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Winterizing Your Sprinkler System

 

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<!–Winter and cold weather is not far off and that means it’s time to start thinking about winterizing!

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.

When to Winterize

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 preventer 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.

Damage 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.
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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

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.

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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.

Thank you,

The Digital Rain Sprinkler Service Team

 

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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.

Smart Watering

A 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.

There are more benefits to an automatic lawn sprinkler than just keeping your lawn green. A sprinkler system will save you the time you would have spent dragging around hoses to water your whole yard.

  • 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

Nothing beats having a beautiful lawn, and using an automatic lawn sprinkler system means you’ll have the time and energy to enjoy it.

System installation is a critical factor that will affect your system’s performance and longevity.  Along with ensuring your system is properly installed, installing a Rain Sensor device will help you save even more water and will save you money over the lifetime of your sprinkler system.

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We are a family owned and operated company located in Omaha, Nebraska. We pride ourselves in doing the job right the first time at a reasonable and competitive price. We strive to bring the highest quality of workmanship to our clients property with prompt, professional, and courteous service.

Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service 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.   402-934-7900

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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.

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.

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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!

Your Lawn and Thinking Spring Start Up

Spring Start Up

Get started the right way! Call us now at 402-934-7900 or contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service . sprinkler-spruce-up-infographic

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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Smart Yards and Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting systems can range from a simple barrel at the bottom of a downspout to multiple cisterns with pumps and filtration.

Rain barrels and cisterns are ancient technologies and they are making a comeback as water shortages prompt homeowners to save and use rain that falls on their properties.

What is a Rain Barrel?
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Rain barrels connect to downspouts to collect rainwater from roofs. The collected water has many uses.Some examples of uses for this collected rainwater are:

  • Watering Lawns
  • Watering Gardens
  • Washing Cars
  • Clean Outdoor/Patio Furniture
  • Watering Indoor Plants & Potted Outdoor Plants
  • Come in a great variety of colors, styles and designs to complement your home’s look.
  • Are closed containers to prevent children, pets and mosquitoes from getting in.
  • Have a spigot so rainwater can be easily accessed and used to water gardens and flower beds.

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Rain Barrel Benefits

  • Safely and efficiently reduce water use and water bills
  • Protect our water supply
  • Decrease storm drain floods by reducing the amount of rain that enters drains during storms
  • Some plants prefer rainwater because it is chlorine-free
  • Using less water in our yards conserves limited freshwater resources for future generations

When using rainwater for landscape irrigation, it is critical to be as efficient as possible. This includes applying only the amount of water that the plants need. This also means using drip irrigation. For more information on Drip irrigation and Rain Barrel installation please call Digital Rain Sprinkler Systems 402-934-7900 or visit our Website Digital Rain Sprinkler Service today.

Rooftop Rainwater Harvesting Systems
A small, but growing number of homeowners are equipping their rooftops with rain-harvesting systems that capture storm runoff and store it in tanks.

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The process shown in the figure makes the collected rainwater suitable for drinking or common household use .A rainwater harvesting system can range in size and complexity. All systems have basics components, which include a catchment surface, conveyance system, storage, distribution, and treatment. 

The parts shown are:

  • Catchment Area
  • Filter
  • Main Tank
  • Sand Filter
  • Rainwater Storage Tank
  • Pump
  • Building
  • Tubes

 

Our water supplies are limited. With more than half of outdoor water used for lawns and gardens, a few simple steps can reduce your outdoor water consumption. Water conservation has become an essential practice in all regions, even in areas where water seems abundant. In addition to saving money on your utility bill, water conservation helps prevent water pollution in nearby lakes, rivers and local watersheds.

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Saving water makes sense! Contact Digital Rain Sprinkler Service today to discuss water harvesting options.
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