RR Irrigation Custom Design Sprinkler Solutions. RR Irrigation Company, Inc 283 Lincoln Blvd. Middlesex, NJ 08846 Phone: 732-271-7070 Fax: 732-271-0721 2017-07-24T14:45:25Z http://www.rrirrigation.com/feed/atom/ WordPress kristina maiwaldt <![CDATA[ Invest in an Irrigation System]]> http://www.rrirrigation.com/?p=1408 2017-07-24T14:45:25Z 2017-07-24T14:45:25Z  

Using an automated irrigation system is one of the best ways to keep your lawn and landscape beautiful and healthy, while minimizing water waste. Plan carefully for a reliable, flexible irrigation system that can grow and evolve along with your landscaping.

  • Use components that provide flexibility. Different plants have different watering needs, and these needs may change over time. Your system should allow you to apply the right amount of water for each type of plant by the most effective method.
  • Install excess capacity. Irrigation zones are areas that are watered by the same irrigation valve and plumbing. Installing extra connections now makes it easier and less expensive to expand your irrigation system later.
  • Think smart. Include “smart” controls that automatically adjust watering based on rain, soil moisture, evaporation and plant water use.
  • Check water pressure. Low or high pressure can seriously affect sprinkler performance; choose sprinklers based on the water pressure on your site.
  • Buy the best. Use the best components you can afford to minimize future maintenance and total lifetime cost of your system.
  • Meet code requirements. Include the right backflow prevention device for your area. Required by the National Plumbing Code for all irrigation systems, backflow prevention devices prevent irrigation system water from contaminating the water supply.
  • Dig deep. Install lines deep enough to protect them from damage from aeration and other lawn maintenance.
  • Look for savings. Many water utilities offer rebates for certain water-efficient products. Before finalizing your new system, consult with your local water provider.
  • Hire carefully. Even the best irrigation system won’t perform well if installed incorrectly when looking to hire a designer or contractor, always get multiple bids, check references, and confirm all vendors are insured.

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Learn more at www.smartirrigationmonth.org.

 

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kristina maiwaldt <![CDATA[Smart Irrigation: Technologies that Use Water Efficiently]]> http://www.rrirrigation.com/?p=1399 2017-07-17T16:55:37Z 2017-07-17T16:55:37Z

 

July is Smart Irrigation Month, and the start of summer is a great time to improve the efficiency of your outdoor irrigation system or install a water-efficient automatic irrigation system. There are many “smart” technologies available today that allow you to maintain beautiful landscapes while maximizing water efficiency. Here are some to consider whether you do it yourself or through a professional contractor.

Rain/Freeze Sensors
Rain sensors prevent irrigation systems from running when it is raining and right after rain events when irrigation is unnecessary. Rain/freeze sensors add the ability to stop irrigation when temperatures approach freezing to prevent ice on landscapes and hardscapes. These devices can reduce irrigation water usage up to 35 percent and help extend irrigation system life. Sprinkler systems should never run in the rain, and rain sensors can put an end to those wasteful and embarrassing situations.

Weather-based Controllers
Weather-based controllers actually adjust irrigation schedules based on local weather conditions. These climate-based systems gather local weather information and some even factor in your exact landscape (types of plants, soils, slopes, etc.) to make irrigation run-time adjustments so your landscape always receives the appropriate amount of water. There is a wide range of products in this category with various weather input options and landscape-specific adjustment factors. The water savings can be substantial and the convenience of these self-adjusting controllers is another great benefit.

Sensor-based Controllers
Sensor-based controllers rely on soil moisture sensors placed below ground in the root zones of lawns and landscapes to determine if and how long to water. Soils may be maintained between lower and upper target moisture levels for optimal plant health. Alternatively, a simpler decision is to schedule the regular irrigation program to run based on the soil moisture. Weather-based and sensor-based control products are available as stand-alone controllers or add-on devices to existing controllers. Each has been shown to reduce irrigation water usage up to 70 percent without sacrificing the quality of your landscaping.

Pressure Regulation
All sprinklers operate best at a certain water pressure. At those pressures the water distribution is most uniform over the target area. That allows shorter run times because for an entire lawn to be green you basically end up setting a schedule to provide sufficient water to the driest spot. Reducing high pressure also eliminates problems such as misting sprinklers and potential irrigation system damage. And for every 5-point reduction in water pressure you actually use 6 to 8 percent less water. Those savings can add up quickly. Water pressure regulation devices are easily added to valves to control a whole irrigation zone or can be added to individual sprinklers.

Low Precipitation Rate and High-Efficiency Nozzles
Many great sprinkler nozzles are on the market today that use lower precipitation rates to reduce run-off or offer improved water distribution uniformity. Distribution uniformity is very important to reducing watering run times. Again, you want the entire area being watered to receive sufficient water to maintain green lawns and colorful plants, so the more uniform the water distribution, the shorter the watering run time will be for the driest spot. Be sure to inquire about these critical considerations when selecting sprinklers and nozzles.

