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Secret for Keeping Your Lawn Grass Green
April is National Lawn Care Month. As spring rolls out with temperature stops and starts, it’s time to think about how to keep your lawn grass mean and green this year.
You’re probably thinking about fertilizer, quality turfgrass seed, and a lawn mower. But did you know that an outdoor sprinkler system is essential to your overall lawn care plan?
Your Lawn Gets Thirsty during the Summer
While lawns are great for reducing erosion, adding oxygen into the air, and providing a safe place to play, turfgrass needs regular care to survive—especially during the summer when the hot sun and little rain stress it.
And like every living thing on earth, turfgrass needs regular, deep watering to stay alive.
You know garden or soaker hoses won’t cut it because it involves you moving around the hose to new areas of your lawn. You don’t want to stand outside for hours to water your lawn.
And you know, a sprinkle here and there won’t adequately water your lawn.
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You could buy above-ground sprinklers, but they require you to move them around your property to give your entire lawn the water it needs.
And you may need to buy more than one above-ground sprinkler system. If you have only two outdoor water spigots, you’re limiting the number of outdoor sprinklers you can put in your yard.
Then, your water bill is high, and your local city has rules on how often you can water your lawn.
It’s expensive to pay for water, and there’s a lot of waste regarding turfgrass watering. So, you don’t want to watch your money fly out the window to maintain your lawn.
Are you concerned about water conservation? You should be. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 30% of household water is used outside. Homeowners in drought-prone areas use even more water to keep their lawn and landscape well irrigated.
Did you know that you can save money and reduce your outdoor water usage when installing an in-ground sprinkler system?
Why Your Lawn Needs an In-ground Sprinkler System
You can have a beautiful lawn throughout the growing season and still stay compliant with your municipality’s water use restrictions. What you need is an in-ground lawn sprinkler system.
Yes, it’s a big investment upfront, but you’ll start to see savings on your water bills the longer you have your in-ground sprinkler system. Here are the other benefits of putting in a lawn sprinkler system:
- You don’t have to lug around clunky garden or soaker hoses throughout your yard.
- An in-ground sprinkler system covers a large yard by breaking it into zones.
- Besides an in-ground lawn sprinkler, you can also add dripline irrigation to water your flowerbeds and any slopes on your property.
- Weather sensors stop the irrigation system when there’s enough water in the soil, or it starts to rain.
- If you have an older lawn sprinkler, it can be recalibrated with today’s smart irrigation system technology.
- Bluetooth and other internet technology, called smart irrigation solutions, help you save money on your water bills.
- Smart irrigation solutions also allow you to schedule and turn off your irrigation system—even when you’re on vacation.
- Smart irrigation systems keep you in compliance with your city’s water restriction laws.
- Some cities offer water-saving rebatesto homeowners and property managers who put in a smart irrigation system.
Tips for Maintaining Your Outdoor Lawn Sprinkler System
Like most things that help us live a more efficient lifestyle, your outdoor lawn sprinkler needs regular maintenance, such as
- Sprinkler heads and other irrigation parts must be regularly checked for cracked or broken parts.
- You want to perform a water audit to make sure that there are no leaks or flooding. Plus, you can ensure that each irrigation zone is getting enough water.
- You may be able to shut off certain zones where mature plants, especially native plants, don’t need regular watering from your sprinkler system.
- You’ll need to shut off your sprinkler system in the fall and reopen it again in the spring if you live in areas where the ground freezes.
- You need to adjust your water settings in the spring, summer, and fall since your plants and lawn will need more water in the summer and less water in the spring and fall.
How K-Rain Sprinkler Systems Conserve Water and Keep Your Lawn Grass Green
We manufacture a large selection of irrigation rotors, sprays, valves, and controllers at K-Rain. Our RPS™75i with Intelligent Flow Technology® is the only rotor of its type that reduces water waste by regulating flow and distance equally and at the same time.
Our RPS™ Select is another unique rotor that has four built-in nozzles where you select the pattern and equivalent nozzle for matched watering. Our sprinkler systems also have Bluetooth controllers and other technology with smartphones and Wi-Fi-enabled controllers.
If you’re a DIY’er, you can find manuals for K-Rain sprinkler systems on our website. Alternatively, you can find a contractor for designing and installing your K-Rain irrigation system.
You can also buy your K-Rain sprinkler system parts at our online store or your favorite big-box retailer. If you have any questions about your K-Rain outdoor lawn sprinkler, call our customer service at 800-735-7246 or fill out our contact form.
EPA.gov, How We Use Water.
LoveYourLandscape.org, Smart Irrigation Trends.