How do Control Systems for Lawn Irrigation Work?

Every homeowner loves their automatic irrigation system! It manages all of your lawn and landscaping watering for you. No more dragging hoses around or remembering what you already watered. But how does it all work? We’re breaking down your lawn irrigation system into an easy guide.

The Irrigation System

Your underground sprinklers foundation are pipes buried about 12 inches under your lawn and landscaping. They connect to sprinkler heads where water pumped through the pipes pushes them up for watering. The water also feeds to drip lines for trees, shrubs, and flowers as well. They consist of zones, and the controller determines what zones water, when, and how long.

The Controller

The controller for your irrigation system starts in a valve box. You’ll find it somewhere in your yard buried just below the surface with a cover for easy access. Inside the box are valves that control the different watering zones. The settings on your control box regulate how long the valves operate and let water through the pipes. Then, you determine how you set the watering schedule.

Setting and Forgetting

The beauty of an automatic irrigation system is that you can set it and forget it. Or you can adjust it as needed, depending on the weather and the needs of your landscaping. Use your controller’s manual to set the zones and program the time. You can set the day your system waters, which zones go in which order when each zone turns on and off. You have complete control of your irrigation.

Control systems for lawn irrigation only work if you have an automatic irrigation system. To find out how to enhance your current system or get information on installing one, contact the lawn and irrigation specialists at W.P. Law.

How to Keep Your Lawn Looking BOO-tiful This Fall

It’s almost Halloween, which means the idea of lawn care can be frightening. Don’t let the idea of prepping for winter scare you. With some spooktacular tips and tricks, your lawn can look frighteningly beautiful throughout the fall.

Start With a Short Cut

Mowing your lawn short can help prep it for fall and winter. An inch is the right length to help it preserve energy and moisture as it begins to hibernate for the cooler weather. Be sure to keep mowing as long as it’s growing, so it doesn’t get smashed under fall leaves.

Keep Raking!

One of the worst things for your lawn this fall is a heavy load of leaves on top. Not only does it crush the grass, but if left on your lawn, it can start to rot and cause fungus and other issues. The leaves also block out the sun and deprive your lawn of essential nutrients. Be sure to remove the fallen leaves regularly and keep the grass clear of debris to keep it healthy in the coming months.

Aeration is King

A fall essential for your lawn is aeration. Removing small plugs of grass and soil helps your lawn get more oxygen and water as well as improving drainage. Aerating in the fall is a great way to get your yard healthy and keep it that way through the fall and winter.

Instead of hiding out and ghosting your lawn this fall, use these basic tips and tricks to keep it healthy starting at Halloween and going through the winter season. For help with any of your lawn care or maintenance needs, be sure to contact the experts at W.P. Law.

Tips & Tricks to Keeping Your Drain Free from Debris This Fall

Drains are common in commercial buildings and homes in the south and are essential for keeping excess water away from your building, home, foundation, driveway, and landscaping. In the fall, when leaves are falling, and there is extra debris on the ground, it’s critical to keep those drains clear. Here are some tips and tricks to help.

Rake Your Yard

Raking your yard can keep your yard healthy, but it can also help prevent drain blockages. Blowing leaves might be easier than raking. If you go that route, be sure to blow them away from drains and the street. Collect them in one place and bag them up.

Keep Landscaping Trimmed and Maintained

Excess branches and landscaping debris can be the first to clog your drains. However, regular maintenance, including trimming, can keep it out of your drains. After trimming, be sure to bag the waste, so it doesn’t end up in your or the street storm drains.

Install Proper Filters and Guards

One of the best ways to prevent debris from getting lodged in your drains is with the right filters and guards. It’s vital to ensure proper installation and to secure them so they won’t dislodge easily. Once installed, they require cleaning throughout the season and after storms that might wash debris into the traps.

Every home and business should have proper drainage. If left unchecked, those drains can fill with debris like leaves, dirt, and sticks. When this happens, your home or building could be in danger of flooding, rot, mold, and damage. Before you risk it, contact the team at W.P. Law.

How Do I Know Which Grass Type is Right for Me?

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The climate in South Carolina is ideal for creating a lush, green lawn if you choose the proper grass. But, with so many options, how do you know what’s right for you? First, take a look at a guide to grasses that will thrive in South Carolina.

Zoysia

Zoysia exhibits good shade and wear tolerance and is an excellent choice for a lawn with varying levels of sunlight. Proper irrigation practices are essential in Zosia to help prevent patch disease.

