Keep Your Sprinkler Heads Working Correctly with a Sod Cut

NOW SCHEDULING SOD CUTS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 16!

Plymouth sod cutsWe hear from many homeowners that by the dog days of summer, dense grass has started to grow around the sprinkler heads of their irrigation system.

The problem is that once this happens, the heads will no longer perform as they should. They won’t spray, rotate, or recede properly, which eventually causes damage to the heads.

It’s only common sense to protect your investment.

The solution? It’s not mowing more closely to your sprinkler heads, nor is it getting out the weed-whacker. Both options can further damage the heads.

Your best bet is to have us come out and perform a sod cut using our special tool to cut back the grass around the head.

First, we flag all your heads. Then we cut the overgrown grass, passing through to the root system while being careful not to hit the lines. We smooth out the exposed soil and remove the severed sod from your property, then readjust the heads for proper operation. The sod cut also includes trimming around any visible valve boxes in grassy areas.

It’s wise to have this quick and inexpensive procedure done from time to time, since often in the process bad seals on heads are revealed. We can replace them while we’re there, saving you a service call and ultimately costs on your water bill.

Schedule your sod cut through our online appointment tool, or call us at (781) 585-0020 for more details. We are lining these appointments up through September 16.

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Pro-Grade Ice Melt

Advance Ice MeltFor the last few years, winter predictions from The Farmer’s Almanac have been right on. This year, they’re unfortunately saying that it’s best to start getting prepared now for Winter 2015-16 because we’re in store for more of what we had last year:

“The winter of 2015-16 is looking like a repeat of last winter, at least in terms of temperatures with unseasonably cold conditions over the Atlantic Seaboard….

New Englanders will once again experience a very frigid, shivery winter (Deja vu). [You] may want to get a jump start now and stock up on lots of winter survival gear: sweaters, long johns, and plenty of firewood.

Over the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic States, the weather will be stormy with a good amount of snow. We are ‘red-flagging’ the second week of January and the second week of February for possible heavy winter weather, with a long, drawn out spell of stormy weather extending through much of the first half of March.”

Unless you plan to become a snowbird and head to Florida this winter (which may not be a bad idea!), it’s important to get prepared. Last year, there was a shortage of ice melt at all locations. Suppliers are forewarning that the same will be true this year if the winter is as bad as expected.

The last thing you want to be thinking about when snow drifts are piled up outside your door and your walkway is a sheet of ice is where to get your ice melt. Let us help. We’re stocking up to readily supply our customers. When we come out to winterize your irrigation system, we can bring you stock up with ice melt to keep your driveways and walkways clear.

WHAT KIND?

As in previous seasons, we’ll once again be offering contractor-grade ice melt this season. Our product is the same quality as that used at banks, colleges, condo units, and corporate businesses. We’re once again using Advance High-Tech Commercial Ice Melter, which we’ve used in the past.

WHAT QUANTITY CAN I GET?

We will be delivering 50-lb Poly bags of Advance High-Tech Commercial Ice Melter. You can order as many as you want or need.

WHAT IS THE COST?

We are able to secure a discounted price due to the increased purchasing power that comes with large-quantity orders. The 50-lb Poly bags are $17.

HOW DO I GET IT?

We’ll deliver your order to you when we come to winterize your sprinkler system, saving you the trip to the store later during inclement weather.

WHAT IS THE ICE MELT’S QUALITY?

The bags are homeowner-friendly, but the contents inside are professional-grade (a MUCH higher quality than what you would pick up at a Home Depot or Lowe’s – and at a comparable or even cheaper price)!!

Advance High-Tech Commercial Ice Melter is HOT! It is the safer formulation with corrosion inhibitors and fast-acting, long-lasting ingredients that start melting ice almost immediately upon application.

The product is safe for walkways and patios, with a special orange color coating that helps to ensure it is not over-applied, making your money go further.

Here are a few of its additional benefits:

  • Works to -25° F
  • Fast-acting time release formula
  • Non-hygroscopic
  • Traction control
  • Safer to handle
  • Non-tracking
  • Safety-coated orange crystals

50-lb poly bag – $17

Order your ice melt when you reply to the email 
we’ll send you to schedule your winterizing.

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Winterization Service

fall 2014 winterization serviceThe fall shutdown is an important part of your irrigation maintenance service.

WHAT IS IT?

When we come to winterize your sprinkler system, we shut off the water supply. We then blow in compressed air to evacuate the water from the lines and sprinkler heads, ensuring that they won’t freeze over the winter.

WHEN DOES IT START?

We’re starting our blow outs this year on October 5. As explained above, we’ll be sending each customer a custom email with a date and time for their particular town.

WHAT NEXT?

We’ll come back in the spring for your sprinkler system start-up. At that time, we’ll turn your water supply back on and check all the components to your system for any damage that may have occurred during the winter months.

