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Commercial Water Management: Controlling Irrigation Systems

When you’re in charge of a commercial property, it’s very important that you take the proper measures to manage it in the most efficient way possible. A big part of this includes water management. This means controlling the volume and the frequency of the water that is used on your property, especially in the irrigation system. Take a look at why commercial water management is necessary.

Commercial Water Management: Controlling Irrigation Systems

Commercial water management involves using different methods to reduce water usage. A lot of the water that commercial properties use comes out of the irrigation system, and a lot of this water is going to waste. It’s important to know just how much water your property needs to ensure that it is not being wasted. You can do this by means of measuring or estimating how much water different crops need at different stages in their growth, and also by how long it takes the soil to absorb the amount of needed water. The landscaping should only be watered when and where it is needed. It’s also important to adjust the irrigation schedule and volume as needed. A further way to control the amount of water that is being used is with low-pressure sprinkler equipment.

Another major part of irrigation management is preventing soil and water quality issues that could potentially result from poor irrigation practices. These issues may include leaching of nutrients and pesticides into groundwater, salinity, and soil erosion. There needs to be a clearing understanding of the potential for these problems, along with the correct measures being taken to prevent them.

And perhaps the most beneficial part of proper commercial water management is to save money and stay within your budget. Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Metro Lawn Care for more info.

Is It Time To Repair Your Irrigation System?

Here in Texas, water is a precious commodity, and wasting it is bad for business. You need your irrigation system to be working at its most efficient. This requires updating and repairing your irrigation system sometimes. How can you tell it might be time for an upgrade?

Is It Time To Repair Your Irrigation System?

Bare SpotsSome types of irrigation miss patches of lawn, which shows up on commercial landscapes as spotty coloring. These brown areas look unprofessional, and they could indicate that a particular water outlet is blocked. It may be that you have changed the landscape in a way that puts plants in front of spigots, or that your particular system has a blind spot. Either way, they are a sign that you need to talk to your landscaper.

Some types of irrigation miss patches of lawn, which shows up on commercial landscapes as spotty coloring. These brown areas look unprofessional, and they could indicate that a particular water outlet is blocked. It may be that you have changed the landscape in a way that puts plants in front of spigots, or that your particular system has a blind spot. Either way, they are a sign that you need to talk to your landscaper.

Wet Spots

Irrigation systems can also overwater some areas. The soggy patches invite bugs and root rot besides showing water wastage. It’s possible that a pipe broke near the swampy area and is leaking directly in to the ground. A spot that is wet long after it has rained could also be at a lower level than the rest of the area, leading water to collect there. You can put in more efficient drainage to prevent this.

Water Meter Spikes

If your meter is suddenly registering more water usage and your water bill is higher than usual, a pipe is draining your hard-earned water somewhere. This can be the first sign that something is wrong if your grounds drain well.

If your meter is suddenly registering more water usage and your water bill is higher than usual, a pipe is draining your hard-earned water somewhere. This can be the first sign that something is wrong if your grounds drain well.

Tunneling

When water overflows its designated area, it pushes dirt out of its path. This shapes the grounds around it. It will create holes under drains and canyons heading to lower ground. This could be a sign that it is time to update your irrigation system in general, as it will show you exactly where the extra water is going.

A broken pipe can also push dirt or mulch into a fan pattern on the sidewalk in front of your establishment. Your employees may complain about having to sweep up after watering.

Low-Water Pressure

Your irrigation system should produce water at the same rate everywhere. If you turn on your watering system and notice that one sprinkler head is not shooting water as far as the others, then you could have a leak in the pipes nearest that point.

Fortunately, Metro Lawn Care has 34 years of experience in fixing up and updating commercial irrigation systems, so please contact us if you think you see your landscape suffering.

Commercial Irrigation Products That Conserve Water and Save Money

Water conservation is both a smart financial decision and a healthy choice for the environment, particularly during those hot Texas summers. Several products are available for use in commercial irrigation systems to reduce the amount of water and money spent keeping your crops irrigated.

