When To Water & For How Long?


When should I water my lawn and for how long?


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Regardless of whether you live in the country or the city, the best time to water your lawn is in the early morning. This is the time of day when your lawn will absorb the most H2O and you will lose the lease H2O to evaporation. However, one bonus to watering in the early morning for city dwellers is that the water pressure will be at it’s peak before the population of you city gets up and starts using up all that water pressure for showers and baths! For rural folks, whose water comes from a well or direct from a lake, or pond or other source through an onsite pump.

Avoid watering during the day time, especially when the sun is at it’s brightest. Only a fraction of that precious water will actually make it to the grass.

How much should I water my lawn?

The amount you must water your lawn is largely impacted by the amount of rainfall you get where you live. This will be driven by the weather and a phenomenon called evapotranspiration (i.e. “ET”.) ET is the combined effect of water used by the plant and that which is lost to evaporation. ET is expressed in inches (or mm) of water per week. So based on the amount of water your grass takes in for nutrition and the amount of water that the environment takes out of the soil, you will have a new amount of water that has been debited due to ET and must subsequently be replaced.  Often times a local university will have accurate ET rates for your area of the country. You may also be able to find these rates published regularly in the newspaper or on a website.

How deep into the soil should water penetrate?

Soil-depthGenerally speaking, water should be able to penetrate down 6-inches into the “root zone” of the lawn. Ideally it is time to water again when that water level is at about 3-inches. You can check this in a variety of ways, by using different tools such as a shovel, a soil sample puller, or a digital sensor.

How much is too much (or too little?)

Most people are surprised to discover that there is more damage done, by overwatering a lawn than by under-watering it. This is due largely in part to the plant structures inability to extract the water left in the soil once so much water has washed through it. Without the water to provide it nourishment the grass becomes susceptible to insect problems, physical damage and disease.

What happens to grass during a drought?

ng655_01_front TurfSpyGuideIf your lawn can’t get enough water it will first go into a dormant stage, often marked by a bluish color. If the drought continues until the soil water is fully used, death will result for most cool-season grasses. Bermudas and other warm-season grasses will probably recover, however, the lawn’s quality will not.

 

 

Team USA Goes big in “Bomb pop” Jerseys!


With one win already under their belt, team USA has a lot to be proud of! In game one the defeated Ghana 2-1, winning for the first time in 3 years of head to head match-ups.

Go Team USA! We here at Sprinkler Warehouse are cheering you on and hope the winning streaks keeps on going!!

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First Day of Summer


First day of summer is coming on the 21st of June! This year it falls on a Saturday…do you have plans!?

This year get out and enjoy the warm weather, the fresh air and your friends and family! Do something new!

If you have a “honey-do” list for this weekend to get caught up on, let us help! Here is a coupon for a few dollars off your next order at http://www.SprinklerWarehouse.com

Code:  FIRSTDAY5

 

World Cup Sale


At Sprinkler Warehouse we love grass! I mean we REALLY LOVE IT! We love having picnics in it, playing in it — heck we even like to mow it! And one things we especially love about grass is helping all our wonderful customers to water it!

In support of our USA soccer team we are offering a discount code to all team usa fans.

Code: WORLDCUP5

 

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Friday 13th: Paraskevidekatriaphobia SALE


It happens at least once every year, sometimes more, but very rarely do you get a full moon to accompany an already creepy holiday like Friday the 13th.

Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the clinical definition for the fear of Friday the 13th.

 It’s estimated that $900,000,000 in revenue is lost each and every time the 13th day of the month aligns itself with the 5th day of the week. Friday the 13th can be serious business for some people. Reports of people missing work for fear of something bad happening on the commute to work or while at work has them staying home safe and sound in bed.

If you have decided to stay home today and find yourself looking online for parts to keep your lawn and garden green and pretty, please use the discount code FRIDAY13 to get 5% off of your entire order!

So whatever your level of superstition, we hope you’re Friday the 13th is nothing of not unremarkable! (and we mean that in the best way possible!)

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The Fast & Easy Way To Fix a Broken Sprinkler Valve


Every so often often, just when you think that everything in your sprinkler system is working just perfect, something will go wrong. Either you will wake up to discover that magically somehow one of your sprinkler has turned itself from a sprinkler into a geyser! or a new pool exists where yesterday you had a valve box. Such is life. We fix them and move on. No need to stress.

