Have you wondered why your lawn is dry or brown, but still green around the sprinkler heads? The answer might be a sinking sprinkler head. It’s worth having a quick inspection and if that’s the problem, making some changes. Why Are My Sprinkler Heads Sinking? Sinking sprinkler heads is not usually a huge problem. Don’t panic, but it needs fixing. Over time, soil compacts with foot traffic and lawnmowers running over and around the heads. That causes the sprinklers to settle into a lower position. Once sunken, the water can’t spray as far as it usually does. In fact, it can collide directly with only the surrounding turf. That causes under-watered grass further away from the sprinklers, and possibly even overwatered grass directly around it. And it gets worse fast! Brown grass, or even flooded grass. ‘Give me a solution!’ I hear you ask: How to Fix Sinking Sprinkler Heads in Tampa Don’t delay, as time will only make things worse - it can be a real struggle to rescue a dead lawn with Tampa’s climate. Here’s what you can do: Dig around the head with a shovel, to remove the sod and soil. Carefully clear out the dirt around it. Pay attention to not hit or damage any underground pipes, or the sprinkler head itself! Pull the sprinkler head up, so it’s even with the ground again. Pack the soil under and around the sprinkler head, push down on it slightly to ensure the pressure is sufficient to avoid it sinking again quickly. Replace the sod piece, over the sprinkler head. Read Related: Does My Lawn Need Resodding? Take the Time to Clean Your Sprinkler Heads While fixing your sinking sprinkler heads, it’s also a good opportunity to clean them out. Dirty sprinkler heads can cause underwatering, as the [...]
Repairing your sprinkler system this winter could potentially save you hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of dollars in the future.
Knowing when to stop watering your lawn in fall in Florida brings a different answer to the rest of the country. Any quick Google search will give you advice about freezing temperatures and hard ground, but of course, here in the Sunshine State, we get plenty of... sunshine! We recommend that you don't stop watering your lawn in the fall in Florida! If you want to keep your grass lush and green next spring, you must keep watering, mowing and nurturing your turf year-round. Find the Watering Sweet Spot! As temperatures drop as low as 59° during November, your grass and plants won't require as much water as during the summer - because the water isn't evaporating as fats. But that doesn't mean you should stop watering! You need to find the sweet spot. But don't stop entirely! Here in Florida, our lawns remain thirsty year-round. Without water, they'll discolor from green to brown and gray - and soon need replanting! And a dehydrated lawn won't spring back in the same way when you walk in it. Be Careful Not to Overwater Head out to your sprinkler system's control panel or timer and adjust those settings. Reduce the frequency and duration of watering, but ensure it's still getting enough to avoid dehydration. If you keep your sprinkler system in summer mode, you'll over-water your lawn. The water will stay in the soil, causing roots to suffocate. Your lawn will have very shallow roots and become prone to disease, discoloration and pests this winter! Knowing what watering schedule you need to follow in fall in Florida depends on various factors such as grass type, root depth, soil composition and ambient temperature. How Often Should I Water My Lawn in Fall in Florida? As a general rule of thumb, water your lawn [...]
Colder weather often makes people forget about their sprinkler systems when actually it’s the perfect time for a sprinkler tune-up!
When asked how to prevent flooding, our first answer is always landscape drainage solutions. With rain hitting hard recently, many of our clients have been reaching out for help.
