How to Best Protect Your Lawn During a Remodel

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irrigation companies Jacksonville fl

 

Starting a remodel is high-risk project and one of those risks is your yard. Too often we see yards torn up in the process of a remodel. Parts of your lawn that may be at risk include trees, grass and gardens. While you plan for this big redesign of your home, make sure you also create a plan for protecting your landscape. Here are some tips to include in your plan:

 

Scout Out Your Trees

Some trees in your yard are older than others, be mindful of where in your yard the more mature trees are. They’re most susceptible to any ware and tear from construction damage. You should have a plan for any construction vehicles to navigate through these trees and stay clear of roots. Keep the your yard and the look of your home rooted in history with these older trees, pun intended.

 

Newer trees are also vulnerable to construction, especially the ones close to the construction site. Reach out to your contractor to inform him of where trees are located and where is the best access points of the home to avoid any tree collisions. You could even mark out a clear pathway to avoid the trees. This way everyone will be on the same page and your leafy greenery is guaranteed to stay rooted in its same spot.

 

Cover the Grass

Our best quick fix for protecting the grass is to cover the high traffic areas with tarps. Grass can definitely be resilient, but under harsh conditions, it dies easily. If your remodel calls for a dumpster, make sure the grass is either covered prior to delivery or the dumpster is placed in the driveway. Without oxygen or sunlight, you’ll be left with a large dead grass spot after construction is over. You’ll have a beautiful home interior but it’s possible the exterior will be left with a sore spot.

 

Although rain is inevitable, it doesn’t mean mud has to be apart of your remodel. After a large rain during the remodel, cover the paths that your contractor may be using outside, with tarps or any alternatives. This will ensure that, one, you don’t get mud in the house, and two, your yard won’t become slippery. When the mud gets slippery outdoors, the grass become more likely to be ripped out. Keep that grass in place and cover the paths, you’ll thank us later.

 

Guard Your Garden

You’ve worked hard to have such a pretty garden, make sure if doesn’t get hurt when you’re not watching it. Although a remodel is meant to make your house pretty, it doesn’t mean there won’t be any mistakes made outdoors. To make sure everyone working on the house is keeping out of the garden, you can make a “fence” for it. Put a barrier around your precious garden, whether it be with hay bails, caution tape or that orange temporary construction fencing. It may be unsightly during the remodel but it will ensure a beautiful interior and exterior after all the hard work is done.

 

We’re here to make sure that while you make the inside of your home pretty, the outside of your home doesn’t suffer. A beautiful home interior design is best complemented by a beautiful landscape. Protect your yard and protect the integrity of your home.

 

Signs From Your System You Can’t Ignore

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irrigation repair Jacksonville fl

 

We all strive for owning the best looking yard in the neighborhood. An efficient sprinkler system is the key to achieving that. Are you unsure if you’re in need of a new irrigation system? Do you frequently find dying or soggy patches in your yard? Is your sprinkler dripping or spraying in uneven patterns? It might be time to get your irrigation system checked out!

 

Dying Grass

Are you finding spots in your yard that are often dying or too soggy? The first sign you need a new sprinkler system is finding areas of grass that are too dry or too damp. Patches of grass that are dying could mean the area is not receiving enough water. And if patches are often found soaking wet, it could mean the area is receiving too much water. This could be due to a faulty sprinkler. Don’t overlook these signs. Procrastinating the repair can result in the need to re-layer your yard. Act quickly to repair or replace your system!

 

Abnormal Water Pressure

Is water dripping out of your sprinkler head? Is too much water shooting out? Is water coming out of the sprinkler head too fast? These are all signs of pressure problems in your irrigation system. The problem often has to do with the valves or the valve pressure regulators of your system. If the problem lies in the valves or regulator, it’s time to repair or replace your system.

 

Another factor of your water pressure problem may come from the system settings. Many people believe adding pressure to increase the reach of the sprinkler is a good idea, but it’s not! Increasing the pressure can wear out your sprinkler system significantly faster. To make sure your system is set for optimal use, give Harrison Irrigation a call. We would be happy to take a look at your system and make sure it’s operating at ideal settings.

 

Unusually High Water Bill

Is your water bill higher than usual? A spike in your water bill is a huge red flag that probably means something isn’t properly functioning! First, take a look at your home appliances. If it’s not a home appliance issue, it could be your sprinkler system. An abnormally high water bill could be an indication of a sprinkler system leak. Other signs of a leak can include low water pressure from your sprinkler head, soggy grass patches, water pooling in low areas, a sprinkler head spraying in uneven patterns or shooting water like a fountain. Routine irrigation maintenance is a great way to avoid a spiked water bill.

