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Tips to Strengthen Your Lawn for Winter

WP Law - Thursday, November 30, 2017
Winter Lawn

The winter can be a welcome period of rest from all the necessary tasks that go with maintaining your lawn in top condition. But if you fail to prepare for the colder months, spring may greet you not with a carpet of lush, green grass, but with unappealing bare patches.

These simple steps will help you get your lawn winter-ready.

Clearing

Anything left resting on grass for a prolonged period, can leave a dead or worn area beneath it. Although the grass may regrow in spring, it is likely to be sparser and shorter than elsewhere, giving an unattractive patchy look to the lawn as a whole.

So, the first task is to ensure that your lawn is clear of all objects, both natural and man-made, including logs, lawn furniture, items of sports equipment and, as far as possible, fallen leaves.

Occasional clearing can also be carried out if necessary during the winter months themselves, but ideally the lawn should be left as undisturbed as possible during this period.

Aerating

Once its surface is clear, aerating the lawn is vital to break up compacted soil and allow water and nutrients to reach the plant roots.

Seeding, Fertilizing and Weed-killing

If your lawn is composed of a cool season grass variety, such as bluegrass or rye, fall is the ideal time of year for over-seeding or re-seeding, but this should take place no later than 6-7 weeks before the expected first freeze.

Once aerated, the lawn should be prepared for re-seeding and over-seeding by fertilizing, a vital process to replace soil nutrients lost during the heat and heavy use of summer.

You can spread a natural compost, if you have it, or use a commercial product , paying particular attention to bare or thinly covered patches.

Make sure newly seeded areas receive ample water, and once new growth is established, use a proprietary product from a specialist supplier to get rid of weeds, fungi and disease-causing pests.

Mowing

It's important to keep cutting your grass during the weeks before winter so that it is as short as possible at the end of the growing season. Shorter grass acts as a protector for fragile new growth and also discourages nesting by mice and other animals which may damage large areas of your lawn.

Gradually reducing the length of your grass with a series of cuts will be less traumatic for the plants than one severe cut at the end of the season.

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Keeping your lawn in great condition all year round can be a laborious process. But getting professional advice on the exact combinations of fertilizers and weed-killers you need, and when to apply them, can significantly improve your results without involving any extra work.

W P Law of Lexington SC has been in the business since 1970. Contact us today for details on how we can help you.

Best Practices for Protecting Your Fountain from Fall's Leaves 

WP Law - Thursday, November 09, 2017
Fall Fountain

Fall can be a rough time of the year for keeping your fountain well maintained and free of debris. Leaves can clog intake screens and damage your fountain pump. They can also break down and form sentiment that can clog nozzles and cause discoloration to your fountain's features over time. To help protect your fountain from leaves this fall season try these best practices below.

Cover it for the Season

If you live in a region that has snow earlier in the season, it may be best to winterize and cover your fountain for the cooler weather before the leaves start to fall heavily. You can also buy weatherproof outdoor covers. If you choose this option be sure to properly winterize your fountain before covering it.

Keep it Clean

If you want to keep your fountain running throughout the fall season, you can protect it by cleaning it on a regular basis. For best results, you will want to remove any leaves or fallen debris from the fountain on a daily basis, and drain and clean the debris and sediment from the bowls and other fixtures at least once or twice during the season.

Don't let the fall leaves damage your fountain. Help keep your fountain looking beautiful and running efficiently throughout the fall season by utilizing some of the best practices listed above.

3 Things to Look For During Your Performance Check

Marketing W. P. Law, Inc. - Thursday, October 26, 2017
Performance-Check-on-Irrigation-System

Everyone fancies lush green lawns and extensive green fields thanks to the innovations in irrigation. However, despite their prowess and precision watering capability, irrigation systems need to be regularly maintained to ensure they function properly.

If you are scheduling a performance check to determine if your irrigation equipment is functioning properly, here's what you can expect from the maintenance visit;

Pressure Check

To make sure that your irrigation system functions effectively and efficiently, the water pressure should be optimal. In most instances, low pressure is attributed to leaks, control valves not set (or operating) properly, airlocks, wrong direction of rotation and a damaged impeller.

Power consumption check

Sometimes pumps consume too much power. This is determined by checking the amperage draw when the pump is running. More often than not, high flow rates (caused by leaks or multiple zones running together) and mechanical defects are the main culprits of an upsurge in power usage.

Leaks

Leaks not only waste water, but they can cause other problems in your irrigation system as well. Large leaks can cause low pressure problems and pump power usage problems as mentioned earlier. When inspecting your irrigation system for leaks, check the mainline piping as well as isolation and zone control valves. If you are just starting your system for the first time in the spring, make sure that all drain valves (that were opened to winterize the system) are closed.

Valve diagnosis

Valves are a key component of any irrigation system. Making sure that they function properly should be of prime importance during any performance check. Control valves not only allow the system to be turned on and off but they also control the pressure going to the submain and lateral lines. The valve should be checked to see if opens and closes properly. Damaged diaphragms and malfunctioning solenoids can cause this problem. Control valves should also be checked to see if they are regulating pressure properly. Damaged control pilots and tubing can cause this problem.

