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Calculating how much time your sprinkling takes to water Your Lawn adequately

Most of the people know that their lawn needs one inch of water every week, however, what most do not know is: for how long they have to run the sprinklers to have that one inch of water in their lawn? That is what we will discuss in this blog.

The first thing that you need to know is the precipitation equation that is used to tell how much water a sprinkling system provides to a lawn; following is the precipitation equation.

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As you can see, you can calculate the precipitation rate (inches per hour) by multiplying 96.3, which is a constant, by the Gallons Per Minute (GPM) applied to the area, then it is divided by the spacing between the two rows of sprinklers.

So what is sprinkler spacing?

Sprinkler System are installed following a scheme, known as head-to-head spacing, in which the sprinkler heads are placed in an order, where the spray from a head reaches the heads next to it. The space between two sprinkler head is the sprinkler spacing; you can measure it using a measuring tape, if you do not know what it is in your system. Or any sprinkler repair professional can help you with that.

Following is an example of spacing:

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How to calculate Gallons per Minute?

To know how much water a head emits, check the sprinkler head, as the manufacturers provide this information on it.

The equation gives you all the information you need when it comes to water needs of a region, and for how long you have to run your sprinkler system. However, that is not everything; other factor that you need to know is the rainfall in your area, you have to regulate the amount of water your lawn needs based on the rainfall. If this seems too much to you, in Castle Rock Sprinkler Repair professional are available who can help you with the calculation, hire one.

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How to water your lawn during drought?

watering_lawnInadequate watering of lawn during summers or during water shortage periods, like in droughts, greatly damages lawn, sometimes permanently.

During summers or droughts when we do not water lawn sufficiently, because of the inflation in the water bills, the root system starts to adapt to new water deficient conditions. One of the most significant effects is the development of shallow roots. The roots of the lawn, instead of growing downwards, start to grow upwards, which causes permanent damage. The condition also leaves your lawn and landscaping prone to diseases.

Given the high cost of water during droughts, it is necessary that you employ water saving techniques, so you can save your lawn from the damage summers brings with itself, and also save on the expenses you incur in water bills.

  1. The first thing that you have to is to avoid run-off of water. Typically, soil during summers, is hard, which makes it nonporous. The non-porosity of the soil makes water to run off the surface, if too much of water is delivered at once. You can circumvent the problem simply by watering the lawn in short spells or cycles, letting water to be absorbed efficiently.
  2. Do not water your lawn when the sun is high and shining, as the transpiration and evaporation rate at this time is the highest during the day. It is better to avoid during such hours, instead water it early in the morning; the best time is around 5 and 6 am. Tip: Don’t water lawn at night as it can damage it will make it prone to diseases.
  3. Some areas in your lawn are exposed directly to sunrays, devoid of any shades, and at these spots, you will notice dry spots will develop. You need to concentrate on these parts, instead of watering those spots using sprinklers, poke small holes with garden claw water them using hose.

These tips will help you to maintain a healthy, disease free lawn in summers. And if you cannot give enough time to your lawn, it is better to hire in Highlands Ranch a Landscaping company, who can help you to apply these strategies.

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What does it cost to water lawn in summer?

We all know how watering a lawn inflates the water bill during a drought. Therefore, it is important to take necessary steps to cut your watering bill and summer expenses.

However, to reduce watering cost, first, you need to know what it costs you. That is why, in this blog, we are giving a worksheet to calculate how much it costs you to water your lawn. Our experts at BestYard.com studied what your municipality charges for water and storm service. Based on the information that we accumulated, we put together a worksheet that help you to calculate how much it can cost you to water your lawn during drought.

However, before that, we present you with some water saving strategies:

  1. There are some cutting-edge water saving programs, which use humectants to attract and capture free water molecules from the air. The water collected is converted into droplets, which are delivered to the root system of the lawn.
  2. To save water, always water your lawn in the morning when the evaporation rate is low.
  3. Water less in the shady area; instead focus on the dried and exposed parts of lawn.

