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Cink It! Challenge 2018: Mission Accomplished

Thank You, Stewart Cink and the Cink It Challenge Team!

Jessie's Girl Rio Club SuwaneeThis year’s September 17, 2018, Cink It! Challenge was a success. Despite hurricane Florence’s landfall in the Carolina’s, we were able to hold on to good weather in Suwanee for the charity event of the summer.

Festivities began on Sunday night with a Rio Carnival Kickoff Party at the River Club Lodge. We enjoyed great food and beverages along with LIVE music from Jessie’s Girl. We met many of the players for Monday’s tournament, meeting tons of new people who are deeply involved in the community and a variety of charitable organizations.

Conserva Irrigation support cink it charitiesMonday’s shot-gun start went off without a hitch. The weather was perfect. And despite the party Sunday night, the players were bright-eyed and busy tailed, ready to go!

Besides mingling with the players and other sponsors while representing Conserva Irrigation, we actually had the chance to meet and talk to Stewart Cink himself!

We are so pleased to be able to contribute to such a fabulous local charity event. The CinkIt! Challenge does more than raise money for Obria Medical and the Gwinett Medical Center NICU; it brings the community together!

We can’t wait to see you all out on the links next year! Thank you!

Why You Should Choose a Professional Irrigation Technician for Sprinkler Problems and Maintenance

Are you a big-time troubleshooter? A slight leak in the roof or drippy faucet and you grab your tools and get to work? “I can figure this out.”

You’re not alone.

But, when it comes to your lawn sprinkler system, we urge you to call the professionals.

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Obvious Sprinkler System Problems

For the visible and seemingly most obvious sprinkler problems like a broken sprinkler head that won’t pop up or spray right, you may be tempted to fix it yourself. A quick change of a rotor or head and you will be back in business, right?

Maybe.

What are you basing your assumption of a broken head on? If your system runs early in the morning before you are up, you might just assume the dead spot is a sprinkler head issue. But, there might be an underlying issue that is causing your dead spots. If there is, we will find it. For instance, sometimes an underground water line leak will create weak water pressure so the sprinkler head can’t activate. In this case, replacing the sprinkler head is a waste of time and energy.

Not to mention, when it comes to replacing sprinkler heads, valves, and rotors, quality matters. We’ll upgrade your system with each new part, to the most durable and innovative options. This will begin to save you water (and money) one head at a time.

Hidden Sprinkler System Problems

So you have a dead spot, a soggy spot, or something going very wrong underground. Grab your shovel and start digging? Do you know where to start? Do you know what you might find when you get there? Or what to do?

Our team does. In fact, we can minimize digging with our ability to diagnose. And, we often have all the parts needed on our truck to fix it right there on the spot.

If you just start digging, you could have your whole lawn torn up before you find your sprinkler problem. You are risking damage to your entire system with the digging, and once you get there, you have to figure out what is wrong, what parts you need and hope your skills in repairing it are sound. Because once you fill in the hole, you might find a new problem was created.

Save yourself the headache, call Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta today. We have highly-trained technicians with your sprinkler efficiency as our goal! 678-671-2020

Proud Sponsor of the Cink It Challenge – September 17th, 2018

Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta is Proud
to Sponsor the Annual Cink It Challenge.

sponsor of the suwanee cink it challengeThe Annual Cink It Challenge is an 18-hole golf tournament at the River Club in Suwanee. Professional golfer and Georgia Tech Alum, Stewart Cink and his wife Lisa started the challenge to raise funds for Gwinnett Medical Center NICU, Obria Medical Clinics, and the Gwinnett Medical Center Breast Cancer Program.

Each team will be paired with a PGA Tour pro-golfer, celebrity or local club pro. Besides the 18 holes played after a shotgun start, the event also includes a Kickoff Party the night before, a PGA Tour Clinic before the tournament and an awards ceremony afterward.

“My family and I are thrilled to be able to support a local charity that raises funds for great local medical facilities. The Cink It! Challenge is one of the most looked-forward-to events in Suwanee every year. In addition to funds raised, the fun and excitement of the event brings national attention to important work and is a great way to get our community to come together.”
- Jason Butler, President, Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta

As a sponsor of the Cink It Challenge, we are excited to be a part of supporting local charities that make a difference in the community we share, every day. And we hope to see you there!

What to Expect During the Irrigation Installation Process

new lawn sprinkler system installationsCongratulations! You’re about to enjoy a life that does not include hand-watering your lawn, dragging hoses out, or adjusting a garden sprinkler a hundred times to get it just right!

Installing a new irrigation system is a great step towards a healthy lawn and landscape without having to remember a thing or do a thing. But what does this installation process entail?