Take pride in your yard! Routine repairs, replacement and maintenance are vital to making your sprinkler system last as long and efficiently as possible. You should treat your irrigation system just like any of your other home systems or appliances. If you notice something abnormal going on with your system or want to get scheduled for routine system check ups, don’t hesitate to give Harrison Irrigation a call! We’re happy to help with any of your irrigation needs.

Save on Your Water Bill This Summer

 

When you get a new irrigation system, you want to make sure you’re using water efficiently. Otherwise, you could be throwing away money that we know you’d rather keep! So, when it’s time to turn on your sprinklers, you should be able to precisely use the amount of water you need to keep your yard looking amazing. We put together some ideas you can use when it comes to conserving water with your irrigation system.

 

Minimize Water Waste

If you don’t have a green thumb, it can be a little difficult to know exactly how you should keep up with your yard. You would think that because you have an automatic sprinkler system you wouldn’t have to worry about the details of taking care of your yard. This is partially true. An automatic irrigation system is a fantastic way to care for your yard because you can precisely know how much time you should be watering.

 

Homeowners will often have one long continuous session when they turn on their sprinklers. But this could be detrimental to your utility bill! The extra water could cause runoff because it was too much water for the plants to absorb. Your money would be running away with that water!

 

Instead of watering for a long session, try splitting the time into shorter periods and take 15 minute breaks in between each session. This way, the water has a chance to be absorbed.

 

Water at Optimal Times

So, when should you water your lawn to be the most efficient? Experts say the best time to use your irrigation system is between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. When you set it for this time period the sun is lower, making the temperature cooler and allowing the plants to completely absorb the water. It also allows the leaves to dry out during the day. You won’t have to worry about water loss from evaporation during the day making your watering that much more efficient!

 

Also, it may not be the best choice to water your landscape in the evening because leaves can stay wet overnight and cause fungus to appear.

 

Adjust Your Sprinkler Settings Seasonally

With every season, the weather changes will dictate how much water you’ll need to use for your landscape. Depending on the season, you can install a shut-off device to detect if there is any rain or moisture around the system. Now, you’ll save money by taking advantage of when it rains so you don’t have to use your own water!

 

Routine Inspections

At Harrison Irrigation, it is vital to us that we give our customers an incredible experience and that means doing routine inspections to ensure your system is running smoothly. Whether you’d like monthly or quarterly sessions, we will check your system for any clogged heads or torn lines that could spike up your water bill and threaten your property’s beauty.

 

At Harrison Irrigation, we want to make sure our clients have great information when they choose to work with us. If you need help getting started with your irrigation needs, call us today to see how our skilled team can help you conserve water with irrigation.

Your Guide to Choosing the Right Irrigation Company

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sprinkler repair jacksonville fl

First impressions are important. When someone sees your property for the first time, you want to make sure they’ll be impressed. But without the right irrigation provider, your landscape could suffer. At Harrison Irrigation, we are committed to giving you an incredible experience of ensuring your property’s beauty. Here’s what you need to be on the lookout for when choosing your irrigation provider:

 

Ask the Right Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask your irrigation provider questions before you meet them. They should be there to make your property look its best and if they can’t answer your questions, you’ll want to find a more qualified company.

 

Some questions you should keep in mind include if their business is bonded and insured. Ask them to visit your property before they give you an estimate, so they can inspect it for any potential obstacles. Do they provide maintenance services to protect the investment of a sprinkler system? You want to be reassured that you are choosing the best company for your project.

 

Check for Certifications

When you’re researching a company, you want to make sure they are credible and qualified to help you. Check their website to see what certifications and licenses are listed to ensure they have the proper experience and commitment to excellence. If it’s not listed on their website or they don’t have one in general, this could be a red flag and may make you question whether you should work with them. Harrison Irrigation is licensed to work in Duval, Clay and St. Johns counties. We are also backflow certified.

 

Testimonials are Crucial

When you’re looking for a trustworthy company to take care of your property, it’s vital that you find out what other customers are saying. If negative reviews are piling up for the company that you thought would be your first choice, you might have to reconsider. Check every review website you can to get the best picture about how an irrigation provider runs its business.

 

A great website to check reviews is Home Advisor. When you’re looking for irrigation services in Jacksonville, you’ll see that we are the highest rated irrigation provider. We’re so proud to give our customers the best possible service and quality products for their projects!

