Tulsa Sprinkler Systems: Make Sure They’re Ready for Spring

Soon it will be time to start watering your lawn once again. However, before you start the sprinkler system for your Tulsa home, there are several things you’ll need to do to ensure the irrigation system’s components are not damaged.

However, it is always best to hire a professional Tulsa irrigation company to perform the spring start-up maintenance for your smart_controllerssprinkler system. These sprinkler system experts can ensure all of the components are working correctly and that your sprinkler system will conserve water, saving you time and money.  They fully understand the hydraulics involved in the piping system along with the best placement for sprinkler heads, and the best watering schedule for your specific lawn, soil, and various plants and shrubs.

Hunter Industries also provides a great spring start-up guide with photos to help you make sure your Hunter sprinkler system is ready to use.

But before you begin any of these start-up procedures, you’ll need to ensure the ground is not still frozen. Use a shovel to make sure the soil is frost-free at least 12 inches below the surface. Filling the system when the ground is still frozen can cause significant damage to sprinkler system pipes.

Check all of the Tulsa sprinkler system components such as valves, sprinkler heads, nozzles, and pipes to ensure that none are broken, cracked, or chipped. If any of these components are damaged, replace the parts before turning on your sprinkler system. It’s very important to make sure that all of the valves are working properly and not leaking. Make sure there are no leaves, dirt, or other debris blocking the sprinkler heads. Check and clean the main irrigation controller and ensure everything is set properly.

Usually about once a month, it’s important to check the sprinkler system for any leaks or broken components. Regular irrigation system maintenance will help keep your system running properly and help you save water.

When you open the main water valve, be sure to open the valve very slowly to allow water to fill the pipes. If these valves are opened too quickly, a surge of air pressure from the rushing water can cause the main lines to crack or burst. Then slowly fill each zone of the irrigation system. This high-pressure surge or “water hammer” is one of the biggest problems in sprinkler system start-ups, so read the manual for your particular sprinkler system before beginning the start-up or call a professional irrigation company to perform the start-up tasks.

Once you have filled the lines of the irrigation system, you can test the system by running each zone, starting it from the controller. Then walk through the running zone and check that the water pressure is in the proper operating range with a water pressure gauge. Low pressure can indicate a line break, and too much pressure can crack or burst pipes or sprinkler components. Also check to make sure sprinkler heads are aligned properly and watering the right areas of the lawn as well as checking valves, nozzles, and other components for leaks or cracks. Then you can set the valves to their regular operating positions.

Ensure the sprinkler system timer programs are set properly for each zone.  You may also need to replace the controller back-up battery, Hunter Industries noted.

Again, it’s best to have a professional make sure your sprinkler system in Tulsa is working properly and ready for spring. The Tulsa sprinkler system experts at Oklahoma Landscape can design, install, monitor, and maintain your entire irrigation system. We offer smart controllers and ET weather sensors to automatically adjust daily run times based on your landscape’s needs and onsite weather conditions. These sensors are economical and can reduce your water consumption by as much as 50% while creating a healthier lawn.

Call us today to ensure your Tulsa sprinkler system is working properly and running most efficiently.

Avoid These Mistakes in Building Your Tulsa Outdoor Living Space

Thinking of building an outdoor living space for your Tulsa home? These outdoor extensions of your home are a great way to create more “livable” space for your home, increase your property value, and provide an ideal spot for entertaining friends and family or just relaxing on the weekends. But before you get started on the project, here are some mistakes toavoid.

Forgetting to plan. A well-thought-out design plan is a must for any outdoor living project, large or small. Decide what style or theme you want for your Tulsa outdoor space.

Determine how you and your family will use your outdoor environment. Choose where various shrubs, plants, and trees will go. Decide on a budget for your project. Even if you’re going to build your project one piece at a time, it’s good to have a design plan for the whole project so that in the end, the entire outdoor living space has one complete look. Often, it’s best to hire a Tulsa landscape designer who understands all the nuisances of the various outdoor living elements and can bring all of your ideas and goals together into one design.

