Irrigation & Lighting Blog

March 6, 2018

Spring Start-up

Spring is an exciting time for homeowners to get going on all of the projects that they have been waiting on during the cold winter months. As a general rule of thumb, most of your spring plantings should be in by Mother’s Day. With that timeframe in mind, it is always a good idea to have your sprinklers started for the season before these plant materials have been installed.

During the spring start-up of your lawn sprinkler system, one of our qualified irrigation technicians begins by pressure testing the main line piping to make sure it is intact. They will then begin to test each individual irrigation zone, checking for proper watering coverage of all of the sprinkler heads and making adjustments as needed.

Once they have completed going through all of the irrigation zones, they will test the rain sensor. A rain sensor is extremely important during the spring months when we typically experience wetter conditions. When a rain sensor collects enough water, it will automatically shut down the irrigation system until it dries back out, saving hundreds of gallons of water when your property does not need it. Lastly, the irrigation controller will be programmed for a light spring watering cycle. The key with spring time programming is always “less is more.” It is always easy to run an additional watering cycle if it is needed, but it becomes very difficult to take away too much water once it has been expelled.

Having your sprinkler system all set and ready to go before your spring plantings allows you to water your plants the same day they are installed. It also ensures that any potential damage to the system during the winter months has been taken care of in time. Are you having any seeding applications or other property treatments this season? Our technicians would be happy to mark sprinkler lines or flag individual sprinkler heads during the start-up procedure to assist in avoiding any problems.

Do you have a low voltage lighting system? Our friendly service technicians will also check your lights and re-program the clock while we’re out on the property at no additional cost! One stop shopping to help get your property all set-up for the spring! Call Fisher Irrigation and Lighting today to schedule your appointment at 215-942-0800.