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Spring System Start Up

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 second 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

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.

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.

Digital rain Sprinkler Service  11055 I St. Omaha, NE 68137
Phone: (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.

Save Time and Money… and Water!

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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.

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Residential outdoor water use in the United States accounts for more than 9 billion gallons of water each day, mainly for landscape irrigation. Experts estimate that as much as 50 percent of this water is wasted due to over watering caused by inefficiencies in irrigation methods and systems. Irrigation control technologies can significantly reduce over watering by applying water only when plants need it.

 

Other Ways to Save

Smart Controllers act like a thermostat for your sprinkler system, telling it when to turn on and off. Use local weather and landscape conditions to tailor watering schedules to actual conditions on the site.

Water Deep Shallow watering only wets the soil surface and water doesn’t have a chance to soak in. This results in a shallow root base and allows the sun to steal your water through evaporation. The recommended amount of precipitation for lawn areas is 1/2″ of water every 3 days. The experts say 1″ of water weekly.  The result is a hardy lawn with a deeper root base that is less susceptible to environmental stresses.

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

Rainwater Harvesting Collecting rainwater just makes sense: It conserves a precious resource and reduces water bills, including city sewer charges. You can avoid strict watering schedules while alleviating the demand on municipal systems. Using rainwater means no chemicals have been added. It is possible to reduce your fertilizer use and stay happy and healthy!

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