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June 14, 2017
New Fence Considerations
The friendly folks at All American Sprinkler and Landscaping have a few new fence considerations for you if you are thinking about putting in a new one. Fences are a great way to add style and functionality to your outdoor space, but the type of fence to choose is based on a few factors like what kind of material, what you need the fence for and who will be doing the work on it.
When starting a landscape design project, there are several great options for fencing materials, and each comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Wood is a great and versatile material with a style that’s easily customizable. Many times, you can find pre-manufactured panels that make installation relatively easy and it’s a great privacy barrier that provides a safe backyard. The major disadvantage with wood fencing is maintenance – you’ll need to paint and seal it from time to time to ensure you maximize its lifespan.
If you don’t want the maintenance, some people choose a vinyl fencing made to look like wood. It’s a durable, low-maintenance option that’s also pretty inexpensive. It also doesn’t have to look like wood; vinyl comes in a wide variety of style and color options so that you can customize it how you like.
Chain link is great if you’re not concerned about privacy. It is durable, long-lasting, relatively maintenance free and inexpensive. If you’re after privacy, though, the plastic inserts and covers that you can use to create a visual barrier with chain link are not very attractive options.
Another area to consider for landscape projects and fencing is how you want to use your yard. Is the fence for aesthetic purposes only? Are you only concerned with corralling kids or pets and giving them a safe space to roam? Do you want to create a privacy barrier for your backyard?
These issues will obviously affect what type of material you choose, as well as the style. If you want to keep a big dog in, the fence will likely have to be built higher than standard fencing. If you often have kids running around, you may want to think about whether the material can be dangerous to them, such as wood giving them splinters.
Who will Install
If you want to try to do the work yourself, that is going to affect what kind of fence to install. Whatever it is will have to fall into your particular skill set and that, of course, depends on your particular level of handyman (or woman) prowess. Choosing professional installers might cost a bit more but it’s a whole lot less work, and you have the broader option of choosing whatever kind of fencing you want and know that it will be installed correctly.
We hope this info about new fence considerations has been helpful. Here at All American Sprinkler and Landscaping, we are all about making your outdoor space comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. A fence is a huge part of that because it is so large and can completely change how your yard looks and functions. To learn more about our landscape services, including fencing, get in touch with us today.
May 30, 2017
7 Steps to a Healthy Green Lawn after Winter
For today’s helpful tip, All American Sprinkler and Landscaping in Aurora offers 7 steps to a healthy green lawn after winter. A beautiful green lawn doesn’t just magically happen when the sun comes back out after the long winter. Well, maybe for a few lucky folks it does, but a little bit of planning and work at the right time can make a world of difference in how lush and vibrant the lawn is this summer.
Clean it Up!
First things first, your lawn probably has a fair amount of debris piled up from winter. Leaves, sticks, dirt whatever, clean all that off the lawn to get started. You can do this either by hand, or use a blower to make it a bit easier to round up dead leaves. If any of your plants died during the winter, pull those out and be sure to trim up the surviving ones in preparation for new growth.
Aerate the Soil
Next, loosen things up a bit. Heavy snow and foot traffic packs down the soil quite a bit over the winter and makes it difficult for nutrients to get to the roots of grass. To aerate, rent a plug aerator or hire a professional landscaper to get things opened up again.
Clean out the Dead Grass
The weight of snow and ice all winter inevitably kills off some grass. Dethatch your lawn with a rake to clean out the dead stuff and allow the living grass room to breathe and free access to water from your sprinklers, as well as nutrients.
Get Rid of Weeds
Weeds and their seeds are going to try to make a comeback also. Get the jump on them by pulling up the big ones and spraying an herbicide over your lawn to give the grass the advantage. If you prefer not to use chemicals, cornmeal can work as well.
Fill in the Blanks
If winter damaged part of the lawn enough, you might have barren patches that will need help. For this, you can either, put down seed and wait for it to grow in, or a faster approach is to buy sod. Keep in mind that it may be difficult to find sod that matches your existing grass perfectly.
