In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

Most people spend their time dreaming up ways to improve the insides of their home. They renovate their kitchens, install new flooring, and paint the walls in vibrant colors. As far as I am concerned, however, the outside of the home is just as vital. After working for years as a landscape architect, I'm passionate about the form and function of yards, porches, decks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces. An inviting exterior welcomes guests to my home and encourages them to enjoy themselves. I decided to create a blog that would extol the virtues of curb appeal—and maybe inspire you to take your homemaking efforts outside.

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Four Tips To Choose The Right Sprinkler System For An Artificial Lawn

Sprinkler systems can make lawn care much easier. Today, these systems can be automated, so you have little to worry about. If you are planning on having artificial turf installed, you may be surprised to know that you will still need to water your lawn. This is part of the regular care of your turf and can help make it last longer. The irrigation of artificial turf will be a little different than a real lawn. Here are some tips to help you choose a sprinkler system for your artificial grass:

1. Installing A Manual System To Water Only When Needed

If you only have a small area with artificial grass, a manual sprinkler system may be just fine. This will be a system that has the same sprinklers and plumbing as a normal system, but will have a valve that you turn on and off as watering is needed. The watering will be needed on the hottest days when high UV exposure can damage the turf.

2. Adding Automation To Your Artificial Turf Irrigation System

If you have a lot of turf to water, a manual system may not be practical. An automated system can allow you to program when you want to water your grass. These systems can also measure rainfall, daylight hours and sunlight exposure to determine the best irrigation schedule for your artificial turf.

3. Choosing Areas That May Need Little Or No Irrigation

Some areas may need little irrigation. This is usually when you have turf installed in shaded areas that are protected from direct sunlight. You will still want to keep your artificial grass clean and water it with a garden hose on really hot days. If you live in a dry climate, you may still want to have sprinkler heads installed in these areas.

4. Adding A Soil Medium To Help Absorb And Hold Water

Adding a soil medium can be another improvement you may want to do for your artificial turf. This can help contain water and prevent deterioration of your turf. Adding soil will also help to give turf more of a natural feel. These mediums can be materials like sand or synthetic soil medium products designed for artificial turf.

These are some tips to help you choose sprinkler systems for your artificial grass. If you need help finding the best system for your home, contact a sprinkler system contractor like Rocky Mountain Materials & Asphalt to get the help you need.