“  . . . A beautiful, well-designed landscape costs the same as a poorly designed one. This difference is with the designer. Well-trained landscape designers who work with a large palette of plants and materials as well as a wide range of styles are geared to give you a fine project,” The Landscaping Network noted.

Having a design plan laid out before you begin will prevent many problems that could leave you frustrated for years to come.

Choosing the wrong plants.  Without a plan, you may be tempted to go to the nursery and buy whatever catches your eye, but you should give much forethought to your choice. How tall will the plant be when it reaches maturity? Will it overcrowd other plants? Although at first you may want to cover every bare spot you have in your garden, you need to give your plants enough room to grow and not overcrowd each other when they’re mature. Also, will the tree you plant block a view or overtake your sidewalk or patio?

What will the plants you choose look like in winter? It may be good to plant some shrubs or trees that have winter interest d2704f88bdbce8b94941dc77d1b49bf41 copyand that will look good all year like evergreens. It’s also good to choose a color pallet when planning your outdoor living space in Tulsa so flower colors don’t get overwhelming to the viewer or look mismatched.

Also, plant foliage with similar watering and sunlight needs together. This will make watering and maintenance much faster and easier.

Not thinking about erosion, drainage, and irrigation. Erosion can be devastating to your landscape. Plan ahead by building a retaining wall into the overall design of your outdoor space. Retaining walls are not only functional but also aesthetically pleasing if designed correctly. Proper drainage and irrigation can also do much to prevent erosion as well as flooding and other landscaping issues. Make sure you carefully plan out the drainage and irrigation system for your outdoor space before you begin.

Not planning with your home in mind. This might sound strange, but the elements of your outdoor living space – hardscapes in particular – should complement the style and architecture of your home so that the interior flows seamlessly into the exterior. When you look at your Tulsa outdoor living space from inside your home, does the outdoor space seem to be an extension of your home or does it look out of place? Although you may like how the outdoor living space looks when you’re outside, make sure it also looks great from inside your home and that it landscaping_services copycreates a cohesive theme for your property.

Forgetting the front yard. Although you’re excited about your building your backyard outdoor living space, you can’t overlook your front yard. Curb appeal is priceless. Whether you want to sell your home right now or not, you’ll want to create a welcoming home and landscape for your guests and your family. So in your busy planning and planting, don’tforget to give your front yard some planning too.

Not building big enough. While you don’t want to go overboard and build outdoor elements that are so big that they overpower the space, you also need to plan for their many uses. Patios, for instance, are one area that can be built too small for functionality. It must be big enough, not only for a patio table and chairs, but also for people to walk around the table and chairs comfortably.

This might seem overwhelming, but the Tulsa outdoor living experts at Oklahoma Landscape can help. Our landscape architects are experienced in designing and building outdoor living spaces of all types and sizes. We can create the perfect outdoor space for your family. Whether you want a pool, outdoor kitchen, outdoor fireplace, patio, deck, or just help with your lawn maintenance and planting, we can take care of all your landscaping and landscape design needs.

Tulsa Lawn Care and Maintenance: Why Choose Oklahoma Landscape?

Spring will be here in no time, and the Tulsa lawn care season will begin. If you’re searching for a lawn care company in Tulsa, why should you choose Oklahoma Landscape? Well, simply because we are your single source solution for all your lawn care, outdoor environment, and landscape design needs.

Why deal with the hassle of multiple contractors? We can take the hassle and labor out of Tulsa lawn maintenance and lawn care tulsalandscape design so that you can “find yourself outside” stress-free this year and enjoy to the full your landscape investment. We offer both residential and commercial lawn maintenance and landscaping.

At Oklahoma Landscape, we offer, not just lawn mowing and weed control, but complete estate maintenance to keep your property looking its best all year. From turf care, including lawn fertilization,weed control, aeration, and overseeding, to shrub and ornamental tree care, specialty pruning, flowerbed planting including low maintenance color beds, replacement or updating of existing plant material and addition of seasonal color, we offer comprehensive landscape maintenance for your property.