Your lawn needs to eat! The nutrients in fertilizers will help the lawn grow lush and green. Be sure to set your sprinklers to water in the morning and don’t drown your lawn or you could wash away all those nutrients you worked so hard to put down.
Keep it Up
Once your lawn has gotten started, all you need to do is keep it mowed at regular intervals throughout the summer. You can throw a bit of fertilizer down once in a while, but too much will actually cause more harm than good.
If you need help with any of these 7 steps to a healthy green lawn after winter, feel free to contact us here at All American Sprinkler and Landscaping in Aurora. Our goal is to make sure that your outdoor space is the lush green oasis that you want it to be!
April 14, 2017
How to Run Your Sprinklers for Better Lawn Care
Our experts at All American Sprinkler and Landscaping in Aurora want to share our take on how to run your sprinklers for better lawn care. We have a commitment to customer satisfaction and part of that includes providing valuable information to help you enjoy an incredible yard. These tips and tricks to better care for your yard are just one of the ways we like to help!
Make no mistake, there is a right way and a wrong way to handle lawn care. By following our tips, you’ll be able to minimize water waste (which can lower your water bill) and decrease the amount of time and effort you have to put into maintaining your landscape. You’ll also have a green beauty that is the envy of the neighborhood. First, let’s talk about a couple of myths regarding proper watering schedules:
- The evening is the best time to water.
This seems like it should make sense. Watering during the cool of the day means less water evaporation and your lawn is absorbing the most water for the least amount of watering.
Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. Allowing water to sit on the grass and in the soil for too long and can encourage the growth of fungi or even grass diseases. While Denver is not a particularly humid area, it still is a risk you take when watering in the evening, and it is not the preferred method of caring for your lawn.
- Afternoon watering helps keep the grass from burning.
Again, to some, it would make sense that if the lawn is wet during the hottest time of the day, it will help keep it from burning. But…it doesn’t, and during the heat of the day, water evaporates as soon as it hits the ground. Plus, the sun causes the ground to harden, thereby offering the least amount of water absorption of the day. Running your sprinklers is a waste at this point.
So, When Should You Water Your Grass?
When it comes to how to run your sprinklers for better lawn care, we say find a happy medium when water absorption is at its highest, the heat isn’t too intense, and the water won’t cause the grass to be overly damp for hours every day. That sweet spot is typically about an hour before sunrise.
This is where an automated sprinkler system comes in handy. Most people are not too excited about getting up at 4 or 4:30 in the morning to water their lawn. But with an automated sprinkler system from a reputable company like All American Sprinkler, you can set the time to whatever you want. You can even set your timers to water each zone for a specified amount of time, turn off, and then turn back on again for another burst. This can help prevent water runoff if the ground can’t absorb it fast enough.
Being smart about how to run your sprinklers for better lawn care can save you time and ensure a happy lawn that looks great all summer long. If you need even more help, feel free to contact our experts here at All American Sprinkler for advice, sprinkler services, repairs and much more.
March 21, 2017
Getting Your Sprinklers Ready for Spring
All American Sprinkler and Landscaping in Aurora wants to help you with getting your sprinklers ready for Spring. Winter is coming to a close and signs of Spring are beginning to pop up everywhere. Soon all that new life is going to need some water, so your hibernating sprinkler system needs to be ready.
Getting your sprinkler system ready for Spring isn’t too difficult, especially if you have a basic understanding of your system. You’ll just need a flat head screwdriver and maybe a small channel-lock. Of course, if you’d rather skip ahead to enjoying your green grass this Spring, you can always give us a call and have our experts take care of everything for you. Otherwise, here are the steps to take:
Step 1: Make sure that the irrigation clock is off.
Step 2: See that the test cock valves on the backflow prevention device are closed. If you don’t know what the backflow prevention device is, look for a bronze device somewhere against a wall on the outside of the house. You should also find a couple of ball valves here that should also be closed.
Step 3: Go through the entire system and ensure that all valves are closed, as well as the drain.