Knowing the best time to water your Lawn in Florida is crucial to avoid diseases, mold or excessive water bills. Here’s a quick low-down on the best time to water your lawn: When Is The Best Time to Water My Lawn? Early Morning Early in the morning is the best time to water your lawn in Florida. Ideally, before 9 am. During these early hours, the sun is at a low angle, with lower air temperatures. Cooler conditions minimize water loss and allow the water to soak into the ground to reach plant roots. Avoid Afternoons Don’t wait until the afternoon. By then, the air temperature is too hot and the sun causes evaporation of any water on the surface of your plants and grass. Root systems are also less likely to get water in the heat, so you’ll be wasting water and money. Why Not in The Night? Before 9 am is the ideal time to water your lawn, but you need to find the sweet spot. That’s because watering at night can cause damage. Water during hot and humid nights can cause disease as the water sits on the grass all night long with the dew. In colder temperatures, it can also cause fungus and disease. However, it’s still a better option than watering under the afternoon’s sun, where your grass will dry out. When Does My Lawn Need Watering? Contrary to popular belief, you may not need to water your lawn every day unless you’re growing it from seed or sod. Already grown lawns only need to be watered every day when you see these warning signs: The grass has a tint of blue to it. The grass blades sag or turn in on themselves. Footprints remain after walking on your lawn. If you see any of [...]
Irrigation can be confusing and off-putting to beginners, or even to those who have tried and failed with watering their yard manually.
Many people ask us how to maintain their lawns in Florida during winter. That's because in our state we're lucky enough to enjoy winters under the sun; so despite temperatures dropping, grass still needs to look vibrant. While friends and family suffer amongst deep snow and treacherous conditions up north, Florida folk get to sit around in the garden, near the pool and have gatherings all year long. If you want a garden that impresses during the winter, you need to know how to keep your lawn healthy and shining! Here are our key tips for using your Clearwater Sprinkler System to protect your lawn during winter: Start Preparing in the Fall Ideal winter lawn care starts a good month or so before the turn of the new year. By preparing for the changing temperatures, your grass will benefit when the colder weather hits. Changing your watering times and using the advice below in mid-fall will pay-off as the seasons change. Stop Fertilizing in advance The optimal time to stop fertilizing your grass is around September to October. Although grass in Florida grows well during the hot months, it tends to struggle during the winter. Fertilizer and cold weather isn't a good mix, so adding fertilizer can actually damage your grass and ruin all the work you've put in earlier in the year. Overseed! Fertilizer won't do the trick, but overseeding will. You need lots of seeds that are known for providing grass that can endure winters. The cold weather grass will keep your lawn healthy during the winter, but die off in time for summer when it'll be replaced by your warm weather grass again! Pro-tips: Make sure you mow your lawn and remove any debris, fungus or weeds before you start seeding! Ryegrass is a popular, reliable winter [...]
Compared to the price of manual watering your lawn, installing a sprinkler system will significantly reduce your water bill in the long run. However, even after installation, there are still ways to reduce your water bill; simply ensuring your sprinkler system is running optimally can drive down your monthly spending. With gallons of water flowing every minute, you need to ensure no water is being wasted. Making even the smallest changes or repairs can bring huge reductions on your next bill! Here’s some advice from your local Sprinkler System experts: Check Your Sprinkler Heads Faulty sprinkler heads are often the common cause of wasted water, and checking them over is a straightforward task that can detect the cause of your rising water bill. A loose or clogged sprinkler head will mean water is being overused and misused. A part replacement or tightening of the head will ensure water is being sprayed at the correct pressure, in the correct areas. Our Clearwater sprinkler repair team can make sure all your sprinkler heads are up to date and can repair any faulty parts for you with no hassle. Check for Leaks If your bill has been rising fast, then the culprit is probably a leak. A typical leak can in just 15-minutes waste around 230 gallons of water. Leaks can appear in under or overground pipes, due to growing tree roots, mower contact or just general wear and tear. You can make a quick check for leaks by turning off all water outlets and then checking the meter. If it’s still spinning, then you know you have a leak. A sprinkler repair expert can use their specialist knowledge and tools to find the exact location of the leak, and fix the problem to save you money! Choose Optimal Watering Times Adjusting your [...]
