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Bonita Springs Florida Watering Restrictions

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 11, 2012

As of July 10th the Bonita Springs irrigation watering restrictions are as follows:

As of January 15 water restrictions are in place. Bonita Springs and Estero residents will be allowed to water only one day a week. Set your landscape sprinklers according to the schedule below

For properties smaller than 5 acres, if your address ends in:
1 or 2, water on Mondays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
3 or 4, water on Wednesdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
5 or 6, or if the irrigation system waters multiple addresses, water on Thursdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
7 or 8, water on Saturdays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.
9 or 0, water on Sundays from 4 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 8 p.m.

For properties more than five acres, if your address ends in:
1 or 2, water on Mondays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
3 or 4, water on Wednesdays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
5 or 6, without a numbered street address, or if the irrigation system waters multiple addresses, water on Thursdays from 12 to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
7 or 8, water on Saturdays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.
9 or 0, water on Sundays from midnight to 8 a.m. OR from 4 to 11:59 p.m.

Penalties
In unincorporated Lee County: $25 for a first offense, $100 for a second, and up to $500 and/or 60 days in jail for a third or more.

REPORT VIOLATIONS
If you suspect a watering violation call:
Unincorporated Lee County: 274-2547
Bonita Springs: 477-1234

For more information follow this link:

http://lifeinbonitasprings.com/bonita-springs-water-restriction-schedule/

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.

Creating a Garden Focal Point

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 9, 2012

A garden focal point is a unique visual element that draws attention to the eye. The combination of garden focal points and accessories create an outdoor area that is pleasant and invites people to spend time there. A small garden should only have 1 main focal point with 2-3 accessories while a larger garden can handle more.

Garden focal points include but are not limited to the following:
1. Fire pits, fire places and outdoor cooking areas
2. Water features, water falls and ponds
3. Statues and sculptures
4. Bird houses and bird baths
5. Outdoor benches or an outdoor seating area
6. A structure like a gazebo, shed, pergola or trellis
7. Outdoor wall art
8. A large hanging pot or collection of hanging pots
9. A tree or group of foliage this is a contrasting color from the rest of the environment
10. Garden gates

There no hard rule for creating garden focal points. Be creative but don’t be over bearing. You want to create a place of serenity, not confusion. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape will be happy to help you design an outdoor area you long to spend time in. With our free design services you will be able to visualize what your outdoor space will look like before it’s constructed.

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.

NEVER Turn Your Irrigation System OFF!

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 3, 2012

Contrary to other advice – you should never, never, NEVER shut your irrigation system OFF. A lot of the water conservation agency in the area will tell you to turn you sprinkler off in the rainy season. A lot of seasonal residents turn their sprinkler off when they leave. In the end these actions will cause these property owners unnecessary $ in avoidable repairs. The only lubrication a sprinkling system gets is from the flow of water. It should run at least once a week just to keep all of the parts in working order. Even in rainy season you should let it run through each zone for a few minutes. Faliure to do so will cause the valves to stick and may prevent the rotor heads and spray heads from popping up. It also keeps debris from settling in the pipes.

If you are a seasonal resident and are concerned about keeping your system running while you are out of town consider one of our irrigation maintenance contracts. How can we help you today?

The Best Time To Run My Sprinkler Is…

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On July 2, 2012

The best times of day to run your irrigation system are either late night or early morning. Your lawn and landscaping will absorb more water if you set your timer so that your sprinkler system runs while the sun is NOT out. A majority of the precipitation will evaporate before it reaches it’s intended source when it’s either sunny or windy. If you need help setting your timer for your irrigation system please let us know.