what areas rely on rain?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wolfpacklawn, Jul 17, 2002.

  1. wolfpacklawn

    wolfpacklawn LawnSite Member
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    I read posts that say something like -" I sure hope it rains soon" or "it hasn't rained for two weeks." At first I thought- why would you want it to rain? Who want's to work in the rain? Then I came to think that in some parts of the country the lawn must primarily get watered by rainfall. Living in the high desert we hardly ever get rain here and almost everyone (95% of my customers) have automatic sprinkler systems to water their lawn and landscape.

    I'm wondering if this % is high and if in some parts of the country automatic sprinklers are not that common.
     
  2. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    some states and citites have water restrictions where they can not irrigate or only on certain days. Here where I live almost everyone irrigates, there are no water restrictions. Although, it has been raining here for 2 days. I just keep on working, as long as it isn't pouring. Makes for a cool day.
     
  3. Alan

    Alan Member
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    Here in NW Vermont it's very unusual to have sprinkler systems. I'm currently mowing 28 accounts, from small residential to mid sized industrial buildings. None of them, nor any of the ones I've had in the past are sprinklered. I'm thinking maybe 2% at the most have sprinklers here.
     
  4. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    why? r there restrictions up there in vt?
     
  5. Lawn-Scapes

    Lawn-Scapes LawnSite Silver Member
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    I also have 28 accounts and none have irrigation. Not sure but I don't think there are any sprinkler systems in my county. Lawns are too large to move the hose around. Things are getting a little toasty here...
     
  6. greenman

    greenman LawnSite Addict
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    been raining for 2 days here.
     
  7. Cutter1

    Cutter1 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I have about 200 accounts in Pa. Out of those 200, I would say 25 have sprinkler systems and the rest are DEAD or dying. Things are real dry up here, we NEED rain bad.
     
  8. roscioli

    roscioli LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here in central mass, in a supposively "well off" community, about 1-2% have irrigation. Only those that really take pleasure out of their yards, or really take pleasure out of having their neighbors jealous. We usually get enough rain to keep the lawns green up until about now, then they go dormant till late summer or so and green back up. Its not worth it to most people for those few extra weeks of green at the expense of not driving a nice new SUV. :)
     
  9. Phishook

    Phishook LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I only have 4 out of 40 with irrigation. They're only $38 jobs, so that dosn't help out alot.

    The rest of my accounts are dead or will be by Friday if it don't rain tonight.

    I always expect a dry spell like this, but this year it started in mid June. Most years it comes arround the end of July-Begining of Aug.
     
  10. awm

    awm LawnSite Gold Member
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    the original post ,just brings home to me, how different ,our various situations are. i am considering irrigation ,installation next yr. ive always thought
    theres money there. and im beginning to think our area is really an area that the
    ordinary home owner needs it.
    now to figure something they can or
    will go for.
     

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