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Winterization – Sprinkler System Blowout

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

Every year we hear a story of someone moving to Minnesota from somewhere warm, Texas, Flordia, California.  Usually the person moves into their residence in the summer or fall and doesn’t realize their sprinkler system needs to be blown out before the Winter hits.  Inevitably they discover should have been winterized only after the pipes freeze and break.

Some things to remember if you are new to Minnesota:

1.)  Late September/October is the best time to get your system blown out or winterized.  Once November hits the chances of the temperature dropping below 32 degrees is very high.

2.)  Once your system is blown out do not turn your system back on if it warms up.

3.)  Your sprinkler system needs to be in working order before winterization.  Broken or cut lines can allow water to get back into the system and potentially damage the system.

4.)  Schedule your winterization in September even if you don’t want it blown out until late fall.  Trucks fill up quickly and it is less likely you will be able to get someone to Winterize your system if you wait too long.

What is included in a spring start up with Green Acres?

Saturday, April 26th, 2014
  1. Turning the water on to the sprinkler system. Sounds easy…right? This involves finding the sprinkler water shut off in the basement, breaking the winterizing seal, reinstalling the handle, shutting off the winter safety drain (usually a boiler drain/faucet) and turning the water back on.
  2. Next, using our remote control, the technician will run through the system one zone at a time. He will look at each individual head looking for crooked heads and whether they are spraying well and in the right areas. He will also look for leaks and any damage that might have occurred over the winter.  He then makes the necessary adjustments or repairs.
  3. Lastly, the controller is set for springtime watering.  Note a few things at this point:
    • Because it is spring, and if it is early spring and maybe wet and cold, we may leave the system controller in the OFF position. You will need to turn this to RUN when you want to begin watering.
    • As the year progresses you will need to make necessary seasonal adjustments to your controller.  For example:  Increasing times in each zone or increasing the % in seasonal adjust. Green Acres offers the option of  service plans that have one or more “Walk Throughs” where we do the adjusting for you. Give us a call and we can go over the possibilities with you.
    • Here is a link to the U of M Extension with watering tips.

Enjoy Spring!  We deserve it this year!!

First Winter Freeze

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Today is the first day all year that the temperature will not be above freezing. If you have not already had you sprinkler system winterized you need to do it immediately.  Our customers from warmer parts of the country, might not be aware of the need to winterize their sprinkler system.  The back flow device and the copper pipes leading to the house are in danger of freezing and cracking, potentially costing you hundreds of dollars and creating a mess in the Spring.  So if you still need someone to come out and winterize your sprinkler system, call or e-mail us today.

Drip Irrigation – How to find out if your drip irrigation is working

Monday, May 21st, 2012

Sometimes it is hard for homeowners to determine if their drip irrigation is working.  One common mistake is looking at the surface of the mulch or rock and panicking because there isn’t any sign of water. It is very easy to over water and drown plants, too much water can be just as deadly as too little water.  It is best to leave the clock set for a watering time determined by either the landscaper or the irrigation technician.  If the plants seem like they are not getting enough water follow these steps to see if the system is working.

1. Let the system run and then go outside after it is finished.

2  Pull back the mulch, or rock near the plant.  Preferably a 1′ by 1′ area.

3. Using a spade or your hand, dig down a couple inches in the dirt in several areas.  Is the dirt moist?  If so it is working, remember there shouldn’t be standing water around the plant because you may be over watering the plant.

4.  If the ground is hard or completely dry then your drip might not be working.  There could be several reasons for this and it is best to call an irrigation professional to examine your drip irrigation.

5.  If it is moist but you feel it isn’t getting enough water, it is best to call a landscaper or irrigation specialist and let them determine how much extra water you need.

We Can Water Your Flowers

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

Are you tired of hand watering your flower pots or window boxes? Do you have annuals around your deck, patio, pool, front step, or garage? Tired of coming home from the lake to find the flowers wilting or dead?

Now your automatic sprinkler system can water your flowers for you.  Join many of our customers who have already invested in new drip technology. Look at some of these beautiful pictures that show how others have had amazing results with automatic watering. Let your system do the watering for you.

Check out our link to drip irrigation for plants and pots here.

Mother's Day Flowers

Gallery of automatically watered pots and flowers