Read on to learn what you can expect when Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta’s experienced irrigation technicians install your irrigation system:

Irrigation Installation Site Visit

We visit your home to view your property, take measurements, and locate where valves and sprinkler heads will be located.

While at your home, we’ll provide you with an estimate on the spot. We’ll also be able to answer any questions or concerns you have about irrigating your property.

Irrigation Installation Prep

Installation usually occurs about one to two weeks after the initial consultation, depending on the time of year.

During the time in between, we have ordered materials and parts and called 811 to have your utility lines marked to avoid damaging underground wires. There is no need to get permits. During this time, we need you to make sure your grass is mowed short the day before our arrival so that clean-up afterward is easier and cleaner!

Most residential sprinkler systems take 1-2 days to install and clean up your property.

Irrigation Installation Day Begins

The first thing our crews need to do at your home is excavate where the water lines will run. We have two options for excavation, depending on your immediate needs:
trencher irrigation excavation

  1. Trenching is the more familiar excavating process of digging 6-8” wide trenches that are 12” deep. There will be no sod left above the water lines when we are done, but we do backfill and level the trenches when we are done. There will be no grass left where we dig. You can expect a 4-8 week grow back period.
  2. Plowing is a newer technique where the machine actually pulls the pipe through the earth for better immediate aesthetics on your property after installation is complete. It will disturb the ground still, and you will be able to tell where the lines were placed, but within a week to 10 days, you’ll barely know we were there. Plowing is more expensive because of the additional labor to hand dig all the connection points.
    plowing excavator
    Excavating is a large part of the job, after which we lay pipes, connect valves and sprinkler heads, install weather sensors, connect and install the irrigation controller and program it. We will run the system and make sure everything is tip-top before finishing our clean up.

After we leave: Water your lawn on its new regular schedule to get it back into shape as quickly as possible. And fertilize your lawn within a week to ten days.

Do I have to be home for installation? Just on the final day of the install. On a two-day installation, the second day is when you need to be there. We will notify you of the schedule.

Post-Installation Inspection

We will schedule a post-installation visit about a week to 10 days after your irrigation system was installed. This visit is a courtesy visit to ensure all zones are firing properly, all sprinkler heads are adjusted and there are no issues. This full inspection is important as the ground settles and the system runs to make sure nothing went awry.

The Conserva Irrigation Installation Difference

irrigation installation clean upIn addition to our post-installation inspection, Conserva always installs three important things in our sprinkler systems:

  1. Backflow: This keeps irrigation water from backing up into the house.
  2. Brass Gate Valve: This allows us to shut off water to just the irrigation system should an issue arise, rather than shutting off water to the entire house.
  3. Blow Out Tee: A special valve for clearing all the water out of your sprinkler system during the winterization process. Important for avoiding major freeze damage during our short but cold winter.

What Will My Yard Look Like After Installation?

One of our most frequently asked questions, and rightfully so, every homeowner wants to know when their lawn will be back into tip-top shape.

plowing makes less mess of your lawnIf you choose the trencher, you’ll be looking at 4-8 weeks of growing new grass over the lines we buried. If you choose the plowing method, you should be close to looking normal in 7-10 days but will still be able to tell we there. Installing an irrigation system unavoidably will disrupt your lawn. Please keep this in mind when you are scheduling your installation date.

If you are ready to trash your plastic oscillating garden sprinklers and enjoy a healthier lawn with less effort, call Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta today for an irrigation system installation consultation. 678-671-2020

September 2018: 10% Off Installations Schedule By December 31, 2018

Fix Your Sprinkler System Right the First Time: Hire an Irrigation Pro

hire an irrigation professionalWe get it. Your irrigation system is spouting water and you want to fix it yourself. Let us gently suggest that you call us instead. Like many home maintenance challenges, sprinkler system repair can be more complex than it first seems. By letting us take care of your irrigation system year round, you’ll save yourself some headaches and avoid possibly making a sprinkler repair problem worse.

Use Irrigation Repair Experts

What you think is causing the trouble may not be the real issue. We can easily troubleshoot the needed irrigation repair. For instance, if a sprinkler head is not functioning correctly, it may be due to a broken line underground. By letting us do the professional sprinkler repair we’re trained to do, you avoid aggravating a problem or causing another. We’d rather have you sit outside and enjoy your great-looking lawn rather than worry about what’s going on beneath it.

We provide expert irrigation repair that meets North Atlanta’s high standards. We get it right, because sprinkler installation, maintenance, and repair is our only job. At Conserva Irrigation, we’re committed to professional, responsible service. You don’t have to deal with someone who happens to do sprinkler system repair on the side. Your irrigation system is too important to your yard’s health and beauty, not to mention your property value, to take chances that waste time, money and water.