At the end of this process, your irrigation equipment should be functioning properly and you may have saved yourself a few headaches down the road as well.

2 Strange Pump Noises and What They Mean

Marketing W. P. Law, Inc. - Thursday, October 12, 2017
Fountain Pump

Strange noises coming from your water pump can be a cause for alarm. Mostly the noises are either in form of humming, buzzing or clicking. In some cases, these noises may be an indicator of trouble on the way, therefore a checkup and repair is highly advised.

Humming

If your water pump keeps humming and it's not moving water, the problem could be with the pump motor, motor start capacitor or low voltage. It could also be because the pump has lost prime due to a leaky foot valve. You can try to turn off the pump and prime it manually. Then close the priming opening and start the pump. If the pump loses prime again, check the suction piping for air leaks and the foot valve.

Clicking

It's normal for the relay switch in water pumps to click on and off when water is running. If the click happens once every 1 to 2 minutes, then that's okay. But if it happens rapidly, and causes the pump to switch on and off, then there is a problem. You should turn it off immediately to prevent the pump from being damaged.

There are many more strange noises that you may hear from your water pump that are hard to explain. The best way to diagnose and repair their sources is by consulting the experts at the W.P. Law Incorporated.

5 Tips for an Effortless Irrigation System  

WP Law - Thursday, September 21, 2017
Sprinkler

In the recent past, there has been a shift from the customary labor-intensive irrigation, to effortless technology backed irrigation. The effortless modern irrigation systems are not only efficient and effective, but there are also pivotal in boosting the crop yield.

Whether you're using the irrigation systems on your lawn or home garden, here are some basic tips for an effortless irrigation system.

Use water timers (Irrigation Controllers)

Water timers are an essential part of the garden irrigation systems. The water timers are used to automate the irrigation system and can, therefore, switch on or off the daily watering. Our water timers are particularly useful to the individuals who lead a busy life; spending most of their times away from home and in most cases do not want to be disturbed about watering their lawns.

Use of sprinkler systems

Depending on the size of your lawn, garden or irrigation scheme, we offer various types of sprinklers to cover your property in a quick and easy way. With coverages ranging from 8 to 40 feet, our sprinklers cater to the needs of home gardens and lawns found in most households. And unlike the sprays and micro-jets, which deliver a fine spray, the sprinklers throw large water droplets which minimize evaporation.

Use of micro jets and sprays

Our micro-jets and sprays are ideal for delicate plants, like the young seedlings in a seed bed. As the name suggests, the micro jets and sprays deliver water in the form of light sprays.

Use of drip irrigation system

Of all the water irrigation systems, the drip irrigation systems are the most efficient. Our drip systems are precisely tailored to deliver water to the roots of the plants. Using a network of pipes to carry water around the garden, the water is channeled to drip emitters that are positioned close to the base of the plant. And because the drip emitters release water gradually, owners can have control over the water used and reduce water waste.

With the above tips, you can irrigate your lawn and garden more effectively. Contact the irrigation professionals at W.P. Law for more tips and assistance.

5 Eye-Catching Water Features For Your Home  

WP Law - Thursday, September 07, 2017
Water Feature

From fanciful water fountains, serene property pools to bubbly waterfalls discover water features to set your home apart from the rest.

Waterfalls

Without a doubt, a waterfall is one of the most appealing and charming water features to choose for any property or home garden. Aside from the alluring looks, an outdoor waterfall has a unique kind of soothing sound that comes from the waterfall making it an enthralling feature. There are different kinds of waterfalls to choose from depending on the size of a garden and the available free space.

Garden pond

What a better way of adding tranquility, ambience and reflection to any landscape design than using a garden pond. And for many of us who have small spaces in our gardens, an open area of water can increase the sense of space. Birds love the ponds too, and the reflective nature of the sitting water will brighten the local atmosphere even during the dullest day.

Tea pot fountain

We love to use repurposed content. Featuring antique and rugged tea pots, the tea pot fountain allows water to flow through the spout of the barrels and will provide an enchanting look at any garden. To give the whole fountain a rustic look, combine the vintage tea pots with the old whiskey or wine barrels. Not only does the fountain instill a beguiling landscape, but it`s also a superb way to recycle the old pots.

The Water Garden

Water Gardens are beautiful additions to outdoor spaces. They are fairly inexpensive and don't require digging. They only require 5 things: pots, a small pump, water, plants and power.

The benefit of creating a water garden is that they are often small and do not take up much room, but they provide the sound of falling water, which adds a soothing detail to outdoor living.

Water features play a major role in transforming a dull space into a paradise. At W. P. Law, Inc. we have an array of exhilarating water features that will luxuriously transform your space at an affordable price. For more information on our products, get in touch with our friendly customer care agents.

6 Signs You have a Drainage Problem

WP Law - Thursday, August 31, 2017
Duo Pro dual-contained piping system

Often times drainage problems are hard to spot. We tend to assume that everything is going smoothly unless there is an obvious sign to make us aware there is a problem. Dealing with repairs down the line can be extremely costly, so it is best to know what the signs are for drainage problems and deal with them immediately.

