Did you know that the perfect time to have a new sod installation is in the cooler months? While many people think the opposite, freshly laid seeds can actually flourish in fall and winter.
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 [...]
Drainage is an overlooked area of general garden and lawn maintenance, which if neglected can quickly leave you with a bunch of problems to fix. When excessive water and rain fails to drain away properly, it can cause flooding. Flooding can destroy a lawn, leave standing water, promote the growth of disease and potentially affect neighbors too. With some easy and simple steps, however, you can improve your drainage system and prevent floods. Our Clearwater Irrigation Team can also analyze and take care of your irrigation and drainage systems if you need the help of a professional and local team. Keep Leaves out of Drains and Gutters Even the very best, self-sufficient irrigation systems can't prevent leaves getting blown into drains and gutters. A simple leaf clog can quickly cause flooding and potentially more significant problems. Use a rake or leaf blower to clear up any leaves that may collect on storm drains to prevent this. A simple clear out of leaves in your drains and gutters every few months can save you from a lot of trouble in the long run. Avoid Leaving Leaves and Dead Vegetation On Your Property If you've been working on your garden and have a pile of leaves or discarded plants, be careful not to leave them in areas where they can get washed or blown towards sprinkler heads or drain covers. Check for leaks or damage to pipes if you see flooding If you suspect there is a deeper problem with your irrigation system and have noticed flooding, then try to inspect your property for any signs of leaks and damage. If possible, direct the water flow away from your home's foundations and towards drains. Get an expert to check for leaking valves or Low Head Drainage Problems An expert can come and [...]
It seems like everything in life requires maintenance. Your air conditioner, your health, your dog and even your sprinkler system repairs require some attention. Left unattended the sprinkler system will under-perform the job you bought it to do. More and more Florida business owners and home owners are relying on automated sprinkler systems to maintain the beauty of their property. An automated system when running properly can save time and effort and money. Taking care of that system a few times a year can also save money in the long run. 1. It's easier to take care of them now rather than later. Sprinkler system repairs are a maintenance item that when attended to on a regular basis at least twice or three times per year will keep problems nipped in the bud and are much less costly when repaired sooner. People who spend time in nature are happier, so keep your stacation spot looking and feeling great with a little walk through the sprinklers. Any delay in the repair can cause damage to your flowers, shrubs or lanscaping, as well as continued deterioration of the system itself. And if the system needs a repair in one or more spots, there's also a loss of water, which can increase your bill. We suggest a simple inspection a few times a year and some preventative maintenance to prevent any bigger issues down the road. 2. Sprinkler Obstruction When planting new shrubs or flowers, be sure to check first to ensure the sprinkler spray will not be obstructed. Positioning garbage cans or new plants in front of a sprinkler can cause dry spots where the water was supposed to flow. Check your current landscaping as well to ensure that plant growth hasn't blocked the path of water flow. Sometimes the best fix is just [...]
If you are looking for an irrigation system, here are some of the questions we get frequently and the answers to them. We want to help you design the best care for your property. Why is it important to install an irrigation system in a lawn? While we're all tempted to buy a spinning sprinkler at the hardware store, a well designed irrigation system insures that our landscaping will look great and grow for years and years. Irrigation systems can reduce water use, as well as sod and plant replacement due to drought or insects that plague areas of Florida. If you are looking for a professional irrigation company in Tampa Bay and the surrounding area, All Phaze designs systems to meet water requirements of the plants and grass you've chosen and to spread water evenly throughout the property. If you are interested in learning more about saving water (and money) with a well, click here. Do different types of grasses require different amounts of water? Yes, different grasses need different amounts of water. The amount for Zoysia grass, a hardy sod differens from Bahia. The amount of water needed can also depend on the type of soil. Our guys know whats going to work best with what's in your design. Do your irrigation systems prevent over-watering? All irrigation systems have a rain sensor, required by building codes. The rain sensor shuts off the system when a certain amount of water is detected. Other irrigation systems have SMART controls that monitor the weather, water in the soil, etc and adjust your sprinklers accordingly. We will happily talk with you to decide which system works best with your landscape design, the water needs of the design and your need to stay on budget. At All Phaze Irrigation we appreciate that you [...]