There are lots of ways in which you can maintain your lawn and although we highly recommend calling Moscarino for a full-service lawn maintenance package, maybe that’s just not an option for you this year. Mowing, weeding, fertilizing, dethatching, pruning, watering – that’s a long list, even for the most dedicated DIYer. Whether you want all of your maintenance needs taken care of or you’re just trying to decide on where your landscaping budget will be best spent, a professionally installed irrigation system is definitely something to consider.
Although it might be a big investment initially, irrigation systems can save you time and money in the long run. That might not seem possible at first, but if you currently manually water your lawn on a regular basis, then a lawn sprinkler system will absolutely conserve water and subsequently save you money. In fact, when watering by hand, 50% of the water use is lost by runoff, evaporation and just plain bad aim. And if that doesn’t sound appealing enough, think about all the time you’ll save battling with your garden hose.
If you’ve decided that you want to have an irrigation system installed, there are some things to consider before getting started and hiring a contractor. It’s important to do your research and choose a reputable, professional, licensed irrigation contractor. Be sure to ask about a warranty, any products they’ll be using and service/maintenance issues. Your irrigation system will need a spring startup and fall blowout each year so you’ll want to find a contractor who can take care of these services, as well as any other unforeseen maintenance issues that may arise.
In order for your irrigation system to be as efficient as possible, be sure it includes a quality programmable controller, a rain sensor and possibly a soil moisture sensor. The controller allows you to regulate when and how long a sprinkler should run including which days of the week, time of day and run time per zone. You should have your system audited periodically and update your irrigation controller according to the audit results.
Once your irrigation system is installed, you can start spending more time enjoying your yard and forget about one of the more mundane lawn maintenance tasks. If you think you might be interested in getting a sprinkler system for your lawn, Moscarino Outdoor Creations is happy to help. Give us a call at 440-236-9000 or visit our Contact page and fill out a Consultation Request form.