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18 Sep 2019

The Lawn, a Status Symbol for Americans

Lawns have become an American status symbol, we all silently observe whether the grass has been cut, if it’s green or dying, or if there are weeds growing or not. Often times we can even form an opinion about a person we’ve never met completely based on the condition of their lawn. Have you ever wondered where this obsession with lawns came from and why we seem to care so much about our front lawns? At Sprinkler Master we found some interesting facts about the history of American lawns!

 

The first people to have “lawns” were the English and French. In the 1700’s many rich and high-class citizens started to have landscapers include nicely cut grass areas in their gardens. It was very difficult and expensive to maintain because the only way to cut your grass was with animals or servants with hand scythes.

 

Thomas Jefferson was one of the first people in America to take this European idea and try it in his own yard. A few other rich Americans followed but it was still very expensive to maintain and keep your grass looking nice. Because it cost so much to maintain a lawn, if someone had a nice lawn everyone knew they had money and were better off than most. 

 

The first lawnmower was built in England around 1830 by Edwin Budding. Edwin had modified a carpet cutter and made adjustments so it could cut grass instead of carpet. The lawnmower developed over time from horse-drawn, to steam-powered, and eventually gas powered like we see today

 

As lawn mowers developed they were easier to produce and cheaper to buy.  As time went by, soon the common man could own a lawnmower and have their own lawn. Now everywhere we go almost every home has a lawn and you can even buy a robotic lawn mower that will mow your lawn for you! 

 

While almost everyone may have a lawn, it’s still important to maintain your lawn. Having a nice lawn adds to the value of your home and makes your home more inviting. A good looking lawn is still seen today as a sign of a well put together life. At Sprinkler Master we want to help you have a great lawn!  Contact your local Sprinkler Master to get your sprinklers repaired today!   

Call now for your lawn sprinkler needs. 

 

 

Bellis, Mary. “How Was the Lawn Mower Invented?” ThoughtCo, ThoughtCo, 1 Mar. 2019, https://www.thoughtco.com/first-lawn-mower-199163

“Best Robotic Lawn Mower: 2018 Guide & Robotic Lawn Mower Reviews.” Yardening Pulse, 7 Jan. 2018, https://yardeningpulse.com/best-robotic-lawn-mower/

D’Costa, Krystal. “The American Obsession with Lawns.” Scientific American Blog Network, 3 May 2017, https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/anthropology-in-practice/the-american-obsession-with-lawns/

Hansen, Jolene. “The History of the American Lawn.” Pennington.com, Pennington Seed, 4 Oct. 2016, https://www.pennington.com/all-products/grass-seed/resources/the-history-of-the-american-lawn

Image of guy cutting Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12429

Jccarlton. “The History Of The Lawn Mower.” The Arts Mechanical, 16 Sept. 2016, https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2016/04/24/the-history-of-the-lawn-mower/

“The History of Lawns.” https://www.planetnatural.com/organic-lawn-care-101/history/

22 Mar 2019

3 Ways to Save Water With Sprinklers

A broken sprinkler system can be one of the biggest waste of water. According to a study about 40% of the water we use on our lawns is wasted and the majority of this waste comes from broken sprinklers shooting geyser, cracked or broke sprinkler  pipes underground, and lawn overwatering. The experts at Sprinkler Master Repair have found 3 ways that we can solve these problems and help you save water, save money, and have a healthier lawn.

Smart Sprinkler Timer Installation

  • Statistics show that smart timers  has an average water usage reduction of 35%. That can save you 75,000 gallons annually!
  • Smart timers knows your local weather, and will automatically turn itself off if it’s raining.
  • It uses your existing system, so nothing needs to change but your old controller!

Smart sprinkler Timer (clocks)  system controllers adapts to your local weather, regional water restrictions, and each unique zone of your yard, . This incredibly smart system learns for itself what your yard needs and will even not water when its raining outside, saving lot of water. For the first few days, a smart sprinkler timer fully waters your lawn, and from there creates a baseline so it can give your yard the exact amount of water it needs. Sprinkler Master we can install this incredibly smart time for you for only, that you can even control from you smart phone turning it on when you want or seeing your water cycles.  

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Fixing leaky sprinkler pipes

Constant leaking from your pipes makes your sprinkler system less effective and really adds up on your water bill. If your sprinkler not popping up or have little water, you most likely have broken sprinkler pipes. Fixing these pipes will sure save a lot of money and will help your sprinkler system work its best!

