Spring is here, calling for the need to have an alive-looking lawn! Using our top spring lawn care tips, you can stand out from the rest of the neighborhood.
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!
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Dead spots, brown spots and worn out patches of grass are painfully irritating for anyone who takes pride in their lawn's appearance. Adverse weather conditions or problems with your irrigation system can leave you with a nasty looking lawn, that you'll want to fix as soon as possible. Thankfully, a dead lawn means you have the chance to start again and discover the errors that caused the problem. But fixing a dead a lawn can be a difficult task, especially if you're new to it. Here are some helpful tips that are key to reviving any dead grass: 1 - De-thatch Your Lawn Thatch can build-up and is often the primary cause of a damaged lawn. Thatch is a layer of dead or diseased grass that is found between soil and a healthy surface layer. It is brown and straw-like in appearance and holds onto excessive amounts of water, which promotes the growth of fungi and lawn disease. De-thatching isn't fun, but in minor cases can be solved with a common garden rake. A de-thatching rake may be needed if the amount of thatch is severe. You'll need to rake the entire lawn, removing any dead grass that lifts up. 2 - Cultivate Regular cultivation is a handy task for any grass that is in desperate need of a helping hand. By using Aerators, you can quickly create holes in your lawn that allow water, light, and air to access the roots of your grass. It will let new grass to grow below and break through the topsoil. 3 - Thorough Fertilization It cannot be stressed enough how important fertilization is, in the process of making a dead lawn look green and healthy again. Fertilizer helps your grass deal with high temperatures and recover from disease or pest damage. A [...]
Watering your Lawn during the summer isn’t quite as simple as everyone believes. Sunlight that can damage and dry out grass has led to the myth that it needs watering when it’s hot and sunny during the day. In fact, this can actually damage your garden due to the magnification of the sun’s rays from the water. Good techniques can help prevent disease and insect growth whilst keeping your lawn lush: Use your eyes An easy way to see if the grass is in need of an urgent watering is to walk over it. If your footprints don’t disappear quickly after walking over it, it’s because its blades are too dry to spring back! Morning is the Optimal Time for Watering your Lawn The morning is the ideal time to water your lawn. It may seem like your grass will need refreshing in the mid-day sun, but that water will be wasted as it dries out too quickly and actually magnifies the sun’s intensity. Instead, aim to have your sprinkler system set up to work in the A.M. It will do the work for you when the air is cooler and the wind is typically still, so water isn’t blown away. Evening watering is also not ideal, due to the fact temperatures will drop off significantly during the night and disease of your grass will be a serious risk. The water will just stay on the grass, helping to create fungus. The optimal times to have your sprinkler system running will be typically in the 4. am. to 10.a.m window. Healthy Soil Absorption is Essential It’s the not all about the grass, the soil is the key to your lawn’s health. During summer, water run off can become a problem. This occurs when watered too quickly. So, it is important [...]
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 [...]