Save Water, Save Money

We’re passionate about water conservation. A single broken sprinkler head leaks as much as 18-45 gallons of water every time your sprinkler system runs. We do sprinkler repair to be sure you use as little water as you need to, which saves you money.

Atlanta already faces some of the country’s highest water costs. Saving water is critical, as a growing population strains Lake Lanier’s water levels. After finally recovering from years of drought conditions – we know better than most how precious water is. By ensuring that your sprinkler system runs at peak efficiency, you are helping conserve our most vital natural resource.

When it comes to providing the most efficient sprinkler system repairs in Alpharetta, Milton, Duluth, Roswell, Johns Creek and the rest of North Atlanta, we are your most qualified choice! Call today to stop irrigation leaks and high water bills dead in their tracks. (678) 671-2020

Conserva Receives 2018 Irrigation Association Vanguard Award

36 Million Gallons of Water Saved

Just from the Target stores we have served!

The Vanguard Award from the Irrigation Association, honors an innovative project execution within the irrigation industry.

Conserva Irrigation was awarded the Vanguard Award in 2018 for our work with the Target Corporation. Target embarked on a pilot program with us to find out if meaningful water savings could be achieved by awarding their irrigation services to irrigation experts instead of keeping it bundled with their other outdoor commercial maintenance providers.

After four pilot stages, including over 320 stores nationwide, Target has saved more than 36 million gallons of water.

What do 36 million gallons of water look like?

A few examples to give you perspective.

  1. Remember that Rio Olympics swimming pool that turned green? That pool holds almost one million gallons of water. So, more than 36 of those!
  2. The average bathtub holds 50 gallons of water. So 720,000 bathtubs full.
  3. The average household uses about 300 gallons of water per day. Target effectively saved enough water to serve 120,000 homes for a day!

With the opening of hundreds of more Conserva locations nationwide and our quickly growing residential and commercial client list, I’d say it is not unreasonable that we can conserve enough fresh water to fill Lake Lanier! Lake Lanier holds 637 billion gallons of water. Stay tuned, we’ll let you know when we reach our goal.

Landscaping Solutions to Complement Your North Atlanta Smart Irrigation System

What Sustainable Outdoor Solutions Are There Beyond My SMART Sprinkler System?

We’re glad you asked. By installing one of our Smart Irrigation Systems, you have already begun the journey of making your landscapes sustainable. We have been asked by our customers how to further make their home as green as they can, and we are happy to say we have some innovative and effective solutions that can enhance your home’s eco-friendliness.

Sustainable Solutions for Your Landscaping

Enjoy our list of some great options for sustainable landscaping solutions:

  • LED LightingLED Lighting is a very sustainable way of illuminating your landscapes in the evening. LED Lighting can be used to light up your walkways, stairways, home, and even your greenery. Light-emitting diodes use a very minimal amount of electricity, and LED bulbs have an 80,000-hour lifespan, making them a very sustainable solution to your landscape lighting needs.
  • Permeable Pavers – Consider replacing any concrete or asphalt portions of your landscaping with permeable pavers. Permeable pavers allow water to filter through them and into the ground, meaning your landscape will absorb more rainwater. This also helps prevent flooding and dirty runoff water from polluting natural water sources.
  • Soil Testing – Getting your soil tested will allow you to know what types of soil are where in your landscape and how to effectively and efficiently enrich and treat it.
  • Harvesting Rainwater – Collecting rainwater through rainwater harvesting can help conserve the water you use for landscaping. Harvested rainwater can be stored in barrels or cisterns and then be incorporated into your irrigation system. Be sure to check with local regulations before attempting to implement rainwater harvesting.
  • Green Walls – Implementing green walls, that is walls of vegetation, into your landscape is a way to improve your landscaping aesthetics and even keep interior temperatures down by putting green walls against structures.
  • Slow Release Fertilizer – Using slow-release fertilizers aid in keeping your soil quality higher. They have low salt indexes and do not require as much watering.
  • Aerating and Mulch – Regularly aerating your soil and adding a base layer to it will allow your plants to grow deeper roots and the soil to retain more nutrients.

If you love these ideas, but don’t yet have a SMART irrigation system, contact Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta today at (678) 671-2020. With repairs, upgrades, and additions, we can transform existing sprinkler systems to be more efficient. We are your best local choice for SMART irrigation in Johns Creek, Milton, Alpharetta and all of North Atlanta.

What is ET and how does it make my sprinkler controller better?

What is ET and how does it make my sprinkler controller better?

The Toro EVOLUTION® Controller is the most advanced irrigation controller on the market. As a standalone controller, it can create a custom irrigation schedule based on the past 40 years’ weather data for your zip code. Basically, in this small box lies an “almanac” that helps predict your watering schedule by what has happened historically.

