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The Benefits of Landscape Lighting

  
  
  
  
Why are so many of your neighbors investing in professional landscape lighting?   There are many reasons to install a Rain Rich lighting system; here are just a few:  Landscape Lighting
  • Beauty: Highlight the special architectural features of your home and natural landscaping.
  • Safety: Provide softly illuminated footpaths around the property so you and your guests can safely navigate steps and recreational areas.
  • Security: Deter vandals and unwanted visitors by projecting a secure, well lit property.
  • Enjoyment: Extend your time spent outdoors entertaining friends or just relaxing. 
    Create new, al fresco living spaces with tasteful accents to your pool, patio or children’s play area.   Glare-free lighting creates a warm resort-like atmosphere.
  • Cost: Low-voltage landscape lighting uses less electricity than conventional lighting.
  • Convenient: Our newest systems allow you to enjoy the convenience of light when you're away from home! With a Lutron system, you can control your lighting from your mobile device!

 Landscape lightingWhy Rain Rich?

  • For over 30 years Rain Rich Sprinklers has been a leader in beautifying area homes, designing hundreds of landscape lighting systems.
  • Rain Rich’s professional staff is experienced, courteous and fast.  Our team handles everything from small residential properties to large corporate offices.
  •  All of our landscape lighting systems are exceptionally energy-efficient, using the latest in LED and halogen technology.  Durable components insure lasting satisfaction.

 Don’t delay, illuminate your lifestyle now! 

If you need further information or need help with any of the above please call us at 631-423-2211, Click here for a free estimate, visit us at www.rainrich.com or 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"


Smart Irrigation Month: Be Efficient

  
  
  
  

Smart Irrigation Month is a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Using water wisely:

  • Saves money on your utility bill.Smart Irrigation Month
  • Nurtures green spaces that deliver real environmental benefits.
  • Protects your community’s water supply for generations to come.
  • Minimizes needed investments in infrastructure to store and carry water, which must be paid for by property taxes or municipal bonds.

It is very important to use water efficient products, here are a few:

Programmable Controllers

1. Odd/even day programming
2. Multiple programming
3. Drip irrigation programming
4. Test programs
5. Water budget feature
 
Smart ControllersSmart Controller

1. Evapotranspiration capability
2. Weather station
3. Historical data
4. Rain sensors
5. Wind sensors
6. Freeze sensors
7. Soil moisture sensors
8. Flow sensors

Rain Sensors

Rain Sensors measure rainfall and automatically shut down the sprinkler system during a rain event. They also:

1. Conserves water
2. Prevents Garden Damage
3. Increases Irrigation Lifespan
4. Save Money

Soil Moisture Sensors

Soil Sensors reduce water waste by continuously measuring moisture levels in the soil and determining when to allow your controller to water. The also:


1. Universal, works on most controllers
2. Savings of over 40%
   
 
Drip IrrigationDrip Irrigation

The idea of slowly releasing water near the root zone of plants is a powerful one for modern irrigation systems. Plants receive water directly at the root level where it is required most. In an era where the cost of water is skyrocketing and shortages and restrictions are commonplace, Drip Irrigation is becoming an integral component of many irrigation systems. 

Drip Irrigation benefits include:

1. Save up to 50% on water costs
2. Faster growth, healthier plants, and fewer pests
3. Minimize and reduce soil erosion on slope areas
4. Highly uniform distribution of water, same distribution at the 1st and last emitter
5. Systems can be managed with AC or battery powered controllers, allowing automated irrigation in areas with no AC
6. Applies water at a slow steady rate and delivers it at the root zone.
   
Low Volume Sprinkler Heads

1. Rotary sprinkler heads with low volume nozzle choices
2. MP rotator with low precipitation rate nozzles
3. Nozzles that are of the highest efficiency

In honor of Smart Irrigation Month, don't forget to Sign up for a chance to win: 1 Toro Company EVOLUTION® Controller -Indoor OR outdoor,
4-12 zones, Smart Connect Device & a Toro ET Sensor.
Prize includes installation by Rain Rich Sprinklers!

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If you need further information or need help with any of the above please call us at 631-423-2211, Click here for a free estimate, visit us at www.rainrich.com or 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"

Smart Irrigation Month: Be Smart!

  
  
  
  

July is Smart Irrigation Month and is typically the month of highest water demand for lawns and landscapes.

Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative to increase public awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies for homeowners and businesses.Smart Irrigation Month

Use Smart Irrigation Controllers! These controllers tailor watering schedules and run times automatically to meet specific landscape needs, improving outdoor water use efficiencies. Smart controllers use sensors and weather information to manage watering times and frequency. As environmental conditions vary, the controller increases or decreases irrigation run times. Smart controllers have the ability to turn off your sprinklers automatically during rain, high wind or low temperature.

Benefits of these controllers include:

Save money & water by reducing runoff and eliminating waterlogged gardens.

Convenience – smart control technology allows faster and more efficient landscaping management.Toro Smart Controller
Improved landscape appearance and health. Applying the proper amount of water improves landscape quality and makes your plants more durable.
• Consistently applying the proper amount of water to a zone often reveals installation, design and distribution uniformity problems that may have been masked by excess application in the past.

All of these systems are proven to save money & water. All the major sprinkler manufacturers such as Hunter, Rainbird, Toro, Irritrol, Netafim, and K-Rain are manufacturing smart irrigation technology. The key to having this perform properly will depend upon optimal irrigation design and hydraulics along with an understanding and input knowledge of onsite soil profile and plants. Proper programming of the Smart Irrigation Controller is vital to having smart technology work.

Enter to win a Toro Smart controller now!

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If you need further information or need help with any of the above please call us at 631-423-2211, Click here for a free estimate, visit us at www.rainrich.com or 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"

Smart Irrigation Month: Be Aware!

  
  
  
  

July is Smart Irrigation Month and is typically the month of highest water demand for lawns and landscapes.

Smart Irrigation Month is an Irrigation Association initiative to increase public awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies for homeowners and businesses can use to:

1. Save money on water usage.
2. Conserve water and protect the community's water supply.
3. Reduce runoff.
4. Public safety. When the demand is high for water usage the pressure and availability of water is reduced at fire hydrants.
5. Reduce nutrient loss.

Join Rain Rich Sprinklers in sharing this message together at the same time - automatically. Support us today and help us reach our goal! We are working with Thunderclap to raise awareness: A initiative to increase public awareness of the value of water-use & water-saving products, practices & services.

According to the experts, most homeowners and property managers over water by up to 30%!

If you need further information or need help with any of the above please call us at 631-423-2211, Click here for a free estimate, visit us at www.rainrich.com or 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"

 

Natural Remedies For Mosquitoes

  
  
  
  

A damp spring will cause a rise in the number of mosquitoes and their activity. Besides their annoying buzz and itchy bites, mosquitoes carry disease including West Nile virus and The Chikungunya virus which was just reported. There are several items you can do to limit your exposure and keep the mosquito population to a minimum:

  1. Install our Rain Rich Mosquito Control System. The Rain Rich Mosquito Control System is a simple, organic, and effective way to deal with these annoying mosquitoes and other pests. The ProFeeder System is a precision liquid injection system that automatically repels mosquitoes through your sprinklers as you water.
  2. Get rid of standing water.  Mosquitoes can lay their eggs and hatch in less than a ¼” of water. Eggs can hatch within days (hours). Get rid of standing water in gutters, old tires, plastic, garbage cans, outdoor toys, recycle cans, outdoor furniture, bird baths, static ponds, and areas of poor drainage. Anything that holds non-moving water is a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes. mosquito
  3. Stay indoors in the early morning and at dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  4. If you must go out, cover up arms, legs, neck, and head.
  5. Use natural repellants that contain ingredients such as rosemary, cedar, or lemon grass oil. Test to be sure that you do not have an allergic reaction by putting on a small area of your skin. You can also put the repellant on your clothes.
  6. Spray property on area where you entertain using these natural and safe oils.
  7. Mosquitoes can bite dogs and cats.  Test a small area, and then protect them with these natural oils by placing a few drops on their back between their shoulder blades.
  8. Make sure your screen doors and windows are secure.

For most of us the summer season is the best season of the year and to make the most of it please take care and enjoy. If you need further information or need help with any of the above please call us at 631-423-2211, Click here for a free estimate, visit us at www.rainrich.com or 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"

 


Why You Should Fertilize Your Lawn

  
  
  
  

Grass is a high nitrogen feeder and requires a constant source of food and water during the growing season in order to continue providing its green appearance. If not treated properly, it will go into semi dormancy during the summer heat appearing  yellow and sparse. To keep our lawns looking healthy, we need to provide fertilizer that is high in nitrogen and in a form that turf can absorb. Long Island Organic FertilizerTraditionally, the fertilizing of lawns takes place around the three holidays of summer; Memorial Day, 4th of July, and Labor Day. Due to the fact that turf is a cool weather plant and would like to go dormant during the summer we force it to stay green and grow with fertilizer and water. The problem with many of these fertilizers and the current mass marketing programs is that many of these fertilizers are synthetic and contain by- products that are harmful to the soil. The synthetic fertilizers contain a form of nitrogen that is rapidly used up or in some cases dissolves and pollutes nearby bodies of water or our Aquifer such as the problem we are now experiencing on Long Island

The byproduct of creating a synthetic granular fertilizer is petroleum based and when that is dissolved into the soil it actually harms the beneficial microorganisms, bacteria, and fungi that are actually a big part that help turf and plants thrive. To better understand , please check out the soil food web.

