#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 built of professionals from various backgrounds:

summer rain sprinkler team


Bill Gallagher

Bill started his career with Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems back in 1981 and has been a past president of the Connecticut Contractors Irrigation Association (CCIA). He has always had an appreciation for beautiful lawns and landscapes. 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.

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 five years. He lives in Cos Cob with his wife and children.

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.

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:

basic lawn care

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.