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Landscaping, Irrigation, and More

R & R Sprinkler & Lanscape, Inc. of Cape Coral, Florida Blog

A Good Sprinkler System Design is Essential

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

Installing an automatic sprinkler system is a worthwhile investment for your property. Having a professionally licensed and insured contractor install your new irrigation system is important. Ask for references and don’t always select the cheapest price. Ask about the design of your sprinkler system. Ask for references too. A good design that will use water efficiently is much better than a cheap price and is an overall better investment.

A good system design will be divided into zones by plant material. Typically the grass portion of your property is irrigated by rotor heads. Rotor heads have a higher output of water and run for longer periods of time. Plants and shrubs are typically irrigated by mist heads or drip irrigation which don’t require the area to be irrigated as long. If the design includes a zone that has a large span of grass along with an area of delicate shrubs set to irrigate for the same continuous period of time then someone will loose. Either your grass will not get enough water or your plants and shrubs will get too much. This is a bad design on behalf of your irrigation contractor and a poor water useage.

A zone comprised of rotor heads should run 30-45 minutes. A zone comprised of mist or spray heads should only run for @ 10-15 minutes. You can see by the difference in time that each of these components need to run how important it is that they are grouped in zones accordingly. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape is a professionally licensed and insured irrigation installation company. Our first priority is designing and installing an irrigation system that will be easy to operate and maintain while providing a sprinkler that will use the least amount of water with the maximum watering capabilities.

If you are considering installing a new irrigation system we’d love for you to give us the opportunity.

Behind The Knee Wall Of The Front Of A Florida Home – A Maintenance Disater

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On September 5, 2012

In Florida a lot of the homes were built with a pretty little knee wall along the front of the house. Whoever thought of this concept had a great architectural mind but had no idea what a pain in the rear it would be to maintain landscaping behind that wall. It’s such an awkward space. To small to get the lawnmower in but too big to have to weed eat the entire area.

How do you maintain that awkward little area at the front of your Florida Home? We recommend you renovate it. Kill the sod (which by now is mostly weeds). Scrape the contents out so you can have a clean slate. Do not re-install grass, instead consider a rock bed or a mulch bed with some easy to maintain shrubs.

If you have your rock properly installed by a professional landscaping company they should lay a weed barrier down first which will help (not eliminate) the growth of weeds up through the rocks. Pick a rock that will compliment your home. Have the landscape estimator help you choose some plants that will be well suited to that area of the property. When choosing plants consider a plant that can tolerate shade and is low maintenance like cocoplums or podocarpus. Even consider a few hibiscus plants to add color to the front of your home.

Be sure to ask your landscaper about the necessary irrigation the plants will need. You may need to make a renovation to your sprinkler system to accommodate the new landscaping. It’s always better to have this done prior to the landscape addition and to have the landscaper and the irrigation company communicate the details of the project before anyone begins work. Your landscaper cannot perform irrigation services unless they have a specialty licensed to perform irrigation services.

You have just taken your out of control entrance of your Florida home from a pain in the rear to maintain issue to an eye appealing addition. R&R Sprinkler and Landscape is able to help you with a project like this from the sod kill all the way to the final landscape installation and sprinkler repair and all the steps in between. Call us today.

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.

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.

Designing a Drip Irrigation System That Works For You

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 10, 2012

A drip irrigation system is different than a traditional irrigation system in that a traditional sprinkler system delivers large amounts of water is a stream or spray through rotor heads and spray heads. Drip irrigation uses a series of tubing, bubblers and emitters that drip water slowly to the roots. A traditional and a drip irrigation system can be combined.

Drip irrigation systems are meant to water landscape beds, gardens, containers and trees. It’s often referred to as spot watering because it allows for water to be applied to a specific tree, plant or group of shrubs at ground or container level.

When designing a drip irrigation system you have to take into consideration the size of the trees, plants and shrubs you are intending to water as well as the spacing of these elements. Large trees and plants will need more water then small shrubs and closely planted elements will need a different type of water distributor as opposed to a single tree.

Drip applications include tubing with emitters, microbubblers, microsprays and soft misters. We recommend that you contract an experienced drip irrigation installer for the optimum drip irrigation system design. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape is one of the best drip irrigation designers in the industry. Contact us for a quote today.

The Importance Of A Rain Sensor

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 6, 2012

A rain sensor is an important addition to sprinkler system. A rain sensor detects when it rains and tells your automatic timer to turn your irrigation system off. It’s an important element in helping with water conservation since it eliminates unnecessary watering cycles by your sprinkler. A rain sensor should be mounted upright in an unobstructed area. It does you no good to have a rain sensor that cannot collect water. Collecting water is the only way it will know to shut your sprinklers off. Some common areas for mounting a rain sensor are on your roof, wall, fence, we even have optional mounting kits that allows us to put them on your rain gutters. A rain sensor should know within 30 sec – 3 minutes upon receiving moisture whether it needs to shut your system off. If it does not you need to call a professional irrigation technician to see if your rain sensor is working correctly. We prefer to use a Hunter Rain Clik Rain Sensor. It doesn’t even need to “collect” water to tell the system to shut off, it just needs to “sense” it. It’s the most efficient rain sensor on the market and carries a 5 year warranty. Do you need a rain sensor? 239-772-2607 or fill out a request for quote today.

The History of Drip Irrigation

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 5, 2012

Drip irrigation dates back to the 1800’s in Afganistan where the farmers used it to water their clay pots. Germany, Australia and Israel made more contributions to the evolution of the drip irrigation systems.

Drip irrigation is an alternative to traditional surface irrigation. It’s popular because it conserves water, reduces evaporation and water drainage and provides precise water application through emitters, bubblers and tubing that drip slowly to plant roots. Traditional irrigation system use sprinkler heads that mist and spray water. Drip Irrigation is also known as trickle irrigation, micro irrigation, localized irrigation and spot watering.

The ideal scenarios to use drip irrigation are localized ground cover, landscape beds, vegetable gardens, rose gardens, container watering and flower boxes.

R & R Sprinkler specializes in the installation of drip irrigation systems. Let us give you a quote today.