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Organo-Lawn understands that starting up your sprinkler system at your Boulder or Fort Collins area home is easy, but adjusting and programming each individual sprinkler zone can be confusing and difficult. Our professionally trained sprinkler system technicians will be able to adjust the sprinkler heads to work to the best of their capabilities and also program the clock to water each zone deeply and infrequently. We will program the clock to water according the the 1-2-3-2-1 lawn watering technique guidelines.
A professional sprinkler turn on service or sprinkler audit from Organo-Lawn includes:
Our technician will go through your sprinkler system one zone at a time and make sure that everything is running to the best of its capability.
We will make sure all the sprinkler heads are adjusted and pointing in the correct directions and only watering the grass and not the street.
We will program the clock to water properly for each "micro-climate" in your lawn.
We will make sure each zone in your sprinkler system is working to the best of the current configuration and capabilities.
We inspect the vacuum breaker of your sprinkler system looking for damage or leaks.
We will turn on the water to the system - if it is not already turned on.
We will make sure all the sprinkler system zones are working properly.
We will check each sprinkler zone and adjust any sprinkler heads that need to be adjusted and can be adjusted.
We program the sprinkler clock so each zone is watering properly according to four main factors.
We will advise you about any areas that have poor coverage, broken, sunken, malfunctioning, or leaning heads, etc.
We will record in our database how long we programmed each sprinkler zone.
We can replace most broken pop-up sprinkler head tips (for an additional charge).
We can replace micro-mist sprinkler system tips (for an additional charge).
We can replace the bonnet or the pop-it in the vacuum breaker if it is broken (for an additional charge).
This Organo-Lawn technician inspects the sprinkler valves in a Boulder lawn to make sure they are working properly.
The drip systems are designed to be run for 1 hour. The amount of water coming out of the drip lines is controlled via the emitters.
We do not repair or replace broken sprinkler heads at the time of the sprinkler audit. We can write up a sprinkler repair ticket for replacing any heads that are damaged and can come back at a later date for the repairs.
We do not replace or fix broken sprinkler system pipes.
We do not replace or fix broken sprinkler lines. Sometimes we can repair ruptured lines if we know where the rupture has taken place and the line is free and clear of tree roots, etc.
We do not move heads or adjust heads that are improperly installed.
We do not repair broken sprinkler system valves.
We do not straighten leaning sprinkler heads or sunken sprinkler system heads. We can write up a sprinkler system repair ticket for raising sunken sprinkler heads or straightening leaning sprinkler heads.
*If you have major sprinkler system repairs that need fixing we can schedule a sprinkler repair at a later date or possibly refer you to a company that can fix the problem.
Number of Zones - Price
1 Zone - $59.25
2 Zones - $63.50
3 Zones - $67.75
4 Zones - $72.00
5 Zones - $76.25
6 Zones - $80.50
7 Zones - $84.75
8 Zones - $89.00
9 Zones - $93.25
10 Zones - $97.50
11 Zones - $101.75
12 Zones - $106.00
13 Zones - $110.25
Additional zones are $4.25 extra per additional zone.
Every lawn is different! When we are performing a sprinkler startup in Fort Collins or Boulder we take into consideration all of the following criteria when programming the clock:
The chart below is a general starting point for programming your sprinkler clock.
Pop ups (Stationary Fan Type)18 Min
Impact Heads, Hunter, or Rotary (Spray a Long Stream and Move Back and Forth)
Pinwheel Nozzles / MP Rotary (On Pop Up Style Heads but Spray Little Streams that Move Around)
Drip (Read Below)*60 Min*
Pop ups (Stationary Fan Type)15 Min
Pop ups (Stationary Fan Type)10 Min
Important Note: Every sprinkler system is different and the sprinkler zone time chart is a general area to start when programming your clock. If you want the best accuracy the best way to evaluate the system is to measure the output of the sprinkler system as described here.
Drip System Note: The drip systems are designed to be run for 1 hour. The amount of water that comes out of the drip lines is not controlled via the clock but it should be controlled via the emitters. If installed properly each emitter is installed based upon how many gallons of water the plant it is watering will need. Each emitter is rated on a gallons per hour (GPH). This means if you have a small plant a 1/4 GPH or 1/2 GPH emitter should have been installed. Bushes tend to have a 1 GPH to 7 GPH emitter installed. If you have a large tree that needs more water it could have up to a 25 or 35 GPH Emitter installed. Therefore the gallons per hour are typically not controlled via the clock; they are controlled via the emitters and the GPH.
That being said many sprinkler installers do not understand this concept so if you have a better time based on the emitters that were installed we recommend that you use that time instead.
Program your clock according to the Sprinkler Zone Time Chart above and as the season changes add days and take days away (see explanation below). This technique is called the 1-2-3-2-1 technique.
Never change the times of the sprinkler system zones. It is a very bad practice to add time or take time from the clock after the sprinkler startup has been completed in Fort Collins or Boulder. As the temperatures get warmer during the summer, instead of adding time to the clock we suggest adding a day. The reason behind this is because we want to water the lawn deeply and then we want it to dry out between lawn watering. Deep lawn watering will penetrate the soil 10-15 inches deep and the grass roots will dig after the water as the soil at the surface dries out.
Water Your Lawn 1 Day Per Week (When the system is started - Middle of May)
Water Your Lawn 2 Days Per Week (Middle of May - Middle of June)
Water Your Lawn 3 Days Per Week (Middle of June - Middle of August)
Water Your Lawn 2 Days Per Week (Middle of August- Middle of September)
Water Your Lawn 1 Day Per Week (Middle of September - Sprinkler Blowout)
As the temperatures in the summer increase the number of days per week a lawn should be watered also increases. As the temperatures cool in the fall so do the number of watering days per week. 1-2-3-2-1 technique is 1 day per week in the spring, 2 in late spring, 3 in summer, 2 in early fall, 1 in late fall.
Watering a lawn more than three days per week trains the grass roots to stay shallow. Even if the lawn is slightly brown it is better to only water 3 days a week and wait for cooler temperatures than train the lawn to have shallow digging grass roots.
If possible try not to water your lawn the day of nor the day after of the lawn is being mowed. I.e. if you mow the lawn on Fridays then don't water the lawn on Friday nor Saturday morning.
Sprinklers should typically start around 3:00 AM, but this can be a variable schedule and the system can start earlier there are a lot of sprinkler zones. Try to start the sprinkler system so the last zone finishes by 6:00 AM
Lawns tend to show the most damage from heat and drought stress and where sprinkler system coverage problems are during the hottest months of the year. Organo-Lawn tends to perform the most sprinkler system audits in Boulder and Fort Collins during the months of June through August.
Organo-Lawn is your local sprinkler expert. Call Organo-Lawn today to schedule your sprinkler turn on services.
Boulder (303) 499-2000 or Fort Collins (970) 225-9425