Finding the Best Watering System for your Landscape
Which type of watering system is the best for your landscape? The question is really about what kind of watering your landscape needs.
Lawns for example, are best watered with pop-up sprinkler heads that retract below the lawns surface. These sprinklers are typically spaced 30 feet apart for large lawn areas. Small pop-up spray heads are used for small or odd shaped lawn areas.
A vegetable garden, on the other hand, is usually planted in straight rows. Ideally you only want to water the plants and not everything in between. Garden drip kits that use drip tape are ideal for this application. The drip tape is stretched out along the row and water is emitted every 12 inches thus creating a continuously wetted strip along the row leaving the path between rows dry. Not only does this save water, but it also reduces weeds and by keeping the foliage dry many disease problems are eliminated.
Foundation plantings and other ornamental beds where plants may be placed in random patterns require an irrigation system that is easily adaptable. Drip irrigation systems that use emitters and micro-sprinklers serve this application well. The drip tubing is usually run in close proximity to the plant and an emitter is punched into the tubing. Water is applied at a predetermined rate based on the emitter selection. Micro-sprinklers work well in annual beds where plants will be changed out during the different seasons. Bedding plants usually have shallow roots and are easily watered with a few micro-sprinklers. These systems have the same benefits as those used in irrigating gardens.
As you try to decide which watering system is the best one for your landscaping needs, ask yourself what it is that you are trying to grow. That answer will help you figure out which type of system is best for you and your landscape.
One of the biggest problems with outdoor grills is that you are split between two cooking locations. You run back and forth from the kitchen to the grill, working like crazy to get the timing, taste, and cooking all done so that a meal can occur at one time.
Combining outdoor grills and kitchens is a concept that eliminates all of those problems because it brings your entire cooking arena to the same location as your grill. This means you can actually cook and enjoy the process of cooking and grilling without worrying is something is burning. The quality products that go into outdoor kitchens and grills make the entire art of outdoor living just that much better.
Speaking of better, your cooking gets better because everything can be prepared in the same location. This means the end of dried out steak, burned chicken, and overdone hotdogs that have to sit on the grill or on a warmer while the rest of your meal cooks.
An outdoor kitchen is really the road to a better meal. It brings the convenience of your indoor kitchen outdoors. The benefit is that you can prepare great meals while leisurely enjoying your company. Imagine the benefit of having an outdoor kitchen during holiday meal preparation. What can you create with a free oven or stove? If the turkey or ham is cooking slowly outside, then your indoor oven can be used to make pies, bread, and all of the other things that go into a holiday meal. The convenience is not just for holidays. It is a year round event.
Landscape lighting is not just about lighting a path in your garden. There are many fun things that you can do with landscape lighting that will enhance the look of your landscape.
1. It’s easy to change the color (and the results are worth it!):
Holidays are the first thing that pops into my mind when we are talking about changing the color of lighting. Simple fixes can dramatically change the look of your yard during a holiday. Halloween is the next big holiday. Imagine the effects that could be made by changing the color of some or all of your outdoor lights to green and then adding in small containers of dry ice. The lighting effect would be captured by the fog created by the dry ice, and your yard becomes creepy! Be creative.
2. You can put them under water:
With a submersible light, you can easily add a light to your pond or fountain and create a subdued light source that is pleasant and pleasing to the eye. This is a trick that can also be used to draw attention to a water feature.
3. You can get smart lights that know where you are:
Motion sensor lights are also a fun effect for pathways and sitting areas. Maybe you don’t want the lights on all the time, but motion sensor lights know when you are there and turn on automatically. Helps to save electricity and provides a convenience.
Landscape lighting is an easy to add feature that can cause positively dramatic effects to your yard. They are practical, and they can also be fun.
Add landscape lighting to your yard with the help of WP Law. Our experts can find the best lighting brands to fit your yard’s needs.
Water features are not just eye candy. They provide several functions that really improve your living space while serving as a centerpiece for your designs. Water features provide a beautiful sound that is actually white noise. They can be used to block out or diminish intruding sounds – like traffic.
They also serve as an element of cohesion in that they can become the item in your home or yard that ties together design elements. For instance, water is an integral part of the Feng Shui philosophy. That philosophy can be applied to a yard or a room.
Consider your yard an extension of your home. Many homes have an underdeveloped yard, and a water feature is an easy way to start the process of creating outdoor living spaces that make the most of your yard space. Using water features is an inexpensive way to expand your home to include your yard.
