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Brown Spotiatis

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by irritation, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,593

    I get a lot of calls when there is a dry spell for dry areas in yards.

    What causes Brown Spotiatis?

    Ever notice yards without irrigation that have it to?

    Some areas get more shade and some areas have poorer soil.
    Some people don't like to water more during dry spells and think they can set it the same all season long. Some don't want the higher water bills.

    Some will not listen to reason. :hammerhead:
  2. jcom

    jcom LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 791

    Dumb arses have to realize that Momma Nature needs to contribute a bit unless the checkbook has no bottom. If you use domestic water only, you will need much much more than natures own. Hence the checkbook.

    My 2 pennies.


    Messages: 18,668

    I'd tell em to save the money on ac to justify the cost of more water.
    AC bill go up then water bill must go up in a comparable way.
  4. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,310

    I did a search and came up with this result: Brown Spotiatus
    So is that pronounced "spoe-tie-yuhtus"? :confused:
  5. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,593

    Pronounced "spot-e-i-tus"

    My own term I came up with many years ago.:)
  6. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,593

    I had a call today with those symptoms and the homeowner insisted I meet with their landscaper because he said the sprinkler heads are not adjusted properly.
    I went through the system with both of them for two hours and all heads were working and near perfectly adjusted.

    Controller was only set for 3 days a week, 20 min for rotors and 10 min for sprays.
  7. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,946

    When I can, generally I ask to look at the controller first and review the programming before they take me around the yard. This gives me a good sense of what they have been watering vs what should be water.

    If it's a average call of getting dry spots

    I just give a small break down of the ' could be's '

    It could be the irrigation , it could be the dirt, shade, sun, chemicals, monster trees next to the grass ect ect...

    All my primary focus is irrigation. When I see nothing is wrong with the irrigation then what I usually say is. " In my personal opinion, it's better to re-do this section then trying to repair and figure out the ' could be' . Till this area up, take out some of the dirt and the mix the rest with new top soil and re-seed, If it's a 15x 15 area and you do it your self you are spending less then $100 as well as only a few hours of work.

    But it all depends on the situation of course.
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2010
  8. irritation

    irritation LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,593

    I get tired of those calls, it's not rocket science, if your yard is dry you need to water more.:dizzy:
  9. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,946

    I get tired of them not listening to my advice and then hear them complain about the same situation the next year and the years after.. After a year or 2 I can get rude... ' Well I told you last year to do this!!! ' lol

    Messages: 18,668

    Not giving advice but upgrading to the RB ESTM? might be a good solution. My sister has biatched here for years about her grass going brown/dormant. I installed the RBESTM? to see how it worked and her yard according to her has never looked better. It does look great. Course she doesn't pay for her water either. Sucker runs every day about 40 minutes a zone. All maxipaws as well.

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