Answers To Your Top Landscape Lighting Questions

Are you trying to give your property a new look? Sometimes gardening just isn’t enough. One way to create a stunning landscape — illuminating your yard with landscape lighting!

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Where do I begin, and what can I do?
When thinking about how to design exterior landscape lighting, the first thing to know — less is always more. If every area of your yard is highlighted, nothing stands out and nothing is special. Consider what features of your yard you want to show off, and begin your search for a professional who can help bring your dreams to a reality.

How much light do I need to create a pleasant outdoor atmosphere?
At night, your eyes are already adjusted to the dark; so remember, a little goes a long way! If you have a favorite reading area, considering putting a spot in a tree or above in a pergola (to direct the light down and over your shoulder). For outdoor dining, place the light around the cooking area, the rest of the space should have low lighting in order to get the casual and relaxed feel.

What is color temperature?
Light quality is just as important as light quantity, so make sure to discuss the color temperature of your fixtures with your chosen landscape contractor. Color temperatures 3500K (Kelvin) are generally considered to be a cooler temperature (blue tones). Temperatures 3000K and below are considered warmer (amber tones). When it comes to outdoor lighting, it’s best to stay away from cooler temperatures. The bluish tones can make your yard appear unnatural.
*You should be able to find the color temperature for a light bulb on its packing.

What is layered lighting, and is it important for my outdoor space?
Layered lighting is when you add lighting in high and low areas around your yard to create more dimension, emotion, and beauty to your space. Layered lighting can also help you control the ambiance in different spots in your yard. For instance, maybe your patio will have different lighting levels compared to your pathway lighting. In the end, layered lighting allows you to be a lot more creative with your design.

Are dimmers or other controls useful outdoors?
Dimmers and other controls are great for the outdoors because they allow you to change the feel and mood of a space. Consider which areas you want to control — this will help you decide which lighting fixtures work best.

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.

FAQs About Irrigation Systems

Gone are the days of watering your lawn by hand. It’s time to update your watering system and install an irrigation system. It’s the most convenient and efficient way to water your landscape.

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What are the benefits of an irrigation system?

There is no easier or more cost-effective way to beautify your home, increase its value, and save yourself time and money. An automatic sprinkler system is the perfect solution to help you maintain a healthy, beautiful landscape.

Does an irrigation system waste water?

At Summer Rain, water conservation is at the top of our list of concerns when it comes to designing an irrigation system. most convenient and efficient way to ensure your landscape gets the water it needs without over or under watering. Your system will be designed to provide consistent, adequate, and efficient watering all over your property, without overwatering. If your area experiences a drought, or if you’re having a particularly wet week or month, you can easily adjust the system to account for these changes.

Will an irrigation system work for my property?

Our irrigation experts are fully trained in landscape irrigation and are among the best in the industry. When designing, we take several factors into consideration including, terrain elevations, sunny and shaded areas, and the current landscape and changes planned for the future. In doing so, we’re able to determine:

  • Sprinkler head placement.

  • Type of sprinkler head.

  • The best watering schedule.

  • Length of watering times.

  • Where to place the controller.

  • Location of remote control valves.

How do I choose the right company to hire?

Any irrigation system company you work with should be fully insured and licensed by the state. You may also want to inquire about association memberships such as the Irrigation Association, a local Irrigation Contractors’ Association.

Irrigation system companies should provide:

  • Licensed plumbing services, including installation of the proper backflow device when connecting the system to the main water supply.

  • Quality, long-lasting components with a written warranty.

  • On-going maintenance at specified intervals, including the non-watering or off-peak seasons.

  • Prompt customer service with live dispatch during an emergency.

  • Positive testimonials and references as well as an established list of satisfied customers.

The staff at Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems is completely licensed and trained, and Summer Rain carries full insurance coverage. In addition, we hold memberships in the Irrigation Association and the Connecticut Irrigation Contractors Association. 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 Efficiently Water Your Lawn

Many mistakenly believe that beautiful gardens and lawns are only possible through extensive watering. This may be why Americans consume 58,000 gallons of water each year for their landscape. But, since Connecticut has been going through one of the state’s longest-running droughts on record, there’s no better time than the present to nip that bad habit in the bud.

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Water Conservation Tips:

•Choose native plants. When choosing plants to add to your garden, stick to native plants — they fit more naturally into the environment.

•Add plenty of mulch. Natural mulch helps keep water from evaporating on a hot, summer day.

•Set up properly. Set your sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only — not the street or sidewalk!

•Make a schedule. The same water schedule rarely applies to all zones. You should take into account the type of sprinkler, sun or shade exposure, and soil type for that area.

