Which will suit your needs better?
People, in increasing numbers, have been purchasing rain sensors of late. These systems conserve water, save money and time, and help you maintain a beautiful lawn by preventing over or under watering. For those with budget concerns, a wired rain sensor provides the basic functions for a less expensive price. But, if one can afford the more expensive wireless, or remote rain sensor, those folks will have a much broader range of options. After a few months, the wireless system will have paid for itself.
A wired sensor is inexpensive. It requires no battery replacement. However, because the system is wired, it limits the distance where the rain sensor can be located. This system requires you to run the wire between the sensor and the irrigation controller. This means mounting the wired sensor in a place that will allow you to run the wire where it could be at risk to being cut by a weed wacker or other device and, unfortunately, can be unsightly.
Remote or wireless rain sensors have many features that make it attractive to a lot of homeowners. Wireless sensors can be placed up to five-hundred feet away from the sprinkler system. Since there is no wiring, it makes the installation look nicer and is easier to install since you do not need to be concerned about running wire from the sensor to the irrigation system controller. The remote systems also allow for adjustable rain sensitivity, which allows one to set the sensor for a particular climate and variable water needs. Wireless rain sensors also offer several water conservation settings, a system override, rain delay features, and back-up modes in case of power outage. Because these many features are available, the wireless devices cost more than a wired sensor.
Pros and cons: Wired systems can't accommodate large areas and the wiring can become an issue. Remote systems require battery replacement and are not cheap. However, the cost of installation can be recovered within a few months by saving on water and utilities.
Sprinkler blowouts are necessary to avoid damage to your sprinkler system, inside and outside of one’s home. If the water is not removed from the system, it will freeze and as ice expands it will crack pipes in the ground, as well as causing damage to your back-flow device. If water not drained inside the house, it can cause damage to water lines inside of the house causing flooding.
Freeze damage repairs can be very costly, to avoid this give Hurr Vasa Sprinkler and Landscape a call today to schedule your blowout before the first hard freeze in Northern Colorado.
Here is a recently completed job we did in a new neighborhood. Looking for low maintenance and lower water bills? A Xeriscape back yard might be perfect for you!
4 Man Scramble
Pesticide comes with hidden consequences - the most obvious is that seven million birds die every year because of exposure to lawn pesticides. By using pesticides, we also lose many beneficial insects that keep our plants healthy. Here are a few tips on creating a space that will invite the birds and the bees (and other lovely creatures) back into our lives.
Attracting hummingbirds, robins, finches, woodpeckers, red-winged blackbirds, warblers, song sparrows and their friends begins with healthy soil. A soil that's prepared with as much compost and organic matter joined with native soil will produce the right amount of beneficial microbes and a balance of minerals. This soil also will create the right habitat for ground beetles, centipedes, lady bugs, dragonflies, lacewings, and praying mantises that are beneficial predators. These friends dine on garden pests that get out of control.
Don't be too organized with your design. A more natural garden provides shelter and nesting spots for birds and beneficial insects.
Here is a quick list of flowers and plants, some perennial others annual, you might want to consider if you want to start your next career as a "birder!"
We, at Hurr, are asked this question many times. The two most important things to keep in mind regarding mowing are 1) mowing height and, 2) frequency. The minimum height for any lawn in Colorado is 2 inches. The best mowing height for all Colorado species is 2 1/2 to 3 inches. Mowing to a height less than 2 inches can result in decreased heat tolerance and higher incidence of insects, diseases and weeds. It will also make your lawn less resistant to dry conditions. Mow the lawn at the same height all year. There is no reason to mow the turf shorter in late fall.
Allow grass clippings to lay on the cut grass, unless you have plans to compost these. (Be mindful of what you compost. Grass that's been treated with pesticides isn't good for composting.) The soil is nourished by the decomposed clippings. Mulching mowers are ideal for this.
In the spring, you may have to mow a bluegrass or fescue lawn every three to four days when it is actively growing. But, after it's slowed by heat, drought or cold, you'll only have to mow once every seven to ten days. Buffalograss lawns can be mowed once every 10 to 20 days, depending on how much water they receive.
Remember to frequently check your mowing equipment for oil, sharpness, and height adjustments.
With the freezing temperatures coming up this weekend in Fort Collins make sure to protect your sprinkler system!
The lines in the ground will be okay, the back flows that need protected.
The back flow is the unit, typically on the side of the house, where the water comes out of the house and into the system. It is important that they protect this unit from freeze damage.
1. Turn your clock off so your system does not run. Do not unplug, just turn the clock to off. Can turn back on when freezing temperatures are gone and it should go right back to what it was programmed at.
2. Cover the back flow unit and any exposed pipes, with insulation or a thick blanket. Place a large trash bag over the entire thing to keep it dry, secure with a strong tape so it does not come off in wind.
3. It is advised that you cover it today and leave covered until beginning of next week.
We would also advise covering any tender plants at night to protect from frost.
Here are some pictures from our most recent residential hardscape project! Check out the before, during and final stages of the project! Please note that it was a recently completed, in the winter, the landscape is dormant, and so no new plant material was added.
The key to watering success is being educated on your plants watering needs.
Don't hesitate to call us with any questions regarding your lawn!