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Adjusting Sprinkler Spray Pattern for Optimal Coverage

By The Top Choice Team / May 23, 2024

As you get your irrigation system up and running this spring, it’s important to check that your heads are providing proper coverage (i.e. adjusting your sprinkler spray pattern). Misaligned or clogged nozzles can lead to brown spots in some areas and overwatering in others. Here are some tips from Scott Ingalls, irrigation manager at Top…

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Spotting and Fixing Irrigation Leaks this Spring

By The Top Choice Team / May 14, 2024

As you fire up your sprinkler system for the first time this spring, it’s important to check for any leaks that may have developed over the winter. Catching and repairing leaks early can save water and money and prevent damage to your landscape. Here are some tips from Scott Ingalls, irrigation manager at Top Choice…

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Our Top Evergreen Shrubs for Texas Lawns

By The Top Choice Team / April 5, 2024

Spring has sprung, and green is starting to show everywhere! But what if your landscape could stay green year-round? We’re lucky that many evergreen shrubs thrive in Texas lawns, and spring is the perfect time to add a few to your beds. Choosing evergreen shrubs in Texas involves a few factors, like heat tolerance, drought…

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Everything You Need to Know About Lawn Aeration (Video)

By The Top Choice Team / March 21, 2024

Ever wondered how golf courses and parks have such beautiful, healthy lawns? While there are a number of contributing factors, one thing almost all golf courses and many city parks do is aerate regularly. Your lawn can also benefit from being aerated, but if you’ve never had your lawn aerated before, you probably have a…

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Preparing Your Irrigation for Spring (Video)

By The Top Choice Team / March 12, 2024

Spring is the perfect season to prepare your automatic sprinkler system for effectively watering your lawn and landscape for another year. We suggest scheduling an irrigation inspection twice a year – before starting the system in the spring and shutting it down in the fall. The ideal time to schedule your spring checkup is in…

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Austin Waterwise and Landscaping Rebates from Austin Water

By The Top Choice Team / February 26, 2024

You may already know about Austin Waterwise and how Austin Water provides up to $1000 in rebates for water-saving irrigation upgrades, but did you know that they reward landscaping services as well? Take a look and see if you can save some water (and some cash!) with Austin Water’s rebate programs (updated for 2024). “Landscape…

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Trimming Knock Out Roses in Central Texas. (Video)

By The Top Choice Team / February 8, 2024

Wondering how to trim knock out roses in Central Texas? It is important you ensure you are dealing with knockout roses rather than an antique or climbing rose because they are maintained very differently. What are Knock Out Roses? Knock Out® Roses hybrids were developed to resist common rose diseases and produce prolific blooms. Though…

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How to Winterize Your Backflow Preventer (Video)

By The Top Choice Team / January 5, 2024

Folks around the country will often shut off and drain their irrigation systems entirely before the winter, but because we rarely get deep freezes, that’s not really necessary in Central Texas. However, we still need to protect any above-ground exposed equipment: pipes, pumps, filters, and backflow preventers! Proper insulation and winterization are especially important this…

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How to Winterize your Irrigation System in Austin

By The Top Choice Team / January 2, 2024

Why do we winterize? We want to take care of our irrigation systems. Often times there are breaks in our systems after a long hard winter. Everyone knows that water expands when it freezes – we need to take this into consideration when we are preparing for the cold months. Make sure your system is…

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Austin Gardeners’ Winter Landscaping Checklist

By The Top Choice Team / December 29, 2023

Howdy, Austin gardeners! Winter has settled in, and it’s time to ensure your yard is prepped for a successful spring bloom. In this winter landscaping checklist, we’re dishing out tips and tricks to keep your garden in top-notch shape. From freeze protection to leak detection and strategic tree care, let’s make sure your yard thrives…

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