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A professionally installed automatic sprinkler system is one of the best investments you can make for your home. Keep in mind, however, there is more to a sprinkler system than just sprinklers! System design and installation procedures are critical factors that will affect your system's performance and longevity. In addition to having an optimal functioning sprinkler system, water efficiency and conservation are key in the West Sound area. Water companies are charging for water usage based on a tiered-rate structure: the more cubic feet of water consumed, the more per cubic foot you pay. Over watering is a serious and costly practice. Skyrocketing water bills, tightening water budgets are causing us to rethink this practice. At one time in an era of abundant water supplies, a little over-watering seemed like a small price to pay for the convenience of an automatic sprinkler system. But today we want to keep our landscapes healthy without going broke Forever Green Landscaping & Irrigation, LLC can install low volume components into your new sprinkler system that directs the water exactly where it needs to go while using less cubic feet of water. Through our proper use of Smart controllers, low volume
rotator nozzles, soaker nozzles, drip irrigation and much more we are able to significantly reduce excess consumption of water in the landscape.
"Forever Green Landscaping & Irrigation,LLC offers the highest quality in irrigation products and installation standards."
"Using sprinklers form the local store or a hose to water lawns or gardens can use too much water".
YOUR NEW SPRINKLER SYSTEM WILL:
Save water costs by watering more efficiently.
Save plant and lawn replacement costs due to drought.
Preserve the spring beauty of your lawn
and gardens all summer long.
A sprinkler system will add market value to your property far beyond it's cost.
Our Spring Irrigation System Start-ups Checklist
1.Before turning on any water to the system, make sure all manual drain valves and backflow are returned to the "closed" position. 2.Open the system main water valve slowly to allow pipes to fill with water gradually. If these valves are opened too quickly, sprinkler main lines are subjected to high surge pressures, uncontrolled flow and water hammer. 3.Verify the proper operation of each zone valve by manually activating it from the controller. 4.Walk through each station on the controller, checking for proper operation of the zone. 5.Flag all heads located in lawns, edge grass around all flagged heads. 6.Check for proper operating pressure (low pressure indicates a line break or missing sprinkler). 7.Proper rotation and adjustment of sprinkler heads, and adequate coverage. 8.Check and clean filters on poorly performing sprinklers. 9.Adjust heads to grade as necessary.
10. Reprogram the controller for automatic watering. Replace the controller back-up battery if necessary.
11. Uncover and clean the system rain sensor, and all other sensors if applicable.
12. Finish and clean any in-line filters for drip irrigation zones.
If noticeable adjustments are made and repairs approved, system will be warrantied until summer maintenance.
'The Blow Out Method'
Every year, before the first freeze, the ritual of irrigation "blow out" becomes the priority for all irrigation systems. In the Northwest where the frost line many times does not go as deep as the lateral lines (if they are 12" - 18" deep). Freeze is still very much and issue. Most of the damage we see in this region is with the head bodies and the riser components inside the heads. In some cases the lateral lines are venerable because they have been installed too shallow. Even if you have drained some water out of the system, the remaining water can freeze, expand and crack the PVC piping (shallow buried pipes). Freezing water in the backflow assembly will damage the internal components and could possibly crack the brass body. It is recommended that a qualified licensed contractor perform this type of "Winterization" method. The blow out method utilizes an air compressor with a Cubic Foot per Minute (CFM) rating of 80-100 for any mainline of 2" or less. The compressor is attached to the mainline via a quick coupler, hose bib or other type connection, which is located after the backflow device. Compressed air should not be blown through any backflow device. To start the "blow out", shut off the irrigation water supply and, with the compressor valve in the closed position, attach the air compressor hose to the fitting. Activate the station on the controller that is the zone or sprinklers highest in elevation and the furthest from the compressor. Close the backflow isolation valves. Then slowly open the valve on the compressor; this should gradually introduce air into the irrigation system. The blow out pressure should remain below the maximum operating pressure specification of the lowest pressure rated component on that zone and should NEVER exceed 80 PSI.
