How Landscape Lighting Can Make or Break Your Landscape Design

Landscape Lighting Accentuates Your Outdoor Spaces

How Landscape Lighting Can Make or Break Your Landscape Design

Landscape lighting accents the spaces you create outdoors, adding a depth that improves their value for little money. Landscaping is not just about where you place plants or garden structures. It’s about finding a balance between hard and soft, and light and dark. Landscape lighting picks up where natural lighting leaves off in design and aesthetics.

Lighting can also be used to add dimensions and texture to your outdoor design. The degree in which light is displayed can be soft or harsh, just as the use of lights to outline a path can create a formal or whimsical look. Unfortunately, poorly used lighting can also work against your plans. Nothing breaks up a pleasant evening like a huge glaring light that is shining in your eyes.

Using lighting in landscape design takes some practice, but the results can be amazing. We spend thousands of dollars each year going on vacations, but we could invest a fraction of the expense into landscaping and create vacation spots right in our own backyards. Space is about usage, so how can lighting improve the use of your yard?

Imagine little sitting corners where you can read and relax. Imagine designing a romantic spot where you and a significant other can sit and talk, laugh, and enjoy each other’s company. Consider creating nooks in your garden that offer the glow of candlelight, or use lights to safely line a path to your home.

Landscape lighting is amazing and versatile. It adds emotion to a setting, and lets you direct how the ambiance unfolds. If you would like more information about how outdoor lighting can make or break your landscape design, then contact us online today.

What to Know About Landscape Products, for Rookies

Landscape Products can Fix Lawn Problems in a Snap

What to Know About Landscape Products, for Rookies

Landscaping products may seem confusing when you first start out, but many of these items are designed to save you time, money, and the labor needed to make your landscape turn out beautifully. Here are a few key focal points to make your next outdoor project a smash hit.

Watering and Irrigation

Proper watering is important to making your landscape look its best. There are many products available from DIY drip kits that allow you to irrigate that small container garden to “smart” irrigation controllers that can determine how long they need to irrigate.

DIY Drip kits come in a wide range of sizes that can cover a small vegetable garden to kits that contain hundreds of components that allow the homeowner to irrigate an entire landscape.

Smart controllers utilize on-site mini weather stations that take recent rainfall, relative humidity and temperature into account and calculate how long they need to operate. These controllers also consider the soil type and plant material when determining system run time.

Plant Care

Thanks in part to products like liquid fertilizers and irrigation systems that deliver pest control, modern plant care is much simpler than in the past. Whether you are caring for a lawn system or a garden, the ability to spread fertilizers easily with minimal effort is priceless. Couple that benefit with accurate pest control methods, and with the ability to control it all from the convenience of your desk.

Professional landscapers understand how best to put these landscape products to use to save time, money, and labor. Contact WP Law, Inc. and let us help save you money while creating beautiful areas outside your home.

Creating Show Stopping Residential Fountains

Residential Fountains add Fun and Elegance to your Home

Creating Show Stopping Residential Fountains

For being such simple features, residential fountains make a big impression. Who knew pumping water from a reservoir and letting it cascade down a surface would have the power to be so mesmerizing? Options are endless and can be worked into any décor style. The brilliance of fountains is both the versatility in design and the elementary equipment that go into each of these works of fluid art.

Available components work together to create elements that are vertical and horizontal, light and dark, colorful, and even include sound. They have the ability to draw you into a space, and because of that make a popular addition to any meeting space in or near your home. Best yet, the function of the space can be customized by your fountain.

If you want to create a mood that is soft, then let cascading water break on another object before it hits pooled water. If you want to create a space that shuts out noise, than increase the volume of falling water and let it break directly on the pool’s surface. You can create the impression of both night and day by adding in lights. Switch up your fountain during holidays by swapping out colored lights for standard white bulbs.

Kits for making residential fountains can help this process along, or you can look to experts. W. P. Law, Inc. is here to help you with that creative process. Contact us today and let us answer your questions and give you some suggestions for your next project.

The Importance of Irrigation System Design

Irrigation System Design Basics

The Importance of Irrigation System Design

The importance of your irrigation system design can’t be exaggerated. How you piece your system together impacts how well it works, how much it costs to build and maintain, and how easy it is to expand in the future. It’s the number one factor when considering the long-term value of your new irrigation system. Consider the following to get the most bang for your buck.

Initial costs are a small investment when you consider the overall life of your system. A good irrigation system design allows for proper coverage, easy maintenance, and ensures water in conserved. A good design also takes into account how the system will be installed and tries to route piping where trenching will cause the least amount of disturbance to the existing landscape.

Design should also address the issue of expandability by leaving the door open for easy changes and additions. You should put together your system with the future in mind. Building your initial irrigation system in a way that allows for easy expansion will cut down time and money when it comes time to add on.

