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7 Myths About Irrigation

7 Myths About Irrigation – Published in Dan’s Papers online on September 24, 2021  By Robert Boyle, President of RB Irrigation and the Irrigation Association of NY There are many myths and misconceptions about irrigation and watering.  Your irrigation system has an important job to do to keep your property healthy and beautiful.  We are…

Irrigation LongHouse Reserve

RB is mentioned in a newsletter from LongHouse Reserve in July 2021.  It’s summertime and the living is easy – gloriously warm weather and limitless sunshine that seem to go on for days without end…or a drop of rain. These are wonderful conditions for days spent at the beach or by the pool but they…

LongHouse Reserve and Bridge Gardens

Beautiful Places to Visit RBI is a proud to provide irrigation to LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton and Bridge Gardens in Bridgehampton. These beautiful, expansive properties with their colorful and artistic displays and seasonal events are great places to visit, relax and connect with nature on a summer day. Please check their websites for the…

Managing the Garden During A Dry Spell

RB Irrigation has worked with us to help manage and maintain the irrigation system that is used at Bridge Gardens. When dry days stretch into a week or more, keeping the landscape hydrated becomes more challenging. Here are some tips from RB to help weather the dry spells this season and beyond: New and existing…

Sprinkler Head Cleaning

The condition of your sprinkler heads is vital to the well-being of your irrigation system.  Over time when dirt and debris clog screens and nozzles the spray stream coming from the sprinkler head may cause parts of your landscape not to be watered. A blocked or clogged sprinkler is a common cause of sprinkler failure.…

LongHouse Reserve Watering Your Autumn Garden

The information below is from LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.  To learn more about this enchanting place or to become a member visit their website. “Should I keep watering my garden in the fall” you might ask?  Well, the weather is certainly unpredictable this time of year – one day it’s sunny with temperatures in the…

Zen Gardens

Zen gardens, also called Japanese rock gardens were first created by Buddhist monks in Japan as a place to aid meditation.  Amidst our busy challenging lives right now, it would be nice to have something that gives us a moment of peace.  Designing a Zen garden on your property is a great way to reduce stress,…

Meditation Garden – Your New Outdoor Retreat

Since we are spending so much time at home, you have probably thought about outdoor improvements that could be made for your enjoyment and relaxation. One way to bring calm and serenity into your outdoor space would be to create a garden sanctuary for yoga, meditation and/or relaxation. When deciding where you want to build…

Salt spray damage after hurricanes

A storms strong winds can carry spray from waters to land, splashing the surrounding area with sea salt. Unfortunately, the salty solution mist settles onto leaves and then into the soil once the excess water volume has decreased. Salt residue can seep into the root systems of trees, plants and turf, leaving them brittle, brown…

Smart irrigation water more efficiently

The irrigation industry is experiencing a renaissance of technology development. Now, more so than ever, consumers can find irrigation products that use advanced sensors, Wi-Fi and app-based capability to automatically adjust watering schedules, communicate problems and save water, giving consumers more data and power to control irrigation systems than ever before. “Smart” irrigation systems irrigate…

Self-Watering Planters

One of the most common mistakes gardeners make is over watering plants. Self-watering planters are an alternative way to make watering more efficient and to prevent over-watering. These types of planters have a reservoir to hold water at the bottom and if kept filled the soil maintains a consistent level of moisture. Self-watering containers can…

Sprinkler Turn On

Most people think a turn-on is quick and easy, but in reality there is a lot more to it.  Care and a technical eye is what is needed to prepare for ultimate performance during the hot days of summer. Irrigation systems have been sitting idle all winter and now it is time to charge your…

Rain Sensors

Rain sensors are designed to prevent your sprinkler system from running in the rain. There are two types of rain/freeze sensors, wired and wireless. A rain/freeze sensor shuts off your irrigation system when there is freezing temperatures to protect your sprinkler system from getting damaged. Rain and wireless rain/freeze sensors are becoming “must have” components…

Wifi Sprinkler Controllers

Take the guesswork out of watering with a Smart WiFi Sprinkler Controller. Customized watering schedules can be set with regards to day, frequency, start time and run time. This will ensure your plants are healthy, you conserve water and have a lower water bill. Daily watering can be automatically adjusted to reflect seasonal weather changes…

