Month: October 2018

3 Tips That Will Reduce Your Business’s Water Use

Keeping your lawn looking verdant is part of making your commercial property, and, by association, your business attractive. This requires a lot of water, but it doesn’t have to use an excessive amount. There are a couple of ways to irrigate your lawn so that it stays emerald green but doesn’t drain a small lake every month.

3 Tips That Will Reduce Your Business's Water Use

Revamp Your Irrigation System

Modern sprinklers work with a host of gadgets that can help make your irrigation system very efficient. There are timers that you can program to turn the sprinklers on when you want them to. There are sensors and monitors that let you know how much water you are using. There are gadgets that let you program sprinklers to not water when the lawn is already soaked from the rain.

You can also design your irrigation system so that you get the most out of them. Are the sprinkler heads positioned so that you water all of the lawn and none of the sidewalk? Is the landscape designed so that water doesn’t run down to the nearest drain? Designing the system for maximum efficiency will cut down on the amount of water you need to keep your landscape looking beautiful.

Time Your Watering

When you water your lawn effects how much water you need. Try programming your sprinkler system to go off early in the morning or late at night so that water has time to sink into the ground and reach the roots. Watering during the middle of the day leads to the water evaporating before it has time to do its job.

If water tends to pool and run to your sidewalk when you give your lawn a thorough soaking, it may be a good idea to break up watering sessions into shorter periods. For instance, you might water the lawn for 7 minutes at 3 am and then for another 7 minutes at 8 pm on the same day. This will stop water from saturating the top layer of soil and sending the excess to the streets.

Keep The Pipes In Good Repair

A leak in the sprinkler system can cost a lot of money and deprive chunks of your lawn of water. There are a couple of types of leaks you might notice: a sprinkler may dump water on the sidewalk for a few minutes after the system is turned off, or a sprinkler might continuously leak, leaving the sidewalk around it mossy and the dirt around it spongy. Either way, a leaking sprinkler head can cost you up to an additional 225 gallons of water during a 15-minute watering session. Have your pipes regularly inspected and have leaks fixed as quickly as possible.

Following the above tips will reduce your water use. If you want more help managing your water, Metro Lawn Care has water management programs that we will happily make available to you.

The Benefits of Having a Commercial Irrigation System

Irrigation systems make landscape care easy. If you have a large area to water, traditional methods won’t cut it. Dragging around a hose or carrying around a bucket of water is far from ideal.

The Benefits of Having a Commercial Irrigation System

Irrigation systems are ideal for businesses, schools, and offices for many reasons. First, you can control how much water you use, cutting down water costs. Second, you don’t have to pay someone to water your plants. With an automated system, you have the peace of mind your plants will get watered at the exact time you want.

For many, the big concern for irrigation systems is water run-off. Water run-off is usually caused by over watering. How much water your plants might need depends on the time of the season. Did you know you can control your water output with a system controller? With a system controller, you can adjust the water output at any time. This means you can prevent water waste, be environmentally friendly, and save money too. We always make sure our system won’t leech or create run-off, not only to help your plants and foliage but also your wallet too. Metro Lawn experts strategically install all irrigation system for maximum results.

Metro Lawn repairs systems too. Irrigation systems — like anything that gets used — will break down over time. However, repair costs are minimal. The most common problems are small. All irrigation systems use PVC pipes which are cost-efficient. Unlike galvanized piping, PVC is easy to install and maintain.

With our expertise, we will tell you what system is right for you. Irrigation systems come in all shapes and sizes. For bigger lawns, you can install pop-up heads with a rotor adjustable to 360 degrees. For smaller sections, you can add small pop-up sprinklers. And to save money, you can add a drip line that efficiently waters your trees and ground covers.

Whatever your needs may be, Metro Lawn will give you a reasonable quote. We are confident that you will be 100% satisfied. Call us today!

Commercial Lawn Aeration & Maintenance 

Lawn aeration is mainly about giving the grass in your landscape something all living things need: air, but it also improves access to water and nutrients. As with most things to do with commercial lawn maintenance, there are multiple ways to handle your lawn aeration.

Commercial Lawn Aeration & Maintenance

Lawn aeration is used to remedy soil compaction. Compacted soil is the bane of commercial property owners who want healthy grass in their landscapes. When heavy clay soils get pressed down, spaces between the soil particles by which air and nutrients get to the roots are reduced. The grass can get dehydrated and die. Another result of compacted soil can be thatch, which is a combination of living and dead grass that can build up and form a barrier between grass and soil. Thatch can be a breeding place for pests and can harbor diseases that will kill your grass. Aeration is a way to combat thatch and compaction.

The three main ways to aerate a lawn are:

  • Core Aeration 

Core aeration creates pores in the soil by removing plugs of dirt every few inches. The plugs are removed using hollow spikes. Core aeration is believed to be a far more effective method of lawn aeration when compared to other methods.

  • Tine or Spike Aeration 

The use of spikes or tines to poke holes in the soil under a lawn can also help aerate a lawn. The difference between tine aeration and core aeration is that the spikes force the soil down instead of removing it. The openings are smaller and therefore it is not quite as effective for heavily compacted soil as core aeration. Tine aeration is better reserved for lightly compacted soil.

  • Slice or Slit Aeration 

Slice aeration accomplishes the same thing as core or tine aeration but instead of removing plugs or poking holes, it involves making slices to loosen up the soil. The downside is that it can compact on either side of the slice.

Which of the above methods you choose depends on the amount of traffic that the lawn will see.

A healthy lawn is an asset to your commercial property and can enhance its value. If you want to learn more about lawn care and other commercial landscaping services, contact us at Metro Lawn Care. We have been serving the Dallas area for more than 34 years.