If you are researching a project that involves irrigation system design and would like more information about how a good design can help you to lower long-term costs, contact WP Law, Inc. Our team of professionals can help you discover new options and new technology that can make your project better in its first year and far into the future.

Take the Mystery Out of DIY Irrigation with These 2 Tips from the Experts

Save Money without Sacrificing Quality with Tips on DIY Irrigation

Take the Mystery Out of DIY Irrigation with These 2 Tips from the Experts

Get started with DIY irrigation by working against two common issues that plague at-home setups. They can make or break your attempt, and lead to a lush garden and lawn or spotty, dying vegetation. Get a head start on success by following these easy tips.

First, when installing a drip irrigation system, always install a filter and pressure regulator. The number one problem with drip irrigation is plugged emitters. This can easily be prevented by using a wye filter with a 155 mesh screen. It is so much easier to periodically clean one filter screen than replace hundreds of emitter. Pressure regulators are also a must with drip irrigation systems. Emitters are designed to operate within a specified pressure range. If the pressure is too high then the emitters don not apply the specified amount of water and their operational life is reduced.

Our second tip relates to irrigation system design. Check your water pressure and flow rate before you install a system. Too many times we have seen systems installed that have too many sprinklers on a zone. In these cases the sprinklers barely pop-up and the coverage is horrible. This problem could have been avoided if the water pressure and flow rate had been known. If you live in an area that has low water pressure, a booster pump can be installed to increase the pressure and make your system function properly.

If you’d like more information and tips for installing DIY irrigation systems, please contact us today. Any of our irrigation specialists will be happy to help you pick the right system for your job, and give you tips to help you install it like a pro.

The Most Common Problems with Farm Irrigation Systems

Farm Irrigation Systems Need Dedicated Care

The Most Common Problems with Farm Irrigation Systems

Two of the most common problems with farm irrigation systems have to do with irrigation scheduling. Irrigation scheduling is simply answering the questions of “When do I water?” and “How long do I water?”. Starting an irrigation cycle too early and/or running an irrigation cycle too long is considered over watering. At the very least this practice wastes water and money. However, overwatering can cause crop damage if done on a prolonged basis. Likewise, starting an irrigation cycle too late or not running the system for a long enough period of time is considered under watering and can cause reduced yields and poor crop quality which can affect price. Looking at these problems in depth is the key to minimizing their financial and practical impact on crops.

The two most common methods for dealing with these problems are ET based control systems and soil moisture based control systems. Evapotranspiration (ET) is the combined process through which soil moisture is lost directly to the atmosphere through evaporation and plants taking water out of the soil and transpiring it to the atmosphere. ET is typically a calculated value that takes into account factors such as recent rainfall, relative humidity, solar radiation, and a crop coefficient that accounts for the plant size and stage of growth. The calculated ET will give the grower an estimate as to how much water the soil is losing due to ET. Once he knows how much soil moisture he is losing he can determine how long he needs to irrigation to replace the lost soil moisture.

Soil moisture based control systems use soil moisture sensors to measure the actual soil moisture. This method is typically more accurate the ET calculations because it is actually measuring the moisture level in the soil instead of calculating what should be there. Soil moisture control systems tell the grower when to begin an irrigation cycle and also tell him when the soil moisture level reaches field capacity.

Occasionally ET based control systems are used with some type of soil moisture sensor such as a tensiometer to provide some feedback as to the accuracy of the ET calculations. Whichever method you use, ET or soil moisture based controls provide a much more consistent and reliable method of controlling your irrigation system than the “It looks kind of dry, so I guess I’ll water” method.

Need more tips on avoiding common problems like these associated with farm irrigation systems? Ask us here.

The 3 Best Things About Professional Irrigation System Installation

Easy Irrigation Installation

The 3 Best Things About Professional Irrigation System Installation

Professional irrigation system installation offers the following three benefits:

1. Provides proper watering for your lawn and landscape.
2. Reduced maintenance and repairs.
3. Provides peace of mind.

Let’s explore how these three benefits can save you time, money, and labor.

A quality professional irrigation system installation includes the proper selection and spacing of the sprinkler heads. By selecting the correct sprinkler head and installing it at the correct spacing the contractor ensures that your lawn will be watered evenly and efficiently. A professional contractor will also set up your irrigation controller on a proper irrigation schedule to help prevent over watering.

Proper installation of all of the components of your system, including pipes, valves, sprinkler heads, control wire, backflow preventer, and controller, will help reduce system down time and repairs due to damage from freezing weather. Proper installation can also reduce sprinkler head damage due to lawn mowers and edgers.

The best thing about using a professional irrigation contractor to install your sprinkler system is that a reputable contractor will always stand behind their work. This should give you peace of mind knowing that your irrigation system will provide years of trouble free service.

Ask the pros at WP Law, Inc. to recommend a qualified irrigation professional in your area to install your next project.

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