Category Archives: Minneapolis Sprinklers

Call us early so we can work hand-in-hand with your landscaper

install_irrigation_hand-in-hand_with_landscaper_MinneapolisAre you preparing to add new landscaping or possibly a new deck, patio or pergola? Now is the time to think about your current or future irrigation to make sure your money doesn’t go down the drain, literally. In our recent article Tales from the Irrigation Crpyt, you read that all too many times new yard additions cover up, break or completely bury existing sprinkler lines and heads. Even worse, not thinking about your irrigation lines before adding new landscaping or outdoor structures could require ripping up your turf, gardens or structures to get irrigation to other parts of your yard or property in the future.

So here’s the question. Should you use your landscaper to install your irrigation system?

Your landscaper is going to design and install beautiful landscaping for your yard. Should you have them install your irrigation system too? Many landscapers offer irrigation as one of their services but most often they will sub out work. Indeed we work with several of the Twin City’s top notch landscapers who utilize our skill set and expertise for that critical part of the job. What you do need to worry about are landscapers who attempt to install irrigation themselves when it’s not their core service. We know it’s tempting to have someone who’s already in your yard just take care of a few extra things but your irrigation system is an investment not only in your system but in all your future water bills.

How much does it cost to have us come out and do a pre-landscape visit (PLV)?

Nothing.

There is no cost to you. We want to work with you to protect your investments now and in the future. We want you to get the most efficient system that will not require any retrofitting, redoing or rebuilding.

Why Conserva?

water_leak_under_patio_minneapolisConserva Irrigation of the Twin Cities is here for the life of your landscaping and backyard improvements. Don’t let us be an afterthought in your landscape design project. While we may be the last guys to install, we are vital to keeping your investment alive well into the future. We are here to make your plants flourish and grow without over or under-watering them, a job best left to the water experts.

Russ Jundt Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

Russ Jundt
Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

At Conserva Irrigation, we want every irrigation system to be working at peak efficiency. Contact us to install your new Minneapolis irrigation system or to schedule your FREE INSPECTION on your existing system. Give us a ring at (763) 434-5414, email us at twincities@conservairrigation.com or visit our website at www.conservairrigation.com. We look forward to hearing from you and helping make your irrigation system an efficient water conservation system.

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Innovation in irrigation is a reality with the Toro EVOLUTION® Controller

Toro EVOLUTION smart connect irrigation controller Minneapolis 900

Like fine wine, your irrigation will improve year after year with the Toro EVOLUTION® Controller. In the past, when the controller technology for your irrigation system is hung on the wall it is the best it will ever be. That is not the case anymore. At Conserva Irrigation of the Twin Cities we use the Toro EVOLUTION® Controller which is truly an evolution for sprinkler systems. By being completely updateable with new firmware as well as being able to be upgraded later with the addition of more sensors and new features as they come out it will continue to improve with age.

With its flexibility across the board the Toro EVOLUTION® Controller is the best option in irrigation control systems. With so many amazing features to offer, we would need to write a book to tell you about all of it. Here are the top features you’ll enjoy:

Historical weather data availability

The Toro EVOLUTION® Controller has the exclusive function of being able to use past weather data from your area to better control your irrigation system. Adjusting your peak watering schedule with annual weather data is a great way to run an efficient system, but with the added benefit of 40 years of historical data to factor into your monthly adjustments you can save up to 20% more on your water usage. No other controllers offer a history of weather data built right in.

User friendly interface

TORO_186By getting rid of the standard old fashioned dial that was super confusing and non-intuitive, the Toro EVOLUTION® Controller has a simple-to-use digital interface that is a breeze to use. With this new interface comes the ability to name your zones in ways that are more easily decipherable. Zone 1, Zone 2, and so on is a thing of the past. Now you can name your zones “Azaleas”, “Veggies”, “Oak tree”, “Right Side” or any other name that would make sense for your home and yard. And with the addition of an easy to use Water Now button you can quickly turn your sprinklers on any time you want.

Upgradeable, programmable and reprogrammable

What you see is not what you get. The Toro EVOLUTION® Controller is completely upgradeable, computer programmable and reprogrammable. With a standard thumb drive your firm ware can be updated every time the innovators at Toro improve it. Not only that, with the addition of Smart Connect™ it can wirelessly communicate with weather sensors, soil sensors, wireless relays and a handheld remote. These items can be added and removed for later upgrades or changes to your system. For example when newer functionality becomes available such as flow sensing, you will get it.

Russ Jundt Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

Russ Jundt
Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

With a multitude of other innovative features, the Toro EVOLUTION® Controller beats the competition and really holds true to the Conserva Irrigation core value of innovation. At Conserva Irrigation, our core values are a way of life and our standard course in everything we do. Contact us to install your new Minneapolis irrigation system or to schedule your FREE INSPECTION on your existing system. Give us a ring at (763) 434-5414, email us at twincities@conservairrigation.com or visit our website at www.conservairrigation.com. We look forward to hearing from you and helping make your irrigation system an efficient water conservation system.