I got a phone call the other night from my youngest brother who still lives at home. Since i moved away from home and since my middle brother moved away he has been charged with the task of maintaining the family sprinkler system and yard. (This doesn’t sound like it would be that big of a task or responsibility, however it is a HUGE responsibility because back when we installed the sprinkler system we didn’t have the good sense to look online for help installing the system. We simply relied on the advice we got from the workers at the local sprinkler supply store and/or the local big-box hardware store. And while the concept of installing a sprinkler system yourself seems quite simple, without the correct advice and instructions it is easy to make mistakes that you will regret for years to come(…like putting too many heads on a zone, or spacing sprinkler too far apart!) In hindsight, I wish with all my heart that we would have looked online and found “Sprinkler School” because it would have given us 100% of the information and instruction that we needed to have installed a proper and functionally sound sprinkler system.

So, for years now we have lived with the monster that we created. We need (desperately) to start over and install a new system from scratch (the RIGHT way) but till that day comes, we will continue to keep fixing and adjusting and tweaking our Frankenstein system!

My brother had called be from his cell phone as he was standing out in the yard. He explained to me that there was something wrong with one of the valves and that it was not working. He wanted to know if I could tell him how to fix it or give him some ideas about what was causing the problem. Unfortunately my troubleshooting superpowers are severely diminished because he is in Idaho and I am in Texas. Something about that kind of distance impedes and messes with my ability to figure out what is making things not work and why.

The good news is that there is a shortcut for fixing valves that makes the repair so easy that even your mom could do it if she had to! (Just kidding, if your mom is anything like mine, she can could solve world hunger, end war, fix the cars bad alternator and have dinner made for the family all before 6pm!) Nevertheless, the process to fix a broken valve is really really easy, and basically anyone who can read this can fix one themselves.

So I told him that I would send him a new valve from our online store if he thought he could get by for a day or two till the part could get to him. Here are the direction I sent him. You can follow these steps to fix your own valve once you have a new replacement handy and ready to install.

 

 

 

  1. Shut off the water to the valve manifold or the area where you are working and remove standing water if possible. valve-repair-1
  2. Unscrew the solenoid and set it aside (be sure to keep it clean and out of any dirt or mud)valve-repair-2
  3. Unscrew top of your valve (or unbolt the top) and remove it. Set it aside on a towel or a clean surface. Following the same procedure, open the top of the replacement valve you purchased valve-repair-3
  4. Remove the internal parts from the defective valve, paying attention to the order and placement of the pieces. Discard the old pieces. valve-repair-5
  5. Replace the discarded pieces with those from the new valve. (you may choose to use the new top from the replacement valve or continue to use the original) Pay attention to the alignment holes! valve-repair-4
  6. Ensure the solenoid is wired correctly and  matches the wiring of the other valves in the box (be sure to use grease or silicone filled wire nutsvalve-repair-6
  7. Using the sprinkler controller activate the zone that corresponds with the valve you just repaired to confirm the repair was successful.

Most people are are surprised to find out that this repair is a recommended way of repairing a valve. The housing for valves are extremely durable and will continue to function as if it were a new valve for the life of the product or until it cracks or otherwise physically broken. The bonus for this type of repair is that you will have a spare solenoid on hand for future use in the event that you need one down the road!

Happy Memorial Day, remember our soldiers!


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Sprinkler Warehouse would like to thank ALL our brave soldiers, men and women who serve in all parts of the military to protect our country and our freedom. We are forever grateful to those who gave their lives for this cause and we keep them and their families in our thoughts and our prayers.

 

Use the discount code MEMORIAL5 at http://www.sprinklerwarehouse.com to get 5% off you entire order!

 

Happy Nurses Day!


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Sprinkler Warehouse would like to thank ALL of you wonderful people who have chosen to put in all the work and commitment to become nurses. What you do is genuinely miraculous and you deserve to be recognized for that. Sprinkler Warehouse is home to many wonderful employees whose lives have been deeply touched by nurses throughout the courses of their lives… whether they have family members are nurses, friends who practice nursing or have been cared for by excellent nurses while in the hospital. We simply cannot live without you!!

For the rest of the week we are offering you 5% off your entire order at http://www.SprinklerWarehouse.com! Simply input the code NURSE05 at checkout to receive your discount. 

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West Nile Virus Awareness Week; BE PREPARED!


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Since the first reported case of West Nile Virus in New York City in 1999 West Nile Virus has spread across America like an epidemic, and it seems there is no easy way to eradicate the disease. So the best defense we have is education. By sharing the information we have about how mosquitoes breed and carry the disease we can do more than try and prevent from being stung, but rather prevent the mosquitoes from being born and becoming carriers of the disease at all.

West Nile Virus comes and goes in surges, but it never ever really goes away, making it particularly dangerous. As the reported cases of infection swell and contract the population is lulled into a carnal security thinking that it could never happen to them- that they would never be infected resulting in carelessness and a casual attitude toward mosquito disease.

wnv_us_human_map_week52Looking back to the year 2013, a total of 2374 cases of West Nile Virus were reported with 114 deaths attributed to the disease (down significantly from 286 deaths in 2012) and in 2014, the West Nile Virus has a strong potential to exceed the 2013 numbers due to the mild winter. Nevertheless, there is no surefire way to know what kind of mosquito season we will have this year, but one thing we can be sure of is our level of preparedness.

