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Irrigation Maintenance Contracts For Southwest Florida Sprinkler Systems

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 31, 2012

At R & R Sprinkler and Landscape, we know how important it is for our customers to save money. That is why we developed irrigation maintenance contracts that will save you hundreds of dollars in costly repairs.

Maintenance contracts ensure that irrigation systems are checked periodically to ensure they are working efficiently, providing the proper coverage. We will also check to make sure there aren’t any leaks and/or broken parts of your sprinkler system such as heads, sprinkler lines, etc.

We offer maintenance contracts for residential, commercial, homeowner associations and backflow devices. They are offered monthly, every other month, quarterly, semi-annually.

Fill out our online quote form and our office will contact you to update you on our maintenance contracts. Trust us to make sure your irrigation system not only works but saves you money on monthly water bills and future sprinkler system issues.

The City of Punta Gorda Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 27, 2012

As of July 10, 2012 The City of Punta Gorda is enforcing the following water restrictions

To Report Water or Sewer Problems
(During Business Hours) 941-575-3339
(After Business Hours & Holidays) 941-575-5070

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010 the Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted to enter into a Phase 1 Water Shortage Order for all 16 counties in the District’s boundaries beginning December 1, 2010. A “Phase 1” declaration means that conditions are below normal and warrant alerting the general public and ordering water utilities and other water users to review and implement procedures as a means of preparing for possible additional action.

The watering schedule listed below remains the same for twice-per-week watering. Residents are encouraged to water only if their lawn and landscape needs it and turn off their irrigation system if it has rained or rain is predicted in the next 24 hours. Some of the signs that a lawn needs water include a blue-gray appearance, blades folded in half lengthwise and footprints remaining on the lawn for several minutes after walking on it.

Lawn Watering Schedule
Addresses Current Watering Day May Also Water
Ending in 0 and 1 Monday Thursday
Ending in 2 and 3 Tuesday Friday
Ending in 4 and 5 Wednesday Saturday
Ending in 6 and 7 Thursday Sunday
Ending in 8 and 9 Friday Tuesday
Addresses that end with a letter instead of a number will water on: Friday Tuesday

Lawn Watering Schedule/Times:
Lawn watering is limited to twice per week (if needed), before 8 a.m. or after 6 p.m.
Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn’t wasted.

New Lawns and Plants:
New lawns and plants have a 30-30 establishment period, which allows any day watering during the first 30 days.During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: Addresses ending in an Even number may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Addresses ending in an Odd number may water on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.

Fountain Operation, Car Washing and Pressure Washing:
There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing.
However the District and the City ask that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn’t wasted.

For questions concerning this schedule you may contact the Utility Department at (941) 575-3339
Utilities Administration
3132 Cooper Street
Punta Gorda, FL 33950
Phone (941) 575-3339
Fax (941) 575-5006
E-mail: [email protected]

For more information follow the link: http://www.ci.punta-gorda.fl.us/depts/utilities/waterrestrict.html

Watering Your Shrubs, Delicate Flowers and Queen Palms

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 25, 2012

The amount of water as well as the manner in which it is delivered differs greatly from a group of shrubs, some delicate flowers or a large queen palm tree. The preferred manner in which any of these landscape elements are irrigated is called drip irrigation. Drip irrigation delivers water to the roots instead of it being sprayed or streamed. To determine the type of drip irrigation you should install you need to consider size of landscaping and spacing of the landscaping. Obviously larger trees, like a queen palm tree, will require more water then a delicate rose bush.

Drip irrigation uses microbubblers, micro sprays, soft spray misters and spot specific tubing with emitters. Each component delivers water in different ways.

If you have a group of plants close together you should use microbubblers. They cover a larger area and are easy to adjust.

If you have narrow landscape beds or ground cover you should use 1/4″ staked tubing with emitters.

If you have dense tall plants or flowers you should use microsprays. They are adjustable for distance.

If you have delicate flowers or tropical plants you should use soft spray misters.

If you have a vegetable garden you should use spot specific watering solutions with 1/2″ staked tubing with emitters. Its tough and flexible and can handle being staked along the rows of a garden.

