Archive for the ‘Irrigation’ Category

Spring is coming!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

The time is now to start thinking about your spring landscape needs. Do you need a sprinkler system? We can help. Do you need to have a landscape plan done? We can help. Does your landscape need to be updated or installed? We can help. Do you need low-voltage outdoor lighting, a patio, a pergola, or a water feature designed and installed? We can help.

In short, Grooms Irrigation Company can design and install any of your outdoor landscape needs.

Winter is the best time for designing your landscape, as we are less busy, and therefore able to give you our maximum attention. Contact us today.

Going Green in the Landscape

Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Landscaping is generally thought of as “green’, but it could be even MORE green through several other treatments. These include:

    • Rainwater harvesting and rain barrels
    • Rain gardens and bioswales (bioretention)
    • Permeable pavers
    • LED Lighting
    • Native plantings
    • Green roofs

The water harvesting, bioretention, and native plantings can all result in the use of less water than you’re currently using, plus there’s the added benefit of sending less water into the storm water system.  The rain water that is captured can then be used for watering plants in the garden.  Permeable pavers allow water to soak into the ground rather than running off into the storm water system.  Green roofs, which have been in use in Europe for decades, also reduce runoff and will help to reduce temperature fluctuations of the indoor areas.

Think about this: you pay for your water, then you pay for it to be taken away (in the form of taxes that are used to build ever-larger storm water systems).

LED lighting is a relatively new trend in outdoor lighting, and although there is a higher initial cost for the fixtures, the cost will be lower over the lifetime of the fixtures from lower energy usage.

An excellent website to visit that shows a demonstration project with many of these green items is: http://www.delafleur.com/168_Elm/index.htm

Oklahoma’s Grooms Irrigation is a Certified Rainwater Harvesting Professional

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Edmond, Oklahoma based Grooms irrigation Company, has recently completed the application process and has been awarded the distinction of Certified RainXchange™ Professional (CRP) by Aquascape, Inc. This new rainwater harvesting professional certification program was newly implemented in June 2009.

Certified RainXchange™ Professionals are the most qualified and informed RainXchange™ rainwater harvesting system installers in the water gardening industry. All CRPs are required to attend continual training and education seminars and maintain a proven record of outstanding work and dedicated customer service. In order to become a Certified RainXchange™ Professional, you must complete an in-depth application that includes referrals and an extensive knowledge base of rainwater harvesting and Aquascape’s RainXchange™ System. All applicants must pass a test before receiving official certification.

Aquascape, Inc. of St. Charles, IL is North America’s leading innovator in the water gardening industry and the inventor of the low-maintenance, naturally balanced ecosystem pond.  Aquascape is committed to helping its customers succeed at building, selling and retailing water features while supplying innovative products and solutions that capture, clean and reuse the planet’s most vital resource … water.

“Certified RainXchange™ Professionals demonstrate their concern for the environment by installing sustainable landscapes,” Greg Wittstock, CEO and owner of Aquascape, Inc. said. “It’s good to know that there are a group of professionals out there dedicated to smart use of water.”

When a customer chooses a Certified RainXchange™ Professional, they can feel comfortable knowing that they are receiving the most qualified contractor to implement the RainXchange™ System which pairs a sub-surface rainwater harvesting system with a decorative water feature.

Grooms Irrigation Company is now available for rainwater harvesting consultations and water feature installations. For more information on Grooms Irrigation or to book a consultation, call  (405) 348-2557 or log on to http://groomsirrigation.com.

 Grooms Irrigation Company is an irrigation design and installation firm specializing in irrigation, drainage, landscaping, water features, decks, swimming pools, patios, exterior structures, and more. Grooms Irrigation Company has been in business since 1983.

Winterization of a Sprinkler System

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

In Oklahoma, our winters have enough cold days that your irrigation system will need to be winterized if your backflow preventer is above ground. Winterization consists of turning off the water at the backflow preventer and draining the water from it. Emptying the main line and lateral lines is not necessary as our winters are not severe enough to freeze the water in the pipes. If your backflow preventer is under ground or has heat tape, it will not need winterization.

Typically, we begin winterizing irrigation systems in early November. If your Grooms sprinkler system is less than one year old, we will automatically come out and winterize your system unless you call and ask that we do not. We will leave a Grooms flag at the backflow preventer to alert you that the system has been winterized.

If you need more information, need to schedule a winterization, or do not wish us to winterize your new system, please call Grooms Irrigation at 348-2557.

Watering of Plants, Lawn & Trees During Hot Summer Months

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Your landscape is a large investment, and it takes some special care during our hot Oklahoma summers. During periods when no rain has fallen for several weeks, signs of stress will occur. You may see these signs in your yard or in certain shrubs or trees.

Watering: In order to provide your landscape and lawn with the proper amount of water, you should understand the specific needs for your lawn, trees, shrubs, and other ornamental plants. Some trees and shrubs, especially those which need more water, will drop a large number of leaves during periods of heat and drought. This is a normal reaction for some plants. 

It is important to provide enough water for your landscape, but it is also important to avoid over-watering, which can be just as bad as drought. There is not a perfect rule for watering, since many factors such as heat, shade, wind, the type of soil, evaporation, and the length of the grass all affect the amount of water needed by your turf.

In general, a slow deep watering every few days is better than frequent, shallow waterings. Watering for short time periods will only allow water to penetrate into the top layer of the soil, encouraging shallow rooting and soil compaction, and may not get deep enough for the roots of the landscape plants. When the grass has a blue-gray appearance and shows footprints after you have walked on it, it is beginning to wilt. Enough water should be applied to wet the soil to a depth of 6 inches.

Mowing: The height of your lawn affects the amount of water needed. Short lawn heights will require more water than taller heights, due to the limited leaf surface on the shorter grasses.  Also, allowing the grass to grow higher will help the grass tolerate the heat by shading the soil. Mowing heights of 3” for cool-season grasses (Fescue, etc.) is recommended. For Bermuda grass, gradually raise the cutting height from 1 ½ to 2 inches.

Steve Ancik, Landscape Architect
Grooms Irrigation (405) 348-2557

Why do I need a lawn sprinkler system?

Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Grooms Irrigation not only designs and installs lawn sprinkler systems, we maintain and repair them.

A well maintained lawn gives a great impression of you, your home or business. A well-maintained lawn gives a subconscious message that your business is as well-maintained as the lawn is.

Why do some lawns look lush and green and other yards look sickly? A big key is the right amount of water. Not enough water will make it shrivel and dry up, but too much water can lead to disease. Our goal is to get the right amount of water to the right areas of your lawn so everything is growing and healthy.

There are several different kinds of lawn sprinklers and Grooms will help you determine which is right for your lawn, your plants and trees. We will also investigate the type of soil your property has.

In 26 years, Grooms has installed thousands of commercial and residential sprinkler systems. Call us today for a free evaluation & quote. (405) 348-2557

Grooms Irrigation in Edmond OK

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Grooms Irrigation is a professional, full service irrigation, drainage and landscaping company in Edmond, Oklahoma. Besides irrigation, Grooms offers a complete array of swimming pool and water features, landscaping design and outdoor living options for every lifestyle.

Twenty Six years of business speaks volumes about the dependability and quality of service that Oklahomans can expect and deserve! We are here to serve you! Call (405) 348-2557 or email us: info@groomsirrigation.net