Mow your grass at a higher length (so that it is longer.) The longer blades help shade the soil, and thus reduces evaporation of water. On the other hand, scalping the grass off at a low height is definitely not good for the vigor and health of the grass. Cutting grass too short leaves the soil exposed to sunlight, which will evaporate moisture fast. Longer grass has deeper, stronger roots and is more resistant to disease and drought. Most grass should be mowed to a length of no less than 3 inches.
Do you have lawn areas wilting in the afternoon? You may have an irrigation coverage or distribution uniformity problem. Call JB Irrigation today and we can resolve these problems for you!
Adjust your irrigation controller (timer) run time for seasonal changes in weather once a month. Simply making a monthly change to the irrigation operation times can save more water and money than any other thing you can do. It costs nothing but a few minutes of your time each month. Most controllers even have a % key that makes changing the time quick and reasonably painless. Put a reminder on your calendar so you are reminded each month. Even greater savings come with weekly time adjustments, but monthly will provide the most return in water savings for your time invested.
Call JB Irrigation today and we can audit your sprinkler system and show you how to save water with you Irrigation System.
Rainfall isn’t always predictable and a sudden downpour can be a problem for certain projects. Knowing how to take care of areas that receive more rain than the ground can absorb in a reasonable amount of time can save you from a plethora of problems. Consider starting your problem solving process with CATCH BASINS.
Stop Water Puddling Before it Begins
What is the purpose of a catch basin? It stops puddling in the yard by moving the puddle on top of the ground, into the ground and then allowing the pipe to take it away, A catch basin is a staging ground for excess water until the pipe has enough water to move it. There are many benefits to installing a catch basin — particularly in areas that receive heavy rain or are at risk for standing water.
Catch basin installations are an excellent option for areas that need a quick solution. Installing a catch basin gives you the ability to move water out quicker than options like creating a natural slope.
It also reduces erosion, which moves water more efficiently. You don’t have to wait for the soil to absorb the water.
What happens when catch basins aren’t installed in high-risk areas? You either have flooding, puddling, or severe runoff that can cause destruction of property, landscape and erosion problems. On properties that have a lot of clay-based soil, heavy rains cause water to pool easily above surface because the ground cannot absorb the water quickly enough. What starts as a little runoff can turn into a small waterfall. Without a catch basin, water will start cutting away soil and the water starts eroding out the soil. If you know you have an at-risk area, you can use a catch basin as a preventative to acquire water before it gets to a low point—if you place them strategically.
Do you have a project area or landscape that could benefit from a catch basin installation? Call JB Irrigation and one of our friendly employees can help you resolve you drainage issues with the right catch basin installation.
Most lawns receive twice as much water as they require for a healthy appearance. The key to watering lawns is to apply the water infrequently, yet thoroughly. This creates a deep, well-rooted lawn that efficiently uses water stored in the soil.
To know when to water the lawn, simply observe the grass. Wilting and discoloration are signs of water stress. At the first sign of wilting, you have 24 to 48 hours to water before serious injury occurs. Apply 1 inch of water to the lawn as rapidly as possible without runoff. Watering only when needed and watering thoroughly produces a deep-rooted lawn which is more water efficient and drought enduring.
Trees and Shrubs
All trees and shrubs need more frequent watering from planting time until becoming well rooted, which may take two growing seasons. Once established, plants can then be weaned to tolerate less frequent watering. Proper weaning develops deep roots and makes the plants more drought enduring.
As with lawns, water established trees, shrubs and groundcovers infrequently, yet thoroughly. In the absence of rain, most trees and shrubs benefit from a once-a-month thorough watering during the growing season. Remember, normal lawn watering is not a substitute for thorough tree and shrub watering.
The feeding root system of a tree or shrub is located within the top 12 inches of the soil and at the “dripline” of the plant. The dripline is the area directly below the outermost reaches of the branches. Apply water and fertilizer just inside and a little beyond the dripline, not at the trunk. Simply lay a slowly running hose on the ground and move it around the dripline as each area becomes saturated to a depth of 8 to 10 inches. For large trees, this watering technique may take several hours.
Yard drains and driveway drains help remove rainwater from your property into the storm sewer or other drainage system like a catch basin or French drain to help keep your yard dry.
Check for obvious things blocking the drain like leaves, dirt, stones, toys, trash, etc. Remove any of these items that may be present with your hands or scoop if possible. If there is a grate on the yard drain, remove it so you can get a better look into the drain pipe. If there is additional debris viewable in the drain pipe, try to move it carefully without damaging the pipe itself.
