall typically are enough to keep an established lawn healthy without too much additional work by...
Do you ever ask yourself, 'Why does my Gainesville lawn have spots in it?' or 'Why does my Gainesville lawn have mushrooms?'
This video from The Master's Lawn Care can help you find out. Grey leaf spot and mushrooms are both types of fungi, which come from overwatering. Sometimes, overwatering a lawn cannot be helped - because of extreme amounts of rain (like at the time of this video), however other times it comes in shaded areas of the lawn when an irrigation system is compounding with the rain to cause too much moisture in the lawn.
The grey leaf spot can be treated with a contact fungicide, such as Spectator, but the more effective and better way would be to have a rain sensor installed on your irrigation system and cut back the watering times until the wet season has passed.
If we can help with your lawn or orrigation concerns, please don't hesitate to call our office at (352) 378-LAWN, contact us by filling out...
Irrigation systems have tons of advantages. For one thing, you won’t have to spend all summer standing in your yard sprinkling with a garden hose! And you’ll never worry about being too busy or forgetting to water your lawn. Automatic sprinklers can make caring for your Gainesville landscape much easier and more convenient. But when you have problems with your irrigation system, they can be very frustrating. Especially when no one notices the issue until it's too late and your lawn or plants are struggling and/or dead.
The time for these things to be recognized is now, in early spring, before the drought and summer heat waves hit north Florida.
When these problems crop up, you can count on our Gainesville irrigation service professionals to assist you. Don’t hesitate to give us a call. And don’t forget: the best way to be sure your irrigation system is working at its best is to have...
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:
#1 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...