Irrigation in Yakima
An irrigation system can improve your home and your lifestyle. At Absolute Lawn Care Service, we have the expertise to make your new watering system a reality. Automatic irrigation systems provide many benefits, including saving you time and money, creating healthier plants, and establishing the kind of garden you have always wanted. Not only does an automatic system let you spend more time enjoying your plants, rather than maintaining them, it also provides a level of precision that cannot be attained otherwise. If you are looking for a contracting company in Yakima that specializes in watering, we are your one stop for all your watering needs.
Save Water with the Right Irrigation System
At the end of the day, the most important aspect to getting an automatic watering system is the water it could save you. Watering by hand almost always results in over- or under-watering. Even if you make an effort to use the same amount every time, it is easy for your watering habits to gradually drift one way or the other. Irrigation systems are designed to use exactly the right amount of water, which means less is used, lowering your water bill. Learn more about how you can save water through.
- • Drip irrigation strategies
- • More efficient sprinklers
- • Rain/moisture sensors
- • Sprinkler system calibration
Designing Irrigation Systems in Yakima
One of the best ways Absolute Lawn Care Service helps you create a watering system that meets your needs is through unique designing. Before installing a new system, we take the time to work with you and figure out exactly what the best way to proceed is. Every landscaping job has unique requirements and obstacles, so figuring everything out and establishing a plan of action in advance is vital. Everything from soil type and conditions to water sources and pressure to the kinds of plants you are trying to grow should be taken into consideration. A design for your watering system, as well as an estimate, can be reviewed with you.
Choosing the Right Irrigation System
As we have already mentioned, the most effective way of choosing which irrigation system is right for you begins with surveying your landscape and factoring in all types of variables. Everything from how much sunlight your landscape gets to its topography and surface area can all influence which irrigation system suits your property and landscape best.
That said, a typical irrigation system will be comprised of a controller, solenoid valves and sprinklers.
These three pieces are the standard components of any irrigation system, however they each have their own specific variations. For example, a rotor-type head usually contains a built-in filter to screen out dirt and debris, but not all of them come with a check valve or a stainless steel riser. Not all solenoid valves have an internal bleed port or flow control features.
When you call (509) 985-6510 today, the Absolute Lawn Care Service will conduct a comprehensive survey to make sure that we find the most efficient irrigation system for your property. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask us about the different components and their unique sets of pros and cons.
Installing Your Irrigation System
After we have conducted our inspection and have landed on which type of irrigation system is best suited for your landscape, the Absolute Lawn Care Service team will really come in handy when it comes time to install your irrigation system. Making sure the design is properly implemented isn’t for the faint of heart. It is a labor-intensive process that requires professional know-how to minimize costly errors.
Thanks to our many years of experience outfitting Yakima homes and businesses with brand-new irrigation systems, getting the Absolute Lawn Care Service team on your side is a guaranteed way to get the job done right the first time. We have seen countless home and business owners try to install their irrigation systems themselves only to have them unable to distribute water or be in violation of certain building codes. Inexperience with this complicated and physically demanding task will force you to take two steps back every time you think you are making progress.
Save yourself the trouble and let the professionals handle the install. Who could be better than Absolute Lawn Care Service to install your irrigation system? After all, we have taken the time to assess your landscape’s watering needs and helped sketch out the design to maximize watering efficiency. This knowledge will be invaluable when it comes to getting the job done quickly and effectively.
Plus, when you let us install your irrigation system, it makes our lives a lot easier when we have to provide it with maintenance in the future. Whether it’s a spring start up, a seasonal inspection, a water audit or just regular routine maintenance to make sure everything is flowing smoothly, our knowledge of your system from inception to installation allows us to be more effective in all areas of our irrigation services.
To find out how we can install a brand-new irrigation system on your Yakima property, call the experts at (509) 985-6510.
Healthier, More Beautiful Landscape
Of course, the main reason you are getting a new automatic sprinkler system is for the plants. Through precise, routine watering, it is possible to foster growth in ways that is simply not possible through other maintaining strategies. Getting strong and beautiful flowers and plants does not require you to spend all your time toiling in your yard. Get the results you want with all the legwork taken out of the process.