Commercial Irrigation Products That Conserve Water and Save Money

Rain Sensors

Installing rain sensors will prevent your irrigation system from operating during and immediately after precipitation has occurred. This not only saves water but also saves your crops from the potentially devastating effects of excessive watering.

Smart Controllers

Smart Controllers allow the operator to set specific guidelines for different irrigation areas. This limits water usage based on the types of plants, exposure to the sun, humidity, and soil conditions in a particular section.

Rotator Nozzles

When compared to fixed spray heads, rotator nozzles conserve a great deal of water. These nozzles distribute the water in a uniform way that allows the precipitation to better penetrate the ground. Rotator nozzles offer a lower flow rate than fixed spray heads and the improved soil penetration results in less water runoff.

Check Valves

Adding check valves to your irrigation system will prevent water from draining in sloped areas. The valves close and capture the water remaining in the deactivated system so it does not escape through pipes and spray heads.

Our professional commercial landscaping team at Metro Lawn Care would be happy to discuss more water conservation products with you. Contact us today to find out what we can do to help you meet all of your commercial irrigation needs.

Common Commercial Irrigation Systems

Each type of commercial irrigation system has its own advantages and drawbacks. Selecting an irrigation system that’s ideal for your commercial property will ensure comprehensive watering. Here’s some information on two common types of commercial irrigation systems.

Common Commercial Irrigation Systems

Drip Irrigation

Drip irrigation works through a network of tubing, valves, and emitters that drip water slowly and steadily in the proper location. This type of system helps to reduce water and fertilizer usage through accuracy, precision, and slow water delivery. Subsurface drip irrigation takes the watering process underground, which prevents water from evaporating from the surface. Subsurface systems also reduce the potential for weed growth and soil erosion. Professionals can install these systems in new and existing commercial landscapes, and the systems are ideal for irregularly shaped or sloped landscapes. Unfortunately, heavy sunlight exposure can damage the tubing of drip irrigation systems.

Sprinkler Irrigation

Sprinkler systems mimic natural rainfall with pressure-regulated spray heads and rotors. Head nozzles break up water into small droplets that disperse in a spray pattern. Sprinkler systems are great for covering large areas of grass on commercial landscapes. Property owners can adjust spray patterns and automate the watering process. Prominent disadvantages of sprinkler systems include uneven watering due to wind and water evaporation. When foliage is wet, fungi and disease are also more likely to appear.

Metro Lawn Care has over 34 years of experience performing commercial irrigation installations and repairs. If you still aren’t sure which system is right for you, we’ll help you find out. Please contact us to speak with an expert.

Save Time and Money with Irrigation Repairs

Winter is officially over and summer is rapidly approaching, and living in  Dallas, we all know what that means: HEAT! With the sweltering summer heat come increased watering costs to keep your yard looking great.  Irrigation systems are a great way to ensure that your landscaping is watered as efficiently as possible, while also saving time and effort. However, irrigation systems do require periodic maintenance to continue performing most efficiently.

Save Time and Money with Irrigation Repairs

If you have a broken irrigation system, or a system that is just not running at peak efficiency, Metro Lawn Care can help. Metro Lawn Care has 34 years of experience in the irrigation industry, offering both new irrigation system installations and irrigation repairs, with all work performed by licensed irrigators and technicians. An irrigation system running at peak efficiency enables you to minimize your water usage while maximizing the benefit to your landscaping, while at the same time automating the process of watering your landscaping so you can spend your time on something other than trying to keep your yard alive and looking its best in the Texas heat.

If you don’t already have an irrigation system, Metro Lawn Care offers expert guidance and professional, licensed installation services on new irrigation systems.

In addition to new irrigation system installations and repairs of existing systems, Metro Lawn Care offers a Landscape Management program that includes monthly checks of your irrigation system and necessary repairs to ensure your system is always running at peak efficiency.

Contact us to learn more about the benefits of having a new irrigation system installed, having an existing irrigation system repaired, or to find out more about our Landscape Management program and how it could benefit you.