Summertime and the Growin’ is Easy


Gardening can be a great de-stressing activity that gives you something to be proud of. But when the heat of the St. Louis summer kicks in, you may find yourself more interested in a cold glass of lemonade and some air conditioning rather than digging in the sweaty sunshine.

Here are some easy plants to grow outside that we recommend to even the most novice gardener so you can sit back, relax, and bask in the glory of your garden without breaking a sweat.

Easy Care Outdoor Plants to Enjoy All Summer

Daylilies

These beautiful blooms continue to blossom throughout the warmer months, are impervious to drought, and can even handle areas of low sun. You can have your pick of colors—from vibrant oranges to sunny yellows—with very little effort and a whole lot of payoff.

Hostas

If flowers aren’t your thing, hostas are incredibly easy plants to take care of. They’re a hearty plant that can cover a lot of area with their vibrancy. They’re typically green with white-edged leaves but come in lots of varieties of different colors, including a green gradient like that found in liberty hostas, or even a beautiful teal like with the colossal blue variety.

Bonus: Hostas are perennials, so you can really minimize your gardening work and maximize those lazy days of summer by setting up a drip irrigation system that gives them just enough water without drowning or damaging them.

Catmint

These low-maintenance garden plants beauties pack a punch of purple along with a beautiful scent all summer long. They’re tough enough to withstand long periods without much rain or excessive watering and are also deer-resistant, so you won’t have to worry about them blooming and then disappearing right away. Just be sure to plant them in a pot with the lip above ground or they will take over the rest of your garden!

Hardy Hibiscus

If you want florals that pack a punch, these are it! With blooms as big as dinner plates, these will make a big, beautiful statement in your yard or garden and will bloom well into the colder months. They’re also known to attract butterflies (and not deer), making them doubly beautiful.

Wood Fern

Wood Ferns are an excellent way to create a lush-looking garden with minimal effort. Their bright green color and dynamic leaves create volume and height, and they can thrive in complete shade or full sun. They require moist soil, but little maintenance, all of which can easily  be achieved with an automated sprinkler system. Use wood ferns to fill empty spots in your garden, create borders, or highlight bright florals.

Little Bluestem

These gorgeous grasses bring color and privacy to any garden. These easy-to-grow outdoor plants boast a unique bronze and blue color combination that shines throughout the warmer months and turns to a lighter tan (while still standing tall) throughout winter.

Stonecrop

Stonecrop is a beautiful flowering plant that works well for garden borders because of its durability against the elements. Stonecrop, also known as sedums, come in both tall and creeping varieties, so you can use them to create any shape you can imagine. Another perk of these tolerant, tough plants is that they come in a huge variety of colors, from copper to deep purple. An automated, climate-controlled irrigation system like Solar Sync will help maintain these foolproof plants and make use of every drop of water without any waste.

Want to see how you can enjoy your garden without having to spend a ton of time working on it? Contact Pro Irrigation at 855-982-9795 or fill out a service request form here to learn how to save water and money and have the most beautiful lawn on the block.

8 Best Gardening Apps to Make Your Life Easier

Who doesn’t love gardening? It’s such a relaxing, fulfilling activity that lets you enjoy the fruits of your labor (and show it off to the rest of the neighborhood too).

But as the summer months heat up, getting out there and mulching, digging, planting, and pruning can be a sweaty and daunting task that’s more work than fun.

With the help of a few top gardening apps, you can spend much more time enjoying your garden than stressing over it. 

These apps are designed to make your life easier while keeping your garden healthier. What’s the best gardening app for your needs? Curious about what time-savers could be hiding in your phone? Read on!

Getting Started with Gardening Apps

1. My Garden (Formerly GRO), Free (iPhone/Android): This is an excellent app for the gardening rookie. Although it’s created and sponsored by Scotts Miracle-Gro, there are tons of helpful gardening tips for beginners and instructions for every step of the gardening process. They’ll help you pick your plants, monitor their upkeep, and provide specific articles on tricky topics like plants that can resist drought or when to plant tomatoes to prevent frostbite. 

2. Perennial Match, $4.99 (iPhone): This is basically the dating version of the garden planner app. Perennial Match will tell you if your favorite plants can grow happily together (also known as companion gardening) or if their relationship will end in heartache. The app also takes your sunlight, climate type, and aesthetic preferences into consideration as it gives you recommendations.

You put in basic information like your weather and climate, and Perennial Match will provide you with perfectly-coupled plants that will make even the pickiest homeowner happy—down to the maximum height of the shrubs and color of their blooms. 

Planning Your Garden Landscape

3. iScape, Free (iPhone/Android): This awesome garden planning app lets you create the layout and details of your ideal garden or yard digitally, saving you lots of time and work by letting you visualize your space before you shovel a single scoop of dirt.