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Important Information Regarding 2015’s Winterizing

sprinkler winterizingEven though Labor Day has come and gone and the days are getting shorter, it still feels very much like summer.

Temps aside, though, we’ll soon be coming out to winterize your irrigation system. It’s also a perfect time for you to stock up on ice melt!

This year, we’re trying out a new scheduling technique to help us be more efficient, so we can make sure ALL our customers’ systems (over 900 within 45 days) are winterized before the freeze. Mother Nature is so unpredictable and the Farmer’s Almanac is saying that this winter is going to be a rough one again, with lots of snow.

We’ll be shutting down our online appointment scheduling program for this trial period. Instead, we will be sending out a customized email with a specific day and time for your town.

You will need to respond back to the email verifying that the date and time work for you. If the allotted appointment does not work for you, please call the office at (781) 585-0020.

If you are unable to be home at the time of winterizing, access to the water shutoff (which we drain out) and controller is needed. If you are not home and we have no access, and it is an agreed appointment, you will be charged an additional return fee of $37.50 to winterize. If you have a well pump that is mounted outside, it is highly recommended that you use the earlier date to protect the pump.

If anyone is interested in ice melt this year, please let us know how many bags you want when you email back your date, so we can make sure we order enough. Last year, ice melt went so quickly that our suppliers ran out and it was very difficult to get any. We will only be offering 50-pound bags this year at $17 per bag.

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Now Scheduling Sod Cuts Through September 18

Plymouth sod cutsWe hear from many homeowners that by the dog days of summer, dense grass has started to grow around the sprinkler heads of their irrigation system.

The problem is that once this happens, the heads will no longer perform as they should. They won’t spray, rotate, or recede properly, which eventually causes damage to the heads.

It’s only common sense to protect your investment.

The solution? It’s not mowing more closely to your sprinkler heads, nor is it getting out the weed-whacker. Both options can further damage the heads.

Your best bet is to have us come out and perform a sod cut using our special tool to cut back the grass around the head.

First, we flag all your heads. Then we cut the overgrown grass, passing through to the root system while being careful not to hit the lines. We smooth out the exposed soil and remove the severed sod from your property, then readjust the heads for proper operation. The sod cut also includes trimming around any visible valve boxes in grassy areas.

It’s wise to have this quick and inexpensive procedure done from time to time, since often in the process bad seals on heads are revealed. We can replace them while we’re there, saving you a service call and ultimately costs on your water bill.

Schedule your sod cut through our online appointment tool below, or call us at (781) 585-0020 for more details. We are lining these appointments up through September 18.

scheduling button

Ask about our other yard-enhancing services as well, including water features (custom-made ponds, waterfalls, and streams) and nightscaping (landscape lighting).

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Landscape Lighting (a.k.a. Nightscaping)

Our irrigation customers may not realize that we also offer other services to enhance your beautiful yard.

Our landscape lighting is rapidly growing in popularity. It doesn’t make much sense for homeowners to invest in making their lawn and yard attractive if no one can see their efforts at night. Nightscaping helps with that!

Regardless of what time of year it is, your focal points in your property during the day are hidden once darkness hits, just waiting to be illuminated.

Landscape lighting helps to bring out those focal points and textures not seen in the daylight, but which have eye-catching details by illumination.

Architectural features on your home can be accented and, with the correct lighting, can be visually stunning.

Landscape lighting can add the following to your home:

  • Beautification
  • Usability
  • Safe passage
  • Security
  • Value

Nightscaping needs regular maintenance, just like your sprinkler system does. Add-on lights can be brought in at any point. If you realize later that you need more lighting than you first thought, just let us know and we’ll come back out to increase your service.

Below are some images showcasing the difference landscape lighting can make to your home:


Architecturally stunning home in broad daylight,
without accented focal points

Architecturally stunning home in darkness,

with landscape lighting to accent contours

Strategically placed illuminating devices add nightscaping benefits.

Nightscaping adds beautification, safe passage, security,
and value to your home.

Nightscaping highlights other landscape elements,
prolonging your enjoyment.

Schedule your landscape lighting installation through our online appointment tool below, or call us for more details at (781) 585-0020.

Ask about our other yard-enhancing services as well, including water features (custom-made ponds, waterfalls, and streams) and lawn installation.

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Cancellations

appointment cancellationsIn the occasional event of inclement weather and other unforeseeable acts caused by Mother Nature, we may need to reschedule our appointment with you.

We know that can be an inconvenience, especially if you’ve rearranged your work schedule to be there for us, so when at all possible we’ll keep our appointments. But if we do need to cancel, we’ll give you as much lead time as possible.

If you need to cancel your appointment with us, we ask that you give us a 24-hour notice. If we show up at your house and nobody is home, we’ll unfortunately need to charge a $37.50 no-show fee. (The fee is subject to our discretion and will be waived in the case of accidents, illnesses, deaths, etc.)

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