•Look for a label. WaterSense labeled irrigation controllers use local weather data to water only when needed.

Get the most out of your irrigation system by consulting a professional. The team at Summer Rain can help design, install, maintain, and audit your system — we will ensure that you are always using the proper amount of water to maintain a healthy landscape.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Planning a Summer Soirée? We Install Event Lighting.

It may not be June 21st yet, but Summer seems to already be here. After the winter we had in the North East, we all deserve a Summer celebration.

Whether you are planning an intimate outside gathering or the event of the year, we can help you set up your event lighting.

 

Lighting is one of the most important parts of an outdoor event. It sets the ambiance, prolongs the party and ensures safety. However, without proper design and efficient planning, event lighting can be a disaster. This is why our team of experienced and licensed professionals primarily concentrates on the layout of the venue, its electrical capabilities, as well as the purpose of the event itself.

 

The purpose will help us choose the right styles of lights to use for your event. After all, a sweet 16 may require different lighting from a 40-year wedding anniversary. The efficiency and hue of the lights are also addressed to make sure that the ambiance is correct for your event type.

 

We happily serve our local community in Greenwich, CT as well as our neighbouring towns.  Give us a call today for a quote.

Why Professional Landscape Lighting Installation Is Best

Adding a landscape lighting system to your home is a great way to spruce up your landscape and add security. A properly installed system can also add value to your home and even lower your home insurance bill. However, when installed incorrectly, it can cause irreparable damage.

Everyone loves a good deal, until its repercussions cost us more than the most expensive option we could have picked. The best way to determine a truthfully good deal is to consider the value it provides to us. This is especially important when the task can cause significant damage if not done correctly, such as landscape lighting installation.

Whether you have been planning to do this project DIY or with a company that presented you an offer you just can’t resist, here are a few things to consider.

Electrical Components: According to U.S. Fire Administration (#USFA), 28,600 fires occur each year, totaling in over $1 billion in damages. One of the main reasons is faulty wiring, which can happen if the landscape lighting system is not installed properly. Hiring a company with licensed electricians can help ensure that the installation is carried out safely. Additionally, licensed professionals can point out any additional electrical issues you should be aware.

Design: Landscape lighting can have many benefits, including added security, making your backyard more usable, and adding an overall charm to your home. All of this requires proper, professional installation. We recommend using a team with ample experience in the field.

Options: Hiring an experienced team can also provide you with more options. Having been in business for over 35 years, we have come across an array of situations, challenges and client desires. This allows us to offer our clients now and in the future more options, while ensuring that we are able to safely carry out what we promise.

As you would interview a few physicians before choosing the best one for you, we encourage you to explore your landscape lighting options as well. Before making your final decision, consider the value you are receiving from each contender. You can reach us at 203-629-8050 to request a quote.

Why Your Sprinkler System Requires Spring Maintenance

If you are a Fairfield county resident, you have probably been waiting for Spring since January, when we got the first clue that this winter was going to be a tough one. From frozen and burst pipes to ice dams, many residents are still dealing with putting the winter mess away. Now that the snow is melting, we are also noticing the extensive road damage that fluctuating temperatures, sand and salt have caused.
Because irrigation sprinklers are out of sight, most don’t think about the issues that may have occurred during the winter just a few inches below the ground. However, sprinkler systems are prone to damage, especially if they were not properly drained prior to the season. When water freezes inside the pipe, it expands and can crack it, causing a significant amount of damage to your system. The above ground portions of the sprinkler system are especially prone to this.

 

Although it is too late to prevent this from happening now, it is the ideal time to check if there is any damage. Summer Rain’s irrigation maintenance services include seasonal checkup, during which we examine your system and ensure that there aren’t any leaks. We will run your sprinklers to see if water is pooling anywhere on the property. If it is, this would indicate a leak, the cause of which we would then determine. If a sprinkler head is the issue, we will need to remove the sprinkler head. If the pipeline is cracked, we may be able to correct it with a pipe repair clamp. The latter depends on the extent and location of the damage. If the damage is too extensive, it may be necessary to replace the whole line.

 

This thorough inspection is crucial as an irrigation system that has a leak 1/32nd of an inch in diameter (about the thickness of a dime) can waste about 6,300 gallons of water per month. Besides being a significant misuse of water, it would spike your water bill and can cause damage to your landscape.

 

Depending on the extent and location of the damage, reparations may be made without replacing the entire system. This scenario is much less expensive than replacing the whole sprinkler system, however it is typically still more costly than taking the preventative measures of draining the system properly prior to winter’s start.

Give us a call today at 203-629-8050 to schedule your irrigation maintenance service.