However, as climate change and other factors come into play, relying on historical data alone has become increasingly, well . . . unreliable. That’s where the magic of our water-saving add-on devices come in. Meet the Toro Wireless ET Weather Sensor.

What does ET stand for?

To most people, the term “ET” automatically evokes thoughts of cute, Reese’s Pieces-eating extraterrestrials who just want to phone home. While we at Conserva Irrigation love E.T. and Elliot as much as you do, that’s not what we’re referring to here.

For our purposes, “ET” stands for evapotranspiration. ET is the process of how water moves around the atmosphere by both evaporation from the earth and by the amount that plants “drink” from their roots in the soil to stay healthy. It gets confusing to some because ET is both a process and a measurement.

ET as a measurement is a complicated calculus equation that thankfully, the EVOLUTION Controller does for us when it gets data from the ET Weather Sensor.

When a Conserva Irrigation technician first designs and programs your irrigation system, there are many variables that he or she enters into the EVOLUTION controller to create the right watering schedule. These variables include soil type, slope, amounts of sun and shade, types of plant material found in each zone, and types of sprinkler heads used.

When you have a Toro Wireless ET Weather Sensor, it detects real-time weather data and sends it to your EVOLUTION Controller. The controller then takes that data, combined with the variables mentioned above that your Conserva Irrigation technician previously inputted, does some calculations, and then overrides any previously programmed watering schedule and customizes it for the current and upcoming conditions.

For example, say the “almanac” inside your controller had determined that it would be best to water your lawn at 9:00 a.m. next Tuesday. But suddenly it’s 9:00 a.m. that Tuesday, and it’s raining. Your Toro Wireless ET Weather Sensor will already know that, and have sent that information back to the controller, which will override the previous schedule and not water at that time. Paired with the Toro Precision Soil Sensor, which detects moisture in the ground (not necessarily caused by rain) and sends that data back to the controller, you’re able to have the “smartest” irrigation system available.

To learn more about the Toro EVOLUTION Controller and how its add-on accessories like the Toro Wireless ET Weather Sensor and the Toro Precision Soil Sensor are the best option for your lawn, contact Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta today at 678-671-2020. You’ll be using less water and have the most beautiful lawn on the block!

Why is Smart Irrigation So Important & What Can You Do to Conserve Water?

July is Smart Irrigation Month

Is your irrigation system wasting water?

Did you know that 9 billion gallons of water per day is used for residential outdoor water use? With as much as 50% of that water wasted with inefficient irrigation systems and watering methods, you can see how much room there is to conserve our most precious natural resource – fresh water.

Did you know as much as 25,000 gallons of water can be wasted in one six-month season by having just a single broken sprinkler head?

At Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta, we can adjust, update, and maintain your irrigation system to make it more efficient. Call us today. 678-671-2020

 

Landscaping Tips to Further Reduce Water Use in Irrigation

More Ways to Save Water with Changes in Landscaping

At Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta, we use SMART Irrigation technology to help you use only the precise amount of water you need to keep your lawn and landscape lush and healthy. For most home and business owners, this results in a huge reduction in water use compared to their previous system set up. While utilizing the latest irrigation technology goes a long way in conserving water and saving you money, there are a great deal of things you can do in your landscape design to help reduce water needs even further.

Enjoy our top landscaping ideas for a water-wise garden and lawn:

  1. Explore drought-resistant plants that don’t need much water. Lavender and prostrate rosemary are fantastic low-water shrubs. Incorporate succulents and ornamental grasses (such as blue fescue) that are hardy in dry, hot weather.
  2. Choose the best grass for your yard. There are many types of grass that are better for heat and drought than others. Depending on the sun and shade exposure, be sure to choose the best grass for your property.
  3. Add shade trees. If you are living in a newer home, you might be looking at a bare property when it comes to trees and landscaping. Invest in planting shade trees to protect the rest of your landscape from drying out too easily. This will have the additional benefit of allowing it to hold on to moisture even more after you irrigate.
  4. Hardscaping. Use more hardscaping to reduce the amount of lawn that needs watering. Be careful with this, if you have drainage issues on your property, reducing permeable space can cause more drainage issues. If you can use gravel and permeable pavers that is better in the North Atlanta region.

Remember, while keeping a lawn and landscape healthy can take significant water resources in the summer months, it is important to keep the ecosystem balanced with living vegetation. If you have any questions about how to use less water on your landscape, feel free to call us anytime. We offer sprinkler repairs, upgrades, and installations that can reduce your water bill significantly. (678) 671-2020

Is a French Drain the Right Drainage Solution for your North Atlanta Yard?

What is the Right Drainage System for Your Yard?