Whatever you do, please do not fix your Minneapolis irrigation system

water conservation Minneapolis sprinklers lrWhen you had your irrigation system installed, you probably didn’t do it yourself. You probably had an irrigation company install it and set it up to run automatically. Flash forward a couple years and the birds of spring are chirping for some lawn watering. If you’ve turned on your system yourself, you might well have noticed some broken heads, gushing heads, geysers, leaks, and/or heads not popping up and have decided that your system is in need of repair.  If we can take a line from advertising… “Warning; do not attempt this at home!”

As a homeowner, it seems that there’s always something that needs to be repaired and there’s always something you would like to improve. Wouldn’t it be a lot better to spend our dollars on the fun stuff like home improvements and buckle down to figure out why one sprinkler head is dribbling and another is not popping up? After all, the guys at Lowe’s and Home Depot have all the parts and are well versed in helping pick the right ones. I cannot tell you how many times we’ve received a call from a homeowner to service their system only to find a handful of Lowe’s parts and a very frustrated homeowner when we arrive on the property.

Whether a proud DIY’er or a closet DIY’er, I can tell you that this is definitely a job you should leave to the professionals. Regardless of the type of DIY’er we are, we all have had that time when we spent more in a failed DIY attempt than in just calling the professional. The last thing we need to do is get gouged on expensive repairs.

System Efficiency Score seal 250At Conserva Irrigation – Twin Cities, we feel your pain. That’s why we created Flat Rate Pricing. We don’t want any of our clients to feel concern about overpriced servicemen to keep you from getting the quick, efficient, and quality service you need on your system as you turn on your system for 2015. Not only do we have Flat Rate Pricing with complete transparency, we also provide discounts for water efficient systems.

When we come to check your system, we perform a Free Inspection – a 12 point efficiency evaluation to determine your System Efficiency Score® (SES).  If you sign up for one of our seasonal packages you will receive 10% off all of your repairs.  Additionally, if your SES score is 75% or greater, we provide an additional 10% off our Flat Rate Pricing.  It is true; since we’re transparent, that adds up to a real 20% off your repair bill.

So, if you’ve chosen to turn on your system yourself, and you see something awry, just give us a ring.  Our Free Inspection is just that –  completely free.  We will give you your System Efficiency Score®, and if anything needs to be fixed, a published Flat Rate Price list for anything that needs fixing.

Russ Jundt Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

Russ Jundt
Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

To schedule your complimentary irrigation check in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul community, we welcome your call. Give us a ring at (763) 434-5414, email us at twincities@conservairrigation.com or visit our website athttp://www.conservairrigation.com.

Saving the planet 20,000 gallons at a time

Underwater rivers make up a vast freshwater resource for Minnesota. Called groundwater, these deep underwater rivers and aquifers supply over 95% of the world’s freshwater reserves, and over 69% of Minneapolis’ public water consumption (in the form of municipal and private wells). We tend to think of groundwater as a part of the water cycle, where rain, ice and melting snow “restock” the water supply. Under ideal water conditions, with sufficient rain/snowfall, this is true for the groundwater that hovers just below the surface. Deeper ancient stored groundwater, sometimes called fossil water or paleo water, is another matter entirely. Once those water stores are depleted, they are not renewable. More and more reports continue to emerge regarding the expanding usage and growing impact on groundwater reserves, even here in our state. Water scarcity, as seen by the recent droughts, and the lingering plummet in water levels at several of our area lakes, including White Bear Lake, make conserving groundwater something even we Minnesotans with our 10,000 lakes need to take to heart.

Where do we start? How can we, in the Twin Cities, be responsible with our water usage without it impacting our quality of life? Conserving water can take on many forms, from turning off the water while washing hands or brushing teeth, to taking a shower that is just a minute shorter than your personal “normal”. Even installing low-flow shower heads and toilets helps save gallons per use. However; the water savings from these well-intentioned measures are just a drop in the bucket compared to ensuring that your lawn’s sprinkler system is working properly. One broken sprinkler head can leak over 20,000 gallons of Minnesota groundwater during the season: that is practically a small pond! And if you have more than one damaged head: yikes! Can you imagine a city’s worth of leaky sprinkler systems and how much water that adds up to?

You can help prevent literally hundreds of thousands of gallons of water going to waste here in the Twin Cities. Conserva Irrigation offers a free 12-point sprinkler system inspection.  No matter who installed it or when, our trusted professionals will give your system a thorough check and make certain that it is running as efficiently as possible.  Stopping leaks not only helps conserve groundwater, it also puts money back in your pocket by reducing your water bill. The positive side effect of stopping leaks and using a more efficient watering system is that many of our happy customers have reduced their water bill by over 40%! To schedule your complimentary sprinkler system inspection in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul community, and do you part to saving the planet 20,000 gallons at a time, give us a call today at (763) 434-5414 or email at twincities@conservairrigation.com.