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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.

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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.

What We Do :

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.

Mosquito Free Yards

Yes, it is possible! Don’t be at the mercy of annoying insects, mosquitoes, no-see-ums and their painful bites.

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Many mosquito problems in your neighborhood are likely to come from water-filled containers that you, the resident, can help to eliminate. All mosquitoes require water in which to breed.

Be sure to drain any standing water around your house. Even the smallest of containers that can collect water can breed hundreds to thousands of mosquitoes.They don’t need much water to lay their eggs. ( bottles, buckets, barrels, overturned trash can lids, etc.)

Top Tips

• Dispose of any tires.Tires can breed thousands of mosquitoes.

• Drill holes in the bottom of recycling containers.

• Clear roof gutters of debris.

• Clean pet water dishes regularly.

• Check and empty children’s toys.

• Repair leaky outdoor faucets.

• Change the water in bird baths at least once a week.

• Canoes and other boats should be turned over.

• Avoid water collecting on pool covers.

• Empty water collected in tarps around the yard or on woodpiles.

• Plug tree holes.

Install an Automatic Mosquito Misting System
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Professional Mosquito Misting System Installation from Digital Rain Sprinkler Service
MistAway – the revolutionary automatic mosquito misting system that effectively eliminates mosquitoes and other biting insects from your yard. There has never been a more effective outdoor mosquito control product than the MistAway Mosquito Misting System.
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Leave it to the Pros!
Digital Rain Sprinkler Service technicians have been trained in the installation techniques that will yield a practically invisible, yet effective protective shield for your backyard and patio. And we have a thorough knowledge of our equipment and the range of available insecticides, along with direct access to our expertise. For most would-be owners, it just makes sense to rely on their experience to install and service the system.

There has never been a more effective outdoor mosquito control product than the MistAway Mosquito Misting System.
The automatic mosquito misting control unit – either our innovative tankless mosquito misting model or our traditional drum-based mosquito misting model – is located anywhere that is convenient to a water faucet and electrical outlet.

mist1 Our precision-engineered mosquito misting nozzles are installed about every 10-15 feet around the perimeter of your property; on fence lines, trees and risers positioned in the landscaping for a mosquito-free yard.

The misting unit’s electronic controller is programmed to automatically initiate a 30 – 60 second mosquito-killing mist around dawn and again at dusk, when the mosquitoes are most active and other beneficial insects – like bees and butterflies – are not.

mist2 The fine mist drifts around the property and settles on the grass and landscaping, killing any mosquito that comes in contact with it. MistAway’s mosquito misting systems can also help control other unwanted insects, like spiders, flies, gnats and no-see-ums.

mist3 The Mist Away Mosquito Misting Systems works automatically or with a handheld remote and provides worry free outdoor mosquito control. You’ll never again have to spray your kids with messy repellents, or remember to fog your backyard before an evening cookout.

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Visit our website for more information, or call 402-934-7900 now to get started!

Life is too short to feel uncomfortable in your own backyard. With a MistAway Misting System from Digital Rain Sprinkler Service, you won’t have to.

Go Green with Digital Rain Sprinkler Service

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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.

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Simple Tips for Sprucing Up Your Sprinkler

Before you ramp up your watering this spring, spruce up your irrigation system by remembering four simple steps: inspect, connect, direct, and select:

· Inspect. Check your system for clogged, broken or missing sprinkler heads. If you’re not the do-it-yourself type, go with a pro.

· Connect. Examine points where the sprinkler heads connect to pipes/hoses. If water pools in your landscape or you have large wet areas, you could have a leak in your system. A leak about as small as the tip of a ballpoint pen (or 1/32nd of an inch) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month.

· Direct. Are you watering the driveway, house, or sidewalk instead of your yard? Redirect sprinklers to apply water only to the landscape.

· Select. An improperly scheduled irrigation controller can waste a lot of water and money. Update your system’s schedule with the seasons, or select a WaterSense labeled controller to take the guesswork out of scheduling.

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Our professional irrigation designers will customize a state-of-the art system for your property that will efficiently provide water; a real asset with today’s environmental concerns. Our skilled crews will then install your system with modern installation techniques that virtually eliminate any damage to your existing landscape.

We are also scheduling start up for our automatic bug/mosquito control system customers. If you would like to schedule a start up or would like more information about our automatic bug/mosquito systems please call 402-934-7900.
And remember, whether you need our services now… or later in the season, Your Healthy Lawn is Our Passion and we are only a phone call away!

Call 402-934-7900 to schedule your service.

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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.

Why you need a Smart Controller

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If your irrigation system is several years old, you might not be taking advantage of newer features such as built-in rain sensors, water budgeting features or a multiple schedule option.

Updating your sprinkler system controller could save you a significant amount of water and money each season.

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Smart controllers act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system, telling it when to turn on and off. Using local weather and landscape conditions, a smart controller will adjust watering schedules to actual conditions on the site.

They also automatically update your watering schedule to allow for changes in water needs throughout the year. A smart controller will automatically reduce the watering times as the weather gets cooler and less water is needed. Then as the weather begins to warm up, the controller will add more watering time.
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Rain sensors temporarily shut off the irrigation system so it doesn’t run when it’s raining. These products are also referred to as rain shut-off devices or rain switches. Rain sensors can be retrofitted on installed sprinkler systems.

A comparison of smart vs. traditional systems shows the advantages of smart controllers.

* Automated watering:                                  Both traditional & smart controllers

* Auto-shutoff when raining:                        Only the smart controllers

* Uses weather to schedule watering:         Only smart controllers

* Seasonal monitoring/changes:                  Only smart controllers

* Uses 25% less water:                                  Only smart controllers

* EPA WaterSense endorsed:                        Only smart controllers

If homeowners with irrigation systems use a certified irrigation professional to perform regular maintenance, they can reduce irrigation water use by 15 percent or nearly 8,800 gallons of water annually. That’s the equal to the amount of water used to take 500 showers.

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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.

Digital Rain Sprinkler Service 11055 I St. Omaha, NE 68137
Phone: (402) 934-7900