We have tested and adjusted many of our clients systems this spring, I have written blogs on this before but thought I would highlight a few adjustment points for those that maintain their own systems.

Typically the sprinkler heads will become either buried over the winter or the grass will grow over them and block the risers from coming up. The following is a quick list of tasks for adjusting and fine tuning your system.

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Let’s talk about how to do some system adjustments and trouble shooting. As a professional landscape company one of the tasks that we cover is sprinkler system maintenance. This usually is included in all of our commercial accounts and some residential accounts (many residential properties choose to do this themselves) the following is a check list of tasks that should be completed each spring.

Spring start up

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This is a rather boring subject but oh so important when it comes to your lawn and plant health. As a landscaping, gardening and yard care provider I am constantly observing how our accounts are looking, we take random soil samples throughout the year to determine the status of your properties for our fertilizer program.

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We have recently been working on some great water features so I thought I would write up a little info on how we do them explaining the details of how we like creating some real works of art.

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For those of you that are having problems with gophers in your yard and have the stomach to snuff out the little critters the following is a way that we have had success slowing them down.

Take an ordinary apple and cut it into wedges, then take some peanut butter and roll some mole bait, cyanide seed or other poison into the peanut butter and attach it to the apple slice by carving out a hole so the peanut butter sticks into the hole.

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After working on your lawn this last month, you may be wondering why your lawn has so many different types of grass. I will try to explain as best as I can so that you will have a better idea of which direction to go when budgeting your valuable time and money on your future landscaping projects.

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I have recently had discussions with a couple of clients about planting in the native soils of our area and thought I would pass the discussion on to you folks.

Planting Container Plants:

Most of you don’t realize how much work you have ahead of you when you buy all those new plants at the local nursery. First, you must work with the ground that you have on your property. I’m guessing that it is pretty heavy, therefore, be sure to amend the hole that you dig with some real good stuff.

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There is a lot of good information out there on installation of paving stones. Most landscape books and the manufacturers will give out excellent free information. There are a few tricks, however, and some points which, if you leave them out, will lead to deterioration of you're finished product over time.

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Sprinkling system winterization. For most of you this is kind of a pain of a job. Where is this backflow device thing located? Which valves do I turn? When should it be done? In the following blog I will discuss some of the procedures, do’s and don’ts of winterizing your backflow.

Most systems that have been installed in the last 10 years should have an inground double check backflow device or anti-siphon device depending whom you talk to.

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