When it comes to yard drainage solutions, the french drain is the most frequent request we get. Sometimes it is the right solution, sometimes it is simply the terminology homeowners use to encompass many types of yard drainage systems. While our experts will help determine what drainage system is best for your yard, we wanted to help you get a sense of the what the options are by explaining what a french drain is and the benefits of it.

What is a French Drain?

A french drain is known by many terms, all of which are okay to use: weeping tile, blind drain, rock drain, drain tile, sub-soil drain and more. It is basically a trench, usually containing a perforated drain pipe. This pipe redirects surface water and groundwater away from the problem area to an area more suitable for it to be released. Often, for residential homes, we’ll route the pipe to come out in the street so it can flow down the sewers with the rest of the rain run-off.

While a french drain might be exactly what you need, there are many other contributing factors. Depending on where the water is puddling and where the water is coming from, we may be able to alter downspout drains or use channel drains to get the job done. We may recommend a dry creek bed or some alterations to the grade of your property. Our drainage solution experts will create a custom solution for you, so you can sleep easy when the rain falls.

If your Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, or Milton property has areas of flooding when it rains, call Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta today. 678-671-2020

Does Your Sprinkler System Have Rain Sensors? It is the Law.

Is Your Sprinkler System Running in the Rain?

Alpharetta sprinkler systems must meet codes as set forth by the State of Georgia. Georgia Code 12-5-6 states that any irrigation system installed after 2005 and using public water sources has to have a rain sensor shut-off switch. The switch is meant to override programming within the sprinkler controller so that when a specific amount of rain falls the system automatically shuts off.

It certainly makes sense; no one wants to pay for water when the much-needed rain is finally falling. Does your Alpharetta sprinkler system have a rain sensor or other smart irrigation sensor to meet this need?

At Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta, we take rain sensors to a whole new level with multiple innovative sprinkler parts by Toro® Irrigation.

Smart Irrigation Controller

Starting with the Toro EVOLUTION® controller which taps into 40 years of weather data for your precise location to make strong predictions about your Alpharetta residential or commercial property’s current irrigation needs. More than just a timer, every detail about your property is programmed, and every sensor communicates with the controller to guarantee efficient Alpharetta irrigation.

Rain Sensor Deluxe

Next, the Toro ET sensor takes into account the current weather conditions. A rain sensor? Yes. But so much more. The ET sensor uses live temperature, solar measurements, and historical data to manage water usage. It automatically updates your EVOLUTION controller to make adjustments to programming seamlessly.

Soil Sensors for Increased Precision

Lastly, the Toro Precision™ Soil Sensor goes even further to measure the moisture in the soil across each of your sprinkler zones. As it happens, drainage, sun exposure, and soil vary greatly around each commercial or residential property. Your Alpharetta sprinkler system doesn’t have to fire each zone in sequence every time it runs. Some areas may stay in the shade of a building for months while getting direct afternoon sunlight during other times of the year. The Toro Precision Soil Sensor will sense the specific needs of each zone, sending a signal to the Toro EVOLUTION controller to NOT fire zones that do not need it.

Long-Term Efficiency with Alpharetta Smart Irrigation

While we might take the requirement for a rain sensor to the extreme, our goal is to make all Alpharetta irrigation systems as efficient as possible. Saving water saves you money and it just makes good sense. Call today (678) 671-2020 to receive a FREE 12-point sprinkler system inspection. We’ll make sure you have the required rain sensor while we locate improved efficiency prospects by diagnosing hidden leaks, broken sprinkler heads, misfiring zones, buried sprinkler heads, programming deficiencies and upgrade opportunities.

Seven Smart Settings for Smart Irrigation & a Stunning Landscape

Seven Smart Settings for Smart Irrigation & a Stunning Landscape

Are you unsure how to set your North Atlanta sprinkler system controller for the most efficient irrigation possible? Deploying the right settings can conserve water and save you money!

While we adjust programming and sprinkler heads for our clients, we want you to be in the know. This will not only help you change settings if needed but will give you the tools and knowledge to spot an issue that might need addressing. Here are seven smart tips for setting your sprinkler system for the most efficient watering and lush landscape possible.

What soil type are you watering?

Different soils types absorb water at different rates. If your soil cannot absorb quickly enough, you will waste a great deal of water with runoff. Adjust your watering times and schedule accordingly.

Schedule each zone differently.

There could be a large variation in factors between each of your watering zones. Different sun or shade exposure, different soil types, different elevations and so on. Schedule each irrigation appropriately and to fit its unique needs.

Adjust sprinkler coverage.

Don’t let sprinkler heads water sidewalks, driveways, buildings, or patios — keep the water on the grass and landscape to avoid water waste.

What time should you water your lawn and landscape?

