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DIY vs Professional Irrigation System Repairs

When it comes to irrigation system repairs, it’s important to know when to call a professional.

irrigation system repairs columbus gaThis time of year, irrigation systems are getting a lot of use. With the rising temperatures, keeping your lawn watered is crucial. While there are many irrigation system repairs you can do yourself, there are some meant to be handled by a professional to ensure your irrigation system is getting the servicing it needs.

While it’s tempting to tackle any household repair yourself, do-it-yourself irrigation system repairs should be limited to nozzle replacements and rotor adjustments. Nozzles tend to get clogged over time, and won’t spray as much water if filled with debris. To replace your nozzle, simply use a flathead screwdriver to lift the riser. While keeping the riser lifted, twist to remove the nozzle. Check your screen to ensure it is still clear, or replace if needed. Screw on the new nozzle, adjust to the desired spray pattern, and drop the nozzle back into place. Depending on how many you have, replacing these can be time consuming, but are well worth it in keeping your lawn hydrated.

professional irrigation system repairs columbus gaRotor adjustments can be made while your water is turned on or off. Most brands can require a certain tool for the adjustment, but some can be done with a flathead screwdriver. The two most common brands, Rain Bird and Hunter, have their own special tool. Their tools are much like a screwdriver and can adjust the arc, spray radius and more.

Whether you are using a special tool or flathead screwdriver, you will turn the arc clockwise or counter-clockwise to increase or decrease the arc. It’s important to only turn the screw in the direction the rotor is already turning. Going against the current direction can strip the gears and damage your rotor.

Other repairs (sprinkler head replacement, valve replacement/location, broken lines, etc) should be repaired by a professional. Locating lines and valves can be very complicated and time consuming without the right knowledge and equipment.

Contact us today to see how Outdoor Solutions can assist you with your irrigation system repairs!

Ornamental Plants, Shrub and Tree Treatments

Outdoor Solutions serves as your trusted landscaper to select the best decorative and ornamental plants for your landscape design.

ornamental plantsOrnamental plants and shrubs are decorative plants. These are grown to enhance landscape and garden designs. They are also plants that are grown for flowers to be cut for decor. These include various trees, plants, shrubs and flowers. These plants require routine care to stay attractive and keep them healthy. It is important to have a regular fertilization, pruning, watering and pest control program for these added in with your regular lawn maintenance.

Treatment of ornamental plants can be more difficult when they are not well suited for your soil or when they are not planted correctly. Outdoor Solutions serves as your trusted landscaper to select the best decorative and ornamental plants for your landscape design. We examine which plants work best with your soil, space and our southern climate, then install them for you.

ornamental plantsMany ornamental plants require special treatment. It is important to know how to care for these, as their sole purpose is to be aesthetically pleasing and make your lawn look great. Outdoor Solutions offers ornamental treatments as an addition to your regular lawn maintenance program. This is done in two fertilization applications. The initial application is done in the Spring, typically in April. The second application is done in late summer, around August.


How to Know When to Fertilize Your Lawn

fertilize-weed-controlIt’s important to know when to fertilize your lawn, and how often.

Fertilize your lawn when it isn’t actively growing, and you could be wasting your money. Apply the fertilizer in unsuitable time spans, and your grass could grow great for a while, but then slow down.

The first thing you need to consider is the type of grass you grow. Grasses that grow better in warmer seasons and in our Southeastern area, such as St. Augustine or Bermuda grass, need to be fertilized from late spring to early fall. It is best to not apply any nitrogen to the soil before the 4inch depth is consistently 65F and rising. Apply the fertilizer too early and you could be promoting rapid weed growth.

fertilize-your-lawnOther types of grasses are known as cool weather grasses, such as Kentucky Bluegrass and Tall Fescue. These also thrive in the Southeast, and stay looking great even through the cooler months. The prime times to fertilize these grasses are in the fall and spring, and possibly event the winter depending on the specific climate. The only times to refrain from fertilizing these are in the summer heat. Growth will naturally slow down, and if you apply fertilizer then you could weaken your grass.

For the best results, you should have your lawn fertilized around once every six to eight weeks during it’s active grown period. Determining the type of grass you have is an important first step in knowing when to apply the fertilizer. Outdoor Solutions offers fertilization and weed control programs. We also offer different lawn treatments, such as ornamental fertilizations, as additional services to the normal lawn programs. We use brands such as Harrells, Bayer, Lesco and BASF, just to name a few. Contact us today for a free quote!

Landscaping surrounding a pergola

Landscaping in Columbus, GA | Before and After

Residential Landscaping Design and Installation in Columbus, GA

Summer months call for lush green grass and cannon balls into a refreshing pool, right? This is exactly what our client wanted to accomplish when they came to us with one of our most recent back yard renovation projects. Outdoor Solutions of Columbus specializes in landscaping in Columbus, GA spanning out to LaGrange and Phenix City.


Final stages of laying the cement walkway incorporated into the landscape design done by Outdoor Solutions of Columbus.

It was important to Outdoor Solutions of Columbus client to incorporate a smooth cement walkway within their landscape design. Here you can see the final stages of prep.

Outdoor Solutions of Columbus preps their clients backyard in order to install an irrigation system.

Outdoor Solutions of Columbus provides irrigation system that effectively keep your yard watered. Here Outdoor Solutions of Columbus preps their clients backyard in order to install an irrigation system.

Backyard Before Landscaping Services Provided by Outdoor Solutions of Columbus

With the unevenness of the backyard, Outdoor Solutions of Columbus knew that their landscaping services needed to be precise and professional.

Before Outdoor Solutions of Columbus's landscaping services

Before Outdoor Solutions of Columbus was called upon by their client for their landscaping services, this backyard was just dirt!

This particular customer had recently installed a pool in their backyard and the construction left the yard lacking. Our client had a vision and as we strategized and discussed what the right landscaping was to complement the beautiful pool, we were able get a deep understanding of what our client wanted for their newly landscaped back yard.
One of the details that stood out most in this renovation was the use of the stones as a pathway. Landscaping stones can be used together to form a decorative walkway, a formal patio, or give a warm cottage-type feel to a backyard.
Creating even a small patio in the backyard, similar to the one that Outdoor Solutions planted on this project, can help make the area more inviting, and can provide a place for shade and relaxation during those warmer days. Bricks can also be used as edging around planting areas to prevent grass from invading or to keep the creeping habit of certain plants to a minimum.


Percise Edging and Landscape

The professionalism and perfection is seen here as Outdoor Solutions of Columbus finished landscape design with a well mulched bed and precise edging along the yard.

Varied sized stone pathway incorporated in landscape design

A stone pathway from the swing set leading to the smooth concrete patio puts the finishing touch on this backyard landscape design by Outdoor Solutions of Columbus.

Landscaping surrounding a pergola

Outdoor Solutions of Columbus designed a fresh and inviting landscape that included beautiful plants and a pergola for their client. The pergola is surrounding by subtle colors of Spring and Summer and provides a great amount of shade during the hot Georgia months.

Irrigation system water fresh sod and landscaping

An irrigation system is a must to maintain the fresh sod and landscaping that was installed by Outdoor Solutions of Columbus.

Outdoor Solutions was able to take a vision and complete the backyard oasis this customer was dreaming of just in time for spring and summer.

Other Outdoor Solutions of Columbus, GA Services:

  1. Lawn Care Fertilization
  2. Lawn Care Maintenance
  3. Lawn Irrigation Systems
  4. Landscape Design and Installation
  5. Commercial Lawn Care and Landscaping
  6. Residential Lawn Care and Landscaping