Please visit our older blog at http://blog.rainrich.com/ for additional articles and tips.

Subscribe via E-mail

Your email:

Posts by category

Rain Rich Blog

Current Articles | RSS Feed RSS Feed

Spring Start Up of Sprinkler Systems

  
  
  
  

As we turn the corner from winter to spring now is the time to turn on your lawn sprinkler system, activate and test all the components.  When the weather turns warm you want the ability to turn your controller from “off” to “run” and have the confidence that your sprinkler system will do the job. For many of our clients, the time to begin regular watering is around Memorial Day. The spring start up is one of the most important services you can provide for your landscape. If your landscape depends upon water then making sure your system is in proper working order is a priority. Turning on the sprinkler system is much more involved then opening the main supply valve and turning the clock to “run”. At Rain Rich we use a check list that we have developed from our 32 years of experience to guarantee that your irrigation system will operate when required.

This includes the following:   Long Island Sprinklers
1.    Opening the main valve and checking for leaks
2.    Inspecting the backflow device
3.    Inspecting the manifold
4.    Opening and closing the solenoid valves manually
5.    Opening and closing the solenoid valves from the controller
6.    Checking each zone for leaks, broken pipes, and sprinkler heads
7.    Checking each sprinkler head for proper operation and making adjustments
8.    Checking subsurface or drip irrigation
9.    Looking for changes in the landscape and obstructions to sprinkler coverage
10.   Programming controller and checking operation
11.   Visually inspecting rain sensor
12.   Checking sprinkler pressure
13.   Evaluating sprinkler system and making recommendations


There are a dozen more items on this checklist we look for and the 13 items listed above are just a few of the more important items.  As a system ages it becomes even more important that this service be performed because sprinkler heads and equipment will fail at some point. A landscape is a valuable investment and the cost to maintain a sprinkler system that maintains a landscape is far less then replacing lawn, shrubs, and trees. As we move closer to summer, hiring our service team and scheduling your appointment now can save you time and money.

Please call us at 631-423-2211 or click here to schedule your spring start up. 

Long Island Sprinklers

Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for 30 years and prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.

Rain Rich ~Creating Rain For Life~

 

 


Happy Spring! Time To Turn Your Sprinklers On!

  
  
  
  
Today is the first day of Spring and now is the time to get your sprinkler system in shape after a long and storm filled winter. It’s important to schedule your appointment early because I want you to be ready before the weather turns warm and your landscape requires watering.

I recommend you call and schedule your appointment as soon as possible. Spring turn ons are time consuming and require a great deal of labor. I want to make our scheduled time as convenient and productive as possible. spring sprinkler

During the Spring Turn On, we visually check all the sprinkler heads, piping, valves, wiring and controller. Rain Rich will turn on your system, clean sprinkler heads and make all necessary adjustments.

During the spring turn on, if we find that repairs are necessary, then we will provide you with a proposal for your approval. We will not make repairs without your permission.

If you plan this spring to have home improvements, landscaping or a pool installed, please call and let us know in advance of your scheduled appointment.

Our goal for our clients this year is to continue to provide great service, assist in keeping your landscape healthy and conserve water. You can follow us on facebook and twitter to stay connected with tips contests & ideas to make this summer great!

Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for 30 years and prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.

Rain Rich ~Creating Rain For Life~

Please call us at 631-423-2211 or click here to schedule your spring start up.

Tips on How to Prepare Your Landscape for Spring

  
  
  
  

Spring is just about a week away! Now is the perfect time to plan for your landscape and irrigation projects that have been delayed due to the cold weather and snow.


Here are some tips to help prepare your landscape for the spring:


1. Do your research now: Planning a new landscape, pool, patio, sprinkler system and/or landscape lighting? Think and plan now to have your project completed by summer!long island spring


2. Plan for maintenance: A good landscaping requires maintenance and care! Right now is a great time to start pruning your trees.  According to the experts in arboriculture and Cornell Cooperative Extension the best time to prune trees, especially deciduous trees, is between President’s Day and Tax Day (April 15).


3. Call to have your sprinkler system activated: It was a harsh winter and there may be additional work to be done on your system.  Book your appointment now and get ahead of the crowd 631-423-2211.


4. Consider hiring a professional gardener or lawn service to get your yard in shape.


5. Purchase/order your plants now! Avoid the rush and save money! Purchase your plants and materials now while it is still cold out. Prices will increase come spring and warm weather.


6. Get inspired! Check out ideas such as Houzz and Pinterst.

Please do not hesitate to call us at (631) 423-2211, visit our website at www.rainrich.com or contact us by clicking here. You may also contact us via email at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for over 30 years.  Rain Rich prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.

long island landscape


Rain Rich~Creating Rain for Life~


 



Why Install A Landscape Drainage System?

