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 203-629-8050 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 203-629-8050 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 203-629-8050 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 203-629-8050 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.

5 Benefits of LED Landscape Lighting

If your New Year’s resolution has been to update the exterior of your home and save on your light bill, installing LED landscape lighting could help you do both. LED lighting is energy efficient and can provide a more modern look to your landscape lighting. Even if you currently have a halogen system, you may be able to convert it to LED. LED landscape lighting has many advantages, including:

More Energy Efficient. LED lights are 90% more efficient than bulbs used in traditional landscape lighting systems.

Lower Carbon Footprint. LED is a “greener” technology as it emits less carbon dioxide.

Lasts Longer. Compared to traditional halogen lightbulb, which has the longevity of up to 4,000 hours, LED lights last up to 20,000 hours!

Less Insect Activity. Unlike LED lights, halogen lightbulbs emit UV light, which attracts insects. By switching to LED lights, you can potentially decrease insect activity in recreational areas like your backyard.

Better Visibility. When LED landscape lighting first came out, residents were weary of using them as they produced only a faint glow. Now, you are able to choose from a variety of light intensity and hues of LED lights. In areas such as walkways and stairs, using high intensity LED lights could help prevent accidents.

More Life, Less Cost – Choose the Right Lights

If you used old lights this Holiday season, you may be paying for it now on your energy bill. However, there is still time to be energy efficient with your landscape lighting and to be ready for next year’s Holiday season. Here are a few steps to consider to being more energy efficient with your lighting:

Holiday Lights

If you were using old string lights this Holiday season, don’t pack them up yet! Instead, recycle them and get new, energy-efficient LED string lights. Several companies have programs where they will provide you with a coupon for LED lights if you recycle your old lights. Check out this one.

Don’t wait until the next Holiday season to get LED lights. Now that the Holiday season is over, manufacturers are reducing their prices, which is a great opportunity for you to save.

Besides being an energy-efficient choice, LED lights will also last you longer and are safer than old string lights.

Landscape Lighting

If you are not yet using LED lights for the outside, now is a great time to replace your bulbs. The long winter nights require for your landscape lights to remain on longer, which increases your energy bill. By replacing your bulbs to LED alternatives now, you can save throughout the winter.

Keep in mind that changing your landscape lighting bulbs can be tricky and not all bulbs will fit all fixtures. Therefore, we strongly recommend you give us a call so that our professionals can help ensure that the right bulbs are being installed. This can help prevent any dangerous situations like electrocution or electric fires. Give us  call at 203-629-8050.

Indoor Lighting

Traditional incandescent light bulbs drain a significant amount of energy. Many homeowners that are used to their soft light protest against going to more energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights (CFL’s) and LED’s. However, you can save anywhere from 25% to 80% on your energy bill by making the switch.

With their popularity growing, these energy-efficient alternatives have various shades to them, including soft glow. This way you can enjoy lower energy bills without giving up the atmosphere you are used to.