3 Myths of Residential Water Feature Care

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Backyard water features and ponds have over the years had a bad reputation for being high maintenance but that’s not the case. Today, there are new technologies and techniques that one can use to keep your personal paradise low maintenance. In this article we debunk myths that you have heard so many times making you shy away from landscape water features.

Here are some of the myths:

Myth 1: You need to test the water daily and apply corrective treatment

Your water feature is not chemical dependent and therefore you do not need to test the water on a daily basis. Learn from Mother Nature. She never tests the water in lakes, rivers and natural ponds. In the wild, no store-bought chemicals are needed. Your water feature does not need them either. Stick to ecosystem water gardening and do away with the water testing.

Myth 2: All water features should be in the lowest part of the yard

The lowest part of the yard is probably the worst place to locate your water feature. Why? Because being the lowest part of the yard, run off water will collect there and interfere with the water feature. Water features are best positioned near the house so you can take in the tranquility and beauty of it while still in the comfort of your home.

Myth 3: It is necessary to drain and clean the water feature regularly

Draining and cleaning of a residential water feature should take place twice a year. Cleaning should be done during spring before it gets warm and bacteria have an opportunity to set up and then again in the fall to remove any fallen leaves.

Are you considering adding a water feature in your yard? Go ahead. Do not let the myths stop you. If you have any questions concerning water features, contactWP Law today for advice.

3 Reasons to Consider a Custom Fabricated Pump Station

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Pump applications will always vary depending on where the pump systems are to be used, material to be pumped, and type of project at hand. If you are about to undertake a certain project and are not sure whether to use standard pump systems or custom fabricated pump systems, go through these few reasons why the latter is a better option:

1. Fits your specific operation perfectly

One of the greatest benefits of customization in any industry is the development/creation of systems that meet the specifications of the owner. With a custom fabricated pump station, your pumping system will be tailor made to perform operations that are specifically targeted to your project’s goals. All you need is to consult a professional and experienced pump fabrication expert to develop a pump station for you according to your specifications.

2. Saves you money in the long-run

A custom fabricated pump station leaves room for expansion in case your operations grow in the future. This saves you money in the long-run as upgrading the system will be easy and swift. It also saves you money by ensuring that your operations are streamlined from the word go.

3. Maintenance on such systems is easy

It’s easy to maintain a custom fabricated pump station especially when it’s the fabricator or installer offering the required routine maintenance services. The fabricator understands the system inside out, making it easy for them to identify where an emergency problem is and how to solve it fast. Most manufacturers also offer maintenance services at a reduced price for a certain period to guarantee the quality of their work.

A custom fabricated pump station is definitely the better option in many projects. However, it’s always smart to consider professional advice on the best option depending on the type of project at hand.

2 Reasons Why Traveler Irrigation Systems Are Your Secret Weapon  

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There are many different types of irrigation systems, each intended for different purposes. One popular type is the traveler irrigation system, which utilizes a large sprinkler mounted to a cart with wheels. This sprinkler is commonly referred to as a “big gun.” The sprinkler sprays water in a radius of up to 250 feet. The sprinkler must be moved to irrigate the field. Here are two reasons why traveler irrigation systems are your secret weapon.

1. Traveler Irrigation Systems Get the Job Done Fast

The main advantage of traveler irrigation systems is that they can get the job done quickly and efficiently. The sprinkler of a traveler irrigation system typically can spray water in a radius of 80 feet to 250 feet. This makes the traveler irrigation system ideal for fields that are very large and need to be irrigated frequently.

2. Traveler Irrigation Systems Are Versatile

Another reason traveler irrigation systems may be your secret weapon is that these systems are very versatile. If you own a property that is rectangular in shape, such as an athletic field, traveling irrigators are a great option. Traveler irrigation systems can also be ideal if you need to apply a small amount of water in a relatively short period of time. Depending on the type of traveler irrigation system, they can be relatively easy to shift around a property, making them ideal for properties that are oddly shaped.

If you need an effective and versatile irrigation system, you should consider a traveler irrigation system. For more information about the many advantages of traveler irrigation systems, don’t hesitate to contact us here at WP Law.

More Reasons to Irrigate Your Lawn During the Winter

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Just like any other season when precipitation is sufficient, whether it’s in the form of rain, snow or ice, dormant warm season grasses will continue root growth and water and nutrient uptake although at a reduced rate caused by slowed metabolic activity. Cool season lawns and winter plantings of annuals to provide color have to have sufficient levels of moisture because they are actively growing. How do we accommodate these needs while preventing problems such as winterkill in turf or dead pansies due to lack of water?

Drought conditions: It is not uncommon to have long stretches of time between rain events during the winter months. After several weeks have passed without rain, applying water once a week will be enough to keep your sod hydrated until natural precipitation occurs. If using an irrigation system be sure the watering cycle starts later in the day to prevent dangerous ice buildup on hard surfaces such as roads and walkways.

Extreme cold fronts: During the winter months it is not uncommon to have cold, dry, and windy fronts move through. This, accompanied by rapid temperature drops during the day (or night) will cause the bark layer of shrubs and trees to split in effect girdling the plant. The same thing happens to the dormant turf. The soil will give up its moisture quickly in these conditions causing the grass to become “freeze dried.” The water that is in the grass plant at the cellular level freezes and expands destroying the tissues. This causes winterkill which shows up as what looks like large burned patches in the lawn during spring green up. Paying close attention to weather reports and irrigating before the arrival of the front, may help prevent or decrease the amount of winterkill observed later.

Plants that provide color: Annuals planted to provide color in the landscape this time of year are actively growing and require moisture. Isolating these areas of color with drip irrigation will apply water as needed for growing healthy plants while preventing over watering nearby dormant turf.

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