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Advanced Sprinkler and Drainage Repair has been diligently serving San Diego County for more than 35 years, offering EXPERT service to all of our customers. We pride ourselves on our customer service and look forward to the opportunity to provide you with excellent service as well!! 

Summer Newsletter

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Knowing HOW to water is important to conservation

We know you want to keep your beautiful lawn and plants watered and blooming despite the water restrictions San Diego County is facing.  We've found this helpful video from Rain Bird that explains some key facts to help. Some pointers for setting your watering schedule:  During the Summer you should keep your watering days to three using your "run and soak" cycle.  What is important to remember are not all parts of your lawn or gardens are equal. Those areas receiving more sunlight throughout the day will need more water versus the shady areas where you can water less and save.  Also, the slope of your lawn or garden is a factor. Set your zones to water accordingly; for example set Program A for three start times of three minutes with 30-60 minutes between run times. Make sure you are observing runoff water and adjust your watering down to compensate. If you have mature plants you can usually cut back to watering two days a week in the summer.    Use this great calculator provided by Rain Bird to calculate your watering time based on your plant and lawn type. Tip!: Consider using mulch around plants and on bare soil to keep the soil cool.  2-3 inches is a good rule of thumb.  

Using a smart controller for the ups and downs of the weather

A "Smart Controller"...has a built in sensor that monitors the local weather conditions and adjusts your sprinkler system run times accordingly.  So we have a couple of hots days, you need to water of course, then the weather changes and we get precipation that is enough to allow you to not have to water for a couple of days.  Your Smart Controller automatically adjust for you, and given our current drought conditions saving that unnecessary watering time is key!  Not to mention the water cost on your next bill! We install the Hunter Pro-C with Solar Sync which are approved by the EPA as a WaterSense Smart Irrigation Controller.  Here's a quick video by Hunter explaining the product: https://youtu.be/RrwDIk5BVK8  

Change your old sprinkler heads to save water!

Some reasons to change out your old sprinkler heads for a water efficient model.  We recommend and install Hunter MP Rotator heads.♦ MP Rotator heads set the standard for water efficiency♦ High uniformity streams provide excellent coverage and superior wind resistance♦ Low precipitation rate reduces runoff on slopes and tight soils♦ Flexible design tool means any model can be combined on the same zone♦ Automatic matched precipitation even after arc and radius adjustment♦ Proven durability and reliability—used in the agricultural market for over 20 years♦ Quick and easy arc and radius adjustments, fast installation—no nozzles to change

How drip irrigation works

Over the years, there have been a number of technological developments in the field of irrigation. Although all irrigation systems provide water to plants, the methods for doing so vary widely.Surface irrigation techniques involve covering an entire field with water. Overhead irrigation wets the plants but produces runoff. In contrast, drip irrigation is a much more controlled irrigation method. It works by exposing the roots to a direct supply of water. This method is facilitated by the use of drip emitters, which release water in a slow and steady fashion. Drip emitters are small -- approximately the size of a quarter -- and are located on the ground, usually arranged in rows. Drip emitters are connected to a water source by a feeder hose. Another version of drip irrigation uses a hose that has drip emitters built into it. This variation on the drip irrigation technique is called trickle tape.The greatest benefit of any type of drip irrigation is the control that these methods provide. In addition, these irrigation techniques are highly economical and precise. For example, the amount of water that a typical lawn sprinkler uses is measured in gallons per minute -- the standard sprinkler will emit anywhere between one and five gallons (four to 20 liters) of water per minute. In contrast, the amount of water that a drip emitter uses is measured in gallons per hour. Such a slow flow of water virtually guarantees that it will be absorbed into the ground where it will be used more efficiently and where it won’t evaporate. A well-installed, well-maintained drip-irrigation system all but eliminates the phenomenon of water wastefully running off.HowStuffWorks.com Contributors.  "How does drip irrigation work?"  15 June 2011.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://home.howstuffworks.com/drip-irrigation.htm>  07 April 2015.

Spring Newsletter

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Today's Tip

Water more effectively and not as often! Did you know you don't need to water your garden every day? Schedule your timer to water every other day and increase the time by 50-75%. This allows for less evaporation and more saturation further down to your roots.

Landscape Drain Cleaning

Check out this short YouTube.com video where Mike demonstrates using a jetter to clear obstructions via a curb drain outlet: http://youtu.be/bV5hMxHf6Q4                                                                                                             So what exactly is a Jetter?  A jetter is a high-powered, gasoline engine driven water pump that discharges water with tremendous force through a precision machined nozzle. This water breaks through dirt and sediment that has collected over time in your landscape drain lines and reduced their ability to do what they were designed to do…drain excess water away from your foundation and property. Cleaning your landscape drains with a jetter is also environmentally friendly. Since all of the work is being done with a high-pressure, low volume (4 gallons/minute) stream of water, there are no chemicals used to assist in the cleaning. This, of course, means that no chemicals are being discharged into our waterways. We also set up barricades that trap the larger material(rocks, pebbles, silt, plant material) that are removed from your drain lines to prevent them from getting into the waterways as well.