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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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Tales from the irrigation inspection crypt: buried sprinkler heads waste gallons of fresh water while leaving your lawn brown

“I don’t need an inspection of my irrigation system, it’s working just fine.”

Are you sure? With your Twin Cities sprinkler system being completely buried under ground would you know if you were having a problem? There are so many variables to running an efficient irrigation system from current weather, to what happened over the winter and who has been doing work in your yard lately. It is vital that you have a regular inspection to find anything that could be unseen underground wreaking havoc on your lawn, garden and your water bill. With Conserva Irrigation of the Twin Cities an inspection is completely free, so you have nothing to lose.

planting_a_tree_twin_citiesWhat you don’t know, can hurt you

Your system appears to be working fine. You don’t see any broken sprinkler heads above ground, so everything is great, right? Maybe not. Instead of telling you what could happen, let us tell you about hidden problems we have seen in the hundreds of free inspections we’ve done.

Underground lines are cut

Whenever your landscaping is changed by you or anyone else you should have us do a free 12-point inspection. We’ve found lines cut and leaking underground from a customer planting a tree nearby. This can cause high long term water costs as it may be impossible to detect with a naked eye. We’ve also discovered breaks in lines occurring from winter conditions beyond anyone’s control. The natural shift in the land from the freeze/thaw effect can and does affect your irrigation. Do you have any burrowing rodents? A mouse or ground hog can dig around causing sinking around lines that lead to breaks and cracks and leaky lines.

Night time watering can lead to unnoticed issues

night_irrigation_minneapolisLocal homeowners who run their sprinkler system at night (and they should) were unaware of an issue with their system until it had been going on for a long time. They noticed some brown spots in their lawn and were unsure of what could possibly be happening. When we did our free 12-point inspection we were able to identify that the 3 zones in that area of his yard were not working at all, find the reason why they were not working and fix them. If you’re system runs when you are not home or asleep, there could be any number of issue or inefficiencies that you are unable to observe.

The destruction, covering or burying of sprinkler heads

We recently went out for a free 12-point inspection and discovered that a sprinkler head had been concreted into a new fence post. When work is done on your property things like this can happen. We’ve seen fences put up with sprinkler heads ending up on the outside of the fence. We’ve seen patios and sheds placed right over sprinkler heads. Just the other day we found a sprinkler head buried in asphalt from a driveway expansion.

Natural maturation of landscape requires adjustments

mature_landscapes_need_water_too_Conserva_MinneapolisThink about the natural changes in your landscape. Did a once small bush spread out across the entire length of your fence over the past few years? Is part of that bush not getting the water it needs? Did a small tree grow very large? That now large tree has large spreading roots that can easily disrupt your irrigation system. Maybe you’ve added some more trees, bushes and perennials since your installation? We can retrofit and add micro irrigation to make sure your new plants and now matured plants are getting the amount of hydration they need.

With our free 12-point evaluation you can at the very least have the peace of mind knowing that there are no issues with your system. We’ll provide you with a System Efficiency Score from 1-100 along with a flat-rate quote for any repairs, so you will know right away just what it will cost with no hidden surprises later. While there might be nothing wrong with your system, you may learn about some new technologies that could be added to save you water and money. Most people over-water by 50%. By adding new technology you can reduce your water bill by 40-60% allowing you to irrigate responsibly and more affordably.

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.

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.

Green system. Green lawn. Green in your pocket. Can your Minneapolis irrigation system do that?

water conservation Minneapolis sprinklers lrIt’s odd to look at a water distribution system from a water conservation perspective. But we’ve done this on the inside of our homes. We look at our toilets, faucets and shower heads. They are designed to use water. We conscientiously think about making those more efficient to be environmentally friendly. We are willing to invest in low-flow toilets and shower heads, are happy to turn off the faucet while we’re brushing. Being conscientious about the environment is admirable and beneficial.

The reality is that, while this helps, it pales in comparison to the benefits of water conservation on the water used outside our homes. Here’s an example. Throughout the country, the price of water varies dramatically. Here in the Twin Cities the same holds true, with some cities charging as little at $1.90 per 1000 gallons – all the way up to over $13 per 1000 gallons. On average, we use about 100 gallons/day our homes for all our water use which includes running the kitchen sink, showers, and toilets.

Compared to that 100 gallons/day of water usage inside our homes, a 7-zone irrigation system uses about 2500 gallons of water to go around the yard just once. Assuming a $3.80/1000 gallons, that equates to about $9.50/day for a system that only waters once/day. You’re easily getting upward of $20/day for a 15-zone system which is common on 1/2 acre lots or a 7-zone system that goes off twice/day. This translates to $35 – $150/week on the low side. Imagine what you could purchase for $35 – $150/week if you weren’t spending that money on your irrigation system.

What if you didn’t need to turn off your irrigation system to dramatically reduce the water used in your system? What if you could reduce your system’s water use by 40-60%? You could have a “greener system”, a greener lawn, and would save quite a bit of green.

Conserva Irrigation – Twin Cities was founded on this concept. We value environmental responsibility. We provide that with innovative water conserving irrigation techniques using our Conserva system and top-of-the-line Toro® components. We do this in a professional manner by having highly trained and qualified Conserva Irrigation professionals work on your irrigation system.

Russ Jundt Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

Russ Jundt
Conserva Irrigation Co-Founder

To schedule your FREE INSPECTION 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 at www.conservairrigation.com. We look forward to hearing from you and helping make your irrigation system an efficient water conservation system.