Tennis Court Irrigation

Every type of tennis court has different tennis court irrigation needs.  Some tennis courts require above ground irrigation while others require sub surface irrigation.  For instance; clay courts are like sponges that hold water. This water evaporates over the course of a day. Irrigation regimens should be designed to replenish water lost during the day.…

Lawn Brown Spots

What causes brown spots on lawns or turf?  Some reasons for lawn brown spots are; dull mower blades, disease, fungus, drought stress, soil compaction, insects or improper watering. To ensure a healthy and beautiful lawn, the installation and maintenance of an irrigation system is   important.  A proper watering schedule is required as too much or…

Maintenance Plan for “Lawngevity”

It has been shown that regular maintenance of your irrigation system will ensure its operation at peak performance and irrigation system components will last longer.  A regularly maintained irrigation system will prevent water waste, reduce pollution from run-off and over-irrigation, and improve plant health by applying the correct amount of water where it can be…

Golf courses – Keeping the greens green

Many people may not know that Long Island is center stage in American golf history. When golf began to spread beyond the British Isles in the late 19th century, Long Island was one of the first places it took root.  New York tycoons began establishing golf clubs near their country estates. The oldest Long Island…

Smart Irrigation Month

July is Smart Irrigation Month, a public awareness campaign to promote efficient water use. Focused on July, traditionally the month of peak demand for outdoor water use, the campaign highlights simple practices and innovative technologies to: Make maintaining properties easy and convenient. Minimize overwatering while keeping lawns, gardens and landscapes beautiful and healthy. Save money…

Water Conservation For a Better World

Drinking water on Long Island comes from underground aquifers. The quantity and quality of this abundant supply must be protected. All of our aquifers receive their fresh water from precipitation. Unfortunately, in recent years, rainfall levels are decreasing and nitrite levels are increasing due to organic and chemical contaminants entering and contaminating our water supply.…

Irrigation Turn On

Most people think an irrigation turn on is quick and easy, but there is a lot more to it. Care and a technical eye is needed to prepare for ultimate performance during the hot days of summer. Irrigation systems have been sitting idle all winter. Now it’s time to charge your system. Turning the water…

Robert Boyle is 2018 President of the Irrigation Association of NY

Robert Boyle is the current President of the Irrigation Association of NY  for 2018.  The IANY, established in 1985, is a professional organization of contractors representing all specialties and disciplines of New York state’s irrigation industry. It aims to foster development and economic advancement for its members, and to promote water conservation through efficient irrigation…

2017 Dan’s Best of the Best Irrigation

RB Irrigation is proud to have won a 2017 Dan’s Best of the Best Gold award for Irrigation Services for the second year in a row. 

Tips to Reduce Water Use

When temperatures rise and rain is scarce, peak water use in single-family homes typically occurs due to lawn and garden watering or when topping off a swimming pool.  Experts estimate that 50 percent of the water we use outdoors goes to waste from evaporation or runoff due to overwatering.  With the exception of extreme heat…

RB Irrigation 2016 Dan’s Best of the Best

RB Irrigation is proud to have won a 2016 Dan’s Best of the Best Gold award!

Are You Damaging Your Lawn?

Winter is the time that many forget about their lawn care. If it’s buried under frost and snow, out of sight, out of mind, right? If you want a lush lawn in the spring take care not to walk on the same path over and over again. This causes compaction of the grass which can…

Maintenance Plan for "Lawngevity"

With a  maintenance plan your irrigation system will operate at peak performance and system components will last longer. A well maintained irrigation system will also prevent water waste and lower your operating costs. Most of all, your turf and landscape will be healthier and even more beautiful. At RBI we offer various maintenance plans to…

Are YOU Ready If A Drought Strikes?

  Drought – even the word sounds ominous, like something we’d like to avoid. And it always is. The thing about lack of water brought on by drought is, it affects our lawns, our vegetation, and overall, the beauty and health of our landscape and properties. However, there are some things that can be put…

Plan ahead for your new plantings

Fall is the perfect time to plant trees, shrubs, and evergreens as well as spring flowering bulbs and vegetables.  If you are planning on planting or renovating your lawn, give us a call to make sure your new plantings and turf will get the right amount of water when they need it. New plantings have…

Banish Brown Patches

Brown patches on your lawn can be caused by a number of factors – one of which can be your irrigation system.   Below are a few common irrigation system causes: Incorrect sprinkler head height can cause brown spots and poor lawn growth. Sprinkler heads that have been installed too low aren’t able to rise…

Is it raining as you are reading this?

