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Plan Drainage Routes BEFORE You Construct Your Sanibel Paver Deck

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On October 11, 2012

We live in beautiful Southwest Florida. One of the most beautiful, sought after destinations for vacation homes in our area is Sanibel, Florida. The outdoor spaces added to these vacation homes is no less than remarkable.

A lot of the homeowners that contact us are considering adding a patio area for outdoor entertaining. We think this is a fabulous idea. There aren’t many places where you can entertain outdoors almost year round.

If you are considering adding an outdoor patio to your Sanibel home take some time to think ahead to how the water that will roll off your roof during rain storms. Are there gutters installed? Have you considered extending your gutters to the next level with flexible drainage pipe so the moisture will make its way off the house and away from your patio? Not very many people do.

Many engineers and builders fail to think ahead on drainage issues. They don’t stop to think where the water will travel. Faliure to think ahead on drainage issues leads to large areas of pooled water, damaged landscaping, can cause erosion to the foundation and creates a breeding ground for mosquitos. In addition it can create areas of your patio that form mold and mildew that are unsightly and difficult to get rid of. It ends up being a maintenance nightmare.

Think ahead. Consider the worst case scenario like a tropical storm or a hurricane where you will be receiving a large amount of down pour in a short period of time. You can even go up on your roof with a garden house and simulate a sudden burst of water in specific areas of the property to see where the water lands and more importantly if it stays or drains. If your property was constructed with the correct grades, gutters and drainage it should roll off and away into the closest storm water drainage system, ditch or retention pond.

BEFORE we begin the construction of an outdoor patio we take rain water drainage into consideration. We think ahead in order to save the homeowner costly headaches later on down the road. We get the drainage in BEFORE the construction of the deck instead of having to back after the project is complete. Going back to install drainage for your Sanibel patio could double the project price because we essentially have to DE-construct the patio, install the drainage and RE-construct.

If you are considering adding a paver patio to your Sanibel home give us a chance to look at your job. We take the time to evaluate the property BEFORE construction begins to avoid costly mistakes AFTER it’s complete.

Let our knowledgeable team help design an outdoor living space with a paver patio today.

Will You Have Landscape Lighting For Your Outdoor Patio?

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On October 9, 2012

At our house right now we are constructing an outdoor patio. We have taken several steps to plan the project from the end to the beginning. Does that sound back ward to you? It’s absolutley correct.

We started with what we want the final plan to look like. Then we take it apart layer by layer to determine what the first steps of the project should be. We want to include important preliminary planning issues like where the flexible drainage material should be installed to keep the patio from having areas of pooled water. We consider how high the patio will be and who will be using it to determine if there are railings that need installed along the steps. We also consider whether the homeowner will be adding landscape lighting. If they do intend to add landscape lighting to an outdoor patio then we want to have the electrical wiring run during the construction of the foundation. It would be costly and unproductive to try to add it in after the final construction is completed. Essentially there would be parts of the project that would have to be chiseled or de-constructed in order to add the needed electrical sources.

Failure to hire a contractor that will think ahead on construction issues such as drainage, safety and electric can be an expensive mistake.

R & R Sprinkler and Landscape can help you design an outdoor patio that works from the end to the beginning to incorporate all elements you’d like to have.

The Benefits of Using Pavers for Driveways, Decks and Walkways

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On October 5, 2012

Using pavers for driveways, decks and walkways have many benefits.

1. Pavers Are Good For The Environment
Pavers are made from natural products like limestone, cobblestone, slate or granite so they don’t contain pigments or dyes. They also allow rainwater to filter through and distribute directly into the ground instead of rolling over hard surfaces like concrete where it will pull excess pollutants along the way that will eventually make their way into the storm drains and waterways.

2. Pavers Are Stronger Than Concrete
Pavers can handle a tremendous amount of weight. They are actually 3 x’s stronger than concrete. Pavers are individual pieces installed to form a surface. Because they are individual they adjust to the movement of the earth below. A Concrete surface will crack when the ground below shifts.

3. Pavers Are Easy To Maintain
Pavers require sweeping and rinsing. You will need to apply weed control and they will need to intermittingly be re-sealed.

4. Pavers Are Safe
Pavers have a non-skid surface so they aren’t as slick as other surfaces. They are especially good as pool decks where there is a higher risk if slipping.

5. Pavers Add Beauty and Value

Pavers increase the value of your property. They add beauty by allowing the homeowner to be creative since there are endless color combinations and design possibilities.

R & R Sprinkler is an authorized BellGard Dealer. We can help you with a new paver walkway all the way to a new paver pool deck. Let us know how we can design a new paver addition to your property today.

