Sprinkler System FAQ’s

March 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

rainbird 300x233 Sprinkler System FAQsWhen you’re in the business as long as NEI you hear a lot of the same questions. We thought they may help you learn what you need to know to make an informed decision. If you have a question we don’t address please send us an e-mail to info@NEIrrigation.com.

Q. Will an automatic sprinkler system water as well as I can water by hand?
A. It will do a much better job because the system waters automatically – placing exactly the right amount of water on individual lawn and garden areas. It never gets too busy to water properly, and it never forgets to turn off the water at the appropriate time.

Q. Will having a sprinkler system really save time?
A. Yes, having an automatic sprinkler system means never having to spend another minute of your valuable time watering the lawn or flowers. Your new system will do all of the watering for you – even when you’re away from home. You’ll be able to just forget about watering and spend your free time doing the things you really like to do.

Q. We generally get about 50 inches of rainfall a year. Do we really need a sprinkler system with that much rain?
A. If it rained at your house every three days – the same exact amount each time – you probably wouldn’t need a sprinkler system. But nature doesn’t work that way, and the only way to ensure healthy, lush growth is to make certain your lawn and plants receive a regularly timed, evenly measured amount of water. In the dry season when there is little or no rain, your yard can suffer damage after just a few days without water.

Q. Can an automatic sprinkler system be installed in New England? Won’t the pipes freeze in winter?
A. A sprinkler system can be installed anywhere, in any climate. The key is maintenance and ensuring the system is properly winterized, preventing any freeze damage.

Q. Can I still have an underground sprinkler system installed if I have an existing landscape/lawn? Won’t you damage my yard?
A. A minimal amount of disturbance to your landscape will occur during installation. Our specialized machinery installs pipe without digging a trench. Also our crews are experienced at restoring your landscape to its original condition.

Q. Can my sprinkler system water separate areas on individual schedules?
A. The sprinkler system will be set up on different zones. There can be different zones for the lawn, shrubs and flowers. Each of these zones can have a different time schedule for watering.

Automatic sprinkler valves 300x225 Sprinkler System FAQsQ. How do I know what type of system is best for me?
A. It’s always best to work with a professional irrigation contractor. We are knowledgeable about such factors as water source and pressure, soil type, planting materials and weather conditions, all of which must be considered in determining the products needed for your system. Remember, an irrigation system should be customized to meet specific requirements because every landscaping situation is different.

Q. Why is it important to hire a professional irrigation designer?
A. New England Irrigation will design and install the most cost-effective and energy-efficient system possible. You can be certain that we will select the appropriate equipment for the job, while streamlining the maintenance required to keep your landscaping in top shape.We will pay special attention to such important factors as sprinkler patterns (it is important to overlap the patterns so that the outer edges receive sufficient water for healthy growth) and backflow prevention (which is necessary to protect your drinking water supply). And because your contractor if familiar with local plumbing and electrical codes, you won’t have to worry about costly mistakes in wiring or pipe installation. We can do the job faster, with less disruption to existing landscaping, and will guarantee our work.

Q. What is a rain shut-off?
A. A rain shut-off is a device that will interrupt the program on the clock during a rain shower. It will automatically reset when it is dry therefore avoiding water waste.

Q. Will the system be too complicated for me to operate?
A. Sprinkler systems are very easy to operate. New England Irrigation will set the system’s controller with your individual water schedule. Then all you have to do is sit back and let the system do all the work. And, the watering schedule easily can be changed if necessary by just following the easy instruction on the inside of the controlled cabinet. Your contractor will work with you to explain the system’s operation.

Q. How much will a good system cost?
A. The price of a system will vary depending upon labor costs and other factors such as property size, type of landscaping and special designs. But you can count on a New England Irrigation contractor to design and recommend the right system for you at the lowest possible cost.

Q. Do you need a bid for a sprinkler system?
A. Founded in 1966, New England Irrigation has focused on commercial and residential irrigation construction, many times as a subcontractor to general contractors, developers and landscape contractors. We are primarily a design/build firm capable of turn-key service in the specialty field of landscape irrigation. Our firm is also experienced in commercial bidding, with an exceptional track record for competitive pricing and timely completion of projects. NEI has the ability to compete in both open and union shop work. We are proud members of the Laborers International Union Local 1285. NEI is woman-owned.

Do you have a question about sprinkler systems?

Post it here or email info@NEIrrigation.com.

N.E. Irrigation Designs and Completes Massive Reclaimed Water Irrigation Project in New England

November 20, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

legacy home 300x133 N.E. Irrigation Designs and Completes Massive Reclaimed Water Irrigation Project in New EnglandDedham, Massachusetts. , October 7th, 2009 — N.E. Irrigation, the leading water irrigation installation operator in the Northeast, today announced that the Company has completed a state-of-the-art reclaimed water irrigation project at the newly constructed Legacy Place Mall in Dedham, Massachusetts.