Tall Fescue

Fescue is a cool season grass. It is dark and fine-bladed and looks great when first planted. However, it can thin out over time, especially if there’s a particularly dry season, so it often requires reseeding each fall.

Bermuda

Bermuda grass comes in quickly once seeded, and it loves the heat of the south. Because it’s forgiving when it comes to salty air and soil, it does well in the coastal regions. However, it doesn’t love the shade and can appear thinner if you have a particularly shady yard.

Centipede

Centipede grass is low maintenance, requiring minimal mowing. It’s one of the most common types of grass used in lawns in South Carolina because it does well in our southern climate and tolerates some shade.

St. Augustine

St. Augustine grass is also known as Charleston grass due to its resiliency in the salty climate by the coast. It loves the hot temperatures and humidity in that part of the state but will thrive in semi-shady areas. It grows fast but is low maintenance.

If you’re still unsure about which direction to go for your lawn and garden, the pros are standing by to help. Contact the team at W.P. Law today for expert guidance on all your landscaping needs.

3 Tips for Mowing Your Grass

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Mowing your grass might seem like a no-brainer, but some tricks can make it easier and better for your lawn. Take a look at these three tips for mowing your grass.

#1: Make Sure the Blades are Sharp

Sharp mower blades not only make quick work of getting the grass cut it’s also better for the grass. If the blades are dull, they tend to beat on the grass as they cut it, leaving it looking brown and dull instead of crisp and green. The rough edges left by worn blades are also more susceptible to disease and pests.

#2: Get Your Mower Height Right

The height of the blade isn’t as important as how much of the grass you cut. You should set the height, so it only cuts the top third of the grass blade. Cutting it too short can lead to brown spots and weakened roots. If your lawn is long, take the time to cut it a few days apart to get it the height you want without damaging the grass.

#3: Mow Late in the Day

The best time of day to mow your grass is early evening. You won’t stress the grass by cutting in the afternoon heat, and you won’t damage the roots by pushing a mower through the wet grass of early morning.

Many people get into a routine when it comes to mowing their grass but changing it up a bit can benefit your lawn. For more information on lawn health and caring for your grass, talk to the professionals at W.P. Law, Inc.

Why is There a Brown Patch on my Lawn?

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Brown patches can appear on your lawn even if you have the most well-maintained yard in the neighborhood. They’re unsightly, frustrating, and it can be hard to determine the cause. However, there are a couple of common culprits that cause these spots. Take a look.

Brown Patches from Grubs

Grubs are pests that eat the roots of your grass. They are beetle larvae and can cause enormous damage, especially considering how small they are. The brown patches from grubs tend to be soft and spongey with a uniform pattern of injury.

Brown Patches from Brown Patch Disease

Another common cause of the brown patches on your lawn is brown patch disease. Unlike the grubs, this disease is a fungus called Rhizoctonia. This fungus is most active in the summer, especially when it’s hot and humid. The patches are circular and usually a yellow/brown color. They have an outer ring where the grass thins out.

Improper Lawn Care

There are a few things you might do with your lawn care that could cause the brown patches. They include:

  • Mower blades that are set too low, are dull, or have fungus on them
  • Too much fertilizer can damage the grass
  • Poor air circulation in the soil due to too much water or thatch buildup
  • Poor soil that no longer holds any nutrients to keep your grass healthy

What You Can Do

Before treating the brown patches using guesswork and hoping for the best, you should call in a professional to evaluate the damage. You don’t want to treat the wrong issue and end up with a bigger problem on your hand. W.P. Law, Inc. is your local go-to professional. Contact them and start combating your brown spots today.

What No One Tells You About Drainage Systems

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Water runoff management requires adequate drainage systems. Does your property have excess water that doesn’t seem to go anywhere, especially after it rains? You might not have the right drainage system in place. Here’s what you need to know.

Surface Drainage

Whether at your home or a commercial property, you need to be able to manage water. Standing water poses many risks, including slip hazards, property damage, and breeding grounds for pests such as mosquitoes. It can be on driveways, walkways, or even in landscaped areas. Surface drain systems take the excess water and runoff and direct it from the surface to underground pipes and catch basins.

The Right Size Drainage System

Something not everyone understands is how to determine the size of the drains required and the size of the catch basins. Before installation, it’s critical to determine the amount of water for the right materials, sizing, and installation.

