Tips for Taking Care of Lawns – Spring 2022 Edition

Man mowing lawn with a lawn mower

Man mowing lawn with a lawn mower

How to Take Care of Lawns this spring

As spring rolls along and the weather gets warmer, it’s time for homeowners to start thinking about getting their lawns ready for the 2022 season. Taking care of their property so that the yard can stand out with lovely green grass is not a tricky process, but there are a few things that you need to make sure you do. Here at Hydro-Rain®, irrigation is our business, and lawns are our specialty. Today, we would like to share some of our pro tips for lawn care to help your customers’ lawns thrive this year.

Prepare Your Lawn Mower

The success of any lawn is reliant upon the mower. It is essential to cut the grass regularly throughout the warm months, and to do that; you need to ensure you have a working mower. You could choose to take your mower to a shop for routine seasonal maintenance or do it yourself at your shop. Some tips for preparing your mower include:

  • Change the oil so that it is fresh for the new season
  • Clean the undercarriage to make sure the blade isn’t blocked
  • Sharpen the edge for a clean cut
  • Replace the spark plug and air filter
  • Keep the mower in the sun to warm it up so it starts easily
  • If you have a gas mower, fill a can with fresh gasoline
  • If you have an electric mower, check and charge the battery

Make Sure the Yard is Mower-Friendly

While raking the fall leaves is nice, it is also good to rake up twigs and debris in the spring. Throughout the off-season, sticks that fall from trees, trash blowing from the road, or kids’ toys and pets’ toys could be hidden in the grass. These items could damage your mower and affect the way the grass grows in certain spots. Clean up the yard and remove any obstacles before mowing. It also helps to trim low-hanging tree branches or overgrown shrubs that might make it difficult for you when you are cutting the grass.

Kill Weeds and Feed the Grass

Most lawns experience weeds to some extent. If your customers have weeds, be sure to use a weed-killing product that will kill the weeds. Some products are both weed & feed, meaning they will kill the weeds and feed your grass simultaneously. Applying weed and feed will help the whole lawn consist of excellent green grass free of weeds. You might also need to add fresh seeds to any bare spots throughout the yard to keep an even layer of grass across the entire lawn.

Proper Irrigation is the Key to Grass Growth

As you might have guessed, this is the step in the process that we at Hydro-Rain® are most passionate about. Like any other plant, grass needs the correct amount of water to grow. As irrigation experts, we specialize in products that help homeowners, irrigation professionals, and even agricultural producers care for and water their properties. Our B-hyve app ecosystem is an app for your smartphone device that allows you to save water by controlling the irrigation system using Wi-Fi. B-hyve even combines artificial intelligence, live weather feeds, landscape data inputs, and system efficiency (including customizable Precipitation Rate) to help create a custom, dynamic irrigation schedule specifically for your lawn. Check out the video to learn more!

Need Help? Contact the Irrigation Specialists

We hope that your customer’s lawn thrives this season by following these tips! If you have any questions about our B-hyve app ecosystem or any other irrigation products, don’t hesitate to contact us today! Hydro-Rain® offers products built for speed, which can even help save water this year. Reach out to us for all of your irrigation needs, and we will respond as soon as we can.

Dear Irrigation Contractor – What Your Potential Customers Will Look for before Hiring You

Sprinkler watering a lawn

Sprinkler watering a lawn

All Irrigation Specialists Should Consider what their Customers Look For

As an irrigation contractor, you know how important it is to create great relationships with your clients. It will make the work that you do more rewarding, but it will help to ensure repeat business, receive positive online reviews, and get referrals and recommendations. Building a good rapport with your customers is paramount to the success of your landscaping or irrigation business. Hydro-Rain® is not only a manufacturer of helpful irrigation products, but we also offer business tools for irrigation contractors to help them perform their jobs to their highest efficiency. Part of doing so is to consider what your potential customers will look for before hiring you.

What Products You Use

Many customers will do their research and look into what types of products are recommended in the industry. Customers will be interested in the types of irrigation products you use, the different components, and why you use those specific products. If it is not clear on your website, they might call to ask you over the phone.

Whether or Not You Offer a Warranty of After-Sale Service

For many people, irrigation is a significant investment, so choosing the right irrigation contractor is an important decision for them. Customers often feel more secure with hiring your services if they can be reassured with product warranties in case of a deficiency and after-sale service to reinforce that the products are working and will be cared for. They might even check to see if these services include winterization and start-up in the springtime.

Online Reviews and Customer References

As we mentioned in the introduction, online reviews and customer references are crucial to the success of any contracting business. Customers will look online to see if others have left reviews for you on Google, Yelp, or other review-based platforms. They might also ask you for the names and phone numbers of a few of your recently serviced clients as references. Providing references is more authentic and reassuring for some people than online reviews, and it is important to have this information available if they request it.

Whether or Not You Cut Corners

Chances are, your potential customers are pretty smart. They might be skeptical if your prices are too low, and they might check to make sure that you are both licensed and insured. It is essential to make sure that you are both! They also might check to ensure you aren’t using cheap products or lazy methods in the irrigation work. Building trust is an integral part of starting a positive customer relationship, and the best way to do that is by being trustworthy.

Questions? Talk to the Irrigation Experts

If you have any questions or comments, please contact us today! Hydro-Rain® not only offers built-for-speed products, but we are an irrigation contractor’s best friend and offer helpful articles and services for irrigation contractors to make their jobs easier and their work more efficient for their customers. Reach out to us for all of your irrigation needs, and we will reply to you shortly. Our commitment to the essential values of integrity, lasting relationships, and fair dealing is at the heart of Hydro-Rain®, so let’s work together to bring your customers the best in irrigation!

How the Hydro-Rain Academy can Help You become an Irrigation Specialist

Looking to Become an Irrigation Specialist? Then join the Hydro-Rain Academy!

The world of irrigation is changing. Are you ready? Water quantity and quality is becoming more critical every year. New regulations, rules, mandates, and laws are being enacted that require irrigation professionals to adapt.

Hydro-Rain recognizes that the most crucial part of any irrigation system is you! Irrigation systems that are correctly installed and maintained save water.

The Hydro-Rain Academy can help you improve your business by learning

about irrigation. And how you can save water, meet the new regulations, and make more money. Whether you are just beginning your journey in the world of irrigation or a seasoned veteran, the Hydro-Rain Academy can help you work smarter and faster.

What Courses Does the Hydro-Rain Academy Offer?

Hydro-Rain Academy currently offers 15 different courses that cover a variety of different technologies and practices that will help you to enhance your irrigation expertise. Take a look at the full course catalog and learn more about three of our most popular courses below.

B-hyve Pro Technician

This course will teach you details about using the B-hyve Pro App. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded a certificate from Hydro-Rain, as well as your choice from a selection of Hydro-Rain gear as a token from us for a job well done.

HRC 400 Controller Technician

This course teaches Landscape Sprinkler Technicians all about the HRC 400 Wi-Fi Smart controller by Hydro-Rain. This course is taught to you by a Hydro-Rain senior product manager to help you understand how to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

B-hyve Pro Smart Watering Specialist

Learn about smart watering and what separates a truly smart controller from a remotely managed controller.

Contact the Irrigation Experts

Do you have questions about the Hydro-Rain Academy? We are more than happy to answer them. Please feel free to send us a message with your questions or inquiries and we will reply as soon as we can. You can also call us toll-free at (888) 493-7672. Enhance your knowledge and become even more efficient at what you do in the irrigation industry.

Join the Hydro-Rain Academy today!