Irrigation can make or break the way your lawn will look this summer. After a long, chilling winter, your grass can easily suffer, which will inevitably lead to greater lawn care and maintenance needs as the warmer months approach. After a harsh Michigan winter, you can bet your lawn needs attention, which will most likely have to come from your irrigation system.
When thinking about lawn maintenance, it’s common to overlook your irrigation system, but it is just as important as weed control and fertilizer. Weeding your yard allows it to have room to grow without impeding, foreign objects. Fertilizing your lawn provides it with extra nutrients to make up for anything it cannot produce on its own. But your irrigation system allows your lawn to be hydrated enough to be protected from the hot summer sun and to soak up the nutrients from the fertilizers that you use.
Your sprinkler system is the backbone of lawn care. Keeping it up is extremely helpful to your lawn, it can push your lawn over the edge of “average” to extraordinary. Sometimes it can be tough to understand how to utilize the entire irrigation system to the best of its ability. This can mean anything from winterizing to the full effects of what your irrigation system will add to your perfect lawn.
What a Fully Functioning Irrigation System Will Give You
You want your sprinkler system to help with everything that it can. This can usually include weed control, disease prevention, water conservation (which allows you to save money on your water bill). A properly working irrigation system will work to hold the retention of nutrients in the soil. When you manually water your lawn, you risk the water overflowing on the cement and pushing the nutrients away as well. With a sprinkler system, your water will always land on top of your lawn and never dispense in a “pushing” motion.
Spring Startup Needs
In Michigan, spring can choose to grace us with its presence at any time. It might come early in March or it might show up sometime around the middle of May. But whenever spring comes, it means your Michigan irrigation system is ready for a startup after being winterized all season. A spring startup can include priming and checking the pump, pressurizing the mainline, verifying zone operations, checking for leaks, evaluating spray alignment, testing water pressure, and setting a basic watering schedule.
Irrigation System Coverage
When setting up your sprinkler system for your lawn, it needs to be positioned properly to be as effective as possible. This can make or break the health of your entire yard. It needs to reach from the beginning of your garden beds to where your lawn ends at the curbside.
Installation and Repair
Sometimes, your irrigation system works okay — but not entirely. In that case, your sprinkler system might require a little attention. Your system can expect attention to your lines, controllers and valves, rotors, and heads. There is bound to be some general wear in your existing system.
On the other hand, you may have just bought a new place or moved into a new home, and your property might be missing an irrigation system. In that case, it’s important to call a professional and have one installed! You will want one considering you will likely be busy planting a garden and figuring out what works for your new turf.
Images Landscaping is Here to Help
Our specialty is landscaping, but what is landscaping if your irrigation system can’t keep it looking clean and inviting?
Once you are ready for professional help, you can reach out to Images Landscaping at (248) 866-5442, or on our contact page. We are even on Facebook if you would like to seek us out there for some more information!