Water when the sun is low, the wind is calm, and temperatures are cool to prevent loss to evaporation (you can lose up to 30% to evaporation during the heat of the day). We advise early morning watering.

Schedule shorter watering periods more often.

Did you know your lawn will absorb the water better if you choose three 5-minute watering periods instead of one 15-minute period? Schedule this through your irrigation controller for a no hassle more efficient watering and healthier lawn.

Only water when needed.

Healthy lawns are watered just right. Too much water can be as bad as too little water and can lead to weed growth, disease, fungus, and shallow roots.

Adjust your controller for the seasons.

Don’t just set it and forget it. Become familiar with your irrigation controller and adjust it for the seasons accordingly. Cooler seasons require less water, etc. Upgrade to a smart irrigation controller to allow for automatic adjustments, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

For assistance in implementing the most efficient irrigation system programming, contact Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta today. *(678) 671-2020*

Johns Creek Sprinkler Systems: What is the Best Time to Water My Lawn?

When Should I Have My Johns Creek Sprinkler System Scheduled to Turn On?

Irrigating your Johns Creek lawn is not as simple as just programming your system to run when you are not going to be using it. Choosing the best time to water, within the parameters of the Johns Creek water restrictions will ensure your lawn gets the most out of every drop of water. While it used to be that some professionals would say to water in the evening, there is a new and better consensus. Early morning watering is the best time to water your lawn in Suwanee.

Early Morning = Breakfast Time for Your Lawn

There are several rules of thought in regards to why early morning is the best. First off, it is before the sun is at its hottest in the middle of the day. If you water at noon in the summertime, the fast evaporation of water from your lawn could cause it to get scorched.

Secondly, by watering in the morning instead of night, the water will evaporate and absorb at a speed that is not too slow. Slow absorption and little evaporation in the middle of the night could lead to the opposite problem of scorching: fungus, mildew, root decay and an overall unhealthy lawn.

Toro® EVOLUTION® Irrigation Controller

Worried you’ll forget? Are you too busy in the morning or don’t get up early enough to make sure your Johns Creek sprinkler system runs at the right time? Let our Toro EVOLUTION® smart controller do the work for you. It is not only easy to program for early morning lawn feedings, but it also works in conjunction with over 40-years of weather data for your exact location, rain sensors, and soil sensors to ensure that your sprinkler system doesn’t run in the rain or right before the rain arrives.

If you’re ready to upgrade your Johns Creek sprinkler system to include the latest in water conserving technology, call today to schedule your free system efficiency inspection (678) 671-2020. Our inspection will identify upgrades and retrofits that could improve your system efficiency to lower your water use, while also finding any hidden leaks or damages in need of repair. Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta is looking forward to working with you.

Summer Storms: Is Your Atlanta Irrigation System Protected from Lightning?

Summer Storms: Is Your Irrigation System Protected from Lightning?

Summer is upon us. In North Atlanta, that means heat, periods of drought, and then big heavy thunderstorms. While this summer has already seen more rain than usual, the summer heat is sure to brew up the more stormy weather in June, July, and August.

Did you know that lightning is one of the top causes of sprinkler system damage?

It may not be the first thing you think of when you worry about lightning damage at your home, but your irrigation system could suffer real damage. See the photo to the right. This irrigation system controller was destroyed by lightning. You might think it was struck by lightning, but that is not the case. Lightning struck the ground, traveled through the valve, and blew the controller right off the post. A major water leak occurred because the valve was left wide-open after the lightning went through it. In a residential scenario, this could happen in the same exact way, but the controller that is usually on your garage wall would be in pieces on your garage floor.

Is your sprinkler system grounded?

If your sprinkler system is not grounded properly, a strike of lightning on the ground nearby could cause significant damage, costing you a large sprinkler repair bill. If you don’t know if your sprinkler system is grounded, please call us today. 678-671-2020 We’ll be happy to come out and check out your system to protect you from potential summer storm damage.

Post-storm tip: After a storm has passed through, please check your controller, make sure it is intact and functioning on the wall of your garage. Also, take a quick walk through your property once the rain lets up, look for any leaks or geysers. If you should see any issues at all, call the experts at Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta, we handle sprinkler system repairs of all sizes.

Rain, Rain Go Away: Prepare your Irrigation System for the Heat & Sun to Keep Your Lawn Healthy and Green

Prepare Your Irrigation System for Hot Dry Weather Before it Arrives

Finally, the rain has let up! I think everyone in Suwanee, Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Buford and the rest of North Atlanta are long over this wet summer we are having. While are all glad the drought is currently over, the inability to make outdoor plans stick is giving us all cabin fever.

Look outside. Are your lawn and landscape greener and lusher than ever before? If so, we are here to help you keep them that way. While irrigation may not have entered your mind for even a second this season, you need to prepare now before your lawn shrivels up without the constant rain.