These simple strategies can help you save water and reduce your water bill, while taking care of your lawn.

Now, moving to our worksheet: calculation

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To get to know the cost of watering your lawn, you just need to type the amount of time that you water your lawn. The calculator will tell you total gallons of water used to run sprinklers, the average water and storm rate, per day and monthly cost of watering your lawn.

The worksheet can help you plan when and how to water your lawn adequately, while keeping tab on cost. If you still find it difficult, BestYard.com can give more insight into water saving strategies by calling 720-851-7550.

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How to water your lawn like a professional?

water-the-lawnNobody wants their lawn to look shaggy, coarse, or with brown patches. However, that is what the intense summer sun does to your lawn. It takes a lot of effort to have a manicured lawn with crisp edges and lush grass like that of a riverbank. For having a yard that looks nurtured in a sweltering sun, the primary lawn care practice that you have learn about is watering.

Contrary to common notion, there are numbers of things you have to consider and understand for watering your lawn like a professional.

  • How much water does your lawn need?

From region to region, the amount of water needed by a lawn varies. If you are in Parker, lawn care needs two inches of water, each week in the summer. Therefore, you need to keep a tab of waterfall in your area, and if the waterfall is not enough, compensate it with running a sprinkler during the summers.

  • How to measure the amount of rainfall in your area?

To measure the rainfall, you need a measuring gauge, and if you don’t own one, use a tuna can, which works as fine as some gauge; it will help you to measure inch of rainfall.

  • Knowing for how long you should run the sprinkler system?

It depends on the type of sprinkler you have. If you have a rotary one, which delivers water in half-circle, then it takes 2.5 hours to deliver one inch of water, where the one that delivers water in the full-circle takes about five hours to water one inch of your lawn. Similarly, fixed spray head sprinkler takes thirty minutes to water up to one inch, in the region of its reach.

  • Calculating the Watering schedule, you should follow

Your ultimate aim is to water the lawn up to two inches per week. Once you come to know how much water your lawn has received naturally through rainfall, deduce it from the objective, two inches, and the remaining is what your lawn requires.

If you follow these suggestions carefully, you will always have a green, envy inducing lawn.

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A Brief Guide to Take Care of Your Grass Roots

grassYou probably know how the root system of your lawn plays a very important role in the life of your grass. Like all plants, the root system in grass absorbs the minerals and water needed for survival.

What you probably do not know is that it sends hormonal signals to the aboveground portion of the grass, and it stores nutrition for later use.

Put in simpler terms, in lawn care, roots are paramount. The deeper they are, the better.

Want to know, how to optimally manage the root system of your lawn grass?

Then learn about the factors that determine your lawn’s appearance, through the hot summer months.

  • Water

Contrary to common knowledge, watering too often can result in shallow root systems, and cause your lawn to die under severe heat stress periods.

To have a deeper root system, watering your lawn deeply and then leave it for a brief moisture stress period. It is no rocket science, the deeper your roots are, the more likely your lawn will survive such heat stresses as well as the dry winter months.

  • Mowing

Mowing is another factor that affects root growth.

You must wondering, is not that what everyone do? “Mow their lawn,” why it is an important factor?

Wait! There is a catch, the higher the mowing height, the more green tissue there is to catch sunlight, which increases the root mass and root depth.

So now you know, what to do the next time, you mow your lawn.

Remember, a lower mowing height reduces the ability of the grass to absorb sunlight, which in turn lowers the production of nutrients and results in a shallower root system. Taller grass also helps to retain moisture in the soil by keeping the sun off the soil and the blades shade each other.

  • Fertilizer

You need to know how much fertilizer is appropriate for grass rooting system. Sufficient and timely applications of nitrogen (fertilizer) help to have deeper and healthy rooting system.

