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To Water? or Not to Water?

Spring in Nebraska usually means the weather changes every day.  Today we might have a monsoon, and tomorrow it will be sunny with the temperature in the triple digits.  This variance can play havoc with your lawn.  It is important to keep your lawn watered consistently, but how much is too much?  Under normal conditions we suggest watering 3 times a week and you want to water for a long enough period of time to water deeply,so you encourage the  roots to go deep. If you water every day for only 10 minutes, the roots won’t grow deep and when the heat of the summer really hits, you’ll have an even harder time keeping your lawn green because of the shallow roots.

So how much time should you water on each zone?  Rotor heads, which are the ones that turn back and forth, require the most watering time. If you have rotor zones set at 30 minutes, then the spray zones should be set at 15 minutes so that both areas are receiving the same amount of water.  This will provide about a 1/3 inch of water per run time.  An inch of water a week can be adequate, if we are also getting some rain from Mother Nature. And if we get more rain than that, like we have recently, you could water even less.

However, as the seasonal hot conditions become more frequent and we see less and less rain, you may want to bump up your watering schedule up to 6 times a week to provide 2 inches of rain.  In the hot windy conditions, like in the heat of the summer,  a yard can be dry just a few days after a 1 inch rain.  In addition to variances in the weather, your watering schedule depends on plant type (type of grass or landscaping), if your yard is in the sun or shade, and even the slope of your yard.

And one more important point:  You should be watering in the early morning, usually between 3:00 and 10:00 to make sure as much of the water as possible actually gets to the grass.  There is less evaporation due to wind and heat in the early morning hours.  Also consider that you want as much water volume as possible, so don’t schedule your sprinklers to water when it will interfere with showers, laundry or other household activities that use a lot of water.

To take the guesswork out of watering your lawn, consider adding an On-site Water sensor to your sprinkler system.  With this sensor installed you can save up to 50% of your outdoor water bill.  It waters based on actual weather readings from your property. When installed, we input, among other items, the type of sprinklers in each zone, plant types, soil type and degree of slope in your yard.  Based on all this information, each zone turns on only when weather conditions warrant it.   So you can rest easy, knowing your sprinkler system isn’t watering in the middle of a thunderstorm.

If you have questions about your particular yard or need help with getting adequate water coverage on your lawn, give us a call.  We’re here to help!

What Sets Us Apart

While participating in the metro area’s home & garden shows, we get the chance to talk to many homeowners. And, as most do this time of year; many homeowners have spring fever!

We spoke about the benefits of having a sprinkler system. We also talked to plenty of folks that have systems, but want to upgrade or make repairs to their sprinklers. One question people really what to know is, “What makes you different from all the other sprinkler companies?” Our customers choose us for many various reasons, but here’s what we think sets us apart from the other irrigation contractors in town.

We install the sprinkler system that best fits your needs.
We custom design your sprinkler system based on your yard, which means we take into account your trees and landscaping and still ensure that you have head-to-head coverage. We also make sure we’re not wasting water by watering your sidewalks or your house.

We offer three different installation packages so you can choose the one that best fits your needs and budget. All three packages have the same great design but we give you options on which components we install. You can choose to include energy-saving features such as a weather station and efficient watering heads or just the basics, but either way, it’s designed for YOUR yard and YOUR landscaping.

Nature’s Helper is Omaha’s Water-Efficiency Experts! We are dedicated to do our part to help conserve and protect our water resources. Nature’s Helper owner Howard Kucera, is one of only a few select contractors in the entire state of Nebraska that has partnered with the EPA’s WaterSense program. That means we offer our customers the latest technology and innovative products to help conserve water and save money on energy bills.

You can count on us to honor our 5-year warranty and provide service after the sale. We’ve been in business almost 14 years and we’ll be around for many more years to come. A warranty doesn’t do you any good if the company isn’t around to honor what it promised.

Our service technicians are friendly, professional and well-trained. And all of our staff is customer-focused to ensure you have a positive experience throughout the entire installation process and life of your sprinkler system.

We’re proud that for the third year in a row, we have been voted among the Best of Omaha in the Irrigation category. So give us a call and find out what the voters in Omaha already know.

Spring fever is in full bloom

15 March 2011, by NaturesHelper Tags:

The first few warm days give everyone spring fever. We’re starting to see the first signs of true spring — a robin here or there, some flowers starting to poke through. The first flowers to come up will be the crocus, then the daffodils and then three waves of tulips.

Don’t Panic, Spring is Coming

29 March 2010, by NaturesHelper Tags: , ,

Everyone’s yards look terrible right now. After a harsh winter, with months and months of snow packed onto our yards, the grass looks awful. And in fact, the top layer of most yards right now is dead grass. But that’s just what’s on the top.