  
  
  
  

This winter has been one of the most challenging in many years due to all the frequent snow storms and cold weather. As I write this there is still two feet of the snow on the ground and plenty on my roof! The weather calls for moderate temperatures the next few days and much of that snow will be melting and going somewhere and hopefully not into your home or basement! There are several ways to help prevent water from accumulating around your home and possibly inside.

These include the following:

1.    Install connection to gutters & leaders and help divert water from roof into piping system and away from home. long island drainage


2.    Install landscape drainage system with catch basins, trench drains, French drains, and drywells to catch excess water and divert into piping system away from home.


3.    Install a drywell to catch all diverted water and have a place for water to drain safely into ground.


4.    Rain garden. A low area on property that is landscaped and able to handle excess water through gravity, from around home and pathways and safely and environmentally compatible to disperse accumulated water.

How Rain Garden works4

                                        Photo by http://www.watershedcouncil.org


5.    Grade soil around home so that it slopes away from foundation of home and helps move water away.


6.    Cover all window wells.


7.    Install water alarm system in basement and crawl spaces to notify you of a leak.We sell them for only $19.99! Click here to purchase.


8.    Frequently check foundation for cracks and leaks often and repair with hydraulic   actuated cement.


9.    If possible, shovel snow away from home.

Rain Rich has many solutions to help with water problems for your home and property. Please visit our drainage webpage here.

For more information or to schedule a visit, please call us at (631)-423-2211 or click here. You may also email us at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for 30 years and prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.

Rain Rich ~ Creating Rain For Life~

Simple, Low Cost Energy Savings Tips

  
  
  
  

All of us are looking for ways that we can save on energy costs! Saving energy at home is easy, here are some simple, low cost energy savings ideas.

  1. Insulate your attic to R38 if it is currently less than R19.
  2. Caulk all of your windows, doors and anywhere that air can leak in and or out. Electrical switches and electrical outlets on outside walls of home are most susceptible. There are companies that make precut insulation just for switches and outlets.
  3. Wrap all heating duct work with duct tape.energy saver
  4. Wrap all copper plumbing pipes with insulating pipe foam.
  5. Install or change out shower heads to water saving shower heads.
  6. Set your thermostat to 68 degrees or less. It is estimated that there is an approximate 5% increase in heating cost for each 1° above 68° that the thermostat is set for.
  7. Use a humidifier to put 20% - 40% moisture in the air. Moisture in the air will make you feel warmer and allow you to reduce the temperature on your thermostat.
  8. Use compact fluorescent bulbs in place of incandescent bulbs. CFL’s use only 20% of the electricity that a normal incandescent bulb uses.
  9. Use timers to turn lights on and off or sensors for when you enter and leave a room.
  10. Use low voltage lights or LED lights for outside landscape lighting. These lights use 1/3 the electricity that normal lights use.
  11. Clean and replace furnace filters often. Clog filters reduce efficiency.
  12. Switch to gas energy if you can as the cost is much less and worth the expense then purchasing other forms of energy. For example electric and oil.
  13. Wash only full loads in the dishwasher.
  14. Keep your freezer full – it uses less energy than an empty one. For maximum savings, consider filling your freezer with gallon containers of water.
  15. Wash only full loads in the washing machine and rinse with cold water only. energy saving tips
  16. Keep window shades up during the day and let the sun shine in to warm up the home.
  17. Close the damper on your fireplace and or wood burning stove when not in use.
  18. Purchase equipment that has the Energy Star! Visit www.energystar.gov to learn more.
  19. Plug electronics into a power strip, then turn the strip off when not in use to save in energy costs.
  20. Set your computer to sleep/hibernate instead of using a screen saver so it uses less electricity during periods of inactivity.

Check out www.energy.gov., and www.pge.com for more helpful tips on items you can save energy costs. Have a professional come to your home and provide you with an energy audit. Audits are a great way to target specific areas that are costing you money. If you need help with any of the above items, please call us at (631)-423-2211 or click here. You may also email us at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for 30 years and prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.

Rain Rich ~Creating Rain For Life~

Reminder: We are less than 35 days until the first official day of spring!

 

Benefits Of Snow

  
  
  
  

Most of us as adults are reluctant to jump for joy at the news of snowfall.  Unlike kids, that love every snow fall, we adults equate snow with work and inconvenience. Another perspective might be that if you enjoy your landscape and care about the environment, snow has many beneficial effects.

