January 29 2019 0comment

Common Sprinkler System Myths

As a homeowner or commercial property manager, you’ve probably been told quite a bit about sprinkler systems. The reality, though, is there are countless misconceptions out there when it comes to irrigation systems. Keep reading as we debunk some of the more common ones.

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Myth No. 1 – It’s good to water every day for a short period of time

Believe it or not, it’s actually better to water less often for longer periods of time. Those who water more frequently are more likely to deal with a shallow root system, weeds, and pests in the future. If you want to keep your lawn happy and healthy throughout the summer, try watering just a few times a week for about 90 minutes per zone.

The difference should be noticeable in both your lawn and your water bill. Plus, by watering less often for an extended duration, you won’t have to worry about the grass being wet every single day. Contact the irrigation pros at Tanz to learn more about proper watering tips in New Jersey.

Myth No. 2 – There’s no real need for a rain sensor

Whether you’ve lived in New Jersey for a year or a decade, you know we get our fair share of rainfall. In fact, we see about 46 inches of rainfall per year and about 117 days of precipitation. So how do you make sure you aren’t wasting money with your sprinkler system?

Your best bet is to invest in a rain sensor. Just know that most sensors require a set amount of rain to accumulate before shutting the system off completely. If you’re interested, do some research on rain sensors that have an instant shut-off.

Myth No. 3 – You can shut off your sprinklers if it’s rained the past few days

It’s no surprise as to why many homeowners believe this notion to be true. “The ground is already saturated, so there’s no need to turn on my system until it becomes dry again.” It seems to make sense, right?

Here’s the thing: Sure, rain showers may dump a significant amount of precipitation at once. But because your lawn can’t absorb all that moisture at once, the majority of water runs off. A functional sprinkler system, on the other hand, distributes water slowly and evenly at a rate that your lawn can handle.

Myth No. 4 – All sprinkler systems are pretty much the same

This used to be true years ago. Homeowners had a few options to choose from and that was about it. Now, though, systems can be customized based on a specific space or need.

At Tanz, every residential sprinkler system we design is configured to the specific home environment and location. You can finally say goodbye to the days of having an inferior, inefficient system when you team with New Jersey’s “Irrigation King.” See how Tanz can develop the perfect sprinkler system for your property and budget.

Myth No. 5 – My sprinkler system will never require maintenance

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Your irrigation system, just like your vehicle, needs the occasional tuneup and maintenance for optimal performance. For starters, it requires regular adjusting for proper coverage, seasonal changes, and normal wear and tear.

Many homeowners don’t realize that even one broken sprinkler head can cause irreversible damage to your lawn. As you can see, a sprinkler system is not a “set it and forget” type thing. So keep your system functioning the way it should and contact Tanz about creating a maintenance schedule.

The Leaders in Irrigation Systems

Now that you have a better idea about sprinkler systems, it’s time to think about yours specifically. A well-designed and installed irrigation system is essential to landscape maintenance. This is why homeowners in New Jersey have chosen Tanz for more than three decades.

As longtime industry experts, we can set you up with an efficient sprinkler system and then maintain it for years to come. Don’t make the mistake of hiring just any company to handle your residential sprinkler installation this spring.

Contact Greg Tanzer Sprinklers today for a free quote and sign up to receive our newsletter.

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