Summer months for homeowners are typically spent outside, tending to a healthy and well-maintained lawn. However, when the first frost hits in the south, many homeowners are left wondering what they should do for their lawns in order to ensure their grass comes back in the spring just as lush as it was when it went into dormancy in the fall.
Why Lawns Need Less Water in the Winter
During the winter months, the growth rate of many types of grasses found in South Carolina slow considerably. When paired with the changing temperatures, it is easy to see why lawns would need less water to survive. Lower temperatures tell your lawn to go into a dormant winter state in order to survive the cold frost and occasional snow. Regulating how much water your lawn receives during the winter can ensure you never over-water or neglect your dormant grass. A good way to maintain your lawn without having to constantly monitor how much you’re watering is to install an irrigation system. An irrigation system can help you regulate watering times and amounts.
Should You Water Your Lawn in the Winter?
The answer to this question relies heavily on the current conditions. In South Carolina, the temperatures can vary from day to day. On colder days, you may not need to water your lawn. However, on days when the temperatures rise and you have not gotten rain in some time, you should consider it. Do not be alarmed by the color of your lawn changing to brown, however. This just means the grass has gone dormant. It is not dead and should continue growing in the spring. Your watering schedule should take into account the temperature and the recent rain amount, not the look of the grass.
Metal fabrication is an important part of designing numerous structures across a wide variety of industries. With this in mind, people need to make sure that they are receiving quality metal fabrication for the cost that they are investing. What are some of the most important factors to consider?
Who is Performing the Metal Fabrication?
The experience of the shop furnishing the metal fabrication is important. Make sure to ask about the industries that the metal fabrication business has served. Different industries have different requirements and people need to ensure that the needs of their business line up with the capabilities of the metal fabrication provider. For example, many people are in need of pump and filter piping fabrication. Choosing a company that has experience in piping and irrigation metalwork is key to a durable, reliable system.
How Durable is the Metal Fabrication?
Nobody wants to make repairs to a product or system before they have to. This means that the durability of the metal fabrication is important. Investigate the various options for metal fabrication and make sure that the proper metal is chosen for the job. Durability is important for both longevity and the budget. Many people invest in transition fittings and zee pipes that are subjected to large forces and a lot of wear and tear. Be sure to invest in materials that won’t break prematurely.
What Kind of Maintenance is Required?
Maintenance is one of the many ongoing costs industries must face. Different metal fabrication jobs will have different maintenance needs. While this maintenance is important for ensuring the longevity of the project, it could also represent a large cost that the business should consider. Sprinkler stands, hydrants, and other aspects of irrigation systems require proper care just like any other piece of equipment. Invest in quality materials that will last with minimal routine maintenance.
Everyone knows that a proper irrigation system is vital to the success of a farm. Crops need quality water to survive and farmers depend on the yield and quality of these crops to support their family and the community. Therefore, everyone should consider these important factors before deciding on an irrigation system.
What are the Needs of the Farm?
This first factor is determining what the needs of the farm actually are because different irrigation systems serve different needs. What kind of crops are on the farm and how much water do they need? How often do they need this water? How much land is there to irrigate? The answers to these questions are important when deciding on the irrigation system for you.
Drip Irrigation: This method is often used on high value crops such as vegetables, small fruits, and orchard crops. This irrigation method utilizes low volume, low pressure, emission devices to apply water directly to the root zone thereby reducing losses due to evaporation and runoff.
Traveler Irrigation: In this form, a giant sprinkler head is moved through the field on wheels watering every crop. This is best used for farms on flat land conducive to this movement.
Solid Set Irrigation: In this system, crops are fed by sprinklers attached to pipes placed underground. This is a common form of irrigation and makes sure that every plant is fed.
What Kind of Water Source is Required?
Farmers will need to consider the amount of water that is required to meet the needs of the farm. Some irrigation systems (traveler and solid set) require a tremendous amount of water over the growing season compared to drip irrigation. The water source (pond, well, stream) needs to be considered and could be a major factor in determining the type of irrigation system the farm requires.
Choosing an irrigation system for a farm is a big decision with multiple factors. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact WP Law for more information today.
When people invest in a building for either residential or commercial purposes, they must think about the quality of the utilities. Utilities have important implications for both the safety and budget of a building’s upkeep. When it comes to plumbing, people should keep their eyes open for a few signs that indicate that the piping needs to be upgraded.
What have the water bills done recently?
One of the most common signs that the piping of a building needs to be upgraded is a dramatic increase in the water bill. As piping grows older and degrades, leaks start to develop. This means that water is leaking from the pipes without being used. This will be reflected as a rise in the utility bills.
Has the water changed in appearance?
Aging pipes have trouble retaining their surfacing. Older pipes were made with different materials that may start to flake off in the water as it degrades. This could discolor the water and has important implications for the safety of people using it. Keep an eye on the appearance of your water because it could signal a time for an upgrade in the pipe quality.
How is the water pressure?
Water pressure is another easy way to determine the quality of your building’s piping. If the water pressure is very weak, you could be looking at a leaking pipe and ultimately, a failing system. A leaky pipe means that some of the water coming to your faucets, showers, or toilets is being lost along the way, which can lead to bigger health risks such as mold or mildew.
When did the pipes go in?
Depending on the age of the building, the piping may have degraded over time. While modern pipes use PVC material, older buildings might have used copper, brass, iron, or galvanized steel. All of these have different lifespans and a good way to understand more about your building’s utilities is to contact a professional for more information.
Anyone with questions should contact WP Law with any questions or concerns regarding building quality and management.