 

Killer Customer Service

Once you know you’re choosing the right company, ask about the most efficient irrigation system for your needs. You want honesty from your contractor and to know they are working to give you the best experience possible. This means they aren’t just looking to make a profit, but make you happy in what you’re envisioning.

 

Price Shop

Don’t choose a company solely on price. Even if a provider offers you the lowest quote compared to their competitor, it could also mean your property’s system could suffer. Prices that are significantly lower than others could mean the company is using low quality materials. Don’t ignore a company that may have a higher price because it could make the difference with your landscape.

 

When you work with us, it is our focus that our talented irrigation experts give you exactly what you envisioned for your irrigation needs. Whether you need landscape lighting, irrigation or drainage, we have more than 25 years of experience in Northeast Florida to make your selection process a little easier. Call us today to create and sustain your property’s beauty!

Functional Landscape Lighting to Consider this Summer

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landscape lighting Jacksonville

Landscape lighting is a little more important than you may think. A well-lit landscape is the difference between a beautiful, inviting house after dark and a house you can’t see after 7 pm. Not only does it improve the beauty of your home, but it’s functional as it improves night time safety, prevents tripping or other accidents. Most importantly, it’ll definitely make you the envy of your neighbors.

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What to Know Before Installing a Sprinkler System

Garden Watering Systems. Garden Technician Testing Watering Sprinkler System in the Residential Garden.

Garden Watering Systems. Garden Technician Testing Watering Sprinkler System in the Residential Garden.

Before installing a new sprinkler system, there are a few things you should take into consideration. Do your research to stay in the loop.The last thing you want is an irrigation contractor taking advantage of your lack of knowledge. As an informed customer, you can ask your contractor qualified questions, inform them of the brands you prefer, etc. Here’s what you need to know to talk the talk and walk the walk:

 

Zoning Sprinkler Heads

Zoning sprinkler heads can be a bit tricky but think of it like this: shady areas don’t need nearly as much water as the sunny spots. Contractors know how to strategically design a yard so that sprinkler heads are always placed in the right spots. If water conservation is your priority, you don’t want areas in deep shade getting the same amount of water as areas in direct sunlight. Strategically zoning sprinkler heads will help reduce your water bill.

 

Garden Watering Systems

Not everyone’s an expert gardener, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use some of the tricks! Have you considered drop line emitters or a small garden watering system for your yard? These may be a feasible options for your garden. Garden watering systems are designed to give your area the perfect amount of water at the right time so your plants can grow big and beautiful. A drip line emitter is a watering style that brings water straight to the plant’s roots, which eliminates any waste through air or evaporation.

 

Name Brand

This is where your research really comes into play. Ask your installer ahead of time the make and model they’ll use for your backflow preventer, valves, sprinkler heads and any other equipment they plan to install. Take your time to look into reviews, performance, customer complaints, etc. This is your yard, if you see bad reviews about something that concerns you, speak up. At Harrison Irrigation, we only use top-rated equipment to assure your watering system runs efficiently and lasts as long as possible.

 

Water Nozzles

If you know anything about sprinklers, you know that high arc spray heads aren’t exactly an efficient use of water. The bigger the arc, the more water in the air and less on the ground. Always opt for a low arc sprinkler head. Keeping the stream closer to the ground and less in the air is beneficial for your yard and your water bill.

 

Landscape irrigation companies definitely appreciate a well-informed customer. If you know your facts, you can pretty much guarantee an efficient and strategic sprinkler system is the end result. If you’re having trouble understanding the installation process, give our team at Harrison Irrigation a call. We’d be more than happy to explain anything unclear to you!

“Why is My Grass Turning Brown and Yellow?”

green grass and dry grass texture background

green grass and dry grass texture background

Nothing’s worse than discovering brown or yellow spots taking control in your front yard. If you’ve recently found patches of your lawn turning foul colors, something isn’t right. Grass typically turns yellow or brown when the roots no longer have access to water or nutrients…but what’s cutting off flow? Here are the usual suspects:

 

Heat Stroke

Just like all of us Floridians sweating our butt’s off (by choice!) during the humid Florida summers, your grass can be affected, too.  If your grass turns brown/yellow, it may not be getting water when it needs it the most. This a normal and common grass condition. As soon as your lawn gets a break from the heat and receives regular watering, it should come back to life. To determine if heat and insufficient water cause the browning, take a look around your yard for dropping tree leaves. If they’re dropping ahead of season and folded up like they were desperate for rain, you can bet the heat is giving your yard a hard time. If this is the case, run your irrigation system more frequently. You’ll notice a change in color soon after.