Did you know that Long Island experienced a moderate drought between April and May of this year? Rainfall on Long Island can vary so much that gardeners need to keep a close eye on their gardens to make sure they are thriving.  On average, it rains once every three or four days, but we can…

Irrigation Maintenance Plans For “Lawngevity”

With regular maintenance your irrigation system will operate at peak performance and system components will last longer. A well maintained irrigation system will also prevent water waste and lower your operating costs. Most of all, your turf and landscape will be healthier and even more beautiful. At RBI we offer various maintenance plans to ensure…

Water Where You Need It…When You Need It

Don’t forget to Have your system checked for leaks or breaks. Have your system sprinkler heads checked to ensure they are not watering pavement or unwanted areas. Have your system checked by an Irrigation Professional to see what improvements can be made for efficiency. Contact RBI for installations, maintenance or repairs

Contact An Expert To Plan Your Irrigation System

It is important to analyze your landscape when planning an irrigation system.  Bring in an expert early on to analyze exactly what your property needs.  The expert will help you make decisions that will benefit you and your property, saving headaches and money.  The following will be taken into consideration and carried out: You will…

The Importance of Regular Maintenance

Did you know that with regular maintenance your system will operate at peak performance and irrigation system components will last longer. A regularly maintained irrigation system will prevent water waste and lower your operating costs. And of course the result will be a healthier more beautiful turf and landscape. At RBI we offer various maintenance…

Be Smart With Water- Water Saving Tips

The Irrigation Association is educating irrigation professionals and the public with some sensible programs and promotions for water efficient products and services. The first of these, called WaterSense, is a voluntary public-private partnership program sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Its mission is to protect the future of our nation’s water supply by…

Beautifying West Hampton Beach High School

RB Irrigation has helped improve the long-term appearance of many a lawn and landscape throughout the Hamptons. On a sunny day in February 2012, RB Irrigation participated in a beautification project at Westhampton Beach High School, with a few other hand-selected contractors.  RB Irrigation provided irrigation for the newly planted shrubs and flowers, and installed…

Throw Away Your Watering Cans

Drip Irrigation, also known as trickle irrigation or micro-irrigation, is an irrigation method that applies water slowly to the roots of plants by depositing the water either on the soil surface or directly to the root zone through a network of valves, pipes, tubing and emitters, with the goal of minimizing water and fertilizer usage.…

The Perfect Turn-On

Preparing for the Hot Days of Summer Most people think a turn-on is quick and easy, but in reality there is a lot more to it. Care and a technical eye is what is needed to prepare for ultimate performance during the hot days of summer. Irrigation systems have been sitting idle all winter. Now…

The Latest Buzz-Word

Educating our Valued Customers & Irrigation Professionals about lawn irrigation & water conservation Evapotranspiration — sounds complex, but what it simply means is the amount of water that evaporates from the soil PLUS the amount of water that evaporates (transpires) through the leaves of the plants. Evapotranspiration is a simple concept that can save you…

Quality Time

Are your flowers getting more attention than your family these days? Would you like more freedom from lugging hoses around your yard?  After reading this article, you will have learned that conserving water can actually save you time.   RB Irrigation has the technology, called drip and microdrip irrigation, to help your thirsty plants and flowers…

Time to Winterize!

As the season winds down and cold weather starts to set in, it becomes time to winterize your irrigation system.Every year, the ritual of irrigation “blow out” becomes the priority for all irrigation systems that are in parts of the country where the frost level extends below the depth of the installed piping. Sprinkler system…

Prepare for Spring in the Fall

Although we usually think of Spring as the time for new beginnings, often Fall is the time to prepare for those new beginnings. This is especially the case in upgrading your irrigation system. “… Fall is the time to prepare for those new beginnings.” By doing irrigation installations, upgrades or repairs in the Fall, before…

A Water-Wise Hamptons Summer

Dan’s Papers interview with Robert Boyle in the June 5th 2012 Edition Drought. It’s an ominous word a summer arrives here in the Hamptons. Ever since the National Weather Service reported that Long Island had been suffering the driest winter and spring in 13 years, concerns about water usage and conservation have been part of every thought and conversation on topics from…