Summer and Your Lawn

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Summer and Your Lawn

The principal purpose of summer watering is to maintain an attractive green surface when it may be appreciated the most.
Sprinkler Service in Omaha  Homeowners who have a lawn-care service should not allow their lawn to enter drought dormancy! Most lawns in our area consist of cool-season lawn grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine fescue. These grasses naturally slow down and may go dormant in the heat of summer.

Cool-season grasses (such as fescue, bluegrass, and rye) grow best when temperatures are in the 60s F.
Warm-season grasses (including Zoysia, St. Augustine, Centipede, and Bermuda) like temperatures in the 70s.
Don’t let your lawn go brown and dormant, then try to “water it back to life.” If your lawn goes dormant in summer, it should stay that way until fall – don’t worry, it should recover once the weather changes.

We recommend watering lawns all summer as needed to keep them green.

  • Water Wisely
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  • Lawns need at least one inch of water per week when the heat is severe. Use a rain gauge to keep track of the amount of water received from rainfall and irrigation.
  • Water deeply and less frequently to encourage drought-tolerant roots.
  • Water early in the day to reduce evaporation and fungal growth.
  • Either water your lawn regularly and deeply, or don’t water at all.

Tips for July

  • Water your lawn as needed. If you do not water, your lawn will naturally go dormant.
  • Early in July, fertilize with a controlled-release or slow-release fertilizer. For grass growing in the sun, use the label rate of the fertilizer that you have selected. For grass growing in the shade, apply half of the label rate. If your lawn has been consistently fertilized for 10 to 15 years, if you leave clippings on your lawn when you mow, or if your lawn has gone dormant, skip this application.
  • Apply a grub control product to your lawn if there is a history of grub problems and/or your lawn is a high maintenance (i.e., regularly watered) lawn.
  • Avoid seeding and spraying for weeds.
  • Watch for insect pests, diseases, and other lawn problems.

It’s best to hold off until later in the season for most other lawn care, including fertilizing, seeding, thatch control, and applying weed killers. The period from late August through early September is ideal for many of these services. For now, help your lawn by proper mowing, watering.

A Word About Mowing
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Mowing height and frequency directly affect the performance of a lawn. The shorter turf is cut, the more frequently it should be mowed. Mowing a lawn short under the assumption it will require less frequent cutting is responsible for much lawn deterioration.

When grass is cut too closely, not enough leaf surface remains to manufacture necessary foods for sustenance and root growth. For this reason, it is best to never remove more than one-third of the green leaf area with a single mowing. If you miss a mowing, cut half way back to the intended height, and then a couple of days later cut again.

Mosquito Control
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Consider Professional Mosquito Misting System Installation from Digital Rain.

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

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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.
Leave it to the Pros

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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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

Your Lawn and Thinking Spring Start Up

Spring Start Up

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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.

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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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. We check to make sure the controller still has its program from the last season and replace the batteries.
  • Adjust rain sensor setting

Remember, it is always best to hire a qualified professional contractor when performing tasks like Spring Start-Up. Digital Rain Sprinkler System technicians are experts in proper sprinkler system requirements. Our maintenance schedule will ensure a water-efficient system and years of trouble-free operation.

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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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Irrigation System Installation ; Now is the Time

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It is time to consider that irrigation system you have been planning all winter. Choose our professional landscape and irrigation services to help you with your new sprinkler system. The experts at Digital Rain Sprinkler Service are here for you.
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

What to expect from us:

  • 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!

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.

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.
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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.

Winterize Your Sprinkler or Irrigation System

sprinklerheadDamage occurs when water freezes and expands inside sprinklers, pipes and valves. Therefore, enough water has to be drained from the system to prevent breakage before cold weather hits.

The durability of your sprinkler system is determined by the care it is given. If your sprinkler pipes freeze during the winter because they were not properly winterized, there is a chance that your pipes will either crack or your sprinkler heads will become damaged.

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

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Sprinkler Blowouts – Why You Should Hire a Professional Service

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.

  • Using an air compressor we will fully blow out and remove water that may be left in your pipes. This is essential to protect your system in freezing Nebraska weather.
  • We will ensure that your controller and system are shut down correctly.
  • Note that his procedure must be done correctly, and with the proper air pressure, or damage to your sprinkler system may result.
  • The system is reviewed as it is being winterized for heads that don’t work, are too low, are obstructed by landscaping, and need spring service.
  • Notes are made for items needing spring service and are shared with you.

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Sprinkler System Winterizing Tips
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 back flow preventer and blow-out port can freeze from cold overnight temperatures. You will want to keep your system running as long as possible if you have new trees or have done a fall seeding.You should winterize as soon as you are sure you no longer need continual watering.

  • Complete aeration and seeding by Oct 15, and before winterizing your sprinkler system
  • Check your system to make sure all zones function before winterizing
  • Be sure all sprinkler heads appear to have full and even pressure indicating no heads are broken off and no pipe breaks exist.

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Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service here or call 402-934-7900 to schedule your winterization today. 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.