We provide landscape upgrades, clean-out, and renovation, metal/stone edging installation, snow/ice control and removal, leaf removal, mulching, and of course, weekly lawn mowing, edging, trimming, and debris cleanup.

Have you wondered when to prune your shrubs or trees? Our crews are well-trained in plant care and will ensure that specialty pruning is performed at the proper time of the year for each particular plant, shrub, and tree.

Our professional and courteous Tulsa lawn care crews will always visit your home in uniform so that you have no doubt who is at your home and always leave your property clean and well cared for. Feel more secure knowing just one company is taking care of all your outdoor maintenance needs.

Although we provide routine lawn care and maintenance in Tulsa, we also provide complete outdoor environment design and build services. We can custom design all types of outdoor living enhancements including outdoor kitchens, custom pools, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits, pergolas, gazebos, driveways, walkways, pavers, and much more. Think of your landscape as another room you can enjoy and live in. These outdoor living spaces really can extend the boundaries of your home, creating areas to elegantly entertain family and friends or just enjoy an evening at home.

We also provide outdoor lighting design and installation as well as complete irrigation system design, installation, and maintenance.

Don’t spend all your time this year trying to keep up with lawn maintenance or trying to fix an overgrown, weedy flowerbed. Let us take care of everything. As your one-stop-shop Tulsa lawn care professionals, we can keep your lawn looking lush and vibrant and take all the hassle out of lawn maintenance.

Call us today to find out more about our complete residential and commercial estate lawn maintenance programs and other landscape design and build services.

The Latest in Tulsa Outdoor Kitchen Amentities

What is one of the top home design trends of the year? You guessed it – outdoor kitchens and outdoor living areas, according to a recent article on CNBC.com. Outdoor kitchens have really become one of the top features of Tulsa homes too.

What can you have in today’s outdoor kitchens?

More than just your basic grill. Outdoor kitchen grills today are much more than the old small grill we used to have on the 18patio. Now barbecue grills are really advanced cooking appliances and can have warming racks, rotisseries, side burners for cooking side dishes, and more. These are lean, mean cooking machines that can almost literally do it all.

Another huge trend in outdoor cooking is having a pizza oven. Bake your own wood-fired pizza for the friends and family with this elegant outdoor kitchen addition.

Increased functionality with storage and lots of extra amenities. In the old days, most of the food for an outdoor event would be prepared inside the house and just the meat cooked outside on the grill. Today outdoor kitchens have the functionality to prepare and store almost everything outside. With built-in refrigerators, sinks, storage cabinets, granite countertops, and barbecue islands, you can stay close to all the action and cook at the same time.

Outdoor kitchens are often made now with bar seating on the other side of the kitchen so that guests can sit, chat, and eat – even if the host is still preparing food. Also, the additional storage space and refrigeration allows you to keep plenty of cold drinks and snacks on hand for your guests. Outdoor kitchens in Tulsa today can also have wine coolers, beer taps, and ice makers for an evening of entertaining.

outdoor kitchen fancyWeatherproof TVs and entertainment systems are also becoming more popular additions to the outdoor kitchen so that while you’re grilling, you don’t miss any of the big game.

Cover, seating, and dining a must. To have the perfect outdoor living space in Tulsa, you must have enough space for seating and dining. Thus, outdoor kitchens are now including adjacent space for an outdoor dining area, even with a dining table, and an outdoor living area with weatherproof sofa and chairs.

Instead of the old umbrella, today’s outdoor kitchens have entire open-air structures built over them to protect guests and the kitchen itself from the elements. These structures can also have a ceiling fan or mounted heater.

The possibilities are endless for outdoor kitchens in Tulsa today. These luxury outdoor environments provide the perfect getaway at home. Call Oklahoma Landscape today to find out how we can design and build an outdoor kitchen to match your dreams and help you “find yourself outside.”