An organic approach to feeding your lawn and plants is to use natural and organic products such as:                                                                               

  1. Corn gluten meal                                     Compost
  2. Fish emulsion
  3. Compost 
  4. Your own lawn clippings
  5. Sea kelp
  6. Blood meal
  7. Feather meal
  8. Aged manure

Products for purchase on the market include Espoma.

Great lawn fertilizers have these characteristics including:

  1. Slow release of nitrogen.
  2. Delivers more than the three primary nutrients.
  3. Feeds the soil.
  4. Has minimal toxicity to lakes, streams, oceans, and aquifer.

Another great method for feeding your lawn and landscape is fertigation . Fertigation is the introduction of fertilizer and bionutrient into your irrigation system. Your irrigation system becomes the delivery system for fertilizing your property.Long Island Fertigation It is highly efficient and very effective as each gallon of irrigation water contains less than a teaspoon of fertilizer. Rain Rich has the proper fertigation equipment and requires no pumps or electricity to operate. The Rain Rich Fertigation System allows you to provide food for your landscape when it needs it. There is never any fertilizer left lying on the ground to be washed away due to a heavy rain storm or absorbed too quickly by plants, or not used at all. You never have to worry about the timing of when to fertilize or miss a date to fertilize.

 

 

Our Fertigation system is Environmentally Safe and you can expect water savings of up to 50%!

 

To learn more about Organic Gardening and Fertilizer, please visit:  http://earthfort.com/ & http://rodaleinstitute.org/.

 To learn more about fertigation, please CLICK HERE.  Please do not hesitate to call us at (631) 423-2211, visit our website at www.rainrich.com or contact us for a free Fertigation estimate by clicking here. You may also contact us via email 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"

 

*Compost photo Wikapedia

 

 

 

When Should I Start Watering?

  
  
  
  

As we begin the second half of spring and the temperatures begin to climb many of our clients ask us when they should begin to water automatically. Watering requirements can be very different from one property to the next due to type of landscaping, trees, shrubs, and various types of soil. Soil type is a big factor as sandy soils hold less water than clay soils and therefore require more frequent watering. There are microclimates to consider as properties near the water are cooler than those just a few miles inland.  

Here are our recommendations for watering during May and June:Long Island Sprinklers

1. Most properties do not require regular automatic watering until around the Memorial Day holiday.

2. If the temperature reaches above 70 degrees consistently for more than 3 days then begin automatic watering.

3. Temperatures in the 60’s or below you may water once or twice a week or water manually.

4. Temperatures above 80’s begin automatic watering every other day as per your water district code. Odd days for odd number # houses and even days for even # number houses.

5. Due to the above average rainfall we receive every spring, please make sure your rain sensor is in the “active position” on your controller.

6. If you want to begin watering and do not feel it is necessary to irrigate automatically then please press the right facing “arrow” on the Hunter Pro-C controller and begin watering semi- automatically or manually. Watch and learn here.  

7. Due to very creative technology, we can now install a small weather station on most systems that will automatically adjust your watering run times and/or keep your system from turning on when the temperatures are too cold. Hunter manufacturers a device called a “Solar Sync” and Toro manufacturers Evolution Series.

8. Water is quickly becoming a precious commodity and the cost of water will continue to rise. It is up to us to do our part to conserve when necessary.  Conserving water does not mean that you have to sacrifice providing the correct amount of water at the proper time.  To learn more about how to water wisely please visit Irrigation.org.

Rain Rich provides detailed water programs for all our service agreement clients. If you would like more information on how Rain Rich can show you how to conserve please contact us at Irrigationspecialist@rainrich.com or click here.

