Is your yard like Grandma’s?
Back in Grandma’s day, lawns or landscapes were more like a window dressing around a building. They had a token tree or two, a few evergreen shrubs, maybe some perennials for color out front and a small flower bed for marigolds.
But today’s landscape is not your grandmother’s yard. Today, we require more of our landscapes than ever before.
Do you now expect more than just one pop of color, more shade to cut the AC bill in the summer and a livable area with outdoor ambiance where you cook, eat and entertain? Do you want more curb appeal and increased property value? Are low maintenance and lower water costs also on the list?
Even more important today, do you also want your landscape to clean the air, deal with the heat islands in cities, purify water as it moves through the soil, mitigate storm water, grow healthy veggies, attract pollinators and repel the deer that want to chew up our petunias?
That’s a tall order for a yard that once just sat still, looked kind of nice and had to be mowed once a week.
So what’s on your wish list for this year’s gardening season?
Here are a six ideas to get you thinking:
- ID the worst eyesore in the yard and put it at the top of the to-do list.
- Decide what you want to see when you’re sitting on the patio. Is it more color, another tree or just a bigger, nicer patio?
- Could you change just one thing that would require less maintenance? For example, is there a shrub you hate to prune because it has thorns? How about replacing it with a colorful and lower maintenance plant?
- Is it too dark in the areas where you would like to expand outdoor living? Would it be more usable if there was outdoor lighting?
- Can you find a placefor the fire feature that is now on your outdoor living wish list
- Also, walk across the street and look at your house from the neighbor’s perspective. This is how they see your yard every day. Rate the curb appeal. If it reminds you of grandma’s place, think about a facelift.
As with other projects, make the list, prioritize it, and develop a plan.
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Small Changes could make Big Improvements!
The sun and heat in the summer season could create hassles for your lawn in the form of certain disease and brown spots.
Have you noticed that your sprinkler is performing much below par this summer as compared to its efficiency at the time of installation? Perhaps, newly broken pipes or clogged heads could also be the reason behind its poor performance. Even if the sprinkler system is working well with basic fall and spring maintenance, it is wise to check it monthly to adjust to changes as your landscape matures or for slight malfunctions.
The Top 4 Sprinkler Problems:
BestYard.com sees while taking care of sprinkler systems in Aurora, Parker, Castle Rock, and Highlands Ranch are listed below along with ways to fix the problem.
- Flowers or shrubs hide the heads – At the time of installation of sprinkler system, it is likely that the shrubs and flowers were of lesser height. However, you need to keep a check on their growth and make sure to cut them back to prevent the heads from malfunctioning. As a second option, you could move the heads from some selected areas if cutting the shrubs poses a setback to the design of your garden. As a third option, you might need to raise sprinkler heads to spray over the current plantings.
- Crooked Heads – Thawing and freezing cycle of the winter season affects the positioning of the sprinkler heads. Specifically, ground heave of the winter can cause misalignment of spray heads. In such cases, it is wise to straighten the heads so they are perpendicular to the ground. This could enhance the performance of the sprinkler head coverage.
- Too low Heads – Was your sprinkler system installed at the time of initial lawn installation? If so, as the lawn grows over the years the sprinkler heads may be too low to spray over the grass or shrubs to provide proper coverage. The solution is to raise the heads so they provide sprinkler head to head coverage.
- Tuning, Malfunctions and Tuning – Several problems could lead to brown spots in your garden, such as:
- Broken lines and valves
- Clogged or damaged heads
- Malfunctioning solenoids
- Controllers not adjusted for summer conditions
Correct these minor problems to ensure that your lawn gets proper water coverage during hot summer conditions.
Does your lawn also face one or more of these issues? Do you find fixing your sprinkler system too complicated? If yes, then our certified irrigation experts are always there to fix the issues and gear up your lawn to face the conditions of hot summer.
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