Friday, June 8, 2018

Saving water with a sprinkler system

Saving water with a sprinkler system
Do you know how to save water with your sprinklers? At Altitude Sprinkler and Landscapes in Denver, we know that water efficiency is important to our Denver customers. Living in an arid climate means that keeping a garden healthy and looking good can take quite a lot of work. If you use an irrigation system, there are some steps you can take to make sure you are not using excess water.

Timing is Everything
Irrigation is most efficient between the hours of 5 am and 10 am. At this time, temperatures are cooler, and the water can be absorbed slowly by the soil, instead of being instantly evaporated by the sun's heat. Setting your sprinkler system for short watering periods with breaks of 15 minutes between them will give best results. This will allow time for absorption and avoid wasting water through run-off. Avoid watering in the evening, as leaving a lawn wet overnight creates excellent conditions for fungus growth.

Efficient Zoning
Separating your garden into different zones can allow you to have more control over the amount of irrigation given to various types of plants. Lawns can be timed to have more frequent waterings than trees, shrubs, and flower beds. This is also something to consider when designing and planning your landscape.

Drip Irrigation
While lawns are best watered with sprinklers, non-grassy areas can be more efficiently watered by a drip-irrigation system. Individual trees, potted containers, shrubs, and flower beds can be targeted directly, reducing water waste. Drip-irrigation functions by running a system of tubes close to the soil and spacing a series of holes along the length of the tubes. Water dripping from these holes can deliver moisture very close to the roots of each plant, which avoids the loss of water to evaporation or run-off.

Adapt to the Seasons
Unless you live in an area where the weather is the same all-year round, adjust your sprinkler system to fit the seasons. Your lawn will need more frequent watering in the summer, but during the winter months you will end up wasting water if you leave it set at the same level. One easy way to save water is by installing a sensor device that detects the presence of rain. It automatically shuts off your sprinkler system when rain is detected, meaning you don't end up giving your lawn a second watering.

Keeping control of the amount of water used in your garden will ensure you are not surprised by your water bill at the end of the month. It will also conserve water, lowering your environmental impact and reducing the risk of a drought. With water being in limited supply during the summer, it is well worth the effort to minimize usage. For more tips on how to save water with your sprinklers and for professional landscaping services, you can contact Altitude Sprinkler and Landscape. Our experienced team is ready to help you spend less time on maintaining your garden and more time enjoying it.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Top 10 Benefits of a High-Quality Sprinkler System Installation

sprinkler system from Altitude Sprinkler and Landscape
Did you know that nearly one in three Americans do not know how often to use their sprinkler system? While fertilizer and other products are important, watering is the key component to landscaping success.

Adding sprinklers to your property yield a number of benefits. Not only do sprinklers save time, but they also can reduce your monthly watering bill.

Read on to learn 10 benefits of installing a high-quality sprinkler system. Learn how choosing the best sprinklers will make your landscape flourish.

1) A Sprinkler System Saves Time and Energy

Is there a more arduous task than moving a manual sprinkler every 15 to 20 minutes? Think about all the time that you waste adjusting the sprinkler.

Automatic sprinklers save you time and energy. With a simple timer mechanism, you no longer have to walk to the water valve to turn them on and off.

2) Keep the Hose Rolled Up

One of the most time-consuming steps is rolling and unrolling the hose. To save time, many homeowners leave the hose unraveled and lying on the lawn.

This leads to lawn burn as the hose sits idle on the grass. Also, it gives an unsightly look to the front of your home.

3) Sprinklers Can Reduce Your Water Bill

Irrigation systems are a great way to reduce your monthly or quarterly water bill. For starters, timed durations prevent you from overwatering the lawn.

In addition, there are system upgrades that can reduce your bill even further. A precision spray nozzle, for instance, is estimated to reduce water usage by 35 percent. Weather sensors are another system upgrade to cut water use.

4) Water in the Morning

The best thing for lawn health is watering in the morning. Lawn irrigation at night leaves it vulnerable to fungus.

At the same time, you should not water the lawn during the hottest parts of the day. This leaves the lawn susceptible to burning. With a control panel, your sprinklers turn on automatically every morning at the optimal time.

5) Sprinklers Make Fertilizing More Effective

Fertilizer is a key ingredient to a healthy lawn. However, the instructions are clear that freshly applied fertilizer needs to be watered. With irrigation, fertilizer is thoroughly watered and most effective.

6) Reduce Brown Spots

Manual sprinklers are limited. They have a maximum reach and often miss spots.
Sprinklers are strategically installed around the lawn for maximum coverage. This way, brown spots are in the past.

7) Water Gardens Too

Sprinklers are not just for lawns. They are great for fruit and vegetable gardens as well.
Ditch the watering can. No more daily trips to the water spout to water the garden.

8) No Need to Replace Manual Sprinklers

Manual sprinklers have a short service life. They only last a few years before they are weathered and ineffective.

Automatic sprinklers are buried in the ground. This way, they are preserved from the elements.

9) Sprinkler Zones

With zones, you can water different parts of the lawn at different times. This is perfect to create the optimal water schedule.

By doing so, you can observe sun patterns. Now you can avoid direct sunlight by watering at the best times.

10) Own a Beautiful Lawn

The bottom line is that sprinklers are sure to beautify your lawn. They are an effective tool for optimized watering and help fertilizer application.

Wrapping It Up

A sprinkler system yields many benefits. From reducing your water bill to saving time and energy, sprinklers do it all.

If you are interested in sprinkler installation, please contact us for assistance.