Irrigation System Start-Ups

If you haven’t turned your sprinkler system on yet, you could be in for a surprise when the rain does finally let up. Over the winter and throughout the flooding summer rains, your system may have suffered some unseen damage. If you wait until the weather has been hot and dry for more than a few days and discover a problem with your sprinkler system, you could be risking the health of your lawn. Keeping a lawn that has had copious amounts of rain healthy when the rain stops requires much less water than bringing a dry lawn back to life.

What Can You Do?

We recommend you call us for a spring start-up service. (But in the summer.) We’ll come out, inspect every zone, every sprinkler head, and every sensor. We’ll start up your system and adjust the programming and nozzles to ensure efficient and effective irrigation. We’ll provide you with a list of needed repairs if we happen to come across any, with a flat rate quote for fixing them. We keep the most common repair parts well-stocked so we may even be able to fix it on the spot if you would like.

Don’t wait until your lawn dies. Call Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta today to keep your post-monsoon lawn lush and healthy. (678) 671-2020

Is Your Suwanee Sprinkler System Running in the Rain?

Do you Need to Replace Your Irrigation Rain Sensor?

The Atlanta area has had more rainfall this spring than we’ve had in years. Some areas have received as much as 3 inches more than the 30-year average. If spring storms continue to roll through regularly, it is more important now than ever that your Suwanee sprinkler system controller features an automatic adjust to account for rainfall, allowing you to save water and money while the weather allows. After all, having a rain sensor is a state law in Georgia.

Have you seen your sprinkler system running during or just after rain?

Depending on your irrigation schedule, it could be difficult to notice if your Suwanee sprinkler system has been running on rainy days. Standard sprinkler system controllers do not have automatic adjust or delay to take into account recent rainfall; many people resort to turning their entire system off during the rainy season. A delay in turning your sprinklers back on can result in an under-watered lawn when the rain stops.

Toro® EVOLUTION Sprinkler System Controller

The first step in meeting state requirements and NOT watering your lawn during rainy weather is a rain sensor with an automatic shut-off. Georgia Code 12-5-6 states that any sprinkler system installed after 2005 has to have the rain sensor shut-off switch. We recommend the Toro Evolution Wireless Weather Sensor.

If you’re looking to maximize your efficiency, we offer an even smarter system with our Toro smart controller. Rather than meeting the minimum requirements by state law, this controller works with your rain and soil sensors as well as tapping into 40 years of historical weather data for your exact location. With so much data on hand, the Toro EVOLUTION smart controller will automatically adjust your schedule to account for impending rain and recent rain. You’ll never have to find your sprinkler system running in the rain again!

Call Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta, to make sure your sprinkler system is in compliance and not running during spring showers! 678-671-2020

Strong Roots = Healthy Lawn: Watering your Johns Creek Lawn More, Does NOT Mean it Will Be Healthier

More Water Does NOT Mean a Healthier Lawn

Do you struggle with your Johns Creek lawn care? No matter how much water you give it, you can’t get it healthy or keep it healthy?

The source of your trouble may lie in your turf’s root system.

Roots are the symbol of strength in all areas of life. Certainly, the origination of this symbolism comes from reality. Tree roots might be your first thought, but all plants rely on their roots for their strength. This strength in their roots determines their health and beauty.

Overwatering Damages Root Strength

Johns Creek grass roots are no different. They need airflow for oxygen – overwatering your lawn will drown the roots making for a dead or weak turf. If it doesn’t kill the grass, it can make it weak and much more susceptible to disease and insect damage. Overwatered lawns can also become overrun with a variety of weeds that are difficult to control, making for an unhealthy and weed-filled lawn.

Overwatering Your Lawn Can Cost You Big

With the most expensive water in the country, it is no doubt you could be throwing money, quite literally, down the drain with too much irrigation. But overwatering also dilutes the effectiveness of your fertilizer. Washing it away before it can be absorbed means you’ll need more fertilizer, and you’ll get less effective results.

Will I get dry brown turf by making my Johns Creek sprinkler system more efficient?

At Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta, our goal is to help all of our clients use less water. We accomplish this goal with a FREE Johns Creek sprinkler system inspection to identify needed repairs and irrigation efficiency opportunities, helping many clients use as much as 40% less water.

We have been asked if this reduction in water use will leave them with a dry, brown unhealthy turf. Our answer quite simply is absolutely not.

We never risk the health of your lawn to reduce water use. Lawns are an important part of the ecosystem and keeping them healthy is as important for the environment as conserving water use. Our expert irrigation technicians evaluate the precise amount of water your lawn and landscape needs and will optimize your system to meet that target exactly. Leaving you with a healthier lawn, a lower water bill and the knowledge that you’re doing your part in water conservation efforts. Call today to schedule your free inspection. 678-671-2020

Zoysia, Bermuda, St. Augustine or Tall Fescue: What is the Best Type of Grass for the North Atlanta Climate?