You can customize your garden’s square footage, choose your favorite plants, and even buy the supplies and plants you decide on directly through the app. There is a paid version, but the free trial will get you plenty of access to game-changing gardening tools.

4. GrowSquared, Free (iPhone): GS is a simplified garden planning app. In contrast to the hyper-realistic images in iScape, GrowSquared uses a very basic lawn app that allows you to create garden bed sizes and choose types of plants for your space with the ease of dragging and dropping.

One feature of GrowSquared that iScape doesn’t offer is a calendar option, which helps you create a planting and watering schedule, as well as harvesting guidelines.

5. Garden Plan Pro, $7.99 (iPhone): While some gardening apps focus on the layout of your lawn, Garden Plan Pro tells you what will thrive and what may suffer in your area. The app uses your phone or tablet’s location services to determine a very nuanced climate report, helping you choose your desired plants and estimate their productivity based on the exact location of your greenery.

Troubleshooting and Showing Off

6. Garden Compass – Plant and Disease Identifier, Free (iPhone/Android): There are several plant-identifying apps out there, but this app sets itself apart because of its diagnostic qualities. If you see something funky growing on a leaf, notice a sudden change in one of your crops, or see patchiness in a particular spot of grass, just snap a photo of the problem area on your phone or tablet and upload it to the app.

Plant pros receive your picture and give you a full assessment of the issue, along with solutions they suggest to get things growing in the right direction. It’s like WebMD but much less scary.

7. GrowIt!, Free (iPhone/Android): This app is perfect for someone interested in growing an incredible garden and showing it off. GrowIt! boasts an extremely comprehensive glossary of plant types which you can filter by your location and preferences to find out exactly what will work for you.

Once you’ve created an enviable garden, you can use the app’s social networking feature to share photos of your handiwork and offer tips on how you made it happen and to offer help with gardening to other aspiring gardeners.

Bonus Gardening App

8. BeeSmart, Free(iPhone/Android): Want to grow a beautiful garden that also helps the environment? Why not, right? BeeSmart is an app created by Pollinator Partners that helps you choose the best plants for bees that can thrive in your specific location. Win-win.

Curious about how ProIrrigation can help your garden bloom? Call us today at 855-982-9795 or contact us online and we’ll set up a free consultation to get things growing.

5 Reasons To Get A New Irrigation System Installed Now

You still have time left in the season to get a new irrigation system. Schedule online or call us at 636-695-7800 to book your appointment now through the end of the month! A new irrigation system is a great way to invest in your home. Why should you get an irrigation system now?

  1. You’ll save time this spring. Get a new system installed now, and you’ll be able to check something off your to-do list come spring. Your lawn will be in great shape in no time with our sprinkler system.
  1. It only takes one day. The team at ProIrrigation has mastered the one-day install. With all the time and money you’ll save, you won’t believe it only took us one day. And you won’t believe you didn’t call sooner.
  1. You’re still reeling from this summer’s water bill. Every summer homeowners struggle to keep their lawns healthy in the St. Louis heat. Don’t throw away any more time or money. Irrigation systems are water-efficient ways to keep your lawn beautiful. Our systems make for happy homeowners and happy wallets.
  1. You’ll have ultimate control over your lawn. You won’t have to ask a neighbor to water your lawn while you’re on that vacation you’re planning. Our sprinkler systems run on a schedule, so you can be sure you’ll come home to a well-watered lawn at the end of your trip.
  1. The weather is ideal: Installations should be done when the ground isn’t frozen or too wet, so the fair weather makes it a perfect time to get a new system. Call now before it gets too cold!

 

Leaving Winterization To The Pros

Now that the weather has started to get colder, you’re probably thinking about prepping your home for winter. On your list of things to do, you likely have things like: get the heater checked, stock up on rock salt, clean out the fireplace, and put plastic on the windows. Although all of these things are important, your sprinkler system needs to be prepped, too.

Pro Irrigation’s winterization service includes the blowout of all pipes and associated components with an air compressor. It’s important to let the professionals handle the service because you could find yourself in some cold water this winter if it’s not done right.

During the service, our trained professionals check for any repairs that need to be done to complete the service. These repairs might not be obvious to the untrained eye. Our highly skilled professionals carry a variety of repair parts with them, so if need be, your repair can likely be done on-site in the same appointment.

Save yourself headaches and trips to the hardware store this winter. Your irrigation system is an investment, so treat it like one. Let the professionals at Pro-Irrigation handle your winterization service. This is a service all clients need to have done.

Fall is also the perfect time to install a new sprinkler system. Schedule the service now and have one less thing to do come spring.

Call 636-695-7800 or schedule your service online today.

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Caring For Your Lawn This Fall

Summer is winding down, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop caring for your yard. In fact, you can do a few things this fall to get the most out of your irrigation system for the next season. Your yard and your wallet will thank you come spring.