The Legacy Place Mall is a 38 acre facility with multiple buildings, parking lots, turf, and over 4,000 trees and shrubs.  NEI designed and installed a reclaimed water irrigation system which utilizes water from 3 tank farms totaling approximately 280,000 gallons to irrigate the turf, trees and shrubs located throughout the entire mall facility. Water is efficiently captured and diverted through a series of piping systems which collect rainwater from rooftops and parking lot catch basins.  The collected water is filtered and then pumped throughout the site to deliver a precise amount of water to each of the thousands of plant species.  The system designed for this customer will irrigate the facility on a daily basis for a period of up to 12 days.  One inch of rainwater will replenish the entire system.

“We are pleased to have completed this state-of-the-art project for Legacy Place Mall,” commented Eric Zima, owner of N.E. Irrigation.  “The implementation of this project will not only beautify the natural landscape of this mall but will also reduce irrigation expenses for this customer at the same time.  The challenge of this project was to balance the plant’s regular irrigation needs while ensuring adequate future water supply.  The future of the irrigation industry is to use and embrace reclaimed water technology to save and conserve our most precious resource.  We are at the forefront of this technology and look forward to working with other businesses to meet their irrigation needs.”

About N.E. Irrigation

NEI Holdings, LLC is the parent company in which New England Irrigation and North East Irrigation operates under.  New England Irrigation operates in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.  North East Irrigation operates in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.  NEI Holdings, LLC is a privately owned company.  More information about the company can be found at www.NEIrrigation.com.

Corporate Contact:

  • Eric Zima
  • NEI Holdings, LLC
  • Phone: 860-376-5510
  • Email: eric@neirrigation.com

Smart Irrigation Month

June 29, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

SIM Logo Color 72dpi Smart Irrigation MonthFine-Tune Your Irrigation System To Save Money and See Better Results

Residential irrigation systems offer convenience in protecting your landscape investment. Enjoy your yard, keep it healthy and beautiful while you water efficiently, save time and money.

With some simple practices and new technology, existing irrigation systems can be made more efficient, lowering your water bill, reducing run-off and eliminating waste. Waterwise habits will result in a healthier lawn and landscape, in addition to conserving water.

The Irrigation Association offers these water-saving tips to maintain and update automatic irrigation systems:

1) Adapt your watering schedule to the weather and the season. Familiarize yourself with the settings on your irrigation controller. Adjust the watering schedule regularly to conform with current weather conditions.

2) Schedule each individual zone in your irrigation system. “Scheduling” accounts for the type of sprinkler, sun or shade exposure and the soil type for the specific area. The same watering schedule should almost never apply to all zones in the system.

3) Inspect your system monthly. Check for leaks, broken or clogged heads, and other problems, or engage an irrigation professional to regularly check your system. Clean micro-irrigation filters as needed.

4) Adjust sprinkler heads. Correct obstructions that prevent sprinklers from distributing water evenly. Keep water off pavement and structures.

5) Get a professional system audit. Hire a professional to conduct an irrigation audit and uniformity test to make sure areas are being watered evenly. This can be especially helpful if you have areas being under-watered or brown spots. The Irrigation Association maintains an online list of IA Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditors.

6) Consider “smart” technology. Climate- or soil moisture sensor-based controllers evaluate weather or soil moisture conditions and then calculate and automatically adjust the irrigation schedule to meet the specific needs of your landscape. Learn more at http://www.irrigation.org/smartwater/

7) Install a rain shutoff-switch – inexpensive and effective. Required by law in many states, these money-saving sensors turn off your system in rainy weather and help to compensate for natural rainfall. The device can be retrofitted to almost any system.

8) Consider low volume drip irrigation for plant beds. Install micro irrigation for gardens, trees and shrubs. Micro irrigation includes drip (also known as trickle), micro spray jets, micro-sprinklers, or bubbler irrigation to irrigate slowly and minimize evaporation, runoff and overspray.

9) Water at the optimum time. Water when the sun is low or down, winds are calm and temperatures are cool – between the evening and early morning – to reduce evaporation. You can lose as much as 30% of water to evaporation by watering mid-day.

10) Water only when needed. Saturate root zones and let the soil dry. Watering too much and too frequently results in shallow roots, weed growth, disease and fungus.

Best advice for a healthy, drought- and stress-tolerant lawn and landscape: use less water. These tips will help keep more money in your wallet instead of sending it down the drain.