Rain Sensor Review: What’s The Best Type For Your Commercial Illinois Property?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Aug 19, 2015 5:00:00 AM

What type of rain sensor is best for your commercial property? If you’ve searched for options, you know there are a number of different rain sensors out there. What’s the difference?

For starters, it’s good to know that installing a new rain sensor on an existing irrigation system is not a big deal. Because of wireless technology and better signals (from controller to sensor) you can have a water-efficient irrigation system without a lot of fuss, and with no hardwiring.

But back to the question: What type of rain sensor will you choose for your commercial property? Is there a best choice?

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Topics: Irrigation

5 Reasons To Install A Rain Sensor On Your Irrigation System

Posted by Kim Riebel on May 28, 2015 5:00:00 AM

Rain sensors act like an environmental conscience for your irrigation system.

When it rains, a rain sensor shuts off the system so you don’t waste water on a property that’s being doused by Mother Nature’s irrigation.

We’ve all seen irrigation systems running full-force when it’s raining outside.

That results in an unnecessary expense—you’re driving up your water bill—and increased runoff because a lawn can only soak in so much moisture. When the turf is adequately soaked, residual water runs off into storm water sewers, potentially carrying contaminants into water sources.

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Topics: Irrigation

Irrigation Repair Tips For Illinois Commercial Properties

Posted by Kim Riebel on Jan 26, 2015 9:06:00 AM

Now is the time to begin thinking about the sprinkler system on your commercial property, even in the midst of Chicago winter while the sprayheads of your irrigation system are likely tucked under a bed of snow.

As soon as the weather breaks, we’ll be ready to jump into the landscape season with installing spring annuals, aerating properties and, of course, mowing. Often, irrigation systems are neglected until something goes wrong and they stop working.

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Topics: Irrigation

Commercial Drip Irrigation Pros And Cons: Is It Right For Your Illinois Commercial Property?

Posted by Kim Riebel on Dec 22, 2014 9:13:00 AM

If you’re deciding on a new irrigation system or you want to upgrade the one you already have, you might be wondering whether commercial drip irrigation is the right solution for your property.

We know that any time you make a landscape purchase decision like this, it’s important to investigate the pros and cons. You might have heard that drip irrigation is a water-saving way of keeping landscape beds irrigated (true), but the pop-up sprayheads in a typical irrigation system can be easier to maintain (also true).

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Topics: Irrigation

Why Winterizing Your Irrigation System is Crucial—And How We Do It

Posted by Kim Riebel on Oct 30, 2014 8:00:00 AM

You know what winters are like in Chicagoland: It gets pretty cold (think back to our record-breaking winter this past year), and those temperatures can linger for what feels like the better part of a year!

In fact, it gets so cold that the ground freezes to a certain depth after being covered in snow and ice and enduring those frigid temperatures for a period of time.

That’s why taking care of your commercial irrigation system before winter is so important.

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Topics: Snow and Ice Management, Irrigation

Irrigation System Inspections: What We Look For

Posted by Kim Riebel on Jul 17, 2014 9:30:00 AM

It’s July, otherwise known as the heat of summer. And that means it’s hot … and a bit dry.

So Illinois commercial properties are using supplemental irrigation to ensure their landscapes are thriving.

But July is also Smart Irrigation Month, a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Using water wisely saves money on utility bills, nurtures green spaces that deliver real environmental benefits, protects a community’s water supply and minimizes needed investments in infrastructure to store and carry water.

Smart Irrigation Month is the perfect time for commercial property managers to think about their water use. Irrigation systems that deliver the right amount of water at the right time are considered the most efficient. Their benefits include:

  • Minimizing overwatering while keeping a landscape looking good
  • Adjusting watering automatically to account for weather conditions like rain
  • Putting each water drop to work by minimizing evaporation and waste
  • Helping property managers maintain a commercial landscape that uses less water and reduces overall water costs

One way to ensure your irrigation system is working at its best is through a regular irrigation inspection or audit. The valuable information that results from an inspection can provide site-specific data to amplify irrigation system performance.

Irrigation inspections consist of three main parts.

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Topics: Sustainability, Irrigation

5 Efficient Irrigation Tips For Your Illinois Commercial Landscape

Posted by Kim Riebel on Mar 17, 2014 11:36:00 AM

On a commercial property, your landscape is your front-facing, first-impression maker. Nothing adds life and vibrant color to commercial buildings like lush lawns, and thriving plants and flowers in complementary shades. 

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Topics: Sustainability, Irrigation