If you have potted plants in containers or flower beds you should also use spot specific watering solutions with 1/4″ tubing with emitters.

If you are unsure of the type of materials you should use for your shrubs, delicate flowers or queen palms your best bet is to contact us.

The City of North Port Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 24, 2012

The City of North Port is enforcing the following watering restrictions as of July 10,2012

IMPORTANT NOTICE! The Southwest Water Management District (SWFWMD) Governing Board voted to institute Water Shortage restrictions effective December 1, 2010.

The City of North Port is committed to preserving our valuable water resources by conserving water. The following water use restrictions are currently in effect in North Port as of December 1, 2010 to help us all achieve this goal together:

For established lawns:
Lawn and landscape irrigation is limited to two days a week. Residents living in homes with even-numbered addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sundays. Residents living in homes with odd-numbered addresses may water on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays. These changes to previous watering days are to conform with the Southwest Florida Water Management Districts year-round water conservation measures.

North Port Watering Days:
Addresses ending in even numbers – Thursday and/or Sunday, before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.
Addresses ending in odd numbers – Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10:00 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m.

Sarasota County Watering Days:
If you live outside North Port City Limits your watering days may be different. Please contact Sarasota County at (941) 861-6790 to verify when you can irrigate your lawn.

Lawn watering is limited to the hours between EITHER midnight and 10:00 a.m., OR between 4:00 p.m. and 11:59 p.m. No more than ¾ inch of water may be applied to each irrigation zone on each allowable watering day. There is no watering allowed during the hottest part of the day, 10:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Non-lawn areas such as trees, flower beds and vegetable gardens may be hand-watered without restriction to day or time.

For newly-planted lawns and landscaped areas:

New or Replacement Lawns: 30-30 establishment period, sixty days total, if needed. Water any day during the first 30 days. Even addresses may water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and odd addresses may water only on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday during the next 30 days. Time of day restrictions apply.

Other New Plant Establishment: Sixty days total, if needed. Water any day during the first 30 days. Even addresses may water only on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday; Odd addresses may water only on Wednesday, Friday or Sunday during the next 30 days. Time of day restrictions apply.

Fountain Operation, Car Washing and Powerwashing:
There are no restrictions on fountains, car washing and pressure washing. However, SWFWMD and the City of North Port asks that residents be as efficient as possible, such as using a shut-off nozzle on their hose, so water isn’t waster.

Fines for illegal watering:
Warnings will be given for the first illegal watering violation. The second violation will be a $100 fine. The third offense and subsequent offenses will result in a fine ranging from a minimum of $200 to a maximum of $500, and possible jail time.

If you have any questions, please call North Port Utilities at (941) 240-8000.

For more information follow the link: http://www.cityofnorthport.com/index.aspx?page=365

The City of Naples Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 23, 2012

Watering Restrictions for The City of Naples as of July 10, 2012 are as follows:

The South Florida Water Management District has ordered Phase I Water Restriction schedule to begin on November 18, 2011. This schedule should be followed until further notice.

Odd Numbered Addresses:

Residents and businesses with an odd-numbered street address may water lawns and landscapes on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, in early morning hours only between 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

Even Numbered Addresses:

Residents and businesses with an even-numbered street address may water lawns and landscapes on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, in early morning hours only between 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

Irrigation System Maintenance:
(cleaning, adjusting, repairing)

New irrigation systems may be operated 30 minutes per zone on a 1- time basis. Existing systems may be operated 30 minutes per zone per week.

New Lawn & Landscape:
(in place less than 30 days)

5 days each week: Monday through Friday: 12:01 a.m.- 8 a.m. for all types of irrigation. Low-volume hand watering with the use of automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle allowed any time for the first 30 days.

Reclaimed Water:

Irrigation using 100% reclaimed or supplemented reclaimed water is allowed from before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m., any day of the week.

Other Outdoor Uses:

Car and boat washing. Nonporous surfaces; sidewalks and driveways. Exterior home surfaces and roofs. Allowed any time with use of low-volume pressure cleaning equipment and/or water hose. Water hose shall be equipped with an automatic self-canceling or closing nozzle.

