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There are a lot of products on the market both to a homeowner and to a business owner. Obviously the products that are sold in Home Depot or Lowes don’t match in quality to the products that we professionally purchase from our irrigation suppliers.

One of our preferred vendors is Hunter Industries. We have found that their sprinkler heads out perform most of the competitors. They are a company that stands behind their products and seem very responsive to our suggestions and complaints as irrigation system installers.

Hunter rotor heads have a rubber covered membrane that helps keep dirt out. Keeping dirt out of the pipes of your sprinkler system means you will need less service calls for a sprinkler head that is stuck on.

The top of a Hunter sprinkler head has a through the top adjustment with helpful symbols to assist the homeowner in adjusting the positioning of a particular sprinkler head. Hunter sprinkler heads allow for fine tuning radius adjustments from 40 degree all the way to full circle and reverse circle adjustments of 360 degrees. This helps to adjust heads so you are watering your grass and not your street, or your trees and not your house.

The Hunter rotor head has up to (20) inter changeable nozzles. Nozzles control the flow of water. You may need to reach 6 feet or they may need to reach 20 feet. With the wide variety of nozzles available to us we can perfect how and where the sprinkler system irrigates. All of their nozzles come with a dirty water screen to help keep large pieces of debris from entering the valves and pipes of your irrigation system. Again this is beneficial because it cuts down on the need for service calls from an irrigation contractor.

Hunter irrigation heads are lubricated by water. This means there is no added maintenance. This is one of the reasons we tell customers to never turn their sprinkler system off completely, even in rainy months. The water is the lubrication that keeps your system operating smoothly, like the oil does to your car’s engine. You should at least let your sprinkler system run through each zone for 5 minutes once a week, even if your yard doesn’t need watered, as preventative maintenance for your irrigation system.

The riser seal is reliable and proven pressure activated. This means your sprinkler head will pop up when it is supposed to and retract when it is supposed to.

We have installed new irrigation system and repaired existing sprinklers for over 40 years. We are appreciative of a company like Hunter that provides a superior product to assist us in providing the customer with a product and service that will keep them calling us for years.

If you are in need of a new irrigation system or may need repairs to your existing sprinkler system don’t hesitate to contact R & R Sprinkler and Landscape.

Ants! Ants! Ants!

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

If you have intermittent power issues to the automatic timer to your sprinkler system there are a few things to check:

1. Is your irrigation timer plugged into a GFI?
2. Is your GFI working properly? Plug a small appliance to check.
3. Is your timer turned on? (Don’t roll your eyes, it happens!)
4. Is your timer set properly?
5. Are there any loose or cut wires?
6. Do you have ants?

Did that last question catch you off guard? Most homeowners we propose that question to look at us like we are crazy. Ants get inside the wiring of your sprinkler timer. They get in between the wires and the contactors and block the flow of electricity. Not a very smart move if you ask us. We first recommend you shut off the power to this circuit. Then take a screw driver or pair of pliers and gently tap the heads of the contactors. The ants will usually fall out pretty easily. You may need to loose the screw and tap again to make sure all of the ant carcasses are eradicated. Tighten everything back up. Turn the power back on and see if that solves the problem.

Ants are a common “interrupter” to electrical service for not only sprinkler timers but also well pumps. If this is a consistent problem consider pest control in the area. We have some great pest control companies we can recommend.

If ants weren’t causing the problem and the automatic timer to your irrigation system still isn’t working feel free to contact us. We are sure we can help!

Parts of a Lawn Irrigation System – Sprinkler Valve

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 22, 2012

If you are like the average homeowner you don’t really know what the specific parts are that make up your irrigation system. You just want it to turn on and water your grass and landscaping. We understand, you might know what the stock market is doing today, you may know the part I need to repair my air conditioner or you may know how to teach my daughter math (all things I may struggle with myself) but you don’t know what an irrigation valve is. That’s OK. We all have gifts and talents. Servicing and educating customers about their irrigation system is ours.

Today we’re going to tell you about irrigation valves. A sprinkler system is made up of many parts. It’s not about just throwing pipes in the ground and your grass is watered. There are rotor heads, spray heads, timers, rain sensors, fittings, pipe and valves. A valve is the part of the sprinkler that determines a sprinkler “zone”. It’s the brain for a specific part (zone) of the entire sprinkler system. The valves talk to the timer so the timer can tell the valves when to open and close to let water flow into the pipes and out of the sprinkler heads and for how long.

Each valve is wired to the sprinkler timer. If valves are not operating there is either not power running from the timer to the valve or one of the electrical wires has been somehow damaged. If valves get stuck open there may be debris stuck in the valve. A common result of this would be a flooded yard. If valves are weeping you may need to replace the seal around the valve. The most important thing you can do is to know where your valves are located for your sprinkler system.

