About Irrigation

The primary components of a sprinkler system are:

Controller
The Controller is the nerve center of the sprinkler system. It regulates the time, duration and schedule of your system. It's easy to program, features a non-volatile memory, and a battery backup, allowing you to set it and forget it.

Rain Sensor
A rain sensor measures moisture in the air and rainfall, and prevents the sprinkler system from operating if nature has provided enough moisture. This prevents over-watering, which can actually be harmful to plant life in some cases, and also saves you money on your water bill.

Sprinkler Heads
Sprinkler heads are used to distribute the water to your lawn and are primarily used in two types:

  • Rotary heads, quiet, gear driven sprinklers that 'pop-up' and rotate to distribute water over larger lawn areas.
  • Mist heads also pop-up and emit a fan spray and are used for smaller lawn areas, gardens and planting beds.

Reduced Pressure Backflow Prevention Valve
A Reduced Pressure Backflow Prevention Valve (RPZ) is connected after your domestic water supply and is designed to prevent any water in the sprinkler system from mixing with house water and the village water supply. In Illinois, an RPZ valve must be installed with all sprinkler systems to follow code regulations.

Poly Pipe
Poly pipe is semi-flexible pipe that is pulled through the ground with the use of a vibratory plow to minimize the impact to your lawn. Poly pipe is also far more resistant to freezing than conventional PVC and allows for easier repairs.

Low-Voltage Valves
Low-voltage electric valves are set in flush mounted boxes and are piped to a group of sprinkler heads. When the controller signals the valve to open, the group or zone of sprinkler heads are fed the pressurized water coming from the house, and they begin to operate.

Green Technology
Along with the standard irrigation system, consisting of heads and nozzles, we also offer new advancements in irrigation technology.

  • Drip irrigation is a relatively new product that makes use of small brown tubing that is run through your plantings. This tubing has small holes called emitters every 12", these emitters release a small amount of water right at the roots of your plantings. This style of watering reduces evaporation and water usage. This tubing is best suited for flowering plants and shrubs, and evergreens.
  • In 2008 Hunter Industries came out with a new product called the Solar-Sync. This product has been shown to effectively cut your water usage by up to 40%. What this device does is measure rainfall and solar radiation. It then couples this with historic data for our climate and tells your system how much water to put on your lawn. Where a normal rain sensor may turn off your system for a day after a rainfall, the solar sync will actually keep it off for multiple days if the sun does not come out. This makes your grass grow stronger roots and lowers your water bill by up to $800.00 each year.
  • Micro irrigation is exactly what it sounds like. Small 1/4" tubing and tiny heads allow us to water pots and planter boxes discretely and efficiently. This system is easy to alter and remove making it well suited for constantly changing flower types and pot set-ups.
  • Over the past 20 years we have been asked multiple times, "Can I fertilize my lawn through my sprinkler system?". Now you can, with a new product called the Pro-Feeder. This system installs at the water inlet in your sprinkler system (past the backflow preventer), and feeds fertilizer into the systems water supply. The system can even be retrofitted to fight mosquitoes.

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