For more information follow the link: http://www.naplesgov.com/index.aspx?NID=375

City of Marco Island Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 20, 2012

As of July 10, 2012 The City of Marco Island is enforcing the following watering restrictions:

Landscaping Irrigation-Established:
Odd numbered addresses
3 days each week; Monday, Wednesday, Saturday; 12:01 am to 8:00 am for irrigation systems

Even numbered addresses:
3 days each week; Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for irrigation systems

Landscaping Irrigation–New (in place less than 90 days):
All addresses 5 days each week; Monday through Friday, 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. for irrigation systems

Irrigation System Maintenance :
Existing systems –
10 minutes per zone per week; person must be present in zone and working on the system during each such operation

New systems-
30 minutes per zone, one time only; person must be present in zone and working on the
system during such operation

Pesticide, Fungicide, Herbicide, Fertilizer Application:
All addresses. Application shall be coordinated with the scheduled day/time for landscaping irrigation; if applied outside of the allowed hours, and “watering in” is specified by the manufacturer of the applied material, a licensed application technician must be on the premises

Other Outdoor Water Uses:
All other outdoor water uses Other outdoor water uses, including low volume hand watering, car, truck,and boat washing and the washing of exterior home surfaces and roofs, shall be allowed anytime with the use of low volume pressure cleaning equipment, low volume mobile equipment washing and/or water hose equipped with an automatic self-canceling or automatic shutoff nozzle; in all cases, the water used must drain to a pervious surface or to a water recycling/reuse system

For more information follow the link: http://www.cityofmarcoisland.com/modules/showdocument.aspx?documentid=7463

City of Fort Myers Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 18, 2012

As of July 10, 2012 Fort Myers Water Restrictions are as follows:

Landscape Irrigation Water Restriction for the City of Fort Myers

Approved Watering Days:
Odd numbered addresses (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) – Wednesday and Saturday
Even numbered addresses (0, 2, 4, 6, 8) or no address – Thursday and Sunday

Approved Watering Times:
Midnight to 10:00 A.M. OR
4:00 P.M. to Midnight

No Watering is allowed:
Any day between 10:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. and
never on Monday, Tuesday and Friday

For additional information please go to the Water Shortage Watch website

You may report violations to:
City of Fort Myers Code Enforcement, Monday-Friday 7:30am – 5:00pm
(239) 321-7940

All other times:
Fort Myers Police Department
Non-emergency phone number (239) 321-7700

For more information follow the link: http://www.cityftmyers.com/Departments/PublicWorks/Divisions/WaterTreatmentPlant/WaterRestrictions/tabid/465/Default.aspx

Delivering Water To Your Plants With Drip Irrigation Emitters

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 17, 2012

An emitter is an element of a drip irrigation system that transfers water from the water source to the plant, tree or shrub it is intended to water. Emitters have also been referred to as drippers since they apply water to the landscaping through a slow steady drip to the landscape roots.

There are three types of emitters:
1. High Flow Emitters – intended to water larger trees and shrubs. They yield an average output of 5 gallons per hour.
2. Medium Flow Emitters – intended for plants and shrubs @ 24″ wide. They yield an average output of 2 gallons per hour.
3. Low Flow Emitters – intended for small starter plants, shrubs and flowers. They yield an average output of 1 gallon per hour.

Emitters are installed into 1/4″ – 1/2″ tubing called drip line. The tubing is punctured and the emitter is installed into the tubing with an insertion tool. Emitters come as open flow emitters, fixed flow emitters or variable flow emitters. Having emitters that regulate the volume of water applied as well as the type of water flow will help you water your roses differently then your Queen Palm.

We would be happy to help you design and install a drip irrigation system using flow emitters for you.

Charlotte County Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 16, 2012

Watering restriction for Charlotte County Utilities as if July 10th,2012

Current Water Restrictions

While tropical storm Debby provided increased rainfall to the region, it was not enough to fully recover from drought conditions.

Phase I water shortage has been extended through December 31, 2012.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s Governing Board voted on June 27, 2012 to extend Phase I water shortage restrictions for Charlotte, DeSoto, Hardee, Highlands, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota Counties.

However, some local governments, such as Sarasota County, have stricter local ordinances limiting watering to one day per week. Residents should check with their local government or utility.