Repairing or replacing broken sprinkler heads

Taking care of the broken sprinkler heads in your lawn will limit excess water usage and help your sprinklers be as efficient as possible. Broken lawn sprinkler will usually have flooding or dry spots in areas, since a sprinkler system runs at night watch for these signs in your lawn.  Or some time a sprinkler zone is stuck on and will not turn off.

For all sprinkler repair, and installation contact us here in your area click link bellow.

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For more information on saving water check out the websites below

(n.d.) Utah Water Conservation. Retrieved from https://conservewater.utah.gov/tipsland.html  

Smardon, Andrea. (2014, May 6). How Much Water is your Sprinkler Wasting?  Retrieved from https://www.kuer.org/post/how-much-water-your-sprinkler-wasting#stream/0

Gebhart, A. (2019, March 16). 6 reasons you need a smart sprinkler. Retrieved from https://www.cnet.com/news/6-reasons-you-need-a-smart-sprinkler/

 

31 Jan 2019

Snow Mold Can Hurt Your Lawn

Snow molds are usually small and circular. They will have a variety of colors as the mold matures from grey, brown, to the mature stage of dark red or even black. To know for sure if it is snow mold,  take a sample into your county extension,  where they can give you a proper diagnosis.

Stopping Snow Mold on Turf Grass

Fall preparation:  Don’t put down fertilizer on your lawn after the 1st frost comes in the fall. Putting down fertilizer too late will feed to mold, not the grass. For the best prevention apply fungicides in mid-fall before the frost.    

Keep Grass longer the last cut of your lawn in the fall should be 20% higher than when you normally cut the lawn. Make sure the lawn is clean of debris like dead leaves.

Spring preparation: break up large amounts of snow that are having trouble melting.

Having a great offense or a healthy lawn is the best defenses, having a healthy lawn with a great soil ph level will help to prevent snow mold. To have your soil checked for the ph level area check us out here.

 

Other things that can cause damage to your lawn.

Website Links:  

  1. State-by-State List of Soil Testing Labs at Cooperative Extension Offices
  2. How to Prevent Lawn & Grass Diseases

Citations:

Couch, H.B.  1995. Diseases of Turfgrasses, 3rd ed.  Krieger Publishing Company, Malabar, FL. pp. 25-28.

Smiley, R.W., Dernoeden, P.H., and Clarke, B.B.  2005. Compendium of Turfgrass Diseases, 3rd ed. APS Press, St. Paul, MN. pp. 91-94.

By: Sprinkler Master Repair Franchise

23 Aug 2018

5 Steps to Prep Your Garden for Winter!

 

Here are a few simple steps to prep your lawn and garden for winter. With these easy steps, you can protect your lawn and garden throughout the harsh weather, and prep them for next spring!

 

Clean Beds: Ensure that you have cleaned up all dead foliage and fruit from your garden to prevent spreading disease between plants. Take a rake and remove all dead plant remains before winter hits.

Use Leaves: Autumn weather provides us with the perfect compost for our lawn and gardens. Rake up leaves that fall from your trees and add them to your compost pile. In addition, spread them over your lawn and use a mulch mower to grind them up into small enough pieces that they can slip between the blades of grass and nourish the soil.

Mulch Mowers: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/mulch-mowing-47700.html

Plant Spring-Flowering Bulbs: As soon as temperatures drop below 50 degrees at night, it’s time to plant your spring flowers. Plant large bulbs 8 inches deep, and small bulbs 4 inches deep.

List of Spring-Flowering Bulbs: https://garden.org/ideas/view/dave/2278/The-Top-50-Most-Popular-Spring-Blooming-Bulbs/

Don’t Mow Too Short: Allow your lawn to be a little bit longer than you would have it in the summer to encourage good root growth. Raise your mowers to it is keeping the blades at around 3 inches.

How to Raise your Mower Blades: https://homeguides.sfgate.com/adjust-blades-walkbehind-mower-88605.html

Winterize your sprinkler system: Winterizing your sprinkler system is a necessity in order to protect your system from winter damage. Damage caused by incorrect winterization is the number one source of sprinkler damage. Don’t cost yourself tons of time and money in the spring! Give us a call, and our techs will come out and prep your sprinkler system for winter.

 

If you need a hand with your sprinkler system, we can help!

Source:

  1. http://www.costafarms.com/get-growing/news/get-your-garden-ready-for-winter