Each station/zone should be activated starting from the furthest station/zone from the compressor slowly working your way to the closest station/zone to the compressor. Each station/zone should be activated until no water can be seen exiting the heads, this should take approximately two minutes or more per station/zone. It is better to use two or three short cycles per station/zone than to have one long cycle. Once the station/zone is dry, you should not continue to blow air through the pipe. Compressed air moving through dry pipes can cause friction, which will create heat and the heat could cause damage.
SYSTEM COMPONENTS THAT ARE INCLUDED IN EVERY SYSTEM WE INSTALL: Every system we design and install is customized to the unique needs of the landscape that it will be installed into.
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WATER WISE GARDENING
If you haven't felt the water conservation trend in your community yet, you will.There is no one silver bullet for building a water-efficient landscape. It takes a series of steps, & technologies and even new attitudes to create breathtaking landscape beauty without gulping water.
The initial landscape design is one of the most important factors.
Instead of choosing plants first and building an irrigation system to support them, the landscape and irrigation system should be designed in tandem. At the most basic level, this means grouping plants with similar moisture requirements together, enabling turf areas to be watered separately from planting beds and integrating drip irrigation where feasible.
Choosing the plants is a big part of it, the design should include as many indigenous plants to this area as possible.Proper soil preparation is also a must for water-efficient landscape. soil with good structure absorbs and holds water more effectively. In either heavy clay or sand, both which exists heavily in this area, the solution is the same. That is to mix organic matter into the soil and mulch on top. Soils develop an oily surface after a time and don't absorb water well. Mulch absorbs the moisture and then releases it into the soil.
Today's smart irrigation tools can make a well-designed landscape even more efficient. Smart controllers, soil moisture sensors, drip irrigation and low precipitation sprinklers are just a few of the installation measures we can take to build water conscious landscapes.
Adding a Rain sensor is one of the easiest ways to streamline a system.
These economical devices simply interrupt the irrigation schedule when they
detect adequate rainfall. While it may seem lake a no-brainer, many systems
don't include them.They are standard equipment in our custom
The sight of a sprinkler watering the lawn on a rainy day makes neighbors
(and responsible owners) cringe. Some people simply turn their systems off
during the rainy season, but rain sensors are especially helpful
when people are away from home during the transition
times between seasons.
Smart controllers reduce water consumption by basing irrigation on actual
plant needs, versus simple timing, thru input from settings and sensors.
Soil moisture sensors are becoming more widely available for use in
landscape irrigation. These are designed to determine actual moisture levels
in the soil and feed that information to the controller. They interrupt irrigation when moisture levels are adequate and allow watering when moisture levels are low. Soil sensors get to the whole issue of irrigation.
Improving the way water is delivered is another strategy. Drip systems can dramatically improve efficiency in planting beds and in some subsurface turf application. High-efficiency nozzles are improving overhead watering as well.
Lower precipitation nozzles are really proving themselves, these products use less water and water more evenly. Water is applied at a rate that plants and turf can absorb to reduce runoff. They are less affected by wind and can reduce water lost to misting.
Even minor improvements can make a big difference. Using Check valves to eliminate low-head drainage can save a substantial amount of water.pressure regulation is something that gets overlooked a lot. Heads need to be operating at the correct pressure to get teh right-sized droplets or you lose water to misting.
Some of you may read this and think of the smart controller as a panacea, it's just one of teh tools. Replacing the controller when there are other system problems is like having a mechanic tune up your car to optimize the gas mileage but then driving around with the emergency brake on. Putting a smart controller on a dumb system might only hide problems. Installing a smart controller on a poorly designed or poorly maintained system will result in lower overall savings and efficiency.
A poorly maintained system can quickly undermine conservation efforts. Monitoring, maintenance and repairs are crucial for water conservation. A system could be well designed and installed, but if it's not maintained and repaired properly it won't save.
The Hunter Wireless Rain-Clik™ The unique Quick Response™ feature allows the product to shut off immediately when it starts to rain.
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