Get Your Lawn Ready For Spring

If you want a beautiful, green lawn for the summer, you need to hit the ground running in the spring. And with only five days to spare, now is the perfect time to add these six tasks to your spring to-do list. Besides, after a long, cold winter, your lawn is surely ready for a makeover.

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Get out your rake and remove dead grass, fallen leaves, and any other debris from your lawn.

Loosen the soil to help revitalize your lawn. This aeration process reduces soil compaction, improves water infiltration, encourages root growth, and helps with seed germination.

Manage weeds all year long by applying a pre-emergent herbicide to your soil.

Add grass seed if your lawn has been thinned by dry weather, wear-and-tear, insect pests, or improper mowing practices.

Be water smart and make sure you’re sticking to a schedule. Monitor the weather and adjust your irrigation system for less water in the spring and more in the heat of the summer.

Check your equipment before the lawn season gets into full swing. Inspect all of your outdoor tools, including the mower. If necessary, take the machine in for a service or give it your own tune-up.

Summer Rain is known as one of the top 100 irrigation companies in America. We can help you increase your curb appeal by providing you with the best irrigation sprinkler system on the market. We offer both residential and commercial irrigation installation and maintenance services throughout Fairfield and Westchester counties in Connecticut and New York. Give us a call today at 203-989-3430 or visit us on the web to learn more about our services.

10 Holiday Lighting Ideas for 2016

The holidays are upon us! How do you plan to decorate your home? From white trees to red ribbon, there are plenty of ideas to spark your creativity – these are a few we recommend:

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White Christmas
Wrap all your trees in white lights to create a uniformed and clean look for your home’s exterior.

Columns of Lights
If you have a colonial style home, wrap your columns in garland and white lights to brighten up the front of your house.

Wreaths
Hang lit wreaths on every window or on the side of your home near the roof. Tie a red ribbon for a festive touch.

Red Green and Gold
Dedicate each tree to a unique color. Wrap you evergreen in red, your sycamore in green, and your maple in gold.

Candles
Keep things simple by adding candles (on a timer) to each window on every floor in your home, including your attic.

Tea Light Pathway
How beautiful it look to lay down a row of tea light candles on your front pathway after a light snowfall.

Hanging Flakes
An alternative to icicles – hang snowflakes from your butters instead.

Entry Lights
Do you have a gate in front of your home? Hang a large wreath on it as if it were your front door.

White Orbs
Do you have a white-lit tree? Decorate the tree with white orbs to add dimension to it.

Colors Galore
Go all out with red green and white or other colors that represent your holiday. Hang them from your gutters and wrap them around your shrubs.

Need more holiday lighting ideas? Not only will Summer Rain help you find the perfect design, but we will install them too! Our Lighting Systems can supply worry-free maintenance service contracts, repair, and enhance existing lighting systems, including lighting automation. Give us a call today at 203-989-3430 or visit us on the web to learn more.

Should You Water Your Lawn In Winter?

With winter on the horizon, many novice gardeners wonder whether or not watering the lawn becomes necessary. It’s hard to navigate your way around the yard when it’s snowing, but when spring blooms again, you’ll sure want your grass to be green as it was last year. So is watering the grass in colder weather a must?

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The root of the problem
In order to answer the question, we must first understand roots. Even if your grass is dormant, the roots still use water to stay hydrated throughout the winter. But through droughts, even in winter, roots can dry up and sometimes tie. While the grass might look normal, looks can be deceiving. While the rain helps, you should consider watering it periodically – especially when the ground is cold and dry.

Timing is of the essence
Knowing whether or not to water your plants is one thing – knowing when to is another. Watering your lawn before low temps arrive can protect it from frost damage. Water strengthens its ability to fight damage and survive the long winter. That being said, water about a day or two before the cold temperatures arrive to give moisture time to soak into the roots.

Knowing when it’s enough
How much water should you feed your lawn? In the thick of summer, your grass needs at leats 1 to 2 inches each week. But when the cold weather sets in, about half that amount is needed. Chances are you’ll be watering your lawn as much as 1 inch per week.