 

Misadjusted Sprinklers

If brown or yellow spots start to pop up around your property, it may have to do with the position your sprinklers. Place the sprinklers where your yard needs them most and make sure there aren’t any sprinklers watering the same area. If you have trouble determining where to place the sprinklers in your yard, call your Jacksonville irrigation experts, Harrison Irrigation. We specialize in helping homeowners maintain a beautiful lawn.

 

Disease

There are countless diseases and fungi that can cause your lawn to turn funky colors. If you find any white, brown or black substances on your lawn, you should have your yard diagnosed and treated by a specialist. Proper lawn care includes sufficient water in early morning, regular mowing and good lawn aeration are keys to a healthy lawn more resistant to diseases.

 

Chinch Bugs

We all know chinch bugs as the little creatures that made us itchy after rolling around in the yard as kids. As adults, they’re even worse. They’re drought-loving bugs that suck the life out of grass which causes it to wilt, turn yellow then eventually die. To check for chinch bugs, pull back a patch of wilted grass and look for little red, orange, brown or black bugs with white spots. Consistent watering and thatch removal are the best preventative measures. Insecticides are an option for getting of pests but unfortunately they also rid of beneficial insects.

 

Preventive and regular maintenance is crucial because a healthy lawn is less vulnerable to problems. If you’re unsure how to determine what’s wrong with your lawn or how to resolve the issue, call an expert. Now that you know what could be going wrong, you can better equip your yard for problems in the future.

3 Ways to Save Water at Home this Summer

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automatic sprinkler system watering the lawn on a background of green grass, close-up

When the Florida heat and humidity rolls in before summer, it’s tough to save on electric and water expenses. When it’s so steamy outside, where the heck should you begin to cut costs? Let us be your guide to decreasing water use. When you cut back on your water usage at home, you also reduce the amount of sewage and other pollution that flows into nearby rivers or lakes. Here are a few tips that are sure to save you some dough and reduce pollution in your community:

 

Leaks

First thing’s first, check all your faucets, pipes and toilets for leaks. A small drip from a worn faucet can waste up to 20 gallons of water every day. That’s a lot of wasted water! Some leaks are harder to spot than others, so take your time during your inspection to check all faucets, pipes and toilets thoroughly.

A great way to test for any links in your sinks and tubs is to thoroughly dry them then avoid usage for an hour. After an hour, inspect every tub and sink for any water drops. If you notice any wetness, you’ve found yourself a leak. You can DIY test your toilets for leaks by adding a little food coloring to your toilet tanks. After 30 minutes, check to see if any coloring has made its way to the bowl. If so, you’ve found a leak. Luckily, most toilet replacement parts are inexpensive and easy to install.

 

Lawn

Adding a layer of mulch around trees and plants is an easy fix to water waste! Mulch discouraging weed growth while encouraging plant growth and development. Adding a few inches of mulch helps the soil retain water which means you won’t have to run the sprinklers as frequently.

Another easy way to reduce water waste is to optimize the position of your sprinklers. Place the sprinklers where your yard needs them most and make sure two sprinklers aren’t watering the same area. If you have trouble determining where to place the sprinklers in your yard, call your Jacksonville landscape irrigation experts, Harrison Irrigation. We love helping homeowners maintain a green lawn – not just in color, but also in efficiency.

 

Conserving water not only reduces your expenses but also helps prevent water pollution in nearby bodies of water (rivers, lakes, etc.). When you reduce your water use, your utility bill and the environment will thank you. If you’re having trouble determining the best way to save water on your irrigation, landscape irrigation experts at Harrison Irrigation will check for any leaks and adjust your sprinkler heads. We’ll ensure your system is running efficiently so you can enjoy a minimized water bill and ecological footprint!

3 Ways Spring Cleaning Carries Over to Lawn Maintenance

There’s nothing worse than realizing it’s time to begin spring cleaning. Maybe catching up at the DMV for hours or sitting in bumper to bumper traffic are worse but you get the point, no one likes spring cleaning. But, if you want to win your neighborhood award for best yard this summer, it must be done. Here are just a few of the countless ways to extend spring cleaning to your lawn maintenance:

 

Aerate the Yard

Over time, your yard gets stepped on which compacts the soil, making it hard for your lawn to breathe. You only have to aerate your yard once a year, so we recommend doing it before the harsh heat is in full effect. Aerating your lawn creates space for the soil to breathe and get the nutrients it needs. This process consists of strategically putting holes in the ground and can be done most efficiently with a lawn aerator. Since this is only a yearly thing, it’s best to rent this equipment or call the Jacksonville irrigation professionals at Harrison Irrigation to handle the tedious process.

