It’s Never Too Late to Install a Sprinkler System

It’s never too late in the year to install a sprinkler system.  The value of an automatic sprinkler system is relative to the intensity of maintenance and aesthetics desired. If you already manually water your lawn regularly and you desire a moderate to highly manicured lawn, it is worth it. Sprinkler systems save, time, money, aid in water conservation, and help achieve a lush, green lawn.  Saving time by not having to monitor and move sprinklers. No more rolling hoses or getting wet making the next move, an irrigation system requires very little attention once set up.

Over time, an automatic sprinkler system will pay for itself. The savings are incurred by eliminating over-watering, and providing perfect, efficient coverage. Hand watering is no match for the efficiency of an irrigation system.  The most satisfying benefit of an automatic sprinkler system is the look of healthy, lush, green grass. Once the optimal times are programmed in the controller you won’t even know the sprinklers are there.

Call Morris & Bergen Irrigation today to hear about our Winter Special at (973) 628-7077!

Water Saving and Lawn Care Tips: Part 1

If you know how to take care of it, your lawn and garden can give you years of enjoyment for surprisingly little effort.

When it comes to watering your yard, you may be able to save yourself some “green” without your lawn turning brown — by using an automatic irrigation system. If that system is correctly designed, installed and maintained, it can keep your landscape looking lush on the least amount of water.

Proper watering is a simple step, but it is one of the most important things you can do to keep your lawn healthy—and experts say a healthy lawn can raise your home’s value by as much as 14 percent.

Divide By Zones:  Different plants need different amounts of water. Divide your yard into separate irrigation zones so the grass can be watered separately and more frequently than groundcovers, shrubs and trees.

Keep It Balanced:  Put measuring cups in various places around your lawn and run the sprinklers for 15 minutes. This will give you an idea of how much water the grass is getting and where. You’re looking for about one to two inches—depending on the soil—evenly distributed. An underground sprinkler system is probably the best way to be sure the lawn is evenly covered.

Waste Not, Want Not:  The greatest waste of water comes from applying too much, too often—much of it runs off and is never absorbed. Instead of watering for one long continuous session, try splitting the watering time into shorter periods and take 15-minute breaks in between each session. This will let the water soak in, while minimizing runoff.

Watch The Clock:  Water between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m.—when the sun is low, winds are calm and temperatures are cool. Midday watering tends to be less efficient because of water loss due to evaporation and windy conditions during the day. Watering in the evening isn’t a good idea either because leaves can remain wet overnight—an open invitation for fungus to grow. By watering in the morning, you give the leaves a chance to dry out during the day.

Winterize Your Sprinkler System

Every year, before the first freeze, the ritual of irrigation “blow out” becomes the priority for all irrigation systems in regions located where the frost level extends below the depth of installed piping.  Even if you have drained the water out of your irrigation system, some water remains and can freeze, expand, and crack PVC piping (rigid, white pipe). Polyethylene pipe (flexible, black pipe) is used in many freezing climates. Although polyethylene pipe is more flexible and can expand under pressure, water left inside can freeze and rupture the pipe walls. Freezing water in the backflow assembly will damage the internal components and can crack the brass body.  To minimize the risk of freeze damage, you’ll need to winterize your irrigation system.

Call Morris & Bergen Irrigation at (973) 628-7077 to schedule your winterization!

The Benefits of Irrigation

An automatic sprinkler system is a home improvement project worth considering. Not only will it help maintain a healthy beautiful landscape which you can enjoy with your friends and family, but it’s the most convenient and efficient way to ensure your landscape gets the water it needs without over-or under-watering. When it is properly installed and maintained an automatic sprinkler system will help conserve water too.

In fact, a professionally or DIY-installed automatic sprinkler system is one of the best investments that you can make for your home. Just ask anyone who has one. There is no easier or more cost-effective way to beautify your home, increase its value, and save yourself time and money.

Keep in mind, however, that there is more to a sprinkler system than just sprinklers. 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

So put away your garden hose and let Morris & Bergen Irrigation do your watering for you — automatically! You’ll have greener grass, healthier plants, and much more free time to smell the roses instead of watering them.

How Much Water is the Proper Amount?

Your objective when irrigating is to get the maximum amount of water to the root zone without wasting water. To achieve this objective in most soils, you will need to apply somewhere between ½ inch and ¾ inch of water per irrigation event.

Sandy soils will generally get wet down to 12 inches for each inch of water you apply. In heavier soils, you might only need to apply ½ inch of water in a single irrigation event.

When watering restrictions are in effect, homeowners are often tempted to apply more water to compensate for the reduction in frequency of irrigation. However, applying more water than the grass can absorb only wastes water. Additionally, runoff — excess water that the grass’ roots cannot absorb — creates potential pollution hazards, as fertilizer and pesticide chemicals can be washed into groundwater or surface water. A lawn that is too wet is also at greater risk for disease and weed problems.

Check to be sure rain sensors are functioning well!