Landscape Installation

Landscape Installation

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ReWater Systems (formerly C27 Landscape Contractor's License #798547), provided full landscape installation services to customers who purchased our recycling irrigation systems. From our years of experience, we understand landscaping is live art, and irrigation is how you keep that art blooming and green. We've included some photos of work we've done, overseen, or witnessed over the years. The following pricing applied to homes in eastern Chula Vista, California, and were for estimating purposes only. Actual prices may vary depending on your real soil conditions, topography, location of existing structures, and perhaps other factors. These prices were predicated on the yard(s) to be landscaped still having their builder-provided undisturbed grade. Installation of the ReWater© system is available anywhere in the world through a local plumber and landscaper, who we will help to perform the quality of work our clients desire.

Irrigation

The following irrigation methods are offered. They are listed from the least efficient to the most efficient form of irrigation.

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Not all spray systems are built equally. Don't cut corners because it costs you more money in the long run, in both water bills and maintenance.

A high-quality spray system starts with a controller large enough to control the amount of valves needed for the micro-climates of your landscape. A micro-climate is an area with unique water needs, such as the sunny side of your front lawn versus a shady side. If both sides are irrigated with the same valve, as they often are in poor installations, the shady side will either be too wet or the sunny side will be too dry. A high-quality spray system also eliminates run-off.

The above-home is all too-typical of homes in the arid West. Run-off is a leading cause of high water bills (and river and ocean pollution), and a good controller can help stop it. The controllers we provide can run any type of irrigation method and have multiple start times for surface methods, to allow absorption of water, and multiple programs, to provide different schedules for different needs on a single landscape. Plus, rain gauges or moisture sensors can be attached directly to our controllers, as well as to individual irrigation valves. Sprinkler heads on slopes should have pressure shut-offs to stop drainage.

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This photo shows what happens when you irrigate your fence. No, that is not white paint.

Spray systems should also built to prevent damage from lawn mowers, children, and other normal yard events, as well as to minimize damage to your stucco, brick, and fences.

Micro-sprinklers

These small low-pressure sprinkler devices are run off polyethylene tubing, and are ideal for flower beds and other small area planters. By not throwing water high into the air, they reduce evaporation losses caused by wind and heat, while decreasing over-spray caused by large sprinklers.

Surface Drip

This exacting method of irrigation is ideal for irrigating everything but lawn. Drip irrigation is well documented to save from 30% to 60% of your water. By placing drip emitters on the plants you want to irrigate, you will optimize water usage and reduce weed growth. Drip irrigation reduces over-spray, evaporation, run-off.

Underground Drip Material costs vary depending on your design. For example, if you install emitters only where you plant something, materials will cost less per square foot than if you install irrigation to irrigate an entire area, which can then easily accommodate future plantings (the same wasteful principle as sprinklers.)

Materials costs are listed in the Customer Order section on the main page. Additional information about this extremely efficient form of irrigation can be found on our main pages. Please see "Emitters".landscape-3

Land Preparation

Certain landscape functions and features should be considered before anybody installs irrigation or plants. Some of these are virtually invisible to the untrained eye, but are key to a successful landscape.

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Drainage

It only rains 9.9" per year in an average year in San Diego, but when it does, it causes quite a mess if you do not have proper drainage. Adding anything to your yard could change its ability to drain. We ascertain your rough grade and prepare a drainage system based on your final landscape design. Where possible, we design the yard to slow, thus absorb, the rain.

Note the thin strip of dark dirt above the leveler at the top of the graded soil, at the base of the slope. That is what top soil looks like. There is none in your yard. before soil preparation.

Note the thin strip of dark dirt above the leveler at the top of the graded soil, at the base of the slope. That is what top soil looks like. There is none in your yard.

Soil Supplements

The soil in your yard is indigenous fill dirt compacted by giant land levelers. In eastern Chula Vista and most parts of the recently developed West, your soil contains almost no plant nutrients, water can barely penetrate it, and you have to struggle to plant anything in it. Do yourself a huge favor and break up your soil, rototill compost into it, and regrade it. This lets you plant things much easier, and it greatly accelerates healthy plant growth. Fertilizer provides some benefit as well.

Before any soil preparation

Before any soil preparation

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Adding Compost

Prepared Soil Note: Indigenous Soil in lower left.

Prepared Soil Note: Indigenous Soil in lower left.

Barbecue Gas Line

Most new homes are piped for gas to the backyard exterior wall. This pipe needs to be extended down and over to wherever you intend to install your barbecue. Pressure testing is a must.

Hardscape

Sidewalks, patios, mow strips, rocks, bricks, etc., are all part of a quality landscape. Prices are according to design and complexity.

Lighting

Low-voltage lighting is a nice amenity, and some stairs might require it. This wiring should be put in the ground before surface features are added.

Lawn

We recommend short and tall fescue grasses depending on usage and shade.

 

Consulting

Whether you need design, construction, plant selection, or maintenance guidance, our expertise will save you money. All commercial greywater irrigation systems require some consulting to figure out all the variables. Block rates are available.

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