Watering Alternatives to Explore
There are ways a new watering system can care for your landscape you may not have even considered. For example, drip systems are gaining attention as an alternative to sprinklers that save water and create better results in some cases. Certain plants are simply better suited to receiving a small, continuous water supply, rather than occasional, larger waterings. This kind of system also does not encourage weeds to grow nearly as much. We are committed to helping you get whatever setup works best for your garden.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Irrigation but Were too Afraid to Ask
At Absolute Lawn Care Service, we treat our residential clients with the utmost respect. Part of this process involves answering questions that we receive on a regular basis from residential clients just like you. If you have a question or two that you would like to answer, then why not have a look at some of the responses we’ve provided below. However, if there’s a question that you need answering that isn’t covered below, then don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. With that in mind, please see the applicable responses below:
- • Should I Use Fixed-Flow or Adjustable Drippers? When it comes to choosing the perfect dripper for your home’s lawn or garden, you generally will end up selecting between fixed-flow or adjustable drippers. If you want a dripper that will cover larger areas and offer greater control over the release of water, then the adjustable route should be the way you go. Fixed-flow drippers are quicker to install and are great for gardens with lots of similar plants. At Absolute Lawn Care Service, the fixed-flow drippers we sell are pressure compensating, which means that you don’t have to worry about installing at varying heights.
- • Is a Soaker Hose or a Drip Line Better for my Lawn? One of the biggest advantages of a soaker hose, and the reason it has been so popular amongst many gardeners for many years, is that it is very easy to install and can be very effective. The one issue that many gardeners have with soaker hoses is that they release water in an unregulated fashion and can be considered very wasteful. Another issue is that it’s often only effective in lengths of up to 20-30 meters. By contrast, a drip line is an updated version of the soaker hose. Instead, the drip line is a plastic pipe with drip-emitters that are pre-installed at small intervals (generally, 30 cm apart). These emitters are pressure compensating and regulate the release of water precisely.
- • What Are the Perks of a Water Timer? The reality is that while you don’t need to use a timer to operate a watering system for the betterment of your garden, the fact of the matter is that it really makes perfect sense to invest in one. Using a water timer turns your garden watering system into an automatic watering system. As a result, you have more time to spend with your friends and family or take that much-needed vacation that you have been planning on for the past few months. Trust us, it’s a worthwhile investment.
- • Do I Need to Use a Pressure Reducer for My Irrigation System? The simple answer to this question is that it’s not imperative but it can prevent problems caused by high water pressure and sudden spikes in water pressure when using an irrigation system.
The Importance of Irrigation Winterization and Our Easy Four-Step Guide to Protect Your Sprinkler System From the Cold
In Yakima, we’re blessed with milder temperatures than our friends and family on the East Coast experience in the winter months. As such, you might feel comfortable thinking you don’t need to do any work to winterize your home landscape irrigation system. However, Absolute Lawn Care Service is here to remind you that even if you just had sprinkler installation done this year, if you don’t take the time to protect your investment against the cold, you could end up with hundreds of dollars in damage and a system that just won’t work come spring.
Step One: Shut the Water Off
Obviously, there’s not much point in going through the trouble of winterizing your irrigation system if water is still running through it! It seems too simple a point to make but you’ll end up with a soggy mess if you don’t shut the water off at the valve first.
Step Two: Insulate the Water Supply
If your water supply to the sprinklers in your irrigation setup is above ground, your job is a little bit easier. First, make sure you locate the entrance and exit points for the water flow. Then wrap up the main valve with foam insulation and something to restrict airflow like a plastic bag.
If the piping to your sprinklers is above ground, you’ll need to wrap this up with foam insulation as well. Underground system? Honestly, we wouldn’t recommend trying this yourself. Call a professional lest you risk digging up half your yard.
Step Three: Shut Off Any Watering Timers
This part is crucial. You really don’t want all your hard work foiled by an automatic timer. And because irrigation systems are designed to make annoying tasks like watering seamless by regulating them, it’s very easy to forget about this step! Locate the main control panel and disable any schedules you might have set up. Having difficulty troubleshooting lawn sprinkler systems or can’t remember what was set up for you? Give us a call and we’ll be happy to walk you through it or do it for you!
Step Four: Remove the Water From Your Pipes and Sprinklers
There are three different methods to achieve this, and all of them are pretty hard for the average untrained homeowner. You can either use the manual drain method, which involves opening all additional drain valves after the water supply is shut off.
There’s also the automatic drain method, which is usually set up to drain all the water out when the pressure falls below a certain amount. This is perhaps the easiest method, but you’d likely already know if it was an option. Be sure nothing is stuck.
The final method? Blowout. Push the water out with compressed air. This seems fun but is the most dangerous to your sprinkler systems.
Ice can damage even the most tough sprinklers. If you’re having difficulty troubleshooting lawn sprinkler systems and how to winterize them even after reading this, call Absolute Lawn Care Service today and let us do it for you!
Absolute Lawn Care Service is your irrigation solution in Yakima. You can learn more about the services we offer by exploring our site or giving us a call.