Imagine a room that is designed just for reading, but instead of taking up space in your home, it is outside. Imagine a room that is made for relaxation, meditation, or is simply a place where you can be alone. Those types of rooms are all made possible by adding a water feature to your yard. How you design your outdoor space is up to you, but the result is personalized space that benefits you and your family. Home is where the heart is, and that should include your yard.
When you’re thinking of adding a new water feature to your lawn, consult the experts at WP Law. We’ll find the ideal feature and placement for it in your yard.
The world of landscaping is crammed full of products. Choosing a favorite can be difficult. To make this job easier, focus on three things: which products save you money, time, and labor.
While yard work can be a labor of love, most of us prefer to love our yard while relaxing in it. Here are our three favorite landscape products.
1. Drip Irrigation:
Drip irrigation is a product that can save you time and money. Because drip irrigation applies water directly to the plant’s root zone water is not wasted. Drip irrigation can also be easily incorporated and used with containers and planters as well. Drip irrigation systems are easily automated so watering your plants never has to be a concern.
2. Outdoor Kitchens: Outdoor kitchens are truly an element of style. They add value to your home. They bring the art of entertaining outdoors, which means that you can enjoy your party without having to be inside cooking. They are spacious enough that the whole family to work can help prepare the meal.
3. Landscape lighting: Landscape lighting adds a beauty and ambiance to your landscape without costing a fortune. If done correctly, the payoff is well worth the expense. Better LED technology allows these systems to have the same warm light as halogen bulbs but at a fraction of the electrical cost.
Look to WP Law for the best landscape products. We have products to fit all of your landscape needs.
Automation is the ability to integrate machines, information technology, and control systems in a way that maximizes productivity. The major benefit of any automated systems is the consistency of results. By automating repetitive tasks, the results become more consistent and predictable, both of which lead to an increase in productivity.
The use of Variable Frequency Drives (VFD) and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC) pumping systems can be designed and controlled to provide a wide range of flow and pressure options. By using touch screen interfaces, users can easily change the operating parameters on any control system.
The System Automation Department at W. P. Law, Inc. has the knowledge and expertise to provide its customers with innovative control solutions. The possibilities are endless, and the outcome is completely customizable to fit your system. If you have questions about how industrial systems automation can help you, please call us.
Consult WP Law for help integrating systems automation into your business.
Hey guys! I have listed the 5 most notorious, noxious weeds known to man. Well, ok maybe not, but these well-known weeds are quite difficult to control.
(top left) The first ones on our list are the Sedges. These include but are not limited to yellow nutsedge, purple nutsedge and kyllinga species. These guys look like grass and if your lawn was pure nutsedge it would be no big deal. Because our lawns aren’t they need to go! These plants reproduce through seed and underground “nut shaped” rhizomes. The best way to control these plants is to spray over-the-top with products such as Image, Dismiss, or Sedgehammer to name a few.
(top middle) The second weed is a woody herb called Chamber Bitters. I’d rather drop a bowling ball on my tongue than deal with this menace! This plant looks like a dwarf mimosa tree and carries seed on the backs of its leaves. These things show up in mid June and proliferate like rabbits. The best control is a pre-emergent containing Gallery, followed by over -the -top applications of products containing 2, 4, D.
(top right) Crabgrass is the scourge of suburbia. This stuff is considered a grain. Again, if your lawn was pure crabgrass and you cut it oh, um, every day it would look great. However, we don’t and we won’t so this pest must bite the dust also. Pre-emergent control with products such as Barricade or Dimension work well. Clean up stragglers by going over- the- top with products such as Drive, Vantage, or Tenacity to name a few.
(bottom left) Lespedeza! , “Gesundheit”! Lespedeza is a sprawling, ground- hugging weed that drives homeowners crazy because it grows so quickly. It appears in the early spring, persists all season and reproduces by seeding. For pre-emergent control use Dimension in the early spring, then go over-the-top with Trimec, Speedzone Southern or Manor.
(bottom right) The last grass on the list that causes an unsightly mess has two pronunciations depending on whether you’re a Yankee or a Southerner. Annual Blue Grass is usually called by its genus and species (Poa annua). Thus, those from the north follow the strict Latin nomenclature, while those from the south run it together and give it the more friendly pronunciation of “Poanna”. However, there is nothing friendly or cute about this grass. It grows in clumps, reproduces from seed and starts showing up in the late fall. The best control is to apply a pre-emergent such as Barricade or Dimension in the early fall followed by two more applications three months apart. Clean up remaining stands with herbicides by spraying products such as Certainty or Atrazine.”
