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Green Grass

  • Fertilizing
    • Fertilizers can keep your landscape looking green and healthy, but when used incorrectly they can damage your plants. Choose fertilizer formulated for your soil, environment, and season. Be sure to follow instructions!


  • Use Teflon Tape
    • When installing threaded PVC pipe fittings use 2 to 3 wraps of teflon tape. This will allow fittings to seal correctly by simply hand tightening them.

  • Install Auto Drains
    • Installing your sprinkler system in a location with freezing weather conditions? Protect your system by installing auto drains for easier winterization.

  • Use Larger Valve Boxes
    • When installing your valves, use an oversized valve box to ensure you have plenty of space to work in when making repairs in the future. You may even want to leave room for more valves in case you decide to add to your sprinkler system later.

  • Easy Access To Your Controller
    • Make sure you install your sprinkler controller in a convenient place. Accessibility and good lighting will simplify programming and testing your sprinkler system.

  • Purchase Extra Wire
    • When purchasing and cutting your wire, make sure you have more wire than you think you need. Extra wire can be used up quickly by obstacles between your sprinkler controllerand the valves. Splicing wire to extend the length isn't easy or cheap. Also, leave extra wire at the controller just in case you need to move it later.

  • Put Gravel In Valve Boxes
    • When installing your valve boxes fill the bottom with pete gravel (don't bury the valves). This will help keep it neat and provides adequate drainage.

  • Head To Head Coverage
    • For an efficient sprinkler system make sure the sprinkler heads are spraying to each others bodies. It is not enough for their streams to simply reach each other. Head to Head coverage creates better uniformity and prevents over watering the "dry spots.

  • Design It Before You Install It
    • A poorly installed system can only create a green lawn by over watering. Always have a correctly designed plan in your hands before purchasing or installing the products. Need help designing? Click here.

  • Confused By The Drip
    • Don't worry, drip systems confuse most people. There are so many options to choose from. What is the best way to do it? Purchase a drip kit for your type of project. They contain the parts you need to make your drip system and are less expensive then purchasing the parts separate.

Water Conservation

  • Water In The Morning
    • Set your sprinklers to water between 5:00 am and 10:00 am when water pressure is at it's best and the temperature is cool. Daytime watering is less efficient because of wind and evaporation.

  • Large Water Droplets
    • When watering in areas with slopes or windy conditions, use a sprinkler that produces large water droplets. This prevents the water from being blown away and reduces wasteful run-off.

  • Clay Soil and Spray Heads
    • When using spray heads on clay soil you may need to run your zones twice for a shorter period of time. This will prevent run-off and gives the water time to seep deeper into the ground.

  • Rain Sensors
    • Want to improve the efficiency of your sprinkler system by saving water? Install a rain sensor to automatically shut off your sprinkler system when it rains.

  • How Long To Water?
    • Unsure how much to water your landscape? Install a moisture sensor to monitor the amount of water your plants are receiving. Also, look at our Watering Guidelines.

  • Thatch
    • For a greener, water-efficient lawn keep the thatch under check. Too much thatch build up between the soil and grass can prevent water, air, and nutrients from reaching the roots.

  • Does Your Side Walk Grow?
    • Make sure your system only waters things that grow to easily conserve water. Sprinkler heads should be adjusted to water the landscape - not the driveway or sidewalk. Readjust sprinklers every spring.

  • Save Water, Save Money
    • Looking for ways to save water this season? There are many products that help your sprinkler system to be more efficient when it comes to using water. Installing an automatic sprinkler Controller, Rain Sensor, or Rotary Sprinkler Nozzles could dramatically reduce water waste.


  • Design With Head-to-Head Coverage
    • Wonder why many lawns have dry spots? In many cases it is because they didn't design with head-to-head sprinkler coverage. Head-to-head coverage means that sprinklers spray to the body of each other, not just to the spray of the other. Twice the coverage, twice the effectiveness.

  • How to Start Designing
    • Starting a sprinkler system design? You'll need to know the following: 1- Water Pressure, 2- Connection Size and Type of your water source, and 3- Types of Plants / Turf you'll be watering. You will also need to draw a layout of the area to decide where the sprinklers need to go. Click here for more info.

Money Saving

  • Save Money By Installing It Yourself
    • Not afraid to do a little manual labor? You can save yourself a few thousand dollars by installing your sprinkler system by yourself. There is a learning curve to sprinklers but by studying and asking neighbors/friends/family you can do it. Be Aware: Do not cut corners in designing or installing. If you do this you will wish you would have paid someone else to install it for you.

  • Buy Contractor Grade Products
    • By purchasing quality sprinklers and sprinkler parts now you will save time and money later. Would you rather replace the parts in 2 years or 20 years? Plus the way we look at it: Quality Products Deserve Quality Service.

  • Maintain Your System Yourself
    • Why pay others for something you can do yourself? Most maintenance issues in your lawn sprinkler system can be handled by you as long as you are physically able. Spending a few minutes researching could save you big. Check out the many resources we have available here.


  • Winterize
    • Live in an area where the temperature drops below freezing? Make sure you have your sprinkler system properly winterized in the fall. Paying a professional contractor to do it for you may save some serious headaches in the spring. Learn more about sprinkler winterization.

  • Wet Around The Sprinkler?
    • If water is constantly leaking out of your sprinkler then it most likely is the valve. The Valve? Really? Yes. Most people assume it is the sprinkler that has the problem but remember it is the valve that stops the flow of the water. The other common issue is that the left over water in the pipes is draining out of the lowest sprinkler on the zone, called Low Head Drainage.

Time Saving

  • Hate Turning your Sprinklers On and Off?
    • Installing an automatic sprinkler controller will save you time and water. No more worries about forgetting to turn on the water. Or even worse, forgetting to turn off the water.

  • Manifolds - You Will Love Them
    • The first time you have to fix a broken valve you will be glad you spent a little more money to install quality manifolds. No cutting the PVC fittings out. No wishing you had more space. Just loosen the fittings and replace the valve. Simpler and Quicker.


  • Winterize Before It Freezes
    • "Woops, it froze last night and a sprinkler is gushing ice in the front yard!" As soon as the temperature drops and the lawns in your area stop growing then winterize your system. Do what ever it takes to remind yourself to winterize.