Grass that is deficient in nitrogen will have a limited root system, which as we have already said, will affect the overall look of the lawn.

However, when applying fertilizer, it is also important to note that too much nitrogen will cause excessive growth, which in turn will quickly deplete storage of nutrients in the roots.

Now you know, what are the factors that make your grass look all green and soft. Just apply this knowledge and have a blooming lawn all around the year, even in dry season.

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Sprinkler System – monitoring and regulating water

sprinklerDo you know your turf grass lawn is approximately 85-90 percent water? Yes, that is true; water is what makes your grass look that good, or bad, when watered insufficiently.

In different regions, requirement of water by grass varies, for instance, in Colorado, a region with a semi arid climate, blue grass lawns require 2 inches of water per week from May thru September. Thus, it is crucial that you know how much water your lawn receives from your sprinkler system. To use water more efficiently, it is important to monitor your sprinkler system. To check how much water your system puts out in a given period, you can use a rain gauge or a simple “Tuna Can.”

Steps to test your sprinkler system

  • Place your gauge in an area of your lawn, and set your “clock” or “timer” for 15 minutes.
  • Measure the amount of water you recorded. In a “pop-up” system you may get 3-5/10’s of an inch of water. “180 Degree Rotary” may get 1/10”, and “360 Degree Rotary” may get 1/20” in 15 minutes.
  • After you have discovered the amount of water your system delivers for every 15 minutes, you can then adjust the time for each zone to achieve the correct amount of output for the current conditions.

Restrictions and guidelines for watering

In Colorado, there are watering guidelines or restrictions in place. They limit the number of days per week you are allowed to water. Three days per week is the general rule.And most communitiesalso have information on how much water your lawn needs each week. To water your lawn optimally in synch with the information, under the restrictions, it becomes imperative to know how much water your sprinkler system puts out in a given time. After churning these numbers, you are able to determine how long and how often to water your lawn.

Tips to water your lawn efficiently 

  • It is best to water early in the morning or in the early evening. Watering when the sun is out and shining, that is, between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., is generally NOT recommended or allowed, due to high rate of evaporation.
  • Another thing to pay attention to is runoff, which occurs when the soil cannot absorb all of the water that is puts out. There is a process called cycle and soak to correct runoff. In this process, water each zone for shorter periods and multiple times on each watering day. This allows the water to soak into the soil where it can be used by the grass.
  • A broken sprinkler system can ruin all your plans; therefore, it is essential that you check for standard failures, such as backflows and clogged heads and if found, call us at 720-851-7550 to repair the damage.
  • There are tools can help you to water more efficiently, such as rain sensor and smart clocks. A rain sensor turns off your sprinkler system, when it rains. Smart clocks connect to a weather station, and use weather data to determine how much water your lawn needs.Call us at 720-851-7550 for a quote to upgrade your system and save water.

Do your bit to save water and in the process, following these tips diligently, have a lawn that your neighbors envy.

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Gardening in containers – a solution to limited space issue

Do you love gardening but have space constraints?

garden-containerThere is amazing way—container gardening—to revel the joy of conventional gardening, even though when you have limited space. This fun way allows people with little space, such as balconies or small patios, to have a garden, without hiring a garden service. The whole practice started when condominiums or multistory apartments mushroomed all over the country.

In the container gardening, as the name suggests, plants or herbs, such as bougainvillea and fuchsia, are planted in small containers. This is an inexpensive way of gardening.

Things you need to know about container gardening

  • You can use anything for a gardening container, be it pottery, plastic containers, window boxes, old barrels, or watering cans. There is no the limit.
  • The most crucial thing about the container is the drainage; the excess of water should not accumulate in the bottom, a small opening will serve the purpose.
  • You need to water them consistently, smaller the container, the more frequently it will need water. In weather when the transpiration is high, that is, during summers, hanging baskets may need to be watered daily.
  • To make your containers light, instead of using only soil as a base, use ole bark mulch and Styrofoam peanuts in the bottom half of containers. The bark helps to tie-up soil nitrogen, giving nourishment your plant needs.
  • The soil used for container gardening is special; it should allow roots to grow easily, be water retentive and also helps fast draining. The best way to have a soil with such attributes is to mix it with compost.
  • Watering the plants frequently will drain the nutrients away from the soil; therefore, it is essential that you add fertilizer. To be environmental friendly, use a water-soluble fertilizer.

