Fall Is Best Time To Install Your Sprinkler System

Fall Is Best Time To Install Your Sprinkler System

A sprinkler system ensures your lawn has the hydration it needs to maintain optimum health and look its very best. If you’re in the market for a sprinkler system, now is the perfect time of year. 

With summer coming to an end in 11 days, First Response Lawn Care advises that now is the best time for sprinkler system installation. Keep reading if you’d like to learn why autumn is such a great time to set up a system that keeps your grass green and nourished:

3 Reasons Autumn Is The Best Time For Sprinkler Installation

Moderate Temperatures 

North Texas summers can be uncomfortably hot, and the winters can be downright frigid. The temperatures in autumn are relatively moderate, and this makes it a lot more comfortable to be outdoors for long stretches.  

Little Precipitation

Precipitation slows sprinkler installation and there is little or no precipitation in fall.  Digging is necessary to put the sprinkler system in place, and if it’s raining, the weather will actively delay installation. Spring and summer often bring rain, and winters may bring some precipitation. Setting up your sprinkler in the fall allows us to get the job done without being hindered by uncooperative weather. 

Faster Service & Better Deals

Autumn is a quieter time of year for most sprinkler installation companies, and this means you’re likely to benefit from faster installation and possibly cost-saving deals. 

Choose First Response Lawn Care for all your irrigation and sprinkler system needs in Rockwall, Texas and the surrounding areas. Call (214) 701-7622 to speak with a representative today! 

So Excited About Irrigation, We Wet Our Plants!

So Excited About Irrigation, We Wet Our Plants!

Seriously, we are so excited about new irrigation systems, we wet our plants on a regular basis. First Response Lawn Care is a licensed lawn sprinkler company. 

A water-efficient home sprinkler and irrigation system will take the pressure and frustration of maintaining a green and healthy lawn off of your hands, so you can focus on enjoying family time.

First Response Lawn Care offers hands-free and hassle-free solutions that will keep any size yard healthy and green, even during the hot and dry Texas summers.

Anyone can dig a trench, and it isn’t difficult to install PVC pipe. First Response Lawn Care promises that we will treat your property like it belongs to us, and we will treat you like you are a part of our family. We will show up when we promise, get to work, and do the job you asked us to. When the job is over, we will leave your property cleaner, and in better health than when we started.

Your new sprinkler system will be based on our professional design and tailored to your needs. That means it will water your yard and gardens and not your driveway, the side of your house, or parts of your neighbor’s yard. Our design and plan will also make sure that we do not use more sprinkler heads than your water pressure can handle. We have been doing this for 30 years, we know which parts will work best for your specific yard, landscape, and zoning needs to keep your yard healthy and green.

We have options available for yards of all sizes and shapes, even if you don’t think a sprinkler system would work for you, give us a call and we’ll come out and give you a free estimate.

Between work, kids, appointments, and making sure dinner is on the table before bedtime, you have enough to deal with on a daily basis. Coming home to green grass at the end of the day should not be one of your concerns.

Call First Response Lawn Care today (214) 701-7622 and let’s get started on a new sprinkler system for you! You’ll be so excited, you’ll wet your plants too!

Tune Up Your Sprinklers in Spring

Tune Up Your Sprinklers in Spring

This is when it’s time to turn irrigation systems back on for the spring. But taking the right steps is crucial to ensure pipes or other irrigation components aren’t damaged. Our irrigation services are second to none.

First, we’ll open the system’s main water valve slowly to allow the pipes to fill with water gradually. If it opens too quickly, it subjects sprinkler main lines to high-pressure surges and uncontrolled water flow, which can cause cracking, since the system is likely empty from months of non-use in the Winter.

Next, verify each station or zone is operating properly by manually activating each zone from the controller and walking through them making sure sprinkler heads are rotating properly and providing adequate coverage and that there aren’t any leaks. As we go through each zone, adjust heads as needed and clean the filters on poorly performing sprinklers looking for proper operating pressure because that can clue us in on system problems. For instance, low pressure can indicate a line break or missing sprinkler.

Then, reprogram the controller for automatic watering as necessary and take care of any controller needs, such as replacing the backup battery. If the system has a weather sensor, you’ll need to uncover and clean that as well and check the backflow preventer to ensure it’s working properly.

Irrigation Systems Need A Professional Eye

As First Response Lawn Care goes through its spring sprinkler maintenance jobs, we usually find that 40 to 55 percent of them have an issue we can fix to make the system work better, such as having sprinkler heads adjusted or moved or detect leaks or valve adjustments that may be needed. Generally, it’s best to let us start the system up for the first time for you to prevent any additional damage. This is the best time to get your system inspected for any problems this season.

Having a pro maintain your landscape irrigation system is crucial to avoid any problems, such as wasted water, inadequate watering, and flooding. Take care of your landscape investment this spring with a water-efficient system that provides years of trouble-free operation.

If you want a healthy, lush lawn this year, let’s get started! Call the Irrigation experts at First Response today at (214) 701-7622!

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Spring Lawn Care Tips

Spring Lawn Care Tips

Spring Lawn Care Tips From First Response Lawn Care

We thought we would share some Spring lawn care tips to help you prepare for the season. A great lawn in the heat of Texas takes commitment. Here a few ways to make sure you have a greener springtime!