Watering the lawn is the first step to taking care of your lawn. The second is winterizing it. During winterization, our team drains your system to ensure that no water remains in the pipes. If this service is not performed properly, any water left over in the sprinkler system could freeze and burst the pipes, which can be costly to repair. If you’re ready to winterize your yard, give us a call today at 203-989-3430 or visit us on the web.

7 Fall Gardening Secrets

Whether you live on the east coast or in the midwest, the seasons change and so does your garden! Fall is a perfect time of year just between summer and winter to prepare your yard for cooler weather. Some gardening tips are obvious, and some – well, many won’t tell you. But we will:

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Secret #1: Fill your window boxes and planters with perennials to add texture for the winter season. You can then transplant them into your garden when spring blooms again.

Secret #2: Mums are popular around this time of year. Plus they’re easy to put into planters. Remember: they require a good amount of water and fertilizer, so feed them weekly.

Secret #3: Choose which plants can do “double duty” as decorations throughout the season. For example, tall grass makes a great replacement for corn stalks.And while you can keep them in the garden for winter, you can also cut them and use them for Halloween or Thanksgiving decor.

Secret #4: Everything is on sale (surprise!). So you can plant for next spring, when the reward for buying now will be worth it!

Secret #5: Replace that fence you meant to fix over the summer. It’s like moving – many companies (in the fencing business as well) are busiest during spring and summer, so prices can come down during the fall.

Secret #6: Hairspray for your hydrangeas. That’s right – the hydrangea flower will naturally dry outside, but you can cut them and bring indoors. To keep them from crumbing, you can spray them with a little bit of aerosol hairspray to preserve them for years.

Secret #7: If you have a vegetable garden, chances are you still have unripe tomatoes on the vine, Pull them out by the roots and hang them upside down in a cool, dry area. Your tomatoes will ripen in no time!

Once cooler temperatures settle in, winterization is an important service to take advantage of. During winterization, our team drains your system to ensure that no water remains in the pipes. If this service is not performed properly, any water left over in the sprinkler system could freeze and burst the pipes, which can be costly to repair. If you’re ready to winterize your yard, give us a call today at 203-989-3430 or visit us on the web.

Outdoor Lighting Secrets

Let’s face it: you put a lot of money into designing the perfect house. But when day turns to night, no one can see the beauty. That is, unless you invest in a little outdoor lighting! Outdoor lighting can either be really simple or really complicated – we light to think it’s simple. That’s just because we have a few designer tricks up our sleeves to share with you:

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Mimick Moonlight
When the full moon fails to shine on a clear fall night, don’t let that ruin your outdoor features. Here are a few techniques outdoor lighting designers use to create beautiful shadows and highlights:
Highlight trees by illuminating from below
Have a focus on your entryway
Stick with warm white lights to showcase your home

Secure Your Property
Pathway lighting can help eliminate injury and other hazards. You can also set up motion-detecting lights mounted near the garage to provide illumination when intruders come close to your home. It will also highlight any shadows passing by.

Switch to LEDs
LEDs are the best of today’s lighting options. Not only because they last long but also because they save you money on electricity. LEDs cost only about 25% more to install on average, but they will save approximately 75% on your electricity bill. Did we also mention they come with a 15 year warranty?

At Summer Rain Lighting Systems, we offer a wide array of lighting services that will illuminate the beauty of your landscape and architecture. We happily serve our local community in Greenwich, CT as well as our neighboring towns. Give us a call today at 203-989-3430 or visit us on the web to learn more about our services.

Signs You Need a New Sprinkler System

A healthy lawn is a happy lawn! Not only does a green lawn boost your curb appeal, but it also keeps your environment feeling good. Because your lawn requires just as much care as the rest of your home, we thought we’d put together a list of the top telltale signs you need a new sprinkler system:

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You keep finding leaks
A telltale sign that you will need a new sprinkler system is if your sprinkler heads or pipes are leaking. A professional will need to come and dig up the section of the problem pipe and replace it.

