When we moved into our new home this past April I almost instantly fell in love with it for the yard alone! Our old place didn’t have much of a backyard… only about 5 feet of grass at all. But the new yard, oh my gosh, heaven! So much grass, so much play space. We don’t have a fence but still, they can run around and have fun on the grass and that’s all that mattered, right? It’s safe, I can open the back door and see them from both the living room or the kitchen, which is nice, and they can play.
There was one major thing I forgot about – Someone needs to take care of said lawn. Dangit. Because we live with a homeowner association, we have to keep the grass within a certain height and shade of green or else we’ll get a fine. Great. The Florida sun can be tough on your lawn though and while it may seem like we get enough rain, we don’t. Because it’s so hot, our lawns need an extra amount of water and that’s why I was excited to hear that TruGreen, the nation’s largest lawn care company, has a new service called TruGreen Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance™! TruGreen Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance™ brings TruGreen’s decades of lawn care expertise to services such as repairs, system openings, and winterization.
Living in Florida definitely has it’s perks, but there are some negatives when it comes to our weather. One day it’s extremely hot and humid, the next it’s a thunderstorm that brings the cold (well high 60’s is cold to us). For me, keeping our grass alive and healthy has been a learning process that I still have no idea about. With TruGreen’s help I think I could really get that picture-perfect lawn I’ve always dreamed about. My hubby? Eh, he’s not someone who really cares about how the yard looks (as long as it’s mowed).
TruGreen Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance service offerings include:
- Sprinkler head repair and adjustment
- Sprinkler leak repair
- Timer box adjustment
- Rain sensor testing and repair
- Zone adjustments
- System renovations and updates
- Backflow testing
They just recently launched in metro Orlando area which is perfect news for us. We don’t have a sprinkler system installed yet so we’ve been relying on a hose-attached sprinkler and every so often my husband or myself have to run outside and move the hose, trying to avoid getting soaked at the same time. It’s such a hassle.
It may be winter in most places but here are a few watering tips to help you in the coming season:
- Established lawns should be watered deeply and infrequently.
- Lawns typically require one to one and a half inches of water per week for optimal growth and appearance. An empty tuna can be placed in the watering pattern to measure this amount.
- The best time to water is in the morning and in non-windy conditions. This conserves water and allows grass to dry before evening. Grass that remains wet for long periods of time is more susceptible to disease development.
- A lawn needs water when the turfgrass changes from bright green to dull gray.
- Another sure sign for homeowners to water their lawns is when turfgrass wilting is evident (footprints remain in the grass, mower lines are evident). Always check local water ordinances to ensure you’re watering in accordance with recent guidelines.
You can enroll for this program here to see if they offer their services in your area. Currently available in select cities in Florida, Missouri, Nebraska, Arkansas and Tennessee, TruGreen Sprinkler Repair and Maintenance will be launching in more than a dozen markets in 2016.