It is that time of year again – winter is on its way. It will get cold – this is a well-known fact in our area. Now is the time to harvest anything lingering in your garden, winterize your sprinkler system, and cozy up around a warm fire.READ MORE
For some smart home devices, trying to decide if you need them is up to your personal preferences. This is true for smart sprinkler systems, too.
While this smart device may not be at the top of your list when it comes to home automation, if you have an in-ground sprinkler system, you should invest in one. Some of the reasons it is time to ditch your “dumb” sprinkler and upgrade to a smart one can be found here.READ MORE
With the full heat of the summer finally here and with temperatures soaring into the 90s or higher, now is the time to ensure your plants and grass can handle the heat. While switching into summer plant and grass care mode may seem complicated, with a few irrigation tips, it doesn’t have to be.READ MORE
If you are like most people, when you think of summer, you imagine relaxing by the pool, picnics in the park, and enjoying the longer days. What you probably don’t think about is sweating in the middle of the day, under the hot summer sun, trying to take care of your yard or irrigation system.READ MORE
An older irrigation system is like an old car. It may run fine for a while, but eventually, it will break down. When this happens, you may wonder – is it worth fixing, or is a sprinkler system replacement better? Like any other landscaping questions, the answer depends on several factors.
Replace or Repair – What to Consider?
The life of your irrigation system depends on how well it is maintained. In many situations, systems may be more than two decades old and still perform.
Just because your irrigation system is still working, it does not mean it will not require replacement along the way. Homeowners will usually replace ahead of two each season after the first five to seven years the system has been in place.
Some of the questions to consider when trying to answer the question of repair or replacement are found below.
Has Your Landscape Changed?
Your landscape is a living, dynamic system. Trees and plants that are part of it will grow and, as a result, their irrigation needs will change. Sometimes plants will be replaced by others, as well.
If this is the case, your existing irrigation system may not provide the coverage needed. You may need to have your system reconfigured to meet the changing needs of your system. In this case, replacing the system is often the best option.
Do You Want to Reduce Your Water Usage?
Modern irrigation components for landscapes are more water-wise than those that were built 10 to 15 years ago. What this means is that replacing your older system with a newer one will help reduce your water consumption and, as a result, your water costs.
New irrigation system technology can monitor the water your plants and yard receive, calculate rainfall, and auto-program the system to release the proper amount of water. It can also make sure the sprinklers do not come on when it is unneeded.
In some situations, upgrading your irrigation system will help reduce your bill; however, you may be able to achieve a similar effect by upgrading one or two components.
What Budget Concerns Do You Have?
If you choose to replace your whole irrigation system, it can cost you thousands of dollars. For some, this immediate reduction in water costs is worth the investment. However, for some, replacing certain parts of their system to avoid having to spend too much all at once.
Repair or Replace: What’s Right for You?
As you can see, there are several things to consider when it comes to deciding if you should do a sprinkler system repair or replacement. Take some time to think about your needs to ensure you choose the right option.
If you need help making the right decision for your home and situation, contact our team at IDL Company. We can ensure your system is up to par and that it is as efficient as possible. If a replacement is needed, we can help you with this, as well.
The smart home market is growing steadily. More and more homeowners around the country are embracing smart doorbells, thermostats, security systems, and more all powered by intelligent systems that are more hands-off and sophisticated than ever before. What you may not realize is this same smart technology is now available for your sprinkler system, too. READ MORE
Do you want to update your sprinkler system? Are you ready to enjoy the same smart home tech you use inside your home? If so, now is the time to consider making the move to wifi controls for your sprinkler system.READ MORE
Your irrigation system is the workhorse of any great looking landscape. However, since it works so hard and so often, like any other mechanical system, regular care and maintenance may be needed from time to time. Beyond the basic on-and-off settings, you may wonder how to assess and support the functions of your irrigation system. You may also wonder when is it time to invest in a sprinkler system upgrade altogether?READ MORE
When it is cold outside, extreme temperatures and stormy weather can take a toll on your irrigation system. Even if you have winterized your sprinkler system, issues can arise. Keep reading to learn what you need to do and look out for with your irrigation system to handle winter caused damage.READ MORE
While spring is still a few weeks away, it’s never too early to begin thinking about springtime lawn care. When you plan ahead, you can feel confident your lawn will look amazing, without having to put a lot of time or effort into it when the weather gets warmer.READ MORE