One of the most time consuming tasks we perform during an irrigation repair to locating valves. If you can keep your valves located and clear from your yard growing over top of them you will save a lot of labor for your next sprinkler repair.

R & R Sprinkler and Landscape have expert technicians ready to locate and repair the valves to your sprinkler system today.

Southwest Florida Afternoon Thunderstorms May Affect Your Irrigation System Timer

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 21, 2012

It’s summer in Southwest Florida and there’s one thing you can count on – afternoon thunderstorms. A lightning strike in your area can trip your ground fault electrical outlets (GFI outlet) which renders them inoperable until you reset them.

Why is this important to the operation of your irrigation system you may wonder? It is required by Florida Law that your the timer to your automatic lawn irrigation system be plugged into a GFI Outlet. Furthermore, if the GFI is outdoors it is required to have an in use cover installed to prevent the water from entering the outlets.

If you sprinkler timer is plugged into a GFI outlet and it trips that means there is no electrical service to the outlet that is supposed to be operating your irrigation system. That means that your sprinkler system is not going to operate.

You can install a battery back up on your automatic irrigation system timer. This will ensure that your timer is still operating even if the GFI outlet has been tripped. However, the battery back up will only work for a couple of months. It’s only meant to be a short term temporary solution. If you are a seasonal resident that lives out of state for many months at a time then you are risking having your sprinkler not operating, your lawn drying out and your landscaping dying because your sprinkler timer didn’t have any electric running to it to tell your system to operate.

So, the moral of the story is to check your GFI outlets often, especially during the summer (thunderstorm) months. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape has many options for irrigation system service contracts to ensure the maintenance and operation of your lawn sprinkler system throughout the year.

Contact us if you’d like to find out how much a monthly, quarterly or bi-annual service contract for your sprinkler system is today.

How Will I Maintain My Lawn Sprinkler In Naples, Florida?

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

You are blessed enough to be a seasonal resident in Naples Florida. You have spent your snow bird days meticulously manicuring your lawn, updating your landscaping and getting your irrigation system fine tuned to maintain all of the labors of love.

Now, it’s time to go back up north for the summer. You have hopefully hired a trusted lawn and landscape company to maintain your assets while you are gone but have you thought about your lawn sprinkler system?

Most seasonal residents turn off their irrigation systems when they are ready to go back up north. This is soooooo bad for your sprinkler system.

The only lubrication an irrigation system receives is from the water running through the pipes, through the valves and out of the sprinkler heads. No water running means no lubrication. Guess what? When you return to your Naples paradise you may be in for some repairs to your lawn sprinklers due to the lack of operation.

Your timer to your lawn irrigation system should be set to run at least once a week. During the rainy seasons you will only need to have your system run through each zone for a couple of minutes. During the non-rainy seasons it should be set to run through each zone @ 15 minutes depending on the type of landscaping or lawn area you are covering and the type of sprinkler heads that are installed in the areas and current watering restrictions that are in place.

R & R Sprinkler and Landscape offers a variety of service contracts for your lawn irrigation system. We want your sprinklers to run adequately and efficiently throughout the year to maintain your yard, trees and shrubs.

Don’t you want your Naples property to look as beautiful when you return for this season as it did when you left last season. Less time spent on landscaping means more time spent playing golf, fishing or enjoying the gorgeous Florida beaches.

You wouldn’t leave a car sitting for months at a time without letting it run and you shouldn’t let your lawn sprinklers either. See how an irrigation maintenance contract from R & R Sprinkler and Landscape can benefit your Naples home today.

Battery Back Up For Your Estero Sprinkler Timer

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 12, 2012

Thunderstorms in Estero Florida are a regular occurrence in the summer months. With thunderstorms comes lightning strikes. Because lightning is not particular where it strikes it’s a real possibility that it may strike your home.

If lightning strikes your home it usually will trip your ground electrical outlets. This is exactly what your GFI’s are supposed to do during a lightning strike. It protects the entire electrical system for your house.

The timer the operates your automatic sprinkler system at your Estero home is required to be plugged into a GFI outlet. If the GFI is tripped then there is no electrical service to your irrigation timer. Not only will you not have power to your sprinklers but all of the programs that you have entered into your timer will be erased.

The short term solution to this problem is to install a battery back up in the timer for your irrigation system. This will ensure that your sprinkler timer still has power and will still know to turn your system on for the programs that were not erased because you installed a battery back up. Sounds like a win-win situation for everyone, especially if you don’t like having to re-program your lawn sprinkler timer. A battery back up for a sprinkler timer is usually just a simple 9 volt battery bought from the local Lee or Collier County Florida hardware store.

The battery back up is only a short term solution. If you are a seasonal resident in Estero and will do not have someone checking your battery back up and GFI outlets at your house on a regular basis you may want to consider an irrigation maintenance contract from R & R Sprinkler. We offer a healthy menu of services to ensure your sprinklers are operating correctly the entire year.

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

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