Winterization: No one wants to deal with busted pipes during frigid winter months, so it’s important to winterize irrigation systems. All customers need to receive this service. The process involves blowing out all pipes and parts with an air compressor, which will keep you from getting any frozen pipes during the cold winter months. Winterization season starts September 15 and runs through around Thanksgiving.

We offer a service package in the early spring that includes Fall Winterization in addition to other services such as Spring Activation and a Backflow Preventer Test. Mark your calendar so you can take advantage of the deal next year if you haven’t already.

Read more about winterization and our other services here.

Installing a new irrigation system: Fall is a good time to re-establish your lawn. Take advantage of the mild weather from now until about the end of October and put in a new irrigation system. Re-establishing now will mean you’re ready to go come warmer weather. Installation only takes one day, so you’ll be on your way to conserving water and saving money in no time.

Click here or call (636) 695-7800 to schedule your appointment with one of our highly trained and experienced service technicians.

Preventing Backflow With A Wilkins 375

When it comes to the irrigation of a home it is important to have the right instruments in place to do so correctly. A Wilkins 375 backflow preventer is one of the instruments that is available to help protect the water flow to and from a home while maintaining the irrigation that the plants and lawn need in order to thrive and provide the aesthetically pleasing function which they were planted for. There are a couple of reasons why it is important to prevent backflow while providing irrigation for the flora around a home and the benefits are well worth it.

What exactly does a backflow prevention device do? The purpose of a backflow prevention device such as a Wilkins 375 is to make sure that water which is impure does not reenter the system due to back flow. Many water sources throughout a home are kept at a certain water pressure so that water will be readily available when it is needed. Some of these water sources contain potable water such as that leading to the interior of the home which is used to drink, clean, and cook with. Without proper backflow prevention it is possible for contaminated water to flow back into the system and contaminate the potable water which is used in other areas of the home.

The Wilkins 375 is the protection that a home needs to prevent the occurrence of backflow in the system. It is capable of keeping the water pressure in a home high while reducing the risk of potential backflow issues into the system. It does this with a series of valve bodies and shut off valves which can be used to insure the safety of the water supply that runs to the rest of the home while still regulating and maintaining the water which is used to irrigate the area surrounding the home.

Any water source can be improved with the use of a backflow prevention device such as the Wilkins 375. It is important to take the necessary precautions so that there is no need for worry when it comes to backflow entering the home and contaminating the water which is used for consumption. Keeping the area around a home well irrigated should be a high priority but not at the cost of the safety of the water supply leading into the home. Check out all of the features of the Wilkins 375 and the advantages that it can provide to any home.

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Installing A Residential Irrigation System for Ultimate Lawn Control

When it comes to maintaining a yard that is aesthetically pleasing without having to spend an exhaustive amount of time on its upkeep there are few solutions which are as simple and elegant as installing a residential irrigation system. A residential irrigation system offers many benefits to a homeowner that enjoys taking pride in the appearance of their yard while under the confines of a busy schedule. Maintaining a beautiful and healthy yard no longer requires the constant surveillance and maintenance that it once did in the past. Installing a residential irrigation system will allow a homeowner to have ultimate control over the automatic maintenance of their yard.

One of the biggest benefits that a residential irrigation system offers to homeowners is that the ideal amount of water can be provided without having to manually hydrate the lawn and plants. Owners can put an end to the days of over or under watering their lawn and the damage that is caused by either of these landscaping missteps. A residential irrigation system can also help insure that the water is spread evenly and effectively across the entire yard. Many owners deal with dry spots or differences between sunny and shady areas of their lawn. With the control provided by this system it is possible to customize the amount of water that should be delivered to each area of the lawn.

Watering according to an ideal schedule is another challenge which is present in the world of lawn care. A residential irrigation system will allow the hydration process to continue without the homeowner’s presence being required. This is ideal for those with busy schedules who are not available to water their lawn and plants at the ideal time of day to insure that they remain as healthy as possible. The lawn and plants can be watered automatically at the ideal time of day with the timer system. The system also has a backup battery so that in the event of a power outage the cycle will not be disrupted.

By monitoring the amount of water delivered to the plants in a yard owner’s can avoid the over watering of plants. This will save money on the utility bill in the long term and can even offset the initial cost of installing a residential irrigation system. With all of the benefits available to homeowners it is easy to see how installing a system like this could be beneficial.

Preparing for Spring Lawn Seeding

With the end of winter comes the time to re-imagine the lawn as it should be. No more leaves on the ground, no more layer of snow covering everything, and the end of weather that keeps people indoors most of the time. Spring is a time when homeowners can make their lawns as nice and enjoyable as possible to be ready for the warmer weather which will bring folks outdoors. Here are some simple tips for those looking to prepare to seed their lawn this spring in order to return it to the glory that it has had in years past.