Types of Drains

There are two primary drain types are used depending on the location and need at your property. They include:

  • Catch basins – this type of drainage allows excess water that gathers in landscaped areas to move away from the foundation as well as the flowers, trees, shrubs, and grass to protect them from damage.
  • Channel drains – installed in hard surfaces instead of in soil and dirt, channel drains help remove water in places like driveways, patios, and walkways.

Whatever your drainage needs, it’s critical to hire the right professional. The team at W.P. Law, Inc. has the knowledge and experience to get the job done right. Contact them today.

Why Mother Nature & Your Wallet will Love Irrigation Systems

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Are you on the fence about installing an irrigation system? Some benefits might convince you it’s worth the investment. Take a look at why Mother Nature and your wallet will love a sprinkler system for your lawn and landscaping.

The Convenience

If you’ve been dragging a hose and sprinkler around your lawn and garden, you know how much of a pain that is. An irrigation system, on the other hand, is the epitome of convenience. You can program it to water when you want, including the number of days that work for you. No more tracking how long the hose was on any given spot. Your time is valuable, and you can spend it doing something else once you have an irrigation system.

The Health of Your Landscaping

Regular irrigation means no dead spots, drooping flowers, suffering shrubbery, or lackluster trees. Instead, your lawn and garden will look their best when your irrigation system is up and running regularly.

The Savings for Your Wallet

You’ll use less water and save more money with an irrigation system. Using a hose and manual sprinklers actually uses more water than a programmed sprinkler system. And the latest technology has rain sensors to put watering on pause when Mother Nature steps in to take care of the irrigation.

If you don’t have an irrigation system for your yard, now’s the time to change that. Find out everything you need to know about how it can benefit you and your wallet by contacting W.P. Law, Inc. today.

3 Benefits of Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting

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Low voltage outdoor lighting can add hours of illumination to your evening and enhance the aesthetic of your landscaping at night. Whether you want to get more enjoyment out of your outdoor living space or are interested in improving safety, this outdoor lighting option is worth your consideration. Take a closer look at the three top benefits of using low voltage lights for your home or business property.

#1: Minimize the Need to Change Bulbs Frequently

LED Low voltage lights last much longer than incandescent or halogen lighting systems. In some cases, they can last up to sixty times longer. Using these lower maintenance lights to illuminate your outdoor spaces means you won’t have to change the bulbs as often, saving you time and money.

#2: Increase Safety on Your Property

When it comes to safety, it’s hard to beat low-voltage lights. The lights pose far less risk of shocks and electrocution than traditional outdoor lighting systems. Additionally, potential burglars or intruders will be less likely to enter a residential or commercial property that is well-lit. This provides home and business owners with peace of mind.

#3: Reduce Electricity Costs

Increased energy efficiency is one of the top benefits of LED low voltage light bulbs. They emit a more pleasant, higher quality of light while using only 20% of the energy that an incandescent bulb will use. As a result of using less energy, you will save on your electricity bill and still enjoy superior illumination for your property.
The trusted team at W.P. Law, Inc. is here to help you find the right combination of low-voltage outdoor lighting to meet your needs and budget. Contact W.P. Law, Inc. now to get more information.

A Homeowners Guide to Low Maintenance Grasses

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Low-maintenance grasses can help you achieve a beautiful residential or commercial lawn with far less effort. However, there are still some things you need to do to get optimal results. If this is your first time working with this type of grass, we have a quick, helpful homeowners guide to give you the tips you need. Here’s what you need to know to enjoy an attractive low maintenance lawn.

What Are Low Maintenance Grasses?

Low maintenance grass types are grasses that minimize the need for regular mowing and have reduced irrigation and fertilizer requirements. They are also resistant to disease and pests. Some of the most popular low maintenance grasses include:

  • Bermuda
  • Zoysia
  • Fescue
  • St. Augustine

A low-maintenance lawn is a great landscaping solution for areas that are susceptible to periods of drought. By choosing a heartier, drought-resistant grass type, you can keep a healthy-looking lawn with far less hassle and for less money.

How to Choose the Right Low Maintenance Grass

When choosing low-maintenance grasses for your property, consider these factors, your location, specific climate, amount of shade, and the general wear and tear your grass will experience. You will also want to look for the grass type that fits the aesthetic you have in mind. You may be thinking this sounds easier said than done! Landscaping professionals can help you choose the ideal grass type for your lawn.

Turn to the team at W.P. Law, Inc. to explore which low-maintenance grasses might be best for your property and budget. We can also help you weigh the pros and cons of artificial turf to enhance your landscaping.

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