Step 4: Find the main water shut-off for the irrigation system. If you don’t know where it is, try looking in your utility room, basement, or crawlspace. If you find a copper pipe running from a water source to that backflow prevention device you already located, then you have found the water shut-off!
Step 5: Check that the drain valve right next to the irrigation shut-off is closed. Now, get ready for the exciting part. You’re all set to turn on the water to your sprinkler system!
Step 6: Turn the water on very slowly until you hear it start to run. If the system is closed up snugly the water will stop running in a few seconds after the pipes to the backflow prevention device have filled. If it keeps running, either a valve is open, or you have a leak somewhere. Double check the valves or look for water escaping. Once the shut-off valve can stay open without any water running, you are ready to proceed to the next step.
Step 7: Head out and slowly open the ball valve closest to the house next to the backflow prevention device. Once the backflow device pressurizes, open the other ball valve and wait for the system to fill up. Again, the water should stop running after a few moments and if it doesn’t then you need to start checking the entire system for either an open valve or a leak.
Use your best judgment and don’t try to fix a problem that you don’t understand. If there seems to be a problem that you can’t fix easily, it is better to call in the professionals than to end up breaking something trying to fix it yourself, only making it worse.
Step 8: If there are no problems, you can turn on the irrigation clock and run through the zones. Of course, always check for leaks and also ensure the heads are adjusted properly. You want to water the grass, not your walkways or house.
As you can see, getting your sprinklers ready for Spring isn’t that difficult, provided that you don’t run into any issues. Of course, whether you go DIY or want us to jump start your sprinklers, just give a call to the friendly team at All American Sprinklers. We’ll get your system up and running in no time!
February 16, 2017
Improving Your Sprinkler System
Here at All American Sprinkler and Landscaping, Inc., we are dedicated to improving your sprinkler system and ensuring that you always receive the best customer service. Having been in the business and serving our neighbors in the Denver area since 1979, we have a vested interest in our community and want to do our part to keep things beautiful by helping you properly maintain and improve the function of your sprinkler system. Let’s go over a few tips.
- Check for low head drainage
In some sprinkler systems, particularly if they are older, the heads leak water that is left over in the pipes, after the system has been shut off. This leaves a puddle around your sprinkler head and wastes water facilely used for the next cycle. If you notice this problem, try replacing your current heads with newer ones that contain check valves to prevent water from draining from the pipes when the system shuts down.
- Check that the water pressure is right
Usually, sprinkler heads work best at a certain water pressure. If the pressure isn’t correct for your heads, they can mist and waste water. Find out the correct pressure for your heads, and if your system isn’t working right, consider installing heads with a built-in pressure regulator to fix this problem.
- Choose the correct nozzle
Things to look for in a good nozzle include:
- Sends out large enough droplets that the wind won’t be able to carry water off course or turn it into water vapor
- Waters slowly enough that the ground has time to absorb the water and doesn’t create a bunch of wasted runoff or pooling
- Waters evenly and doesn’t result in brown, damaged spots from any un-watered patches
- Maintains the correct adjustment and arc and doesn’t fall out of adjustment easily
- Consistently maintains the correct throw distance and doesn’t throw too far or fall short
- Reserve drip irrigation for mixed borders, vegetable gardens, pots and the like
You shouldn’t mix drip irrigation and sprinkler heads in the same area. They each serve their own unique purpose and should be used accordingly. Otherwise, you end up with soggy spots from overwatering portions and, of course, wasting water.
- Check for issues with your sprinklers regularly
As with anything, proper maintenance is the best way to prevent a wide variety of issues. That doesn’t mean that you have to inspect your system every day but set a regular schedule to take a quick look and make sure that things are running smoothly. This will ensure that your system functions well and you don’t end up wasting or overusing water.
As always if you have any further questions about improving your sprinkler system or anything else, feel free to give us a call here at All American Sprinkler and Landscaping. Our friendly experts are always willing to provide you with the answers you need and wow you with our superior customer service. As we said, we want our customers to have the highest quality sprinkler systems and always receive the best service that we can offer.