Top 5 Signs You’re Overwatering Your Lawn
Apr05

Top 5 Signs You’re Overwatering Your Lawn

As we move into spring, and as spring heats up into summer, you’ll be watering your lawn more and more frequently. After all, the math is pretty simple: hotter weather + less frequent rain = more watering. But more isn’t always better. As is true with many of life’s good things, too much water can be very damaging. In fact, too much water can be more damaging to your lawn than too little water. So how do you know if you’re overwatering your lawn? It’s not necessarily an easy thing to know – your lawn certainly can’t tell you “enough already!” But there are some common clues that can key you in on an overwatering problem. These are the most apparent: #1: Weed Speed Are weeds proliferating in your lawn with amazing speed? That could be a sure sign of overwatering. Certain weeds will absolutely thrive in a too-wet environment – nutsedge and crabgrass, for example. #2: Thatch Patch Thatch is a common and quite unsightly lawn problem. Thatch occurs when a layer of partially decomposed grass parts (roots and stems) build up into sort of a thick mat on the surface of the ground. Frequent overwatering can discourage grass roots from growing deep into the soil; there’s no need for roots to grow deep, because they can find all the water they need near the surface. All of those roots growing near the surface eventually form a hardscrabble mat that turns into thatch. #3: Bug Boom As with many problems, overwatering can create a domino effect of cascading problems. A boom in the population of harmful insects in your lawn is an example. It’s a problem that can result from the previous ‘domino,’ thatch. Thatch can provide a wonderfully sheltering habitat for insects. And many of those insects can wreak havoc upon your lawn and landscape. #4: Fungus Among Us Most types of fungi love a moist environment. So if you’ve got mushrooms popping up in spots, that’s a solid indication that you’re overwatering your lawn – at least in those areas. In fact, there are many different types of fungus that will eagerly parasitise an overwatered lawn. Rust and anthracnose are prime examples. #5: Assorted Cue Clues Other common-sense clues can cue you in to the fact that your lawn is overwatered: A particularly spongy feel to the surface as you walk your lawn Runoff from your lawn during watering Yellowish or light-green coloring (may indicate that excessive watering is leaching nutrients out of your soil) Fix the Flooding Any or all of the telltale signs above will signify that you’re overwatering your lawn. The solution to...

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Does Your City Offer a Smart-Sprinkler Rebate?
Feb15

Does Your City Offer a Smart-Sprinkler Rebate?

Smart sprinkler systems like TLC’s Hydrawise are revolutionizing modern landscape irrigation technology. That may seem like an overstatement. But in fact, the new controllers that are used to make irrigation systems ‘smart’ really do provide some revolutionary, never-before-available benefits to homeowners and landscape managers. The Impact of Cutting-Edge Controllers The benefits offered by smart sprinkler controllers are really quite impressive. Hydrawise, for example, offers these capabilities: Touchscreen Control: Hydrawise provides an easy-to-use touchscreen for control, just like your smart phone or an Ipad. System Alerts: If a problem develops with your irrigation system, Hydrawise detects it immediately and reports it to you. You won’t have to rely upon wilting plants or floods of water to be your first indications of a problem! Water Savings: Hydrawise can save you lots of water – an average of 50% compared to fixed-schedule controllers. The water savings are great for both the environment and your wallet. Comprehensive Reports: Want to see your watering records for the last day, week, or month? Want a report that displays forecast temperature, precipitation, and wind gusts? These reports and many more are available. Easy Retrofit: A TLC crew can easily retrofit Hydrawise to your existing system. No extra hardware is needed; no rip-and-replace overhauls are necessary. The EPA Is A Proponent of Smart Sprinklers The Environmental Protection Agency is a huge proponent of the new smart sprinkler controllers. According to the EPA, residential outdoor water use in America consumes an average of more than 9 billion gallons of water every single day. And it’s estimated that roughly half of that water is just wasted as a result of irrigation inefficiencies. That’s nearly 5 billion gallons of water wasted every single day! And the EPA is pushing smart sprinkler systems as a way to help eliminate that waste. In a world with ever-diminishing supplies of potable water, the potential of smart sprinkler technology to help drought-devastated areas like California are nearly incalculable. But from the perspective of homeowners, the EPA estimates that smart sprinkler systems can help save nearly half a billion dollars annually in water costs. Be Paid to Play The benefits of smart sprinkler technology are so important that many municipalities now offer substantial rebates to homeowners that install smart sprinkler systems. If your municipality offers such a rebate, in effect you can be paid to enjoy all of the money-saving, water-saving benefits of a smart sprinkler system. You can be paid to enjoy the conveniences of smart sprinkler systems. You can be paid to have a healthier landscape because of the plant-friendly benefits of smart sprinklers. That’s a pretty good deal! In some municipalities the...

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The Soothing Sounds of Lawn Sprinklers
Feb10

The Soothing Sounds of Lawn Sprinklers

The days are still short, and the air still frigid. Mother Nature has not yet loosened her icy, wintry grip upon the land. But it won’t be long. As the days lengthen and twilight shadows linger, hints of springtime will soon be in the air. The balmy breezes of springtime will begin to crowd out the biting-cold breath of winter. Ice and snow will give way to warm, pattering raindrops. The sounds of winter will soon fall silent, replaced by the joyful sounds of the warm season springing to life: The chirpy, cheery melodies of songbirds. The gentle rustle of freshly budded leaves in the breeze. The busy buzz of honeybees. And the soothing sounds of lawn sprinklers. A Simple Pleasure It’s been said many times that life’s simpler pleasures are the best. But they’re also the most likely to be overlooked. Put your mind to it, and there’s no doubt that you could conjure up countless simple pleasures that you just don’t think about much – sights, sounds, and sensations that add to the enjoyment of life in a subtle, unobtrusive manner. Among those often-unappreciated pleasures are the simple, soothing sounds of lawn sprinklers. Think about it: The peaceful pattering of the falling droplets. The rhythmic backdrop of the sprayer. It’s a warm and familiar sound that’s associated with warm, sunny, summertime days. It’s a simple pleasure – and therefore one of life’s best. Eager for Spring? Have you just about had your fill of winter? Impatiently awaiting the arrival of springtime? If so, treat yourself to the springtime sound of lawn sprinklers at work. It’s a sound that’s so calming and soothing that it’s often included in white noise loops that are played to help people sleep. The Sound of a Well-Maintained Lawn For homeowners, of course, the sounds of lawn sprinklers carry another connotation: It’s the sound of a lawn that’s receiving the best of care. It’s the sound of a landscape that’s maintained to the best of standards. And when the sprinklers are part of a comprehensive, automated system that keeps the landscape perfectly watered without any effort from the homeowner? So much the better. And so much more soothing the...

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