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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"

 

 

Rain Rich Recipe For A Great Lawn

  
  
  
  

The science and art of growing grass, known as Agronomy, is a multibillion dollar industry that is the pride and joy of many homeowners. The first thing folks see when they arrive at a home is the lawn and the first impression that lawn makes can be important.Long Island Lawn Sprinklers

The problem with growing a lawn that most people don’t realize is that a lawn is made up of millions of tiny plants all competing for nutrients, water, and air. And not just with each other! There are weeds to contend with, trees, shrubs, sun, and shade along with an entire list of items that need to be addressed all year long. For many of us, we do not have a full time gardener to oversee each and every day. However, there are plenty of very important services that we can provide for our lawn to make it healthy, thick, and green.

Our simple and very effective care for your lawn includes:


1. Use only natural products that enhance soil fertility. Stay away as much as possible from synthetic fertilizers! They actually hurt the very important beneficial microbes and fungi that plants need to uptake nutrients and water!


2. Core aerate your lawn twice a year. Lawns need oxygen and relief from compaction.


3. Top dress with compost. It is the best horticultural practice for your lawn! Especially after aeration. Compost is rich in organic matter, beneficial microbes and fungi, has high water holding capacity, and adds to soil structure. Learn more here: Rodale Inc. and here Composting at Home.

Compost


4. Apply compost tea during the summer. Compost tea has all of the above without the mess.


5.  Test your soil! How do you know what nutrients the soil is lacking unless you test for nutrients and elements? Call us today to test yours!


6. Improve the drainage. Water that sits on soil for too long will drown your plants.


7. Test soil pH. If the pH is too low. E.g. below 6.2, then your lawn needs lime. If the soil pH is too low, then your lawn cannot make best use of fertilizer and you will be not getting the benefit.

8. Create a watering program that matches the plant, soil, sunlight relationship. Just as too little water is no good, too much water at the wrong time depletes soil of oxygen and actually damages lawn.  


9. Timing is everything! Applying the correct material or mechanically treating your lawn at proper times is very important. Create a time line for treatment.


10. Avoid marketing schemes and multi step programs. You have less problems then some of these companies will have you believe. Broadcasting herbicides and pesticides, when not required, hurts the environment! You need far fewer chemicals then you are lead to believe!


11. Hire a professional! They know the requirements for growing a great lawn and will get you results! Hire the professional that understands the soil food web. Hire a pro that treats the soil.

Soil food webUSDA                                               

Remember that the care and work you do now will have results this season and keep in mind that the biggest benefit comes in the following season. Don’t rush it! Mother Nature has her own time table and we must remember to work with her and not against. You never want to upset Mother Nature!


If you need help with your lawn and would like a free pH test, 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 30 years and prides itself on providing outstanding service and the best value.

Rain Rich "Creating Rain For Life"

Mother's Day Gift Ideas From Rain Rich

  
  
  
  
This weekend marks a very special holiday, Mother's Day.

Mothers hold their children's hands for a short while, but their hearts forever.~unknown

Mother's Day Long island

Surprise Mom and give her something that gives her more time for herself. Buy her something amazing, a Rain Rich Gift Certificate.

We are pleased to announce that we offer Gift Certificates for many of our
services. They include:

Check out all of our services by visiting our website at www.rainrich.com.

 

Show her your appreciation with a Rain Rich gift certificate!

Rain Rich Gift Certificates are great gift for birthdays, anniversaries or holidays. To get more information simply call 631.423.2211 and we'll be happy to help you.

We wish all you a HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

Prevent Costly Sprinkler Repairs And Landscape Damage

  
  
  
  

The spring season is in full swing with the sprinkler systems being turned on and landscapes being cleaned up. This winter was brutal to both and many sprinkler repairs are required in order to have the system up and running for the season. The Rain Rich Team often finds many repairs completed by others that were done incorrectly. Although, many sprinkler repairs are relatively simple and straightforward, there are many subtle details that other sprinkler companies miss. These include: sprinkler repair

  1. Failure to replace item with equal or better part.
  2. Install part correctly.   E.g. sprinkler head should be level with surface and not sticking above.
  3. Clean and flush system of dirt, rocks, and debris after the repair.
  4. Test and adjust equipment after the repair.
  5. Survey remaining system for related problems.

The challenging part to complete these repairs is to clean and flush the zone or piping and to remove debris.  Leaving debris in the line will eventually clog the system causing failure or dirt getting into sprinkler heads causing sprinkler head failure and more repair.  When clients call us for sprinkler head failure we look for debris in the sprinkler head and or clogged nozzles. Making these repairs properly is the key to having a properly working system during the hot summer months and to longevity of the system.  

For more information about repairs, please visit our webpage.

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

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.

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