Drip Irrigation
Drip irrigation systems are very different from pop-up sprinkler systems. Rather than spraying wide areas, they generally utilize point emitters to deliver desired volumes of water to particular locations at or near plant root zones. Water drips slowly from emitters either onto the soil surface or below ground. Less water is lost to wind and evaporation as a result, and weeds can also be reduced. Drip irrigation systems are very water-efficient and customizable for even different plants in a small area.

All of these water-efficient products can reduce water use and your water bills without sacrificing plant and landscape health. You can still enjoy all of the benefits associated with attractive and enjoyable landscapes on your property while helping to conserve a precious natural resource. Please take advantage of these cost-saving ideas that are good for you and good for the planet.

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Learn more at www.smartirrigationmonth.org.

Provided for the Irrigation Association by Rain Bird Corporation

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kristina maiwaldt <![CDATA[Flow sensors & Master valve…What do they do?]]> http://www.rrirrigation.com/?p=1388 2017-05-22T15:13:33Z 2017-05-22T15:11:41Z

Got a question? Ask Us!

You may have heard your irrigation contractor using these words, and you “kinda” get it, right? Here’s a bit more information so that you understand the import roles these tools play…..

A flow sensor is used to measure the water flowing through the irrigation system. A master valve is used to allow water to flow during irrigation and shut-off the water when irrigation has ended–to put it simply. This flow sensor and master valve are installed in the mainline pipe and wired to the controller. The flow parameters are setup at the controller to monitor the normal flow for the irrigation system. When the flow exceeds these normal parameters, (perhaps if a pipe or head breaks or malfunctions), the controller senses the excessive flow and sets off an alarm. The controller will then close the zone valve to prevent further watering until repairs have been made. In the event of a mainline pipe break, the controller will close the master valve. Using a flow sensor and master valve on your irrigation system saves water and monitors and controls water use.

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kristina maiwaldt <![CDATA[How smart is your lawn sprinkler? As smart as we are!]]> http://www.rrirrigation.com/?p=1384 2017-05-01T19:31:11Z 2017-05-01T19:26:24Z RR Irrigation’s remote site management service will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your irrigation system is being monitored by us and performing at its full potential. In addition to watching the irrigation system’s performance, alarms are set via email to proactively alert us about any necessary system repairs. Programs are automatically adjusted based on actual weather conditions so that the landscape gets the perfect amount of water, and there is no waste. And, we will oversee that watering is occurring at the scheduled time. With a flow sensor and master valve, we can quickly diagnose flow issues and provide real-time flow reports that show overall system water use. Save Time, Save Water, Save Money. Ask us! http://www.rrirrigation.com/contact-us/

 

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kristina maiwaldt <![CDATA[Control it all with your handheld remote]]> http://www.rrirrigation.com/?p=1381 2017-04-26T17:47:28Z 2017-04-26T17:47:28Z Remotes aren’t just for watching TV…watch your grass become green and beautiful, too!

Maintaining an irrigation system is easier and faster with a hand-held remote. Now you no longer have to walk to the controller to turn zones on or off.  Using a handheld remote enables you to easily activate zones and save time performing maintenance tasks.  You can also run a system test, specifying how many minutes, which zone to start with and with which zone to end with.  Adding a handheld remote to your irrigation system is the perfect solution for maintaining your system.

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kristina maiwaldt <![CDATA[Green Roofs]]> http://www.rrirrigation.com/?p=1364 2017-04-10T22:56:31Z 2017-04-10T22:56:31Z Green Roofs

Green roofs are rooftop landscapes where a waterproofing membrane, soil, and vegetation lays over a traditional roof. Well-designed, engineered and maintained green roofs provide multiple environmental, social, economic and aesthetic benefits. They are designed to absorb and recycle rainwater, provide insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, and providing a more aesthetically pleasing landscape.

Urban air temperatures can be lowered with green roof systems and they effectively utilize the natural functions of plants to filter water and treat air in urban and suburban landscapes. Green roof technology is growing and having a positive effect on our environment. Contact RR Irrigation today for more information.

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kristina maiwaldt <![CDATA[Spring has Sprung…now is the time to install a Lawn Sprinkler System]]> http://www.rrirrigation.com/?p=1377 2017-04-10T22:45:14Z 2017-04-10T22:45:14Z

Now is the time to install the Lawn-sprinkler system you’ve always wanted. It’s easy and will save you hours of watering. Here’s how it works with RR Irrigation:

Your Spring irrigation installation starts with a phone call or email. Our office will schedule a free lawn sprinkler system estimate to measure your property, discuss your irrigation needs, and then follow up with an appropriate proposal.

