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Water Wise – Water Saving Tips

waterwise1.pngA professionally installed, automatic sprinkler system is one of the best investments you can make in your home. There’s no easier or more cost-effective way to beautify your home, increase its value, and save yourself time and money.
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A properly designed and installed automatic sprinkler system uses less water than a single lawn sprinkler. Not only are sprinkler systems more efficient, they are more convenient.

cooltext283256421722785Adjust your irrigation controller (timer) run time for seasonal change –  making a monthly change to the irrigation operation times can save more water and money than any other thing you can do.

cooltext283256599183191Run your irrigation system during the morning hours  – Less water is lost to evaporation when the temperature is cooler, plus in most areas the wind doesn’t blow as hard in the mornings. Watering in the evenings can lead to turf and plant disease problems because the water sits on the plants all night, especially in humid climates.

cooltext283256697286368Give your sprinkler system a tune up –  In order to ensure there are no water leaks, breaks or cracks, or clogs in the systems, irrigation systems should ideally be checked annually, usually in spring or early summer.

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Fix leaking valves –  fix leaks, replace broken lines, repair or replace sprinkler heads, and install new parts, including back flow preventers, valves, and controllers.

cooltext283256841954992Install a Smart controller –  A Smart controller does the work of periodically adjusting the sprinkler operating times for you. It changes the run times to reflect the current water needs of the plants.

cooltext283257375218405Update your system  – Technology in sprinklers has advanced over the last 20 years and many new sprinklers are more water efficient than the older models. Generally this option is only cost effective if you have a very old sprinkler system, or if your original sprinkler system was poorly designed.

switchto dripSwitch to drip irrigation –  Studies show that drip irrigation systems use 30 – 50% less water than conventional watering methods, such as sprinklers.

 

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About Drip Irrigation

  • Good for a small yard or for watering individual plants.
  • Highly effective at supplying one to four gallons of water per hour directly to the soil.
  • Little water loss due to evaporation or runoff.
  • Particularly good for mulched areas because it directly soaks the soil without washing away the mulch.
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A well maintained lawn not only looks better, but also increases your property value and curb appeal. Digital Rain irrigation systems are environmentally friendly. We  believe in preserving our greatest resource, so we use both products and techniques that create the most efficient use of water.
Go green today! Digital Rain Sprinkler Service will help. Call us today at (402) 934-7900 or visit Digital Rain Sprinkler Service for more information.
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Sprinkler System Installation in Omaha

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A professionally installed sprinkler system by Digital Rain Sprinkler Service is the best investment you can make to your home or business. There is not an easier or more cost effective way to increase the value and curb appeal of your property.
Some advantages of having an automatic underground irrigation system include:
 
  • Convenience — you don’t have to spend hours manually watering your lawn and plantings
  • Low water usage, no water runoff from over watering
  • Extend the life of your lawn and expensive plants
  • Increase the value of your home
You can take some of the hard work out your lawn maintenance by having an automatic sprinkler system professionally installed. In addition to less work and a beautiful lawn, sprinkler systems help conserve water as well. An automatic sprinkler system will water the grass and specific garden areas, adding just the right amount of water at just the right time.
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A well maintained lawn not only looks better, but also increases your property value and curb appeal. Digital Rain irrigation systems are environmentally friendly. We  believe in preserving our greatest resource, so we use both products and techniques that create the most efficient use of water.
What to expect from Digital Rain Sprinklers :
  • We will answer all your lawn and garden questions.
  • We provide a detailed job estimate with specific costs
    and product recommendations.
  • We install only top quality water-efficient systems using
    the latest water saving products.
  • Compliance with all local codes and regulations
  • Friendly service, with a smile!

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We’re here for you after your installation. Our relationship continues after the sale with no-hassle preventative maintenance services like annual system winterization and spring start up.

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Contact us here or call 402-934-7900 to schedule a free estimate on a system install or to find out what you can do to make your existing system more efficient. We welcome commercial and residential clients. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need to make a decision when purchasing your new system.

Spring Here We Come – Time for Sprinkler Start Up

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Spring Start Up

Summer, here we come! With warmer weather on the way, it’s time to begin your sprinkler system start up and prepare to start watering again.

When should you have your sprinkler system turned on? Scheduling your spring start-up depends on the weather conditions and your individual watering needs. Usually any time after the third week of March is a safe bet for starting up your sprinkler system. Please call early in the season to schedule your lawn sprinkler start-up; the best time to tune up your system is before you need it.

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We recommend our spring start-up service to get your sprinkler and irrigation system up and running for the season. Winter ground heaving, snowfall, and snow removal can all take a toll on the functions of your sprinkler heads. Our Spring Start-up service inspects for all the issues winter leaves behind.

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In order to ensure there are no water leaks, breaks or cracks, or clogs in the systems, irrigation systems should ideally be checked annually, usually in spring or early summer.

