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At Rain Rich, we want your home to look its best after the sun goes down. Let the Rain Rich professionals design and light your property for three days while you enjoy it completely free of charge. There is no cost or obligation to you. Call 631-423-2211 to get started!

5 Benefits of Landscape Lighting

Landscape lighting extends the outdoors by illuminating certain features and creating space out of darkness certainly provides for greater enjoyment and use of your property. Low voltage lighting is one of the best ways to create this environment and has many benefits such as:

1. Adds beauty to the landscape and provides another 'look' to your home, landscape features, and landscape trees & shrubs on and around your property.

2. Provides safety by illuminating walkways, driveways, and entrances.

Service Agreement Renewal

Service ContractsAs summer begins to fade into fall, in a few short weeks it will be time to close down sprinkler systems. It is hard to believe after a great spring and summer that it is time to think about the importance of winterizing. Service Agreements will be arriving by mail for your review and renewal. The Rain Rich team has worked hard to review each account to insure that all the correct coverage and pricing is customized for your property. We feel it is important that you realize we have not raised our prices for the third consecutive year. In this tough economy I have been able to cut costs and pass savings onto my clients and will continue to do so as long as is economically possible.

Lawn Restoration

BBhome.jpgSeptember 1st is right around the corner and the best time to improve & nurture the lawn into shape. The warm days and cool nights are perfect for starting a new lawn or renovating an existing lawn. Rain Rich has the perfect program for cultivating your lawn to look its best.  This is the same program used by golf courses, athletic fields, and homes across the USA. It is simple and inexpensive considering the value that a beautiful lawn adds to your home.
The Rain Rich program consists of the following:
1. Core aeration
2. Soil test for pH and nutrients
3. Adding top soil if needed
4. Liming of soil
Flood_Damage_PIc.jpgThe August 14th, 2011 deluge of record breaking rains flooded many basements, garages, and properties. The damage and inconvenience caused by these rainfalls can be reduced and prevented in many ways. Rain Rich has been designing and installing drainage systems for many years and with our knowledge and experience we can implement a property saving system for your home or business.

Here are just a few of the flood damage prevention systems I recommend:

1. The rain water that comes off your roof and drains at the foundation of your home is a leading cause of water draining into your basement or cellar. I would connect the leaders, downspouts, and gutters to 4" piping and move water away from your home.

2. Install drain system around your home and move rain water away and to a safe location.

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Beat the HEAT

kids_sprinkler.jpgDuring these hot days of extreme temperatures it is important to implement a plan to protect your lawn and plants. Here are several action steps to care for your landscape investment:

1. Water often and for long periods whenever possible. When water begins to form a puddle on your property then cut back on the run time for that zone. If possible, run a second cycle during the day.

2. Water early morning. Anytime after midnight and before 10am. The water pressure is high, the volume is best and distribution of water will also be at its optimum.

3. Water during the day to cool grass down. Golf courses do this all the time and it is called syringing. Ground water from our aquifer is 54 degrees Fahrenheit and the cool water will calm down lawn & plants and relieve some stress. It is a myth that watering during the day will burn your plants.

Sprinkler Problems

RR LogoDue to the heat, many of us are experiencing various problems with our sprinkler systems. Some of these issues might be due to the age of the system and can only be solved by performing preventative maintenance during the course of the summer.

Thumbnail image for Sprinkler problems 003.jpgDepending upon the complexity and size of the system some clients need more service than others. Typically the average sprinkler system requires repairs or replacements within 5 - 10 years. This includes sprinkler heads, sprinkler valves, controllers, rain sensors, and pipe repairs. Better grade equipment and installation allow the system to last longer, perform better, and require less maintenance.



rotary-sprinklers.jpg1. Increase the run time on your rotary sprinkler zones to 60 minutes per day for sunny areas.

2. Increase your SPRAY sprinkler zones to water for 15 minutes every day.

3. Increase your DRIP IRRIGATION zones to water for 60 minutes every day.

4. Increase the water budget key on your sprinklers to 110% or more.

5. Water as early in the morning as possible. Start at 1 am if possible. This will give your system the greatest pressure and volume and operate at the highest efficiency. It will also finish the cycle before you are up and using water in the home.

Sprinkler Modifications

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for blocked sprinkler heads 003.jpgBy now most everyone has had their sprinklers turned on and many of the repairs completed. As the season moves into the hot summer many of the calls for service are related to changes in the landscape and or home due to the following:

1. Plants grow and block the spray from the sprinkler heads. Sprinklers heads either need to be added to improve coverage, raised above plantings, or moved to provide better coverage.

blocked sprinkler heads 002.jpg2. Roots from trees can grow around sprinkler pipes and strangle piping reducing flow and loss of coverage.

3. New plantings can sometimes interfere with spray distribution.

4. New landscape construction such as patios, walkways, driveways, etc. can interfere with sprinkler coverage.

It looks like this 4th of July will be the perfect weekend to be outside with the forecast of hot, dry, sunny weather. More than likely you will need to irrigate more frequently or increase your watering to maintain a happy landscape. I won't waste your time getting into all the programming details as this is just a quick guide to get you through the weekend.

Here a few guidelines and items to check in case you have a problem:

1. Make sure your clock is plugged in and the controller is in the "run" position.

Thumbnail image for controller #22. To increase the watering time for each zone simply use the "seasonal adjustment" button on the face of the controller and press the arrow key that faces up. The display should read 100% and hold the button until you increase the percentage above 100%. Any increment above 100% is an increase and any increment below 100% is a decrease. Some of the new controllers require that you turn the dial from "run" to "season adjustment" before pressing the up arrow.

controller #33. Please! Do not turn dial to "set program start times". Do not set or try to set more program start times unless you are very comfortable with programming and totally "get it". You only need one start time to activate the entire water cycle. Please leave as is!

SIM-LogoJuly is Smart Irrigation Month and is typically the month of highest water demand for lawns and landscapes in the United States. The Irrigation Association has named July as Smart Irrigation Month to increase public awareness about simple practices and innovative technologies for homeowners, businesses, and property managers can use to:

Impatiens.jpg1. Save money on water usage.
2. Conserve water and protect the community's water supply.
3. Reduce runoff and prevent leaching of valuable nutrients in the soil.
4. Public safety. When the demand is high for water usage the pressure and availability of water is reduced at fire hydrants.

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