 

Transmission of the virus occurs through mosquito bites. This leads people to believe that the primary defense we have against the spreading of disease is taking action to prevent mosquitoes from biting you, your kids and your pets or animals.

Naturally people automatically think of mosquito repellent sprays as the primary defense against mosquitoes. However, they are widely varied in their cost, features and functionality.

deet cirPerhaps the greatest protection against mosquito’s bites is to wear long sleeve shirts and pants whenever possible in conjunction with a spray or repellent, because it’s not possible for the mosquitoes to bite your skin through the material of your clothing.

Just like cell phones and power companies have peak hours, so do mosquitoes! If you know when these hours are, than you can more easily avoid them and keep them from ruining your outing! Mosquitoes come out in full forces most often around dusk and dawn times of the day. Plan your day to avoid too early of a start or staying too late and you will experience less mosquito attack.

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April Showers Bring May flowers…

April showers also bring standing water though, which brings forth new mosquitoes! NOW is the time to spread the word about mosquito awareness and most specifically West Nile Virus awareness.Empty any stagnant and free standing collections of water. Simply dump them out and turn the vessel upside down or prop it up so that it will not refill with water.

 

Other ways to prevent mosquitoes from collecting and breeding…

 For homeowners and small business owners that wish to take a proactive stance against mosquitoes and other insects in general there are a couple of suitable options.

  • Skeetobusters Mosquito RepellentContracting with a local pest control business will ensure that your property is pest free on a regular basis. With regular treatments of the property on a frequent basis the mosquito (and pest) population will stay low throughout the entire season. However this type of service can be expensive and prohibitive.
  • An excellent alternative that people can utilize is a fertigation/pestigation unit attached to their existing sprinkler system. These units are designed to be an all-in-one plug-and-play solution for all your fertilizing and pest control needs. It simply uses the existing sprinkler system to apply fertilizers and/or organic pesticides through the sprinkler heads to the grass and irrigated parts of the property thereby creating an effective boundary for pests. Units are available starting around $950 and can be installed quickly and easily by a certified installer or a savvy do-it-yourselfer. This may sound like an expensive investment initially, but it quite cost effective because it will continue to serve the property for years to come.
  •  There are some areas of your yard and/or property which are prone to gathering puddles. Tarps and tires are two of the most infamous offenders when it comes to standing water. Perhaps you have a rain collection barrel designed for capturing water or catch basins installed to carry away drainage water. These can be prime targets for mosquito breeding…especially because they are often physically obscured and hidden away from view. It is recommended that homeowners use an all natural super product to protect the areas and prevent them from becoming a breeding ground for your yard. By simply applying an appropriate measure of liquid cedar oil to the water (such as Best Yet & PCO by CedarCide) and the oil acts as a barrier by creating a thin layer on top of the standing water and repelling mosquitoes.
  • Secondly the oil will dehydrating and prevents any eggs that it comes in contact with from hatching. So it can be used effectively in several situations. (this type of oil is the same kind used in the sprinkler fertigation/pestigation units.)

 

 

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The following are some ways that you can use a product like Best Yet to help combat the breeding and growth of the Mosquito population.

 

  1. Eliminate standing water on your property – Turn over kiddie pools, trash cans and lids and anything else that can act as a container for rainwater.  Fold and properly store all tarps in cool dry indoor area (tarps are a major offender for mosquito breeding grounds) Bring all tires indoors away from the sprinklers or rain (tires are prime mosquito breeding grounds due to their shape; they easily retain water and provide protection from sunlight and the elements. (tires imported into the US from outside have been the source of many new insects and pests being introduced to the country) Spray water collecting prone places down with the Cedar Based product to keep mosquitoes from returning to those places if they do collect water again.

 

  1. breeding groundsChange water catch pans for flower baskets. – Most flower pots have a water catch dish to allow excess water to exit out the bottom of the flower pot. This water should be discarded at least once a week. Treat the newly cleaned treat with cedar oil  to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in the water when it does fill up.

 

  1. Bird Baths and water fountains – keep the water running regularly to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs. If the water is not running, clean out the old water weekly and treat with cedar oil.

 

  1. Permanent standing water – Some water cannot be emptied or it is intended to be there (i.e. rain barrels, drains and catch basins etc. For these types of situations it is recommended that you apply a liberal amount of Cedar Oil based product to the water. Because Best Yet it is an oil based product it will float on the top of the water causing a barrier against mosquitoes. The oil will remain there till it is washed away or emptied.

