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Landscaping, Irrigation, and More

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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.

My Dog Is Destroying My Fort Myers Yard!

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 14, 2012

We all love fido. He’s our best friend. He provides unconditional love. He’s a member of our family. He also can destroy our yard!

There are two main ways we can identify with as areas that your dog can damage or destroy your Fort Myers yard.

1. Digging
2. Urinating

DIGGING
A digging dog may be bored. Perhaps they need more attention from you. A good walk or some back yard play time may be good for both of you.

A digging dog can also be hiding his valued treasures such as toys or bones in which case we would recommend you not let him take these items into the yard. Perhaps they will be content to just hide them in the couch instead.

A digging dog may also be a phase of their life because they are young. Obedience training and lots of patience will help Fido get past these days. Usually a dog will out grow this by the age of 3 (you hope!).

URINATING
Some dogs are such creatures of habit that they will urinate in the same spot over and over and over again. Moderate urination will actually help the grass by fertilizing it. Over urination in one spot will damage the grass due to the high concentrations of nitrogen.

If your dog has the habit of using the potty in the same spot perhaps you’ll need to follow closely behind them to shuffle them to a different area of your Fort Myers yard. Encourage them to use the whole yard instead of a few choice spots. There are even some over the counter sprays at local pet stores that will help discourage them from using a certain area.

If they just refuse to use another area of your Fort Myers yard then pull the garden hose out and water the area down frequently to dilute the effects of the urine.

If you need us to renovate your landscaping or replace some sod let us know. Just remember, Fido loves you. Don’t let a few holes or yellowed spots in your yard alter your affection for him.

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.

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

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.