A blanket of snow on the ground actually insulates the ground from the cold!  Snow is made of mostly air and like a good comforter; the trapped air prevents the warmth of the ground to escape into the air.  As a matter of fact, 1" of snow will actually raise the temperature at the surface of the ground by 2 degrees Fahrenheit. Ten inches of snow cover will raise the temperature at the surface as much as 20 degrees.  The extra warmth in the soil benefits many small animals as they hibernate underneath in the ground.  Winter Snow Benefits

Snow cover actually stabilizes soil temperature and prevents the ground from freezing and thawing which after many repeated cycles will damage roots of trees and plants.  It prevents the ground from heaving which damages many small plants, perennials, and bulbs.  Snow cover acts in the same way as mulch while also providing moisture.

Although most plants are dormant in the winter, they still lose moisture through their bark or for evergreens through their leaves.  Strong cold winds are very damaging to trees.  Snow cover provides moisture to their root system and allows them to absorb water and prevent dehydration.

Snow cover also kills many harmful insects that cold temperatures alone will not.

Snow cover conserves moisture and slowly supplies streams, lakes, and aquifers without depleting nutrients from the soil.

Snow cover in urban- suburban areas helps to diminish noise.

As difficult as it may be to work and get a round during the winter the benefits of snowfall far out weight the disadvantages of none at all.  Read about what is happening in California, Colorado, and other western states as they suffer through its worst drought in modern times.


This time of year, Rain Rich is preparing for spring. Please do not hesitate to call us at (631) 423-2211, visit our website at www.rainrich.com or contact us by clicking here. You may also contact us via email at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

 

Spring is on Thursday, 20 March 2014

41 days, 4 hours remain till Spring

spring flower

How To Prevent A Frozen Water Pipe

  
  
  
  

In this extreme cold weather, a few extra maintenance steps in the care of your home can prevent a frozen pipe and avert a disaster.  Following these suggestions will save you many dollars and heartache.  Prevention is always less expensive than repairing and replacing.

  1. During extreme cold weather let, your faucets trickle or slightly run to prevent from freezing.  Running water is less likely to freeze than static water.
  2. Many pipes are in the exterior walls and crawl spaces, if you know where they are you can use a hair dryer and aim it at the wall to warm.  Never use a torch to thaw out a frozen pipe!  Never put the flame directly on a frozen pipe.
  3. Use heat tape on and around pipe to keep from freezing and or to thaw.faucet drip
  4. Insulate walls and pipes!  Especially in old homes or areas of home that face cold winds from the north and west.
  5. Insulate and seal doors and windows to prevent drafts.
  6. Use a heated reflector lamp in dry areas, e.g. a crawl space, to produce heat.
  7. Open doors in cabinets under sinks to allow air to circulate.
  8. Insulate drain lines especially in crawl spaces and other unheated areas.
  9. The best method to thaw a frozen pipe is to use a hand held hair dryer, and electric space heater, or heat lamp with a reflector.  If the pipe has bulges in it or elongated slice than it is broken and will leak once it is thawed.
  10. Make sure the valves to outside faucets are "off" and the outside hose bibs are "open" and drained. There are protective covers that you can purchase for extra protection. Learn how to here.
  11. Learn and know where your house shut off valve is located so that you can close in an emergency.  Test it and make sure it works! Repeat for the hot water heater.water alarm
  12. Install water sensors & water alarms to notify you when there is a problem.
  13. Install automatic water shut off on main water supply.
  14. For problem areas of the home, install a temperature-controlled thermal convection powered hot water recirculation valve.  This will continuously circulate warm water throughout your hot & cold water lines anytime the temperature is below a chosen setting.
  15. Have a phone number readily available for a reputable licensed plumber.  Establish a relationship with them during non-emergency times.
  16. If you plan to be away from your home during the winter then shut off water supply to your washing machine.

 

Please do not hesitate to call us at (631) 423-2211, visit our website at www.rainrich.com or contact us by clicking here. You may also contact us via email at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for over 30 years.  Rain Rich prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.


Rain Rich~Creating Rain for Life~

Winter tips that will protect your plants

  
  
  
  

Evergreen shrubs continue the process of photosynthesis during the winter and this process requires water.  Plants absorb water through their roots and migrate it to their leaves and if the ground is frozen then they cannot absorb water.

The photosynthesis process continues even during cold weather and a plant can still Wilt Pruf Spraylose moisture as they create sugars from sunlight, CO2, and water.  Water is lost during this process and is called evapotranspiration.  If the ground is frozen, the air temperature above 32 degrees, combined with a strong wind the plant can quickly become dehydrated and the leaves will turn brown especially in very early spring.  Many plants will bounce back and recover however depending upon the severity some may not.  Evergreen broadleaf shrubs are most susceptible such as rhododendrons, azaleas, laurels, hollies, and arborvitaes. 