Gushing Downspouts Cause Damage

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On September 4, 2012

Living in Southwest Florida ensures that we have afternoon downpours of rain at least half of the year. A typical Florida home will have gutters and downspouts installed to divert the water off the roof. The downfall is that the downspouts dump a strong sudden surge or water into a concentrated area. You are taking the necessary precautions to get the water off your roof but you are NOT taking the necessary precautions to protect the property below.

A downspout that gushes into one concentrated area of the property can have the following negative effects:

1. Damage to the foundation
2. Hazard of tripping in holes caused by water infusion
3. Kills delicate plants and flowers with water saturation

Take your guttering and downspout one step further with a flexible drainage system. R&R Sprinkler and Landscape can add flexible drainage tubing at the end of the gushing downspout and route it underground with the termination in an area of the yard where the water can be more evenly distributed.

If you are considering adding a patio or renovating existing landscaping be sure your contractor addresses drainage issues BEFORE the construction begins. We have had more drainage issues, especially with new construction. The contractors and engineers are not taking into consideration where the water will go once it is diverted from the roof.

If you have drainage issues we can help find solutions. In the meantime, be careful where you step, we don’t want you to twist your ankle.

R & R Sprinkler and Landscape offers a wide variety of repairs and solutions to irrigation, landscaping, outdoor construction and drainage issues. We have a friendly staff that wants to help today.

Did Tropical Storm Debbie Burn Your Lawn?

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 8, 2012

Can you believe it’s already been a month since we felt the impact of tropical storm Debbie? We’ve been flooded with calls about dying grass. We are not surprised to find that most of the complaints are from customers that live along the salt water.

Not only did we see the levels of our canals rise over the sea walls and saturate our lawns but Tropical Storm Debbie was also accompanied by high winds. High winds tossed all of that salt water over our houses, landscaping and yards. The areas that got misted with the salt water will most likely recover quickly with the natural drying out process and fresh water rains our Southwest Florida climate affords to us in the summertime.

The areas along the sea walls and near the water’s edge may or may not be as lucky. Too much water on a yard is as dangerous as too little. Too much salty water on a lawn is disasterous. The salt burns the grass. If you notice you have brown spots or your grass is dying where you know there was storm surge, flooding or water sitting that was salty your best course of action is to soak it with fresh water. Fortunatley for Southwest Florida we have had a lot of afternoon storms to help wash away the saltiness that Tropical Storm Debbie brought us.

If this doesn’t appear to be working you may consider adding a little bit of fresh water garden hose time to the area, you may need to fertilize the area (moderately), you may need to re-seed the area or you may even need to consider re-sodding the area. If you live in an area prone to surges of salt water you may want to consider adding a rock bed, mulch bed, an area of pavers or maybe even a retention wall in lieu of replacing sod. R & R Sprinkler and Landscape can send our experienced staff to advise you of your best course of action.

Above all else remember, lawn technicians, landscapers and sprinkler system companies have no control over the weather. If you were the unfortunate one that sodded a yard or planted new landscaping along an area adjacent to salt water just before Tropical Storm Debbie – be kind. Any good business owner will help you the best they can but they cannot warranty items caused by Mother Nature flexing her muscles.

Improper Drainage at Your Cape Coral Home Damages Annuals

Posted by Landscaping, Irrigation and More On August 7, 2012

One of the most common types of plant added to landscape atmosphere here in Cape Coral, Florida are annuals. Annuals are small colorful plants. They are an inexpensive way to add character and curb appeal to the front of a property. Typically an annual will bloom for one season, usually summer. Because Cape Coral offers a warm summer-like climate year round, annuals usually last beyond a typical season.

Annuals are appealing for homes in Southwest Florida because they are inexpensive, easy to care for and last longer. However, there is one thing they do not like: excessive water all the time. Annuals like to be soaked and left alone so they can develop their root systems. This causes a problem in Florida sometimes because of our afternoon thunderstorms.

One of the best ways to prevent damage to your annuals is to make sure you have proper drainage away from your house. With afternoon rains in Cape Coral we have a lot of water running off our roofs at one time. Having gutters gets the water off your roof but sends it right into your flower beds.

Adding drainage to your guttering system will help the flow of rainwater away from the flower beds. R&R Sprinkler and Landscape uses flexible tubing that is often routed under ground to carry water away from your landscaping. Improper drainage at your Cape Coral home will damage and possibly kill annuals.

You can trust us to solve your drainage issues. And… if your annuals have recently expired because you didn’t have proper drainage of rain water, we can help with that as well. Contact us today.