What you can grow in containers?

You can grow anything that you want, unless it can be planted in a container. Most people grow annuals, perennials, tropicals, and even vegetables and herbs. However, there is a thing that you need to care about, when you choose a plant to grow in a container, be sure of the size of the plant when it will mature, the container should be of same scale.

The container gardening are not only attractive, adding beauty to your landscape but also is useful. It can provide enough herbs and vegetables. Grow a container garden in your balcony and get a supply of fresh herbs and vegetables for your dishes.

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Weeds — super resistant and adaptable freeloaders

weed1Weeds, as you already know, reproduce aggressively and are invasive in nature, which has adapted to diverse environment. What all it need a suitable condition; rain, persistent or interrupted, gives weeds a chance to thrive. In a small period, it blooms and invades. Literally, it competes with desirable species for nourishment in your garden and starves them, which actively marginalize other species. Therefore, it is essential to regulate weeds regularly, so they do not get out of control.

Determining Tolerance level for weedsweed2

Weeds in your landscape are nothing less than an eye sore; however, it is practically impossible to remove them entirely, as they flourish repeatedly even in hostile conditions. Therefore, it is advisable that you determine the degree or threshold of your tolerance level with respect to weeds. Once you decide what would be your tolerance level, you can come up to next the step: action plan.

Basic methods of weed control: 

  • Manual Pulling
    Manually pulling, the oldest way to remove undesirables is still in practice. Many gardeners stick to this method when the surface is not large. The process involves removing or pulling weeds out of the ground by hand. In this method, you need to make sure that the roots are also pulled out; otherwise, they will re-sprout, and will bloom with same vigor. Unearthing weeds eventually weakens and kills them; however, it needs persistence effort.
  • Application of weed killer or herbicides
    It is the easiest and the most effective method, which involves spraying herbicide, a toxic chemical to destroy unwanted vegetation, on weeds. Whether they are at sprouting stage or already grown up into herb. The taller weeds that are sprayed will eventually turn brown and are required to be pulled out. However, whatever the stage is herbicide will make sure that you get rid of them.

What you need to Know before using a Product
The first thing that you need to know is the effectiveness of a weed killer on a specific weed. Before applying any weed killer, read the label, pay attention to safety precautions and pollinator information.

There are two types of weed killer: selective weed killers and Non-selective weed killers

  • Selective weed killers work only on certain types of weeds. For example, for lawn care, a product is available that is used specifically for dandelions; it will kill dandelions only, leaving all other weeds intact.
  • Non-selective weed killers eradicate green plant, irrespective of the species or family. Therefore, it is more of absolute killer, which kills without any preference. These products will kill both the weeds and the grass.

When you are using herbicides, makes sure that you use them when weeds are not matured or are young. The earlier weeds are controlled, the better.

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Reduce Landfill Waste through Eco-Friendly Measures

reRising landfill waste in metropolitan towns and cities is a big problem. It is one of the most significant factors that lead to soil pollution and receding water table. Hence, many companies and factories aim to reduce the landfill waste through following the eco-friendly 3 R model that is Reuse, Reduce and Recycle the solid waste.

Can you imagine that 17 billion toilet paper rolls are thrown away each year in United States? This would fill the Empire State Building, which is the fourth largest building in the US, twice. In order to curb this wastage, the Scott paper company launched an innovative product–Scott Naturals Tube-Free. This would cut down the waste and help people get rid of the heap of waste in form of TP tubes.

