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Lee County Florida Licensing Requirements for Irrigation Contractors

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 1, 2012

Lee County Licensing Requirements for Irrigation Contractors

Most folks think that obtaining an occupational license gives them permission to perform any type of work. This is a false mis-conception. You are paying a business tax that allows you to be in business but does not allow you to perform just any kind of trade activity. You must be State Certified OR receive a Certificate of Competency for Lee County. In addition, you must apply for a State or Specialty Trade Contractor’s License for each city municipality you are going to perform work in.

To install or repair an irrigation system in Lee County we must obtain not only an occupational license but also a license as a specialty trade contractor as per Lee County Ordinance No: 00-26.

As a contractor that will perform installation with and for a water source the Board of County Commissioners recognizes that the work an irrigation contractor performs for and on sprinkler systems could be harmful or could pose a danger if not performed by a competent, honest, educated contractor.

Furthermore, we’d be required to be State Certified if we were performing any type of installation or hook up to a potable water source that did not have a backflow prevetor in place. Currently we connect our new irrigation sprinkler systems to the following:

1. A potable water source that has a backflow preventor in place
2. A well
3. A reclaimed water system
4. Other water sources that draw water from canals and retention areas by permit

We are not only required to be licensed as a specialty trade contractor in Lee County, but also in all cities and municipalities we install or repair irrigation systems. This includes but is not limited to The City of Fort Myers, The City of Cape Coral, The City of Bonita Springs, The City of Fort Myers Beach, etc.

The same rules and reguations apply in Charlotte County Florida and Collier County Florida.

In summary, make sure that anyone that installs a new sprinkler system or perform repairs to your existing irrigation system has a Specialty Trade Contractor’s License.

If you’d like a list of current Counties and Cities that R & R Sprinkler and Landscape are permitted to provide new irrigation system installation or repair to existing sprinkler system please contact us. If any company is reluctant to provide this information to you perhaps you should reconsider doing business with them.

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

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

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

Curb Appeal for Your Southwest Florida Property

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

There are some simple and inexpensive ways to maintain the curb appeal of your Southwest Florida Home.

1. BE CLEAN
Keep your grass mowed. Clean up fallen tree branches and palm fronds. Keep pine cones, pine needles and fallen flowers and debris consolidated and picked up.

2. BE NEAT
Keep your trees and shrubs neatly trimmed. Keep your flower beds and landscape island edged. Noting is worse then a row of edges blocking the window of a home. It blocks light into the house, it block the view out of the house and it looks unkept.

3. ADD COLOR
What a difference adding a little pop of color makes to the front of a house. Small, seasonal plants such as impatients, pansies or mums make a big impact with just a little bit of output.

4. KEEP MULCH FRESH
Flower beds with mulch fade in the Florida climate. Throw some fresh mulch in your flower beds and landscape island for a renewed look to your property.

5. GET RID OF THE WEEDS
A house with weeds screams “unkept home” or “abandoned house”. If you are like most of us, you don’t have time to spend hours to pull weeds from your yard and landscape. You can purchase a sprayer and some weed killer from your local garden center. Take a walk around your house once a week to spray the weeds. You’ll kill your weeds and get some exercise in the process.

6. KEEP YOUR GRASS GREEN
This is often easier said then done with dry seasons and water restrictions. However, installing an automatic irrigation system is a step in the right direction. Once you have a sprinkler system installed you must be meticulous in keeping the sprinkler heads accurately adjusted to get the best coverage of your grass and landscaping. An irrigation maintenance contract is a wise investment if you are not fond of the mechanical aspects of maintaining an irrigation system.