Clearwater business and commercial property owners shouldn’t underestimate the power of stunning and vibrant landscaping, which can be achieved with a well-designed sprinkler and irrigation system. If your property’s landscaping or greenery is struggling or looks dehydrated, people will only think worse of your business. Our Commercial Sprinkler and Irrigation team can design and install a sprinkler system that brings the visual side of your business to life! Enhance Your First Impressions Positive first impressions are crucial in any business, and a luscious lawn or blooming flower bed can provide just that. When you arrive at a business as a customer or business associate for the first time, how would you feel if you saw decaying grass, puddles and dead plants? Now compare that with the impression you’d have when you see the opposite; grass that is thriving and plants that show the business cares. Do you see the difference? Customers will also judge your business when they drive by, or first step foot on the property. You need something eye-catching. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot; create an appearance that reflects success! Create a healthy workplace It’s not just customers that will enjoy coming back to a property with healthy greenery, you’ll begin to see boosts in morale from employees too when they arrive each day to a workplace that is pleasant to work at. Beautiful green lawns, bushes, fragrant flowers and organised landscaping will make an overall positive impact on your business. Landscape Designed with Care Every commercial property is different, and every commercial need is different. The best sprinkler design and installation teams will take into consideration even the smallest details when analysing what your property needs. We’ll make sure that everything from the way water flows on slopes, to the times when plants are watered (in [...]
Replacing damaged sprinkler heads is a common repair job for Irrigation and Sprinkler business owners. A faulty sprinkler head means your garden is going to lose its charm quickly and you’ll be rapidly wasting money on your water bills. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to spot a damaged Sprinkler head and a cheap repair can turn your garden’s fortunes around! Although it can be complicated to know which parts are needed, it’s a task that a Tampa Sprinkler Repair team can come complete swiftly. 1: Identifying Damaged Sprinkler Heads Once you notice an erratic, unreliable or damaged Sprinkler head then you need to identify what type it is. Whether it's a pop-up or impact head, it needs to be the same type as before to fit in with your sprinkler system’s set-up. Replacing a sprinkler head with the wrong model will cause spraying distance and pattern problems that leave your lawn poorly watered. The specifications can usually be found on the nozzle or a label, but if not then the All Phaze experts can have a quick check over and make sure you get the best parts. Although you can change brand, you can't change type without changes further along in your system. 2: Removing the damaged parts The installation process is thankfully inexpensive, but complications can arise if you don’t know what you’re doing. Once the water system is completely turned off, the surrounding dirt will need to be dug out before removing the damaged head with a wrench or pliers. However, the risk is that dirt enters the water line if the hole fills with water. That can cause further problems and damage the new parts shortly after. A professional will know how to avoid harmful amounts of dirt entering and flush the system before leaving. 3: Installing the [...]
Proper watering is crucial in making any lawn or garden become luscious and vibrant, that’s why knowing how to choose an Irrigation System type is vital. Every homeowner looks out on their property and wishes their yard was free from brown patches and underwhelming grass. But fixing this through manual watering is tiring and prone to errors. You have to drag out hoses, waste gallons of water and then attempt to water precisely all with your own hands. An irrigation and sprinkler system will do the work for you; saving you money and wasted effort. It’s THE best way to bring stunning results to your garden. Here’s a look at some key tips on how to choose the irrigation system to brighten up your garden: What Type of Sprinkler System Do You Need? Spray Sprinkler Systems Spray Sprinklers are the type that you probably think of first when talking about a Sprinkler System. They are recommended for areas such as lawns, bushes and gardens that need quick application. They work by using pop-up sprinkler heads, connected to a pump that has a timer. This allows for precision watering, for the optimal duration. Perfect for: Flat gardens Lawns Absorbent soils Slopes (With a well-planned watering schedule) Rotor Heads Rotor Heads are a type of spray system that are often used across large areas. The Rotor Heads shoot out water in smooth streams at a far less frequent rate than a normal sprinkler system. If you have a big area that needs watering, then a rotor head sprinkler system will do the job! Perfect for: Large Lawns Parks Golf Courses Sports Fields Drip Irrigation Drip Irrigation is a highly controlled system that provides water to crops and plants at close proximity. Drip systems typically include pipes that have holes (drip emitters) in, [...]