Lawn irrigation system maintenance

The majority of lawn irrigation system problems are maintenance related rather than design issues, and the list of common problems includes clogged emitters, blocked water streams, mixed sprinkler sizes, and other issues. With a mere tune-up of your landscape irrigation system, the vast majority of lawn irrigation systems can generate large savings in irrigation use by irrigating correctly. Additional savings can occur from simple practices such as not watering when it is raining.

We often find that the landscape irrigation system was installed before materials were planted in the landscape. When the landscape matures, trees and other plants can interfere with spray patterns. Contact the lawn irrigation designers and installers at Brentwood Landscapes to change or reset the heads for effective irrigation services.

Common irrigation system issues

brentwood landscape irrigation servicesThe three most common physical problems in an irrigation system are:

  • Broken components (e.g. risers)
  • Improperly designed or spaced heads
  • Dissimilar heads or nozzles

We will check rotation and direction of spray. We’ll adjust the radius and arc to avoid spraying sidewalks and buildings. Physical problems with the irrigation system can result in lack of application uniformity, leading to the development of wet and dry spots.

As the system ages and the landscape matures, sprinkler heads sink, or are pushed-off vertical, may stop turning, or become clogged. All of these physical problems can affect the spray pattern.

We’ll clean the sprinkler’s trash filter screen if it has one. We will also check the wiper seal at the base of the sprinkler heads; if it is worn, excess water will squirt out of the base. Our standard lawn irrigation and landscape irrigation system services include making corrections to assure proper operation and water distribution.

Excess lawn irrigation, too much water

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Excess irrigation is harmful to lawns as well as the natural environment. It only takes 3/4 inch of water to saturate the turf root zone; more than this amount can leach nutrients and pesticides into the aquifer, and, via runoff, carry pollutants. Areas of the lawn that are over-irrigated (due to poor distribution uniformity, etc.) are often infested with water-loving weeds such as dollarweed, and must be treated with herbicides to control these weeds. Such weeds, which tend to soak up water faster than grass, can cause an unnecessarily long and expensive cycle.

To achieve 3/4 inch of irrigation to all areas of the lawn, the properly tuned sprinkler system is adjusted to provide duration of application based on the precipitation rate of the sprinkler heads used.

The overall goal is to keep water in the root zone and to reduce excess application of water and retain storm water on site (if applicable in your situation).

Landscape irrigation zones

Each landscape irrigation zone (i.e., different section of the irrigation control) of the landscape irrigation system needs to be evaluated. Avoid mixing plant types that have vastly different water requirements in the same watering zone. For example, Kentucky bluegrass and yews should not be in the same zone, as yews will not survive on the amount of water required for Kentucky bluegrass. Also, avoid a single station that waters both sunny and shady areas.

Lawn irrigation services in Brentwood, Nashville: We…

  • Design irrigation systems
  • Inspect irrigation systems
  • Repair irrigation systems
  • Maintain irrigation systems

Drip irrigation

Drip irrigation is a form of landscape irrigation that delivers the exact amount of water needed or desired to a specific plant or section of plants. Water can also be delivered directly to the plant’s root system at a gradual pace to avoid any runoff or waste of water. The nature of drip irrigation also can prevent root rot, usually caused by overwatering. Water is delivered exactly where needed, resulting in optimal plant growth, cost savings, and water conservation.

The drip system can also deliver nutrients and fertilizer to the plants’ roots along with the water. The drip irrigation system can be controlled manually or with a timer after installation. Drip irrigation systems often work well for raised plant beds, gardens, or any unique area of plants, however large or small.

Call us for landscape irrigation services in Brentwood

Call Brentwood Landscapes today for landscape irrigation in Brentwood or elsewhere in or around Nashville. We offer lawn irrigation system design, landscape irrigation installation, irrigation system repair, and irrigation system maintenance.

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