Why a Sprinkler System?
Hand Watering: Why Not?
There is nothing wrong with the traditional garden hose method of yard irrigation IF you have the time for it. Do you live in Colorado? Then you probably don’t. Here’s why …
- Colorado Water Requirements
According to the Colorado State University Extension, Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass all require more water than we typically get in precipitation. For instance, Kentucky bluegrass appreciates at least 2.5 inches of water per week to survive the hot summer months. Denver averages only 1-2″ per month, May through September. This, coupled with our low humidity that evaporates moisture quickly, spells disaster for lush, green lawns.
- Disadvantages of Hand Watering
Yes, hand watering or manually moving a hose and sprinkler around the lawn is better than nothing, but there’s a lot of room for forgetfulness and failure. And it is a lot of work. Furthermore, the CSU Extension recommends watering between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. when temperatures are cooler, humidity is higher, and winds are diminished. All this means more of the water actually soaks into the ground, which is a good thing. But who wants to manually water the lawn at those hours?
- The Bottom Line
Without proper watering, Colorado lawns will die, and weeds will take over. The only solution is re-sodding–an option that is neither cheap nor easy. Depending on the size of your lawn and whether you’re an ambitious do-it-yourselfer or want it professionally installed, the cost of replacing sod quickly rises into the thousands of dollars. Installing a sprinkler system ultimately saves you time and money by protecting the valuable asset, that is, your grass.
What If I Decide To Have a Sprinkling System Installed?
- A Free Estimate
Sprinkler Doctor offers free estimates for new installations. This includes scheduling “an onsite” where we can take measurements and plan the layout. The price outcome will vary depending on such variables as the size of the yard and how many zones are required. If you approve the estimate and want to go forward with the installation, we will ask for a 50% deposit.
- What Does a New Installation Entail?
A new installation involves thoughtful planning. Besides digging and laying pipes, the sprinkler technician will be installing the back-flow valve, the manifold, the manifold valves, complete with solenoids and diagrams, wiring harness, poly pipes, crazy pipe, connectors, sprinkler heads, the valve box, and the controller. You will need the right number of sprinkler heads, in the right locations, and the right kind for each location. When the technician has it all put in place, he will program the controller for the correct time, frequency, and duration at each zone. Finally, he turns on each zone to optimize the spray, tweaking the heads to eliminate water waste.
- How long will it take?
The time it will take us to complete the job also has several variables. For example, what is the size and shape of your lawn? Is your lawn square or does it have a lot of curves and turns? Do we need to install the plumbing leading to the back-flow valve? There are many considerations that can impact how long a project will take.
The Beauty of Simplicity
Clearly, the simplest and most effective solution for a beautiful yard is an automated sprinkler system. After we have done all the work, you can sit back and enjoy a well-watered lawn and flowerbeds for the rest of the growing season.
Contact Sprinkler Doctor of Sage Solutions for a free estimate.
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