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7 Tips for Spring Sprinkler Maintenance

April is here and almost gone! Now is the time for spring sprinkler maintenance! Nothing quite beats the convenience of having a well-designed irrigation system. Efficient lawn and garden watering will ensure the best results while helping to save money on utilities.
follow the sprinkler checklist for proper maintenance

Here we will offer some simple tips that can help you conserve while maintaining a greener landscape. Sprinklers should be checked and tuned up yearly for the upcoming watering season, and the timers/controllers must be checked and possibly reset at least every month, so you can make sure that they are working properly in each zone. If your controller has a back-up battery, we recommend that you replace it every 6 months.

Tuning up your sprinklers is a great way to prevent waste. Not only that, but proper care and focus will enable you to custom-tailor your watering schedule to your landscape’s needs. You want to ensure that water is applied uniformly to meet the needs of your plants and each type of soil. That level of attention to detail will help keep your lawn and landscape looking healthy and beautiful. It’s a good idea to stay on top of things for a number of reasons, but one big one is that an overlooked cracked PVC pipe or fitting in your system can result in significant waste.

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Make sure that the water from one sprinkler’s head reaches all the way to the next sprinkler (with a 100% overlap in coverage). This is referred to as head to head coverage. In addition to ensuring proper positioning, check to see if the pop-up sprinklers are straight up and down or leaning to one side. You can correct them by removing soil from one side and filling in the other. As a general rule of thumb, you want your sprinklers to be perpendicular to the ground.

Spring Sprinkler Maintenance in 7 Easy Steps

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Power Drill Life Hack – Easy Shower Cleaning

power drill modified to clean showerby Brett Thomas

With good reason, people these days are all about finding clever ways to make their lives easier.  In the age of the internet, these methods have come to be known as “life hacks”.  Yesterday I was browsing one of my favorite social media sites and came across this awesome idea.  Caution: I would only use this method to clean real tile.  Most other materials probably aren’t equipped to withstand the harsh friction.  Maybe try a “magic eraser”.

Steel wool + power drill = no elbow grease required.  Honestly, cleaning a shower is a difficult task, particularly if it’s been a long time.  Not only will this save you a lot of effort, but I imagine that it makes the project go a lot quicker.  You could even take the Tom Sawyer approach and trick your kids into thinking this is fun and get them to do it for you (or at least get them to clean their own bathroom).
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