 

Prevent Weeds

Do you know the best time to slip on gloves and pull some weeds? Right after it rains. If you prefer to weed in dry conditions, we suggest using a hoe because weeds cut off just below the soil will shrivel up and die, especially if your hoe has a sharp edge. There’s an old saying “Pull when wet, hoe when dry,” to help you remember when to pull and when to hoe.

 

Pay close attention to what you’re watering, as nourishing the weeds will only counteract your efforts. In most cases, cutting off the weeds’ water supply decreases the odds of them growing or multiplying by about 50 percent. You can avoid watering them by placing a drip hose beneath mulch, which efficiently irrigates plants and leaves neighboring weeds thirsty. If you think your irrigation might be a part of your weed problem, give Harrison Irrigation a call. We’d be happy to adjust any watering systems in Jacksonville or surrounding areas to optimize water to plants, not weeds.

 

Fertilize

Fertilizing can be tricky. Your lawn needs supplements of fertilizer to remain healthy and green, but determining how much to apply is where it gets tricky. It’s like a vitamin supplement for plants. Fertilizer gives your yard the nutrients needed for green leaves, deep roots, large seeds and an overall healthy appearance. Although, if you apply too much your grass will grow so fast, you’ll have to cut it more often than usual. Learning how to select the right fertilizer and amount to apply makes a huge difference.

 

If you feel your yard is out of control, it may have something to do with your irrigation practices. This isn’t a problem you can procrastinate. As your weeds grow and the warm weather rolls in, the harder it is to get rid of them. Give your Jacksonville irrigation experts, Harrison Irrigation, a call before it’s too late.

How Outdoor Lighting Can Elevate Curb Appeal

3d rendering of modern cozy house in chalet style with garage for sale or rent with many grass on lawn. Clear summer night with stars on the sky. Cozy warm light from window

3d rendering of modern cozy house in chalet style with garage for sale or rent with many grass on lawn. Clear summer night with stars on the sky. Cozy warm light from window

Outdoor lighting is a little more strategic than you may think. A well-lit landscape is the difference between a beautiful, inviting house after dark and a house you can’t see after 7 pm. Not only does it improve the beauty of your home, but also improves night time safety, prevents tripping or other accidents. Most importantly, it’ll definitely make you the envy of your neighbors.

 

Tree Lighting

Illuminating the prettiest trees in your yard is a simple way of creating a focal point for your property. This creates nice, natural centerpieces and lights up a good portion of your yard. When guests arrive for a late dinner party or event, they’ll be able to navigate your yard with ease and not worry about stepping on a snake or ant pile in the dark. Take advantage of your foliage by having Harrison Irrigation place lights at the base of your trees. Our team of Jacksonville outdoor lighting experts knows exactly how to strategically place the lights so you can enjoy beautifully lit trees that also light up your yard.

 

Porch Lighting

The porch and patio space are important areas of your home with plenty of uses. This is the transition area between the interior and exterior and if it isn’t illuminated properly, you and your guests may have trouble arriving and leaving in the dark. It’s scary to come home at night and navigate your way into the house in the dark. The patio area is usually the eye candy of your home so incorporating outdoor lighting will ensure your guests notice your beautiful entryway. Whether you opt for lamps, torches or hanging lights, make sure the illumination is strong and let the pros at Harrison Irrigation handle the placement for you. We’ll be sure to optimize visibility and the architecture of your beautiful entryway.

 

Lighting Tips

We have a few pointers to make landscape lighting a little easier for you. LED lights are best for most commercial and residential owners. They’re a little more expensive than other types of bulbs but they provide the best illumination, are energy efficient and have a longer lifespan than any other bulb. Another energy saving tip – instead of manually switching your lighting on and off, consider setting up a motion sensor or timer. Say you forgot to turn off the lights – they’ll go off automatically and save you money on your energy bill!

 

Landscape lighting can be tricky, it’s best to let the experts take care of it. Our team knows just how to accentuate the look of your home while maintaining efficiency and improving your home’s security. If you have any questions or ideas for your Jacksonville outdoor lighting, give Harrison Irrigation a call!