Should I water my plants in the winter?
Often this is not even a question that is asked. But, because the weather in Northern Arizona is unpredictable, watering can be necessary. This is a primary concern if you’ve just planted your plants, trees or shrubs this year. If you have new trees and shrubs, you should be watering your plants every 3 to 4 weeks. Of course, this is only the case if we have no rain or snow. Because it is not recommended to turn on your irrigation system during the winter months, you should be using a hose or a bucket of water. Sadly, you will have to go back to the cave man era of watering during the winter season. Continue reading
Cool Season Lawn Fertilizer For Winter
All lawns in Flagstaff are cool season type grass. This is done because the grass needs to be dormant during winter. The weather in Flagstaff is just too cold does not allow for any type of warm season grass. Cool season grasses include Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, sheep fescue, blue fescue, blue grama and a few others that are not typically found in lawns. Continue reading
Cleaning up pine needles in your yard can be an arduous task. Some people refer to pine needles as pine straw which is simply another term for the same thing. We do recommend that you clean your pine needles after the fall drop which is generally in late October well into November, Followed by another cleanup in March or April. One of the main reasons to clean up your pine needles in the fall is to create less work in the spring. If you can pick the pine needles up relatively soon after the fall then they won’t have time to decompose. If you have a lawn, you should pick up the pine needles as soon as you can. Say every week or every other week if possible. The chemicals in the pine needles will not only suffocate the lawn, but toxic chemicals to your lawn. Continue reading
AZ Irrigation & Maintenance Reviews
We don’t like to TOOT our own horn very much. But in this blog we’re going to dig into the reviews we’ve gotten from are very happy clients. First off, I should say that we do not have any customers. We only have clients! Clients are people who we have relationships with.
AIM Google Reviews
We have over thirty 5 star reviews on Google. Here are a couple of the many reviews we’ve gotten.
From Alan S. – Brad and his team replaced our backflow preventer and put us on the schedule for starting up and shutting down our irrigation system in the spring/winter. It’s great to not need to worry about taking care of that — they’re friendly, efficient and good at what they do. They’re responsive to phone calls or email and have a good online system for billing. I love having them doing this work for us and will happily call them if we need repairs or future work done with our system. Continue reading
How much does it cost to mow my lawn in Flagstaff, AZ? If you’re looking for a task to take off your To Do list, mowing is one that is affordable. Do you want to look for a reliable contractor, one the shows up on the day they say that they will show up, and has a procedure for any weather delays? Generally, if it is raining on the day that you want us to mow, we will mow it the next day. Continue reading
Oh no, there is a leak in your irrigation system! Now you need to turn your irrigation system off for this emergency. Before you panic, try to turn your irrigation system off at the easiest point. That is going to be at the backflow. See picture below. On the back flow there are two ball valves. Generally these ball valves have blue, yellow, or red rubber handles. Try to turn one of these valves clockwise 90°. If that doesn’t work try the other ball valve. (See photo below showing where the ball valve is) You will find a video link to explaining all of this and how to turn your irrigation system off at the street later in this post. Continue reading
Xeriscape Style Lawns Flagstaff AZ
Xeriscape style lawns are a great way to save on maintenance costs and water. Much care has to be taken into account in placement of the lawn and soil preparation. There is no easy way to install the xeriscape lawn. In Flagstaff there is no business that grows blue fescue or sheep fescue sod. You can only create this type of lawn using seed. So the initial upfront effort and cost will be going into prepping the soil for these three types of grasses and the initial care of the the establishing the lawn. Continue reading
The Hunter Solar Sync weather sensor is an advanced sensor for your irrigation system. It measures the evapotranspiration rate on a daily basis and then adjust your controller per those conditions. Create a smart controller using Hunter Solar Sync, couple them together and it creates a smart controller. The Solar Sync will only work with new or late model Hunter controllers. It will not work with older controller Hunter controllers or with a different brand of controller.
Location, Location, Location
They come wired and wireless. The wired models are cheaper but then you have to run a wire for the controller up to the sensor. The sensor needs to be in a location on the house so that it was not blocked by anything. The best place to put your sensor is up high and in the same conditions as your landscaping if possible. If the landscape is full sun, you want to have your sensor in the full sun area. If your landscape is in a more shaded area, you will want to have the sensor in a shaded area as well. Continue reading
Irrigation Rain Sensor
The rain sensor is a device that is installed to automatically turn your irrigation system off when it rains. The irrigation rain sensor can be either wired or wireless. The wired rain sensor is a less expensive product then the wireless. Though it will take a little bit longer in labor to install it. While both sensors are effective, a wireless rain sensor has a cleaner look. For a wired rain sensor you have to run a wire from the irrigation controller up to the rain sensor which needs to be high up on the house. The sensor will need to be installed in the gutter or eve that has exposure to the elements. For example, don’t install a rain sensor on an eve that is covered up buy a large tree or it will not accurately record the precipitation levels. Continue reading
Fertigation Organic Fertilizing Solution
Simply put, fertigation is a process which fertilizer is dissolved and distributed in your irrigation system to the plants via sprinkler heads and drip emitters. Applying organic fertilizers is very simple using the fertilization system. It is your best organic fertilizing solution.
Fertigation is quickly becoming the norm in the landscape irrigation industry. It is a super efficient way to deliver fertilizer to all your plants. Initial set up for fertigation can be expensive but in the long run it is cheaper, easier, more efficient in water usage more efficient for the plant. Fertigation has been used on the agricultural side of irrigation for a very long time. It wasn’t until recently, that small scale Fertigation is within reach for the homeowner. Continue reading