Jun 13

Monsoons & Your Irrigation System

Posted on June 13, 2018 at 5:21 PM by Adam Rosen

The monsoon season is just around the corner, and the moisture these summer storms bring can make a big impact on your yard’s irrigation needs.

First of all, make sure you’re setting your controller to take advantage of the extra moisture. Generally, during monsoon season, you can reduce your summer runtimes by about 20%. This is because there is quite a bit of humidity in the air that plants are able to take in. Then, immediately following each monsoon rain, you can more than likely skip an entire irrigation cycle since Mother Nature already applied it for you. However, if you feel your plants need an extra kick (or drink of water) for summer, leave the system on for the first storm.

If you want to take even more advantage of the summer rains, look into Rain Barrels. These will collect rainfall from roof tops and gutters, which you can then redistribute throughout your landscape.

Jun 07

Attending to Young Plants

Posted on June 7, 2018 at 2:05 PM by Adam Rosen

Temps are heating up. If you’ve recently planted new shrubs or trees, keep in mind that those young plants will take a little extra care to help get them through the hottest months of the year.

The reason for this is pretty straightforward: directly after planting, shrubs and trees need time to adjust to their new surroundings and put down roots. Scorching summer temperatures add even more stress to a plant’s system when it’s already in this more vulnerable state.

You can help give your young, newly installed plants a leg up and a better chance at surviving the summer by providing extra irrigation. A good rule of thumb is to keep the shrub’s or tree’s root ball wet for the first three weeks after planting by watering every day.

In addition, make sure your irrigation system is configured properly to accommodate your new plants. For 24” box trees, use 4 emitters (2 gallons per hour) around the tree for 75 minutes. For 5 gallon shrubs, place 2 emitters (1 gph) on either side of the plant for 45 minutes. If you notice water pooling reduce the run times.

May 30

Monsoon Season is Coming

Posted on May 30, 2018 at 11:52 AM by Adam Rosen

It’s dry now, but Monsoon season will be here in just a couple weeks. While rain is a positive thing for our plants and irrigation water bills, it also helps weeds grow. For effective weed control in your yard, manual removal is the easiest way to get rid of a small number of weeds. To control weeds over a large area, herbicides are the most efficient tools available. There are two categories of herbicides for weed control: Pre-emergent and Post-emergent.

• Pre-Emergent

Pre-emergent herbicides are designed to prevent seeds from germinating in the soil. Because they need .5” of water to be activated, pre-emergent herbicides are most effective when applied during the rainy season — so in the next few weeks before the rain hits. A timely application of pre-emergent can greatly reduce the number of weeds that germinate since it inhibits the weeds’ roots and does not allow them to grow.

• Post-Emergent

For weeds that have already sprouted, a post-emergent herbicide can be used. Be careful with application; these products cannot differentiate between wanted plants and weeds.