I recommend that you spray with an anti-desiccant such as Wilt Pruf several times during the winter and early spring.  The material is safe and environmentally friendly when used according to the instructions.  This is an inexpensive measure to protecting your plants, keep your landscape looking great, and saving you heartache in the spring. 


One more tip: To keep plants from drying out and to prevent moisture loss from soil, apply good quality mulch around base of tree and shrub.


If you require spraying or would like to discuss any of the above, please do not hesitate to call us at (631) 423-2211, visit our website at www.rainrich.com or contact us by clicking here. You may also contact us via email at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.

Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for over 30 years.  Rain Rich prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.


Rain Rich~Creating Rain for Life~

Do you have a wet basement?

  
  
  
  

Many homeowners experience a wet or damp basement after a heavy rainfall and there are many economical solutions to prevent this. Based upon our experiences, I recommend the following:


1.  Clean all gutters and leaders 2 – 3 times per year.  Especially after all the leaves have fallen. gutter cleaning service


2.  Connect all gutters and leaders to drywells and piping systems to direct water away from the foundation of the building.  If you do not have a drywell, then pipe water away to a low point or at least 10' from foundation.


3.  Clean all leaves and debris from window wells.  Cover the well, check frequently and clean often.


4.  Install catch basins and drains near the home to remove surface water and divert.


5.  Install French drains to divert water away from home, patios, and walkways.


6.  Regrade soil in yard and next to foundation so that soil pitches away from building.


7.  Repair all cracks in basement walls with quality cement.


8.  Install a water sensor and alarm in basement or crawl space to notify you of any water. water alarm long island


9.  Coat walls of basement with special paint–sealant.


10.  Install a French drain with sump pump in the floor of your basement.


11.  Have your cellar and crawl space checked for mold.


Keeping your basement and crawl space free of moisture is important to maintaining a clean and healthy home.  The air in your basement space does rise into your living space and will affect your health.  Much has been written and documented on the importance of a dry basement.

A dry basement will help you maintain the value of your home.  For more information on how Rain Rich can be of assistance or to schedule a free evaluation please call (631) 423-2211, visit our website at www.rainrich.com or contact us by clicking here. You may also contact us via email at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.


Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for over 30 years.  Rain Rich prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.

Rain Rich~Creating Rain for Life~



5 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Yard & Garden

  
  
  
  

    Set a New Years Resolution for your yard & garden this year!

     

    1. Create Compost

      Composting is one of the easiest ways to make a difference in your yard. Turn yard waste and food scraps into fertilizer! Using a compost bin is an easy process. Simply throw in organic kitchen scraps and yard clippings. In a short amount of time, that pile of organic waste will turn into rich moist soil. Compost has organic matter, beneficial bacterial and fungi. 

        2. Install Drip Irrigationdrip watering plants detail

          Save up to 50% on water costs with drip irrigation. Drip irrigation is an irrigation technology that has been available for over six decades. Drip irrigation, or micro-irrigation, is a low volume, low pressure, method of delivering water slowly and close to the roots of plants. It is the preferred method for irrigating crops in all countries around the world. 

            3. Use Environmentally Safe Fertigation

              Fertigation is the introduction of fertilizer and or bio nutrients into the sprinkler system. It is very precise and controllable. There are numerous published scientific papers supporting and praising the benefits of fertigation systems and the products delivered to turf and landscape. Fertigation works by delivering tiny precise amounts of fertilizer each time the sprinkler system operates. There is little or no waste as each drop of fertilizer is absorbed by the plant either through its leaves or through its roots.  Rain Rich Fertigation systems are safe and reliable. Your lawn, trees, and shrubs will thrive – not survive – and they will be much healthier than being fed with synthetics. Your children and pets will be safer by not being exposed to harmful petro based synthetic chemicals. 

                4. Plan Ahead

                The months of January and February are great times to plan for 2014 spring gardening. Planning now will save you time and money.  Contact your landscape designer and/or landscape company and begin the discussion. Spring is only 78 days away!

                    5. Spend More Time In The GardenGardening Long Island

                      A recent study in the Netherlands suggests that gardening can fight stress even better than other relaxing leisure activities. So get out there and relax!  Visit the NY Botanical Gardens, Brooklyn Botanical Gardens & Planting Fields.  Enjoy a stroll to see what's new and or what's old that will work in your garden.

                       

                       

                      “An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day”.
                      Henry David Thoreau


                      If you require assistance or would like to discuss any of the above, please do not hesitate to call us at (631) 423-2211, visit our website at www.rainrich.com or contact us by clicking here. You may also contact us via email at irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com.


                      Rain Rich Sprinklers has been serving Long Island for over 30 years.  Rain Rich prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.

                      Wishing You A Safe & Happy New Year! 

                      Rain Rich~Creating Rain for Life~

                       

                      All Posts