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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.

Rotor Heads are Sprinkler Heads

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

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A rotor head is a component of a sprinkler system that delivers water to your lawn. It’s typically referred to as a sprinkler head. The purpose of the rotor head is to deliver water to your grass in a slow even application. At R & R Sprinkler and Landscape we install rotor heads that will spray water in a steady stream of up to 50′. We want to give you the maximum amount of coverage delivered using the smallest amount of water by proper installment and adjustment of your sprinkler head.

Our sprinklers are installed and repaired with the end result of water conservation in mind. This is better for the environment and will result in a lower water bill for the end user.

A typical sprinkler head is attached to underground pipe with fittings. It will rise @ 4″ above ground level when it pops up to water the lawn and will fully retract into the ground when not in use. Make sure you keep the area around the rotor head cleaned out from the growth of grass and your lawn mowed at a proper height to avoid interference of watering.

Whether you need a new sprinkler system or repair to your existing irrigation system R & R Sprinkler is your first and best choice.

Contact us to evaluate your system and make changes that will help with water conservation and a lower utility bill for you. We have one of the best service departments for sprinkler repair in Southwest Florida. We call evaluate whether you need a simple sprinkler repair, whether you need a irrigation system renovation, or if you need to start over with a new sprinkler system installation.

Get a quote to install a new irrigation system. We will design a sprinkler for full coverage of your property. It’s a great investment to your property.

Did Tropical Storm Debbie Burn Your Lawn?

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 8, 2012

Can you believe it’s already been a month since we felt the impact of tropical storm Debbie? We’ve been flooded with calls about dying grass. We are not surprised to find that most of the complaints are from customers that live along the salt water.

Not only did we see the levels of our canals rise over the sea walls and saturate our lawns but Tropical Storm Debbie was also accompanied by high winds. High winds tossed all of that salt water over our houses, landscaping and yards. The areas that got misted with the salt water will most likely recover quickly with the natural drying out process and fresh water rains our Southwest Florida climate affords to us in the summertime.

The areas along the sea walls and near the water’s edge may or may not be as lucky. Too much water on a yard is as dangerous as too little. Too much salty water on a lawn is disasterous. The salt burns the grass. If you notice you have brown spots or your grass is dying where you know there was storm surge, flooding or water sitting that was salty your best course of action is to soak it with fresh water. Fortunatley for Southwest Florida we have had a lot of afternoon storms to help wash away the saltiness that Tropical Storm Debbie brought us.

If this doesn’t appear to be working you may consider adding a little bit of fresh water garden hose time to the area, you may need to fertilize the area (moderately), you may need to re-seed the area or you may even need to consider re-sodding the area. If you live in an area prone to surges of salt water you may want to consider adding a rock bed, mulch bed, an area of pavers or maybe even a retention wall in lieu of replacing sod. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape can send our experienced staff to advise you of your best course of action.

Above all else remember, lawn technicians, landscapers and sprinkler system companies have no control over the weather. If you were the unfortunate one that sodded a yard or planted new landscaping along an area adjacent to salt water just before Tropical Storm Debbie – be kind. Any good business owner will help you the best they can but they cannot warranty items caused by Mother Nature flexing her muscles.

Improper Drainage at Your Cape Coral Home Damages Annuals

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 7, 2012

One of the most common types of plant added to landscape atmosphere here in Cape Coral, Florida are annuals. Annuals are small colorful plants. They are an inexpensive way to add character and curb appeal to the front of a property. Typically an annual will bloom for one season, usually summer. Because Cape Coral offers a warm summer-like climate year round, annuals usually last beyond a typical season.

Annuals are appealing for homes in Southwest Florida because they are inexpensive, easy to care for and last longer. However, there is one thing they do not like: excessive water all the time. Annuals like to be soaked and left alone so they can develop their root systems. This causes a problem in Florida sometimes because of our afternoon thunderstorms.

One of the best ways to prevent damage to your annuals is to make sure you have proper drainage away from your house. With afternoon rains in Cape Coral we have a lot of water running off our roofs at one time. Having gutters gets the water off your roof but sends it right into your flower beds.

Adding drainage to your guttering system will help the flow of rainwater away from the flower beds. R&R Sprinkler and Landscape uses flexible tubing that is often routed under ground to carry water away from your landscaping. Improper drainage at your Cape Coral home will damage and possibly kill annuals.

You can trust us to solve your drainage issues. And… if your annuals have recently expired because you didn’t have proper drainage of rain water, we can help with that as well. Contact us today.

Add A Retaining Wall To Your Landscape

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

RETAINING WALLS

R & R Sprinkler and Landscape has the ability to create engineered retaining walls that are beautiful and functional. We proudly use Anchor Wall Systems. They are free standing, decorative and durable, capable of handling heavy loads. We use the Anchor Wall System retaining wall materials because they do not require the use of mortar. This means there is no permit required. There is no need to get an architect or an engineer involved in the project because the company has spent years of research and development to have their products pre-engineered. That means lower project costs for you.

Retaining walls have the benefit of:

Stabilizing the ground and stopping soil erosion
Adding beauty and value to your property
Increases the size of your outdoor living space
Will protect landscaping in a raised island
Materials for a retaining wall purchased from a typical supplier have height restrictions of 2′. We can construct our retaining walls to any height you need. We create large and small concepts for retaining wall additions. Consider adding a small raised landscape island surrounded by a decorative retaining wall as a focal point in your outdoor environment or something as large as a complete outdoor living area extended off your pool deck.

We use a computer aided drafting system so that you will be able to visualize what your new addition will look like before construction begins. Contact our knowledgeable staff today for more information on how a retaining wall can add beauty, value, style and function to your property today.

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.