1. Wet spots in your lawn or irregular lawn growth

If you see wet spots in your lawn when it hasn't been raining, or when some of your lawn is greener and growing faster than the rest of your lawn, that area is probably receiving water which was drained improperly.

2. Water stains in the basement

Your first sign might be discolored walls. Depending on where you spot the stain you can gauge the severity of the stain. If the stain is on the wall it could be as simple as surface water, which is an easy fix. However, if you notice a stain that extends around the basement you could be looking at a more extensive repair.

3. Cracks in the foundation of your home

Some cracks are normal, as houses settle over the years. But keep an eye on them, and if they are growing you should probably call an expert as they could damage the structure of your house. If the crack becomes larger than 1/8-inch it may be a sign that a drainage problem is ruining your foundation - so don't wait to call in the pros.

4. Sluggish or belching drains

If you have more than one drain running slowly, chances are its not a hairball clogging your drain. A drainage problem can cause a vacuum in your pipes, making it hard for water to drain properly.

5. Sewer odors

The stagnant water from a malfunctioning drain can cause some pretty gruesome smells, These not-so-pleasant smells combined with the poor ventilation in your air pipes could often causes negative air pressure, letting sewer gas in.

Finding a drainage problem can be tricky but with these handy tips and the help of the professionals at WP Law we can find a solution! If you have any questions we would be happy to help, contact us today.

3 Ways to Make Your Home Pop With Landscape Lighting

WP Law - Thursday, August 17, 2017
Landscape Lighting

Are you invested in beautifully trimmed trees and shrubs in your manicured yard? Do you enjoy a magical glow surrounding your home at night? Do you just appreciate having a well-lit path to your front door after dark? If so, this blog post is for you!

Here, we'll take a look at 3 tips you can use to get the most out of your landscape lighting.

Tip #1: Know Your Vision

When putting up landscape lighting, it is best to dedicate time to deciding exactly what you'd like to accomplish. Are you looking for security purposes or perhaps to create an entertaining atmosphere?

Tip #2: Get Creative

Landscape lighting is an excellent way to showcase particular areas of your outdoor space. Directional lights can be adjusted to spotlight trees, gazebos, and the architecture of your home. These lights are perfect for creating a more positive and inviting outdoor atmosphere.

Tip #3 LED or Halogen

LEDs are rapidly becoming the light of choice for landscape lighting. If you're looking for adaptability and endurance, go with LEDs. They are known to shine brighter during wind, rain or snow. LEDs can also be dimmed or brightened for added effect, based on your preferences.

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3 Smart Ways to Conserve Water with Your Irrigation

WP Law - Thursday, August 10, 2017
Turn off water

Water is imperative for life -- and for the farmer, the environmentally conscious individual or merely the prudent person, water conservation is a must.

Here, we'll take a look at three water conserving tips to help you save money and decrease the water that can fall through the cracks during the irrigation process.

Conservation Tip #1: Collecting Water

One way to save on water costs and decrease wastage is to capture and store water in designated containers, such as rain barrels, man-made ponds or other receptacles. Rainwater is also better for your plants and the soil because it is highly oxygenated and clear of salts and fluoride that often accompany tap water.

Tip #2: Working with the Weather

In order to avoid using unnecessary water and risking over- or under-watering crops, you can monitor the weather forecast and schedule your irrigating only when the rain is scarce for several days. You can also use a rain sensor that detects rain and automatically shuts off the irrigation system at the first sign of a sprinkle.

Tip #3: Smart Irrigation Controllers

Smart controller technology helps you program your irrigation system to perform in the most efficient and conserving way possible. This device literally chooses when it is the best time to water based on how much water it detects in the soil. For this type of advanced technology to function properly, it must be installed to industrial specifications.

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If you'd like further support in your water conserving efforts, or if you want help installing an irrigation system of your own, contact us. We'll be delighted to help you with all of your irrigation needs!

Three Great Sprinkler Systems for Your Money

WP Law - Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Air Filter

There is no such thing as one sprinkler system that fits every application. In addition to soil type and the amount of water required, you have to consider details like pressure and flow requirements, application rate, and spacing. The good news is, you have economical, effective options for practically any situation. Here are three solid options:

Spray Head: This system does precisely what the name implies. It sprays water in a fixed pattern. It does not rotate or change directions. Spray heads are typically used in small irregular shaped areas. Although spray heads are used to cover small areas, the have high application rates and are run for short periods of time. Spray heads should ever be run with other types sprinkler heads.

Rotor: These sprinklers are often installed at ground level and rotate a stream of water over a medium to large coverage area. Unlike a spray head, you can water a more expansive area with fewer sprinkler heads. They are also quiet when operating.

Impact: You'll know an impact sprinkler as much by its sound as by sight because of the rhythmic impact the sprinkler arm makes as it hits the water stream. This sprinkler has a coverage area similar to rotors. Because of their design, that simulates natural rainfall) impacts have a higher uniformity than other types of sprinklers.

Beyond these basic sprinkler types, you still need to consider details like nozzle size, pressure and space. That's where the professionals at WP Law can help. Please contact us any time for professional advice on the right sprinkler system for you.


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