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SPRINKLER SYSTEM STARTUP / SPRINKLER SYSTEM AUDIT

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.

Included with a professional sprinkler turn on service and audit from Organo-Lawn, we 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 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. Please understand that each zone will most likely be programmed for a vastly different times. For instance a north facing pop-up zone in full shade might be programmed for as little as 5 minutes of lawn watering and a south facing rotary zone in full sun might be set to run for 50 or more minutes.



What is Included in a Sprinkler System Turn On?


What is Included in the Sprinkler Service Audit?

  • We inspect the vacuum breaker of your sprinkler system looking for damage or leaks.
  • We will perform a sprinkler turn on service, 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.
    • Note: We can only adjust sprinkler heads so they work their best given their current state. If heads are malfunctioning, if they are leaning, if they need to be raised, replaced, or need to be moved we will notify the homeowner about the problem and / or provide a sprinkler repair estimate.
    • Replacing heads, straightening heads, raising heads, and moving heads are not included in a sprinkler system audit.
  • We program the sprinkler clock so each zone is watering properly according to four main factors.
    • The predominant grass type in the lawn (Bluegrass / Fescue / Other).
    • The location of the zone (north facing, south facing, full sun, full shade, etc.),
    • The type of sprinkler head and nozzle output (pop-up, rotary, pinwheel, etc.),
    • The amount of coverage (light, medium, heavy, double, etc.)
  • 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.
    • If your clock ever loses power or needs to be reprogrammed we can email you those times. Just contact our Boulder or Fort Collins office and we will send you an email with your specific sprinkler system zone times.


Optional minor repairs to the sprinkler audit service in Fort Collins or Boulder:

  • 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).

What is NOT included during the Sprinkler System Audit*

  • We do not repair or replace broken sprinkler heads. 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.

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This Organo-Lawn technician inspects the sprinkler valves in a Boulder lawn to make sure they are working properly.


Sprinkler System Startup / Audit Pricing

Number of Zones - Price

1 Zone - $57.00

2 Zones - $61.00

3 Zones - $65.00

4 Zones - $69.00

5 Zones - $73.00

6 Zones - $77.00

7 Zones - $81.00

8 Zones - $85.00

9 Zones - $89.00

10 Zones - $93.00

11 Zones - $97.00

12 Zones - $101.00

13 Zones - $105.00

Additional zones are $4.00 extra per additional zone.


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The chart below is a general starting point for programming your sprinkler clock.

Full Sun (South Facing)

Pop ups (Stationary Fan Type)
18 Min


Impact Heads, Hunter, or Rotary (Spray a Long Stream and Move Back and Forth)

55 Min


Pinwheel Nozzles (On Pop Up Style Heads but Spray Little Streams that Move Around)

45 Min


Drip (Read Below)*
60 Min*

Normal (East / West)

Pop ups (Stationary Fan Type)
15 Min


Impact Heads, Hunter, or Rotary (Spray a Long Stream and Move Back and Forth)

45 Min


Pinwheel Nozzles (On Pop Up Style Heads but Spray Little Streams that Move Around)

35 Min


Drip (Read Below)*
60 Min*

North Facing or Full Shade

Pop ups (Stationary Fan Type)
10 Min


Impact Heads, Hunter, or Rotary (Spray a Long Stream and Move Back and Forth)

35 Min


Pinwheel Nozzles (On Pop Up Style Heads but Spray Little Streams that Move Around)

25 Min


Drip (Read Below)*
60 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.


How Long Should Each Sprinkler Zone Water?

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:

  • What type of grass is in the lawn (bluegrass, fescue, buffalograss, etc.)
  • Is there a slope in the lawn or is the ground flat
  • Is the lawn / section of the lawn north, south, east, or west facing
  • Is the lawn / section of the lawn in full sun, shade or normal lighting conditions
  • How good or poor is the sprinkler coverage
  • Is there overlap of coverage between sprinkler zones (i.e. does zone 1 get watered by some heads in zone 2)
  • What type of sprinkler heads are in the lawn

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Programming Sprinkler System Watering Times for Sprinkler Startup in Fort Collins and the Boulder areas:

Note: Every sprinkler system is different and the sprinkler zone time chart above is a general guideline to use 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.


What Time of Day Should You Water Your Lawn?

Sprinkler System Start Time
  • Start Time: Typically 3:00 AM but you can start it earlier if they have a lot of zones. Try to start so the last zone finishes by 6:00 AM

How Many Days Per Week Should You Water Your Lawn?

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)
    • When daytime high temperatures average below 70°F: Water one day per week even if it is cool and it is raining occasionally. One day per week lawn watering is typically between April to early May in the Boulder and Fort Collins areas, but every year is slightly different. (I.e. Water the lawn every Monday)
  • Water Your Lawn 2 Days Per Week (Middle of May - Middle of June)
    • When daytime high temperatures average between 70°F and 85°F water your lawn two days a week This is typically between the middle of May through early June. (I.e. Water the lawn every Monday and Friday)
  • Water Your Lawn 3 Days Per Week (Middle of June - Middle of August)
    • When daytime high temperatures average above 85°F: Water your lawn no more than 3 days per week. This is typically is between mid or late June through mid or late August. (I.e. Water the lawn every Monday, Wednesday and Friday)
  • Water Your Lawn 2 Days Per Week (Middle of August- Middle of September)
    • When daytime high temperatures average between 70°F and 85°F water your lawn two days a week This is typically between the middle of August through the middle of September. (I.e. water the lawn every Monday and Fridays)

  • Water Your Lawn 1 Day Per Week (Middle of September - Sprinkler Blowout)
    • When daytime high temperatures average below 70°F: Water your lawn one day per week if it is cool and it is raining occasionally. One day per week watering is typically between the middle of September until the system is winterized for the season. (I.e. Water the lawn every Monday).

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Never Water A Boulder or Fort Collins Area Lawn More Than 3 Days Per Week

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.


Sprinkler System Startup Season in the Fort Collins and Boulder Area:

This depends on the weather conditions from year to year, but we tend to startup systems beginning around April 15th and will perform sprinkler system audits until early October.



Sprinkler System Audit Season:

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.

Call Organo-Lawn today to schedule your Boulder or Fort Collins area sprinkler system audit. Boulder (303) 499-2000 or Fort Collins (970) 225-9425.

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