Pre-emergent Weed Control

It is essential to start the season off right. Managing the growth of weeds early this season will help your lawn flourish and grow. Pre-emergent treatment is the best way to handle early weeds and undesirable additions to your lawn as opposed to pulling them after they appear.

Our fertilizing program uses a 7 step program to ensure your yard is healthy and the best in the neighborhood. We are licensed with the Texas Department of Agriculture Lic #450863. to assure you that we are the best at what we do.

Thatch

Depending on your grass type, your thatch level in your lawn should be between ¼” to ½” in depth. If you have more than that, you will be susceptible to disease. When the thatch reaches a higher level than what’s right for it, then you will either have to invest in replacing the lawn or power raking the whole thing. To avoid over-enthusiastic thatch production, don’t over-fertilize, over water, underwater or cut your lawn too short. If de-thatching is necessary for your lawn, we offer services to help your grass recover this Spring.

Water

You will need to supplement your lawn with watering. The best method is if you use an underground irrigation system. Since the average lawn will need about 45″ to 50″ of water during the year, a sprinkler will alleviate the need to water by hose. Using a properly maintained sprinkler system will be sure that your lawn is adequately watered. We encourage you to become familiar with any watering restrictions in your area and plan your watering schedule accordingly.

Aerate

Core aeration is something that is overlooked by many homeowners. When we aerate your soil, it can pay for itself in the water savings alone. There are four reasons for aerating your lawn.

  1. Aeration fights soil compacting
  2. Aeration allows air to the grasses roots
  3. Aeration helps to control the thatch levels
  4. Aeration promotes new grass root growth in the area of the core hole

Fertilize

Grass needs nutrients to grow, to help maintain a root system which is healthy and tolerant to stress when the weather is hot. Fertilizing your lawn is also essential to keep diseases at bay and your grass stress-free. Because your lawn is an artificial environment not meant for the area you live in, it won’t survive without help. This is why the application of fertilizer with crucial nutrients is essential.

Mow

Depending on your grass type, the grass can grow faster or slower in Texas weather conditions. Mowing on a weekly schedule is important to keep the lawn healthy and maintained. Mowing every two to three weeks, for instance, will allow the turf to become stressed and start to thin out. This will increase the need to water and to fertilize.

Watering your lawn correctly and keeping it maintained is essential for a healthy, great looking lawn.

If you want a healthy, lush lawn all year, let’s get started! Call our Lawn Care experts at (214) 701-7622!

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Sprinkler Repair Rockwall

Sprinkler Repair Rockwall

Sprinklers help keep your lawn properly watered and looking lush. But at the end of the watering season, it’s important to winterize your sprinkler system.

As the temperatures drop and you begin to use your home sprinkler system less and less, don’t forget one of the most important to-do’s for your home. First Response Lawn Care recommends winterizing your home’s sprinkler system before the really cold weather arrives

Underground Sprinkler Systems Can Burst

Underground sprinkler systems can freeze and the pipes can burst, causing expensive repairs if water is not properly drained and blown out. A little preventative maintenance can save you money and headaches down the road. First Response Lawn Care can safely and properly remove the water and prepare your system for the winter.

Burst Pipes Causes Multiple Problems for Homeowners

When temperatures fall below 25 degrees at night, if there is water left in sprinkler systems, it can cause the pipes to burst creating problems:

Flooded Lawns
Damage to Landscaping
Damage to Neighbor’s Lawn
Costly Repairs

Many times we get frantic calls from homeowners describing a ´geyser´ in their yard because a pipe burst.

Another problem area occurs when hoses are left attached to outdoor faucets. As a rule of thumb, all out door water sources should be free of water by mid-November to be safe.

For more information about First Response Lawn Care’s sprinkler winterization and repair services, give us a call (214) 701-7622

Texas Summer Lawn Watering Guidelines

Texas Summer Lawn Watering Guidelines

Texas Summer Lawn Watering Guidelines

During times of prolonged summer heat and dry weather we need to provide plants, trees, flowers, lawn sod and seed with extra watering. Weeds are very opportunistic and will take advantage of dry, thin turf to quickly spread. Keep your lawn healthy to serve as a natural weed prevention. We’ve got the goods on the sweet spot!

Save these watering guidelines as a handy reference during the hot, dry days of summer:

For best results, water your lawn thoroughly three times a week if you do not get significant rainfall.

  • In hot, dry weather, water shrubs and flowers daily.
  • Morning, around 2 to 8 a.m., is the best time to water. Why? The a.m. is the best time to water the lawn because the air is cooler and there’s usually not much wind to blow the droplets. In the middle of the day, water evaporates too quickly. And in the evenings, water can cling to the blades of grass overnight, which can cause lawn diseases.
  • Watering at any time of day is better than not watering at all.
  • The rule of thumb for lawns is to water one-inch deep each time you water. It’s better for the lawn to water heavily and less frequently, than to lightly mist it every day.
  • Use a rain gauge to make measuring an inch of water easy. If you don’t have a rain gauge, place a tuna can (or similarly sized vessel) in your yard as you water. When the can is full, you’ve watered enough!
  • Pay special attention to high-sun areas of the lawn.
  • Don’t forget that even mature trees need water, too.

Follow the watering guidelines above to ensure a dense turf throughout the summer.

If you have an irrigation system that isn’t working properly or have any questions about maintaining a healthy lawn, call First Response Lawn Care today at (214) 701-7622. We service Rockwall, Royse City and surrounding areas.

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