What You Should Know About Commercial Landscape Irrigation

First impressions are everything!

irrigation_systemsWe often talk about adding curb appeal to your home landscape, but the same can be also applied to your business landscape. The first thing customers see when approaching your property is your front facing land. Thriving plants and shrubs along with a full, lush green lawn brings life to the backdrop of a plain building. To keep your plants and lawn looking vibrant they need just the right amount of irrigation. With the growing season in its beginning stages, now is the best time to start thinking about your irrigation system before the heat of Missouri summers comes blazing in full swing!

There is a 4 step process to ensure you get the most out of your landscape irrigation and to keep it lasting. The first step that needs to be completed is your yearly back flow test.  During this time, Bluegrass will test the back flow for operating pressure and ensure there are no leaks. This test is typically conducted in late April through mid June. Part of this test is to send a report into St. Louis county as mandated by county code.

The second step is the activation process. We make sure that your water is turned on and your lines are filled slowly with water to maximum capacity. We also conduct a system check on your sprinkler heads, rotors, and irrigation lines looking for leaks or weaknesses. During activation we set the clocks for running times and ensure your irrigation system is delivering appropriate amounts of water to each zone. Irrigation frequency and duration play a critical part in delivering the right amount of water to your landscape during both wetter and dry, humid months!

The third step is your system inspections. During peak operating months of Missouri summers, Bluegrass recommends three to five system inspections. These inspections check for proper Commercial+Irrigationcoverage of your lawn and landscape beds. Over-watering or under-watering can both be stress factors and detrimental to your lawn or landscape beds. These inspections are also used for adjusting running times and days of the irrigation clock, catching any leaks, improvement needs or broken parts. Additional proposals and recommendations can be provided for further review and repair.

The fourth step is the winterization process. This will take place before the first freeze – usually in late September through the end of October. Your system will be blown out using air to ensure all water is removed from the system. This is done to make sure your system is ready for the cold winter months ahead by preventing water from freezing in the pipelines which causes line breaking and weakening. Winterization covers the removal of your back flow system if it is on the outside – which is usually stored on the clients property until spring activation.

There are many benefits of having a correctly installed irrigation system into your landscape. One of the benefits of properly watering your lawn is the stimulation and growth of grass roots from the water that creates a full, lush green lawn. Another added bonus is that with correct sprinkler head spacing and water coverage, your irrigation system will prevent water runoff within the landscape beds. Irrigation also creates healthier shrubs, plants and trees by encouraging new growth through controlled watering cycles.

We have provided some quick tips to remember when it comes to watering your landscape:

  • Overwatering can create lawn fungus and discoloration.
  • Short waterings are recommended to prevent runoff and maximum saturation.
  • Irrigation will help reduce the amount of dead trees, plants and shrubs due to the heat of the summer.

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We can help you by providing affordable, sustainable irrigation solutions. Give us a call at 314-770-2828 or use our simple contact form to discuss your water management needs.