  • Close all drain valves and plugs.
  • Reopen shut off valves.
  • Check main for leaks and damages.
  • Go through each individual zone and adjust or clean heads for proper operation and coverage.
  • Set control timer for spring season watering.
  • Check to make sure the controller still has its program from the last season and replace the batteries.
  • Adjust rain sensor setting.

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Contact us here or call 402-934-7900 to schedule a free estimate on a system install or to find out what you can do to make your existing system more efficient. We welcome commercial and residential clients. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need to make a decision when purchasing your new system.

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Drip Irrigation–A Smart Choice

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Consider Drip Irrigation.
Studies show that drip irrigation systems use 30 – 50% less water than conventional watering methods, such as sprinklers. Drip irrigation is the slow, precise application of water and nutrients directly to the plant root zone in a predetermined pattern. Drip irrigation helps maintain the root zone at ideal moisture level, encouraging the formation of deeper roots and more abundant foliage, at the same time saving water through reduced evaporation and runoff.

  • Improves growth – Smaller amounts of water applied over a longer amount of time provide ideal growing conditions. Drip irrigation extends watering times for plants, and prevents soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Also, because the flow is continuous, water penetrates deeply into the soil to get well down into the root zone.
  • Discourages weeds – Water is only delivered where it’s needed.
  • Saves time – Setting and moving sprinklers is not required. A timer can be added to the system for automatic watering.
  • Helps control fungal diseases, which grow quickly under moist conditions.
  • Adaptable – A drip irrigation system can be modified easily to adjust to the changing needs of the seasons

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Properly designed, installed, and managed, drip irrigation may help achieve water conservation by reducing evaporation and deep drainage when compared to other types of irrigation such as flood or overhead sprinklers since water can be more precisely applied to the plant roots. In addition, drip can eliminate many diseases that are spread through water contact with the foliage.

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Because of the way the water is applied in a drip system, traditional surface applications of timed-release fertilizer are sometimes ineffective, so drip systems often mix liquid fertilizer with the irrigation water. This is called fertigation. The chemicals may be added constantly whenever the system is irrigating or at intervals. Fertilizer savings of up to 95% are being reported from recent university field tests using drip fertigation and slow water delivery as compared to timed-release and irrigation by micro spray heads.

 

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  • Custom installation designed specifically for your landscape and your needs
  • Available with rain sensors, timers, and online operation capability so you never run the risk of over watering
  • From the industries most reliable manufacturers including Toro, Hunter and Rain Bird

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Digital Rain Sprinkler Service can evaluate any problems with your existing system and offer a cost effective solution to help you save water and in doing so, save money.

Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service or call 402-934-7900 today.

Winterize Your Sprinkler System Now

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It’s time to start thinking about winterizing! That means winter and cold weather is not far off either.

This also means it is time to think about turning off your irrigation systems as weather allows. Digital Rain Sprinkler Service is now taking calls at 402-934-7900 to schedule your system close down.

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Early Winterizing this Year

The weather conditions each year will determine the best time to winterize your sprinkler system. Although most of the system is underground and protected until the ground freezes, external parts like the backflow preventor and blow-out port can freeze from cold overnight temperatures. You should winterize as soon as you are sure you no longer need continual watering, although you may want to keep your system running as long as possible if you have new trees or have done a fall seeding.

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Our technicians will turn off the water supply, clear and prepare all the lines to prevent freezing, and leakage. The cost to make repairs on systems which have frozen is great and a bit of prevention each fall will ensure you are leak-free and ready to water your lawn and landscape in the spring.

1. Shut off water pressure to your irrigation system

2. Open main drain valve to drain out main line

3. Open drain valve inside electric valve box to drain lateral lines

4. Manually open all electronic valves to allow lateral lines to drain into mainline

5. Keep valve solenoids and bleeder valves open for winter

6. Open test ports on backflow device in order to winterize backflow device

7. Close gate valves on backflow device

Sprinkler Blowouts – Why You Should Hire a Professional Service

Sprinkler blowouts are a simple services for professionals to provide, but the easy and quality of a professional sprinkler blowout comes from experience.

Even small amounts of water trapped in a valve or pipe can expand enough during freezing weather to crack and damage your sprinkler system, and using high pressured air improperly through a sprinkler system can not only damage your system, but can also be dangerous.

And remember, whether you need our services now… or early next season, Your Healthy Lawn is Our Passion and we are only a phone call away!

Call 402-934-7900 or contact us to schedule your service.

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Digital Rain Sprinkler Service can evaluate any problems with your existing system and offer a cost effective solution to help you save water and in doing so, save money. Contact us for a free, no obligation evaluation of your current irrigation system.

 

Go Green

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Lawn sprinkler systems are going green. Besides just helping to keep your lawn a deep green, automatic lawn irrigation systems offer special eco-friendly features to conserve water. This is good news for everyone.

  1. Water at the right time. Watering in the early morning or late evening when temperatures and wind speeds are the lowest will reduce water loss through evaporation.
  2. Set your timers. To keep your yard healthy with just enough water, it is important to set your timer with a watering schedule that suits your area considering the amount of rainfall you usually get.
  3. Calibrate your irrigation system. Be sure to calibrate your irrigation system to determine how long to run the system so that it delivers the amount of water recommended for your area
  4. Position sprinklers properly. Make sure the water lands on your plants and grass and not on paved areas.