The Best Grass to Plant in Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Suwanee, Milton, and the rest of North ATL

Are you planting a new lawn or considering changing the type of lawn you have at your home? Choosing the right type of grass for the North Atlanta climate is an important start to enjoying a healthy lawn with less maintenance, less water, and fewer headaches. With North Atlanta geographically situated right in the transition zone, we have more choices in grass types than other climates. Both warm and cool grass types can survive here, but which grass is best?

The most popular types of grass to grow in Suwanee, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Duluth and the rest of North Atlanta are Bermuda, Zoysia, St. Augustine, and Tall Fescue. Read below to learn the pros and cons of each so you can make the right choice for your lawn.

Tall Fescue Grass

A cool-season grass, fescue stays green all year long. However, it prefers cool nights to recover from hot days, so it can require more water during the summer season and may even go dormant or get patchy if temperatures stay above the 90s during the day, above 70 at night, or drought conditions persist. Watering more than an inch a week can lead to shallow roots and promote disease. To grow a healthy fescue lawn in North Atlanta mow it at the height of three and a half inches to promote deep roots and provide shade for the soil to stay moist.

Photo Credit: The Lawn Institute

St. Augustine Grass

St. Augustine grass is a warm season grass and is a wonderful choice for sunny, hot areas but is tolerant of shade too. It is not the most tolerant of cold weather but can withstand North Atlanta winters. St. Augustine grass is moderately drought tolerant and doesn’t need supplemental watering except during extended periods of drought. St. Augustine grass does require frequent mowing, doesn’t withstand heavy traffic but does well at keeping weeds at bay. Like most warm-season grasses it does go dormant in the winter months.

Bermuda Grass

Bermuda grass is a warm season grass that is the most common type you’ll find in North Atlanta lawns. It is drought tolerant, cold tolerant and performs very well in high-traffic conditions. Turning brown and going dormant in winter, Bermuda grass does not survive well in shady areas. Bermuda grass should be mowed at ¾ to 1 inch high and requires an inch of water per week during spring and summer.

Zoysia Grass

Zoysia is quickly becoming the favorite grass to grow in North Atlanta lawns. Much like Bermuda, Zoysia can tolerate drought, heat, and heavy traffic. A warm climate grass that goes dormant in winter, the added benefits of Zoysia is that it can grow well in both sunny and shady areas. Zoysia should be mowed to a ½ inch high, taking care not to scalp your lawn.

While all four of these grass types can grow here in North Atlanta, we recommend you choose the warm climate grass that best meets your specific property conditions and traffic toleration needs. At Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta, we want you to have a gorgeous lawn using as little water as possible. To accomplish this goal, choosing the right type of grass for your yard provides the best foundation for water conservation. If you have any further questions about your lawn, please give us a call at any time. (678) 671-2020

Get Off the Meter: Convert Your Irrigation to a Shallow Well and Pump System

Can You Get Off the Water Meter to Save Money?

Atlanta, Georgia has one of the highest water costs of any American city. With dry, hot summers, your irrigation system is likely the largest portion of that expense at your home. At Conserva Irrigation of North Atlanta, our goal is to build, repair, and adjust local sprinkler systems to be as efficient as possible while still maintaining a healthy lawn and landscape. Our efforts are to conserve water, but also to save our friends and neighbors money. But with dry hot summers, sometimes your sprinkler system has a lot of precipitation to replace – still costing a great deal in summer months. Have you considered taking your irrigation system off the meter?

At Conserva, we are always looking for ways to conserve freshwater resources and save you cash. For this reason, we offer centrifugal pump conversions. There are two types we can install; a shallow well and pump system or a lake centrifugal pump system.

Well and Pump Irrigation System

For a well and pump irrigation system, we’ll sink a well point and connect it to a centrifugal pump. The pump will lift the water from the ground and pump it into the sprinkler system. You’ll no longer be paying for the water from the city.

Lake Pump Irrigation System

If you live on Lake Lanier or another smaller water source, we may be able to install a centrifugal pump with an intake suction line and filter. This will draw water from the lake or pond and feed it into your sprinkler system. Lake pump sprinkler systems are subject to local codes which could play into whether it is possible or not.

If you’re interested in exploring the lake or well pump sprinkler system conversion route, give us a call today. Most existing sprinkler systems are able to support a conversion with a few adjustments. We’ll be happy to take a look at your sprinkler system and offer the best advice for lowering your water use, water costs and still enjoying a lush healthy lawn and landscape. Call today: 678-671-2020

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