Likewise,a well reputed Boulder-based tea company, Celestial Seasonings, has discontinued the use of string, tag, staple or individual wrapper for its teabags. This enables the company to prevent more than 3.5 million pounds of waste from entering landfills each year.

There are many industries that face the challenge of reducing their waste production that includes the landscape industry as well. Whether it is mowing lawns or pruning trees and shrubs, reducing landfill waste is a major challenge for a landscaping company. Therefore, it is very important to rely only on a well reputed landscaping company for your Parker Lawn Care.

Using mulching mowers for grass clippings

The EPA estimates that yard waste takes 18% of landfill sites.  Most of this can be avoided with eco-friendly practices.  Gone are the days when companies used simple push powered Reel mowers or electric mowers. Now, mowers come equipped with mulching blades that simply chop the grass to finer clippings. The grass clippings need not be dumped as landfill waste, as they act as compost and provide vital nutrients to the lawn, thereby reducing the need for fertilizers.

Converting pruned leaves and branches into compost or wood mulch

Huge volumes of debris are produced by landscaping companies through pruning leaves and branches of trees. Thanks to many recycling and composting centers that recycle this debris into compost or transforms it into wood mulch. The organic wood mulch so produced will easily settle down and decompose after a period.

Mulching tip:

It is commonly suggested not to use landscape fabric to collect the mulch as its slick surface will cause mulch to blow away in the wind.

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Find Tips to Make Your Sprinkler More Efficient

lawn sprinklerDo you know that watering lawns and gardens can account for up to 50 percent of total water use by an average household? With a poorly maintained or outdated sprinkler design, you end up wasting gallons of water that will add to your expenses on utility bills. So, it is very important to repair, upgrade, and maintain your sprinkler in the best way possible to get the maximum benefits. You can easily check your sprinkler and sort out minor issues, which will make your device more efficient. If you are looking for a Highlands Ranch Sprinkler Repair service then you can rely on the expert technicians of BestYard.com.

Let’s find out as how to upgrade and maintain your sprinkler to getthe desired results:

  • Check the timer which is an important part of your sprinkler. If it does not function properly, then check the wiring and/or the battery to get the desired power back-up.
  • Set the correct watering time according to the type of sprinkler. Whether it is a rotor type sprinkler or spray type, you must ensure that all parts work properly and provide you the desired results.
  • Check for any missing heads or nozzles and replace them. If you find clogged heads, then you must clean them out.
  • Adjust each head for proper overlapping coverage and to avoid wasting water spraying driveways and sidewalks.
  • Use spray heads for lawn and drip leads or lines for shrubs and flower beds.

Get technical help from a pro for resolving more serious problems

Broken underground sprinkler pipe needs to be repaired by an expert. Any leakage in the valve of a spray or rotor sprinkler needs to be repaired by a professional. A large leakage in the body of sprinkler may require replacement of the old sprinkler with the new one.

If any part of the irrigation system is not functioning properly, then it might indicate electric failure. Such kind of technical glitches can only be fixed by an expert who has the expertise and tools to resolve the problem.

Upgrade your sprinkler to make it highly efficient

Make your irrigation system smarter by upgrading your sprinklers to make them more water saving and efficient. You can simply follow these steps to make your device efficient:

  • You can replace old nozzles of your sprinkler heads with water-saving nozzles. This is the most affordable way to upgrade your sprinkler and save water.
  • You can equip your sprinkler with Smart Controller that uses advanced technology to gather and use weather data and information related to your yard, water schedule and others. What makes this smart is that they can adjust the watering process according to the season and yard conditions. This will save water and will enable you water your lawn in a seamless way.

Make it a point to upgrade your sprinkler through an expert Highlands Ranch Sprinkler Repair service from our technicians. Feel free to call us at 720-851-7550 or fill the Quote Request form on http://www.bestyard.com/quote-request/.

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