Earth Day; 12 EZ Ways to Conserve Water


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At  Sprinkler Warehouse we take Earth Day seriously! We know that without Mother Earth and all of her beauty we wouldn’t be able to stay in business! We owe her a great deal of gratitude! To show our gratitude we have put together an Earth Day Sale that is running on the homepage of www.sprinklerwarehouse.com offering deep discounts on some of our most “environmentally friendly” products.

In addition to offering great deals on earth-friendly products we’d like to share with you all a few our our favorite tips for keeping mother earth a greener, more happy place for us all to share.

We all know that water conservation is very important and it will only grow to be more and more so as time goes on. But water savings do not have to come at a great sacrifice, there are ways to conserve water without even thinking about it!


Install a new Smart Sprinkler controller 
– By switching sprinkler controllers not only can you save significantly on your water bill but you can  also get a whole bunch of added features to save you time, money, and headaches. The latest generation of sprinkler controllers offer the ability to connect to be remote controlled from a smart phone or tablet connect to weather forecasting services as well as incorporating a variety of sensors to prevent over watering or unnecessary use of water.

 

Lawn clippingsDon’t fertilize in spring or summer, save it for fall – Fertilizer can be a big help on the way to a lush and green lawn. However, If water conservation is on your mind, your city is experiencing a drought or your community has rules against watering, it is best that you leave the fertilization task on your fall to-do list. Fertilizers require a great deal of water to be effective in bolstering a plants health. A good alternative is a fertigation system that applies fertilizers through the sprinkler system itself during normal watering schedules.

 

Mulch your clippings instead of bagging them – By choosing to not bag and remove clippings from the lawn those mulched up remains of grass blades will help to preserve moisture in the ground as well as deliver nutrition back the plants. Additionally mulched lawns absorb water better and suffer less from erosion. Another excellent benefit of mulching is that the mulch develops a mat which excludes light from penetrating thereby preventing the germination of (many varieties) of weeds. Fewer weeds = less competition for nutrients and moisture.

 

Aerate your lawn – Aerating your lawn creates small holes in the surface of the ground which allows water and oxygen down into the root systems of the grass. Lawns that aeratorare aerated regularly (once or twice a season) require a less water than do those which have not been aerated.

 

Check your water meter to check for leaks – Yards with in-ground sprinkler systems can be prone un-evidenced leaks. You could have a leaky faucet or valve connection with little or no evidence that water is being lost. If you live in a part of the country where water is metered, use the meter to determine if water is being lost. Shut of all water sources and write down the amount note the amount of water used on your meter. Allow 10 minutes and check if the number has changed to determine if there is a slow leak. Alternatively there is usually a leak indicator built into most water meters that (if spinning) indicates a leak in the system.

 

5551-000100-80-81_3 Create a compost pile instead of using the in-sink garbage disposal – Garbage disposals are a very handy part of modern living, however, they are big-time water wasters and they fill the pipes with solid matter that requires a great deal of water to move down line. Whenever possible discard scraps into a compost system or compost pile instead of sending them down the drain.

 

Adjust sprinklers to only water grass and not cement – over time rotor style sprinklers (and other styles too) will fall out of adjustment and the result is portions of the yard being watered which do not require water (i.e. sidewalks, decks, rock gardens etc.)  Adjust all sprinklers to only water the necessary areas.

 

Deep-soak your lawn every once in a while (tuna can worth) – It is recommended that every once in a while you allow your lawn to get a deep-soak watering. Because different soil types and sprinkler systems vary so greatly we cannot say how long the water should be ran to achieve the desired results, but it is recommended that you take a tuna fish sized can and place it in the yard in an place where it can catch regular water from the sprinklers. Once the can has been filled to the top, that is likely enough water to achieve the desired results. Frequent deep-soaking allows the water to get down into the roots where the water is needed most.

 

83dc70a2-adb5-4315-ac5a-753d12471073Water when it’s dark – When possible water the yard in the dark. The sunlight will cause the freshly dispersed water to evaporate too quickly.

 

Rain Barrel Catch system – Install a rain barrel water capture system to collect rainwater that comes off your roof. Use this water in your flower pots and other plants instead of watering with hose water.

 

hexenal_shutterstock_107230940_300Drip irrigation system for flowers and plants – Installation of a soaker hose or drip system in and around flower beds and gardens will greatly reduce the amount of over-watering. Drip systems can also be integrated with a rain-barrel catch system to use the captured water instead of fresh water.

 

Cut it high – Never cut more than 1/3 of the total length off of the grass. Cutting grass too short is one of the most commonly made mistakes by homeowners. They want to get a nice short “golf course” style cut and end up damaging the lawn.

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