Your system’s water pressure is low
Your sprinkler head can indicate signs of lower water pressure. The problem could be cracks or chips in the sprinkler head. If you notice that the issue becomes ongoing, call the professional to investigate and find a solution.

You have a poor design setup
It could be the length of the spray of a sprinkler or the lack of “head to head spacing” that can also indicate you need a new system. A poor design setup can lead to dry spots or overly saturated areas. Either way, a professional can fix the problem.

Your water bills are too high
Is your monthly water bill through the roof? Ask a home irrigation system specialist to check your system. Whether it be lower water pressure, leaks, a poor design setup, or something else, fixing the problem sooner rather than later will save you money in the long run.

Any of these problems sound familiar? Turn to our successful team at Summer Rain for new installations and redesign. Give us a call today at 203-989-3430 or visit us on the web to learn more about our services.

Lighting Up Your Backyard for Summer

Forget the candles and flashlights – light up your outdoor space with creative and efficient lighting options! There are many types of outdoor lights that can turn your ordinary backyard into a luxurious and functional entertainment space. Here are five types of lights we recommend for summer:

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Deck and Patio
For all of those summer gatherings, you will need essential deck and patio lights. If you use your patio space often, choose high quality fixtures to last you for years to come.

Garden
You garden isn’t only meant to be seen in daylight! Let your flowers illuminate at night with outdoor lighting. This will make your pinks, yellows, and greens glow just as bright as they do in the morning, and is the perfect way to showcase the hard work you’ve done!

Pathway
Good lighting make it easy to navigate your way along your pathways. Bright lights can allow you to walk without tripping, even when you’re carrying groceries in the house.

Poolside
Light up the night with poolside lighting – perfect for outdoor parties and backyard family reunions. Poolside lights can also create a kid-friendly yard and set the mood for a relaxing summer’s night.

Automatic
Make life easier by installing automatic lights in your backyard. Not only will it make taking out the trash easier, but it will also alert you of any intruders or stray animals that walk by.

At Summer Rain Lighting Systems, we offer a wide array of lighting services that will illuminate the beauty of your landscape and architecture. We happily serve our local community in Greenwich, CT as well as our neighboring towns. Give us a call today at 203-989-3430 or visit us on the web to learn more about our services.

#ThrowbackThursday: A Glance Back at Summer Rain

Summer Rain is celebrating 30 years of customer service. We are recognized as one of the top 100 irrigation companies in America and a leading local irrigation company. But like any business, we didn’t start out that way – it took time for our team to grow and become what it is today.

Our design and service teams are build of professionals from various backgrounds:

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Bill Foscato
Bill is an honest, hardworking, and reliable Summer Rain employee. He has worked with the company for two years as a landscape lighting and electrical manager. He was born in California, raised in Connecticut, and now lives on the border of Connecticut and New York. In his free time, Bill loves family, books, gardening, exercise, and his local community.

James Loughran, Jr.
James is a Greenwich native and has been with Summer Rain for 20 years. He is a positive force in our company and an active member of the community. In fact, James has been the president of the Greenwich Youth Football League for the past 5 years. He lives in Cos Cob with his wife and children.

Bill Gallagher
Bill started his career with Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems back in 1981 and has a past as the president of the Connecticut Contractors Irrigation Association (CICA). He has always had an appreciation for beautiful lawn and landscape. He also has a passion for being involved in community projects, including the Boys and Girls Club, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital, and Catholic Youth Program.

Frank Parelli, III
Frank is a Summer Rain veteran. For more than 20 years, he has been a dedicated team member and is currently our service manager. He is dedicated to being a hard working employee, husband, father, and coach. He is the coach of Greenwich Youth Football League and Greenwich Basketball Association. He also enjoys playing basketball in his free time!

All of our employees here at Summer Rain are a vital part of our success and go to great lengths to make sure our customers are nothing short of satisfied. To learn more about our team, click here. If you are in the vicinity of Greenwich, CT and are considering installing a new sprinkler system, give us a call at 203-989-3430 or visit us on the web.