The Many Benefits of Backyard Residential Fountains
Residential fountains are extensions of our own senses. They enhance our experiences, bring beauty and serenity to a private space, and they help to block out other noise.
A well designed residential fountain is beautiful and enjoying to look at as you relax in your yard. Fountains can help to tie landscape design elements together, and they offer a focal point that should be central to your backyard.
The sound of water is relaxing. It is used in many forms of meditation. It is also a white noise, which means that it helps to block out traffic, and noise from our daily lives. The sound of water is itself a vessel that can let your mind be free.
With a backyard fountain, you can design a habitat that allows water friendly plants to grow. A small pond or even container pond can produce beautiful lilies, iris, and other blooming plants that add to the beauty and enjoyment of outdoor living spaces.
4. DIY vs Packaged:
Design is also a useful tool that fountains can help you deliver. A concept or a theme can be enhanced with the use of specific types of fountains that can be packaged or even designed by you. The mechanical function of a fountain is so simple that you can design theme based fountains fairly easily. Even everyday items can be converted into a fountain. The versatility of fountains is almost unlimited.
Let WP Law help you make your residential fountain dream a reality. Whether you want a pre-made fountain or help with a DIY project, contact us today.
Commercial fountains are often “destination sites” within a city or municipality because they excite the senses, whether it is the visual display or the sound of rushing water, fountains are almost always a focal point. The difference between a fountain being a focal point or an eyesore is maintenance. A well-constructed fountain will have maintenance in mind. By installing screens to protect pumping equipment and filtration to ensure good water quality, monthly maintenance can usually be kept to cleaning and inspection. Here are four maintenance tips to keep your commercial fountain running smoothly.
1. Proper water level: Maintaining proper depth in a fountain is an often overlooked item. Most fountains use an automatic fill valve to maintain the proper water level. A good maintenance program will include a monthly inspection of this device. If the automatic fill valve is not operating properly it should be replaced. Trying to manually maintain the proper water level is almost impossible. Some of the problems associated with improper water level include:
• Lights overheating – Most underwater lights must remain submerged or they will overheat.
• Nozzles not performing properly – Some fountain nozzles are designed to operate with water covering them. If the water level becomes too shallow this can affect their performance and the visual “show”.
• Pump problems – If the pump is located in the fountain pool itself, the pump can overheat if the water level becomes too shallow. Like underwater lights, submersible pumps depend on the surrounding water to keep them cool.
2. Proper filtration: Maintaining good water quality is the most important factor in keeping fountain maintenance to a minimum. The best way to ensure good water quality is to have a high quality, dependable filtration system. Filtration systems remove many of the contaminates that cause algae growth.
3. Intake Screens and Skimmers: intake screens and skimmers are found in the fountain pool itself and are used to trap large debris that finds its way into the fountain. These screens need to be cleaned regularly. Debris such as leaves, paper, and plastic bags can clog these intake screens and restrict water flow to the pump. If this blockage goes uncorrected damage to the pump can occur.
4. Pump: The fountain pump is what makes everything go. Most pumps require very little maintenance as long as intake screens and skimmers are kept clean. Some fountain pumps use a basket strainer right at the pump suction inlet. This basket strainer should be cleaned and inspected monthly.
Look to WP Law when buying or building a commercial fountain. We have extensive experience that will be invaluable to your fountain project.
Landscape irrigation can save you a lot of time, money, and energy, but only if it functions when it should function, and the way that it should function. Here are the top three things that a pro will tell you to fix or use before you install your system.
1. Use a filter:
A filter is a critical piece of equipment especially on a drip irrigation system. Using a filter will save the homeowner the hassle of dealing with clogged emitters. A filter is recommended even on municipal water systems because dirt and other debris can find its way into the piping of your irrigation system during installation and repairs.
2. Check your water pressure:
Residential irrigation systems work best when the water pressure is between 45 to 50 PSI. Not all community water systems or well systems have enough water pressure to make an irrigation system work properly. If your system suffers from low water pressure, this can be corrected by installing a booster pump.
3. Do a system Check-up:
Most irrigation systems operate in the early morning hours when many people are still asleep or busy getting ready for work. A broken sprinkler head may go unnoticed for weeks. It’s a good idea to periodically turn on your sprinkler system manually. By using the manual function on your controller you can “walk through” your system to make sure everything is functioning properly and it only takes a few minutes. Doing a quick system check-up every couple of weeks can help you identify sprinkler heads that are not functioning properly. The time you spend will be minimal and will save you a lot of work and expense.
Consult WP Law for all your landscape irrigation needs. Our professional staff will help to answer any irrigation questions you may have.