The first step in spring lawn seeding is the clean-up and removal process. Start by clearing away any leaves, sticks, and other winter debris which has settled into the area where you would like to grow your lawn. These can and will inhibit your lawns ability to grow evenly if not removed and can have a negative aesthetic effect on the finished product. It is better to take the time to create a clean slate early on than to have to back track once a lawn has grown in that doesn’t live up to expectations.

It is important to check that the dirt beneath the existing lawn is still level now that the cold weather has ended. If there are any high or low spots within the lawn area it will cause problems during watering and irrigation later down the road. Low spots will collect water and high spots will cause problems when going over the lawn with a mower. If there are any unleveled places within the lawn it is important to grab a shovel and begin evening out the base surface. Having a solid foundation to work with will make things much easier later in the process.

It is now time to aerate the area. It is important to break up the surface of the soil so as to allow air, water, and nutrients to reach the roots of the grass and create rich soil for its continued health. It is recommended that aeration takes place one to two times a year and during spring reseeding is one of the best times that homeowners can choose. After aeration you can add any type of fertilizer in order to enrich the soil beneath your lawn. Once this is done you are ready to lay down the seed which will become your lawn. With proper preparation this will produce a lawn that anyone would be proud of for the rest of the season and throughout the summer. Using a professional irrigation system to water the lawn will help maintain its health and aesthetic beauty.

Is Your Yard Ready for a Vacation?

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Sunny Days and Relaxing Thoughts
It might be hard to imagine, but right now is the best time to start planning your Spring/Summer vacation. The chaos of the holidays is behind us, travel prices and bookings are down, and tickets are still available for all the shows and attractions that you want to see.

Of course, there’s more to planning a vacation than simply picking a place and buying tickets. Preparations include everything from requesting off of work and arranging house-sitters to figuring out where the suitcases went.

Preparation is the key to success!

But what’s this got to do with your lawn?
Well, lots! Your property has to prepare for the warmer months as well. For many of you, that means an irrigation system.

Proper St. Louis irrigation means uniform growth, lush greenery, and less weeding! Having just enough water in just the right places means that your lawn can be on vacation all the time! Sitting back and letting the system do the work…that’s what vacations are all about!

And it helps with your vacation plans, too! Since you don’t have to worry about coming home to a beige carpet of dead grass, you don’t have to dread the return trip quite as much.

And after the vacation?
After your vacation, your lawn will stay on vacation! The system keeps working, keeping your greens green and your yard feeling fresh.

An added benefit is no more early mornings or interrupted evenings uncoiling the hose to stand and water the grass. No more missed family time or accidental over-watering.

Your irrigation system does all the hard work and keeps you in the green!

Pro Irrigation Can Help!
It might be hard to imagine, but right now is the best time to start planning your Spring/Summer vacation. Contact at Professional Irrigation Systems, and get your lawn’s vacation installation booked today!

Take A Moment to Re-imagine Your Lawn

Your Lawn and Westward Expansion

Picture your lawn at its best. Maybe it’s not even its best today…picture your lawn they way you pictured it when you first moved in. Lush, verdant, and rife with possibility.

It’s the platonic ideal of a lawn: an expanse of deep green, trimmed to a uniform length, the tips of the grass blades gently shifting with the light breeze. You look out, and that land-locked sea seems to beg for a cookout, a garden, or a game of tag.

From the edge of your porch to the border at your fence, your yard is an adventure waiting to happen. An expedition into the wilderness surrounding your home.

Now, as you look out over your yard, this vast green territory, perspective begins to shift. You’re the master of your space, an explorer! You are Lewis & Clark, looking westward to untamed spaces and untold adventure.

Your yard is the frontier, and can be the source of excitement and joy for as long as you continue to think about it that way.

But Wait!

Lewis & Clark were more than just Lewis & Clark. It was them and over thirty other folks that helped to chart and capture the west. They planned ahead, they had support, and they knew that—even though they were capable and strong—they couldn’t succeed on their own. They needed a team.

Who’s Your Team?

A lot goes into establishing and maintaining a beautiful lawnscape: the layout, the landscaping and hardscaping, and the lighting, just to name a few. Then you have your maintenance concerns: seeding, aerating, fertilizing, mowing, and watering are just for starters!

But you already know that. You’re already lashing canoes to the wagons and embarking on your journey to a magnificent lawn. You’re ready for your team.

The Professional Irrigation Systems family is ready, too! With years of servicing and building trust in your community, we’re the obvious choice to be on your crew. From installation to our Lawn Leaders maintenance plans, we know the lay of the land, we know what to expect, and we can’t wait to help you reach the frontier.

Contact Pro Irrigation today to sign up for the Lawn Leaders program, ensuring that your system is in perfect shape…for whatever adventures you might be planning.