Every landscape requires a combination of nutrients to maintain healthy growth. For turf this is the combination of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium that is found in lawn fertilizers, directly inducing growth. For your plant material, this is a combination of water and sunlight, as well as microorganisms within the soil that the roots eat up. Water is the most essential of all of these nutrients, needed by every piece of plant material, big or small. Hand watering can get tedious, so many of our customers have installed an irrigation system that can be automated while relying on weather conditions to determine optimal amounts of water. These irrigation systems are composed of sprinklers, and while we maintain these for our clients, sometimes there are some easy fixes you can perform on your own. Today we are going to discuss 6 handy sprinkler maintenance tips that you can employ on your property.
1. Avoid Covering Sprinkler Heads
Starting off with the simplest of tips, make sure that the cause of some brown patches in your lawn is not a covered sprinkler head. Something like a potted plant or trash can cause improper coverage, which we never want. Routinely make sure the area around the sprinkler is clear, so you are not tricked into thinking that there is an issue when you see some decay.
2. Check for Clogged Sprinkler Heads
While more significant clogs may need to be checked out by our irrigation technicians, minor clogs can actually be taken care of with a thin piece of wire. Simply remove the debris that has been causing misfires in your sprinkler head, and enjoy some improved irrigation.
3. Inspect Irrigation Coverage
The last thing you want is for your sprinkler heads to be spraying areas that are not green. Your patio, walkway, and driveway do not need any watering, although a hose can be handy if they get dirty. Either way, you only want your plant material to be watered, so check where sprinkler heads are spraying and adjust when need be.
4. Mark the Locations of Sprinklers to Avoid Damage
Not all sprinkler maintenance is performed after a problem has arisen, avoid potential issues by marking the location of your sprinkler heads. Running over your sprinkler with a mower has to be the fastest way to see its demise, so you can avoid this problem entirely with markings.
5. Winterize your Irrigation System
Another preventative method, you can keep your sprinkler heads from internally freezing is by shutting off your main water valve before temperatures drop. This is a best practice and something OakLawn will do for you should you utilize our irrigation maintenance services.
6. Report Major Problems to OakLawn
It is very possible that you could encounter an issue with your irrigation system that you simply cannot take care of on your own. This could be a bad leak or a faulty valve. If this is the case do not hesitate to contact OakLawn, as early identification of an issue is key to easy resolution.
Your landscaping is the first thing noticed by your visitors, friends, and customers. Let OakLawn Landscaping ensure that your first impressions are top notch and have your guests in awe before they even reach the door. Visit our website, or contact us today at (301) 854-0684 for any of your landscaping needs, commercial or residential.