Your property may have one or more drain cleanout or inspection portals likely located near the house, or by the street (closer to the storm sewer) or on some other location in your yard depending on how your yard is setup to handle the water drainage. Run water from a hose through your yard drain, you should see water flowing through the inspection portal towards the storm sewer or other drainage area. If you do not see a flow of water, or only a small flow of water, this could be the sign of a more serious clog including tree roots in the drain pipes or you may have broken pipes.
If you have trees on your property, making tree roots a likely candidate for blocking your yard drain, or if you suspect it is simply a more stubborn clog of dirt and debris, you can call JB Irrigation & Services as we now provide outdoor drain cleaning. JB uses a hydro-jet to clear the problems. Nasty root and other debris related clogs can be challenging to handle, so call JB Irrigation and an experienced professional will take on this job for you. Once the clog has been pulled out or pushed through the yard drain, you should be able to see water freely flowing through both the problem drain and through to the outlet. Stubborn clogs may require using the hydro-jet from both the drain side and the outlet side of the drain to break them loose.
If the hydro-jet does not allow penetration of the clogged area and what is being removed from the drain is dirt, mud and stones, this is the sign of a broken yard drain pipe that must be replaced. JB Irrigation and Services is a yard drain repair expert, having performed hundreds of broken drain pipe replacement projects. To setup an appointment and have your drain cleaned and if necessary repaired by a trained JB Irrigation professional, call us at 281-744-6909 or use this link to our contact form.
JB Irrigation is celebrating Smart Irrigation Month by helping customers save water, save money and see better results.
Smart Irrigation Month is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Focused on July, traditionally the month of peak demand for outdoor water use, the campaign highlights simple practices and innovative technologies to:
Make maintaining green spaces easy and convenient.
Minimize overwatering while keeping lawns, gardens and landscapes beautiful and healthy.
Save money on utility bills.
Help protect community water supplies for today and the future.
Property owners and managers typically overwater, unintentionally wasting money every time they take out the hose or turn on the sprinklers. JB Irrigation and Services, a leader in smart water-saving practices, is delivering real results by:
Helping customers plant and maintain low water landscapes that will thrive in their climate and site conditions.
Installing new irrigation systems that use real-time weather data and soil moisture sensors to automatically adjust watering to meet plant needs.
Using low volume microirrigation to precisely apply very small amounts of water to gardens, trees and shrubs, minimizing evaporation and waste.
Retrofitting existing systems with rain sensors that prevent watering in rainy weather.
Helping customers program automatic controllers to comply with community watering restrictions while extracting maximum benefit from every drop of water.
Auditing irrigation systems to make sure water is being using effectively and making necessary adjustments.
Identifying customer rebates from water utilities and other resources for water-efficient products.
For more information about how JB Irrigation and Services can help homeowners, businesses and property managers, call us at 281.760.3882 today.
In warm climates, perform at least quarterly irrigation checks to find leaks and any other issues.
Check the controller to ensure the settings and schedule are right for the season! Check sprinkler heads, nozzles, valves and pipes to make sure everything is in good working condition. Run the system to check for coverage, overspray and runoff.
Spring is upon us…are you ready? With the seasons come changes in plants, weeds and irrigation needs. There are several steps to make sure the lawn, plants and irrigation system are ready for the change, and JB Irrigation has a checklist to help you make sure everything is covered!
Get Lawns and Plants Ready for Warmer Weather
Across the country, warmer weather means more time spent outside this spring! From cleaning up weeds, debris and dead foliage and mowing, to weed control and fertilization for the spring, JB Irrigation has you covered!
An irrigation system that has a leak 1/32” in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) wastes 6,300 gallons of water per month or 75,000 gallons per year*. In a typical subdivision of 48 homes, that’s over 3.6 million gallons of water…from just one leak!
Here are some tips to avoid leaks and wasted water:
Use only the highest quality cement and primer to ensure a leak-free joint: Weld-On offers high quality, reliable cements and primers for every application
Make sure your crew is properly trained in solvent welding techniques: Weld-On offers FREE ASTM D2855 / ASME B31.3 training. Contact your Weld-On rep to sign up today!
If you do have leaks: Contact JB Irrigation’s support service at 281-760-3882 Consider using an easy repair product like Weld-On 810™, 811™ or 845™
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