Lawn Care Basics

After a long winter, you look out your backdoor and see yellow spots all over your grass. Your lawn looks like it hasn’t seen the light of day in ages. Your first thought might be that there’s no saving your landscape, but it’s not true.

What your lawn needs is a little TLC. Even for the most novice gardener, lawn care basics are simple:

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Seed or sod
Do you seed or do you sod? Many homeowners find it easier to sod because it’s quick and easy. But sometimes caring for your lawn the old fashioned way works just as well! Either by hand or by hydroseeding, evenly distribute seeds along the grass. Pass over the lawn several times and then rake to make sure you cover all spots equally.

Trim just a little
Want to know a secret? Taller grass promotes better root development and protects the ground from too much sun. But oftentimes homeowners can cut their grass too short. If you have a lawn mower at home and plan to use it, raise the mower to the highest possible notch so that you’re only mowing the top third of your grass.

Feed and fertilize
Just like you, your lawn gets hungry and needs a healthy meal. So, twice a year (once is spring and once in fall), fertilize the lawn with products like granules. Remember: no two lawns are alike, so plan according to the climate you live in and the condition of your lawn.

Let it breathe
When your lawn becomes too compacted, the nutrients you feed it won’t be able to breathe through the roots. By poking holes in your lawn, you can promote more flow of oxygen, which in turn will benefit the feeding process.

Water weekly
Avoid watering more than once a week, but when you do water the grass, give it a good soaking. This helps the roots grow deeper into the soil and prevent pests from attaching to your dried out lawn. Do keep in mind that if your lawn is newly seeded, you will want to damped the seeds by watering daily for 5 to 10 minutes. After it has grown over a half inch tall, water once daily for 15 to 20 minutes.

The most efficient way to water your lawn is to have a proper sprinkler system in the yard. At Summer Rain, we can help you up your curb appeal by providing you with the best irrigation sprinkler system in the market. We are known as one of the top 100 irrigation companies in America and happily serve our local community in Greenwich, CT as well as our neighboring towns. Give us a call today at 203-989-3430 or visit us on the web to learn more about our services.

How To Choose The Right Irrigation Sprinkler System Company

Did you know that adding an irrigation sprinkler system to your home can increase your property value by up to 18 percent? This increase is largely due to the curb appeal having a sprinkler system creates. However, installing just any system won’t give you the benefits you want. It is important to have a well-designed layout and an efficient system that will eliminate run-off, save water and reduce your costs in the long run.

Start by choosing an experienced irrigation sprinkler system company.

Many companies offer installation services, but few take all of the factors into consideration before doing the job. One of the most important factors is the layout of your property. If your landscape includes hills, for instance, the sprinkler heads in that area will need to be installed in a way that accounts for run-off.

Checking the company’s credentials and experience is a necessary step. Much of this information can be found online, however for verification, it is recommended that you speak with them. One of the best ways to know if the company is experienced is asking them for a quote and mentioning any concerns you may have regarding landscape. Ideally, the company will come out to your property to give you a quote and to ensure that all of your concerns are properly addressed.

Once you choose the right company to work with, discuss the best sprinkler system to use. Water-efficient systems are ideal as they can save you up to 30% on water use, which can reduce your water costs significantly. Installing a sprinkler controller is also an important consideration. It will help ensure that you avoid under or over – watering your landscape. Today’s controllers can even be accessed from your smartphone and tablets, which can be a great tool for individuals who travel often.

Finally, make sure that the company you choose to do business with provides maintenance services, including seasonal maintenance. Installing a sprinkler system is an investment you will want to protect and maintaining it properly will help you do that. For instance, when winter comes around, you will want to have the irrigation sprinkler system company drain the system properly to prevent pipes from cracking, which can cause significant damage.

If you are in the vicinity of Greenwich, CT and are considering installing a new sprinkler system, give us a call.