RR Irrigation is committed to keeping our customers satisfied, save our customers money on their reoccurring water bills, and respect and protect our water supply. Our certified irrigation designers understand how to maximize efficiency, conserve water, limit waste, all while helping to keep your landscape looking its best.

Your installation will be scheduled based on next availability or as needed to fit your project schedule. Our office will communicate any changes due to weather or job delays that may affect your start date in an effort to limit any inconvenience to you.

Installation day will begin on the arrival of our well trained crew of polite and respectful workers. They will properly install the system while minimizing damage to your existing landscape. Lawn areas disturbed will be properly tamped down and raked out. Fine adjustments to sprinkler valves and heads will ensure an efficient water saving irrigation system. You will receive a tutorial on how to program your controller and a walk through of all the work performed.

Any issues that may arise during the warrantee period shall be scheduled and repaired as quick as possible.

Proper preventive maintenance is necessary to maximize the longevity and efficiency of your irrigation system. Our friendly service technicians are industry trained and our trucks a well stocked to perform almost any repair on the spot.

Spring turn on services, seasonal repairs, and winterizations are all electronically scheduled and through smart technology we always know where are crews are located to better assist you.

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rradmin http://www.rrirrigation.com <![CDATA[RR Irrigation awarded Governor’s Island “The Hills” Project]]> http://www.rrirrigation.com/?p=1312 2015-06-12T06:08:46Z 2015-06-10T18:29:53Z

Starting next Month, RR Irrigation will be working on New York’s City’s long anticipated re-development effort of Governor’s Island, NY. The project provides New York City with 175 acres of multi-use public space. New Yorkers and visitors alike will be able to enjoy the Island’s parks and recreation, arts exhibitions, museums, theaters, concerts and more.  RR Irrigation wants to keep it green and beautiful for everyone to enjoy and we are honored to be a part of such a historical, important redevelopment project – right in busy New York Harbor – a place truly unique for it’s location and property value.

 

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rradmin http://www.rrirrigation.com <![CDATA[Proper Drainage Helps Maintains your Yard and your Home]]> http://www.rrirrigation.com/?p=1201 2014-12-14T23:15:00Z 2014-10-20T19:30:06Z french-drain

A french drain is being installed by RR Irrigaiton in Central NJ

Standing water around your home can cause wet basements, mold & mildew damage and landscaping problems. A properly installed drainage system can help.It could be your yard, your neighbor’s yard or changes in your landscape–but regardless of the cause, accumulated water on your property is definitely a problem.  If you have water pooling, look around….it is usually caused by the slope of the land. If your neighbor’s land stands at a higher elevation than yours you could be experiencing problems with excessive moisture caused by water running downward and spilling onto your property. If the ground around your own home looks like it is sloping towards  from your home’s foundation, this can also cause an issue. Either way, achieving better  drainage is possible. Sometimes, the problem can be solved by moving dirt, but often installing a drainage system is required

A properly installed drainage system, like a french drain, will gather and remove unwanted water from one area to another. This is done by installing a pipe in the ground. Often, the pipe is then covered with gravel & and landscaped so that it is not even visible. The end result? A beautiful landscape without water damage. For information about drainage services, contact RR Irrigation. www.rrirrigation.com

 

Standing water around your home can cause wet basements, mold and mildew buildup, a musty smell and even landscaping problems in your yard. Homeowners with drainage problems can benefit from a few simple solutions to eliminate excess water near their home. When you know where to start you can be on your way to a dry and worry-free home during the winter and wet seasons.Read more : http://www.ehow.com/way_5905050_proper-drainage-away-home.html

 

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rradmin http://www.rrirrigation.com <![CDATA[Seed and water now to have a more beautiful lawn this Spring!]]> http://www.rrirrigation.com/?p=1194 2014-12-14T23:15:25Z 2014-09-29T21:04:03Z grass-seedling

The Seedlings are small in the Fall, but with proper watering will become mighty in the Spring

Did you know that the Fall is the best time to seed your lawn? And with a lawn sprinkler system in place, you’ll be sure get the proper amount of water to ensure growth.

While mature grass can go for days or even weeks without water, young grass sprouts can die if they go a day or two without water. Since the cool nights of Fall promote seed germination and root growth, seeding now makes a lot of sense.

So,this Fall, after seeding, set your irrigation controller for twice a day watering—at 8 am and 2 pm.  Zone times will vary from 3-5 minutes for spray heads and 10-12 minutes for rotary heads. Once the grass seed germinates and the seedlings are 2-3” tall, its okay to cut back to watering only at 8 am. Finally, after about 3 weeks, set the controller to water every other day until the system gets winterized.

By Spring, you can return your controller to it’s normal schedule and enjoy your lush green grass.

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