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Use less water for your lawn and garden. One inch of water weekly is recommended for both lawns and vegetable gardens. Subtract the amount of rainfall per week from this figure to calculate how much you’ll need to supplement. Water early in the morning to minimize water loss due to evaporation. Watering deeply 2-3 times a week – rather than sprinkling lightly every day – promotes deep root growth, increasing efficient utilization of moisture and resistance to dryness and heat. Direct water toward the roots instead of the upper part of the plant; wet leaves are more vulnerable to sunburn.

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Use even less water for your lawn and garden.

  1. Rain Barrels. If you’d like to reduce your utility bills, you can collect rainwater in barrels or tanks for home use. Set up a rain barrel or a gray water  system to recycle water from precipitation or household runoff for use in hydrating your lawn and garden.
  2. Xeriscaping. Think about devoting a part of your yard to xeriscaping, growing drought-tolerant plants which demand minimal watering.

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Drip Irrigation. Studies show that drip irrigation systems use 30 – 50% less water than conventional watering methods, such as sprinklers.

  • Improves growth – Smaller amounts of water applied over a longer amount of time provide ideal growing conditions. Drip irrigation extends watering times for plants, and prevents soil erosion and nutrient runoff. Also, because the flow is continuous, water penetrates deeply into the soil to get well down into the root zone.
  • Discourages weeds – Water is only delivered where it’s needed.
  • Saves time – Setting and moving sprinklers is not required. A timer can be added to the system for automatic watering.
  • Helps control fungal diseases, which grow quickly under moist conditions.
  • Adaptable – A drip irrigation system can be modified easily to adjust to the changing needs of the seasons

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Digital Rain Sprinkler Service is here to install or help with any of these Green options.

We can evaluate any problems with your existing system and offer a cost effective solution to help you save water and in doing so, save money. Contact us for a free, no obligation evaluation of your current irrigation system.

Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service or call 402-934-7900 today.

Hot Weather and Your Lawn

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Check Your Sprinklers

Regular maintenance of your system will save you water, time, and money!
Tips to increase the efficiency of your lawn watering system:

1. Regularly inspect your overall watering system for leaks, broken lines or misdirected sprinkler heads. Taking a few minutes once a month to make sure your sprinkler and/or hoses are working correctly is a crucial step to ensuring efficient water use outdoors.
2. Set it, but don’t forget it! Be sure to adjust your watering schedules throughout the summer. Not sure how? we are here to help.
3. Consider an irrigation upgrade. Don’t just guess at how much moisture your lawn needs. Trust Digital Rain Sprinkler Systems to provide you with the right amount of water every time.
4. Install a rain sensor. Rain sensors are designed to shut off sprinkler systems when rainfall reaches a preset amount, usually ¼ inch.  Once the moisture level subsides, the sensor re-enables the sprinkler system, resuming the previous watering schedule
5. Choose plants and grasses that will thrive in your soil conditions. When it comes to landscaping your yard, make sure you take some time to research what plants and grasses will hold up best in your climate.
6. Work with Mother Nature, and not against her. You’d be surprised how much moisture your lawn can retain following a thorough summer rain. Make sure to set your timers and controllers properly.dripping2

Drip irrigation exceeds 90 percent efficiency whereas sprinkler systems are 50 to 70 percent efficient. It is so efficient that many water utilities exempt landscapes irrigated with drip from restrictions during drought.

Quick Facts…
* People interested in waterwise gardening should consider drip irrigation.
* Odd-shaped and narrow areas are easily irrigated with drip systems.
* Drip irrigation stretches water supplies and may be exempt from water restrictions imposed during drought.
* Drip irrigation equipment is readily available and can easily be installed.
* Common setup mistakes include not installing a filter or pressure reducer, use of overly long lengths of mainline, and adding too many drip emitters.
* Drip systems can be easily changed over time as plants grow and needs change. Use goof plugs to plug holes in mainline that are no longer needed.
* Fertigation can easily be included with minimal waste of fertilizers.

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Fertigation

Because of the way the water is applied in a drip system, traditional surface applications of timed-release fertilizer are sometimes ineffective, so drip systems often mix liquid fertilizer with the irrigation water. This is called fertigation; fertigation and chemigation (application of pesticides and other chemicals to periodically clean out the system, such as chlorine or sulfuric acid) use chemical injectors such as diaphragm pumps, piston pumps, or aspirators. The chemicals may be added constantly whenever the system is irrigating or at intervals. Fertilizer savings of up to 95% are being reported from recent university field tests using drip fertigation and slow water delivery as compared to timed-release and irrigation by micro spray heads.

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Contact us to schedule a free estimate on a system install or to find out what you can do to make your existing system more efficient. We welcome commercial and residential clients. We are always more than happy to answer any questions that you may have and to provide you with all of the information you need to make a decision when purchasing your new system.