WHAT DOES “PHASE I” MEAN TO YOU?

A “Phase I” restriction declaration means that conditions are below normal and warrant alerting the general public and ordering water utilities and other water users to review and implement procedures as a means of preparing for possible additional actions.

WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

Reduce indoor water use on a voluntary basis.
Test and repair or adjust each irrigation system to address broken pipes and other leaks, damaged or tilted sprinkler heads, and other sources of water waste.
Continue to follow Charlotte County’s water restrictions below:
Lawn Watering Schedule and Times

Lawn watering is limited to twice per week.
Unless your local government or utility has a different schedule or stricter hours in effect:
Even addresses may water on Thursday and/or Sunday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Odd addresses may water on Wednesday and/or Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Landscape Watering Schedule and Times

Hand watering and micro-irrigation of plants (other than lawns) can be done on any day and at any time.

New Lawns and Plants (30 / 30)

New lawns and plants have a 30 day establishment period, which allows any-day watering during the first 30 days. After the day of installation, unless low volume irrigation is used, new lawns and plants may only be watered before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
During the second 30 days, watering is allowed three days per week: even-numbered addresses may water on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday; odd-numbered addresses may water Monday, Wednesday and Saturday before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m.
Reclaimed Water

Reclaimed water remains subject to voluntary watering hours, unless blended with another water source or restricted by the local government or utility.

For more information follow this link: http://www.charlottecountyfl.com/ccu/Restrictions.asp

City of Cape Coral Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 13, 2012

As of July 20, 2012 the City of Cape Coral is enforcing the following watering restrictions:

Cape Coral Year-Round Watering Schedule

All residents in Cape Coral are allowed to water two days each week regardless of the source for the irrigation water. If you use the City’s dual-water system or a private well, you must follow the two-day watering schedule. See the schedule below for your days and times.

The “address” is the last number of your “house” address. For example, if your address is 1926 SW 15th Avenue, the “6” in 1926 is the guiding number.

Here is the two-day schedule that is in effect for all of Cape Coral:

Monday and Friday:

Midnight to 4 a.m. for addresses ending in 0

Monday and Friday:

4 a.m. to 8 a.m. for addresses ending in 1

Wednesday and Saturday:

Midnight to 4 a.m. for addresses ending in 3 and 5

Wednesday and Saturday:

4 a.m. to 8 a.m. for addresses ending in 7 and 9

Thursday and Sunday:

Midnight to 4 a.m. for addresses ending in 2 and 4

Thursday and Sunday:

4 a.m. to 8 a.m. for addresses ending in 6 and 8

Properties or developments up to and including five acres in size with irrigation systems that must irrigate multiple properties with different watering times will be allowed to water on Monday and Friday from 4 a.m. to 8 a.m. This includes but is not limited to duplexes, multi-family units, compound use and mixed use units.

Properties or developments more than five acres in size with irrigation systems that simultaneously irrigate multiple properties with different watering times shall be allowed to water on Monday and Friday from 12 a.m. to 8 a.m. This includes but is not limited to multi-family, compound-use and mixed-use units.

Other watering restrictions:

Watering of new lawns and landscaping during a 45 day establishment period shall be permitted on any day of the week from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

The following uses of irrigation water are permitted at any time:

(1) Required watering in of lawn chemicals.

(2) Pressure washing, car, truck or trailer washing, boat washing, and flushing boat motors after salt water use.

(3) Hand watering using low volume irrigation methods.

(4) Water use for cleaning, adjusting, and repair of irrigation systems provided that an attendant is on site and for not more than ten minutes per week for the entire irrigation sy’tem (if the irrigation system is not divided into areas or “zones”) or for not more than ten minutes per area or “zone” per week (if the irrigation system is divided into areas or “zones”).

(5) Irrigation integral to an ongoing business enterprise, such as a golf course (greens, tees and fairways only), a nursery or agricultural operations, is permitted to the extent necessary to reasonably meet the business’s minimum agronomic needs and for freeze or heat damage protection.

For more information follow the link: http://www.capecoral.net/Government/UtilitiesHomePage/WateringSchedule/tabid/1657/language/en-US/Default.aspx