How can I adjust my sprinkler head?

Rainbird Pop-up rotors and pop up sprays are adjusted with a tool that is provided to the owner after installation.

Will I have difficulty operating an irrigation system?

Spinniken Lawn & Irrigation will explain to you how your sprinkler system works and how the watering times have been set. After everything is set up the system will do all of the work for you, and you do not need to think about it.

What time of day should I water?

In Northern Michigan it is best to start your watering cycle just in time to be completed around sunrise, watering in the middle of the day is less efficient, and watering in the middle of the night can cause mold and fungus issues.

Can I use the lake as a water source?

Yes, Leelanau County has a lot of lake frontage and it is a good idea to take advantage of the water. In this situation a lake pump is installed near the waters edge.

Generally Lake Michigan is not a good option for a lake pump because of the rough water, but other lakes such as Lake Leelanau, Glen Lake, Lime Lake, etc. are great options for a lake pump.

What is Drip Irrigation?

Spinniken Lawn & Irrigation uses drip irrigation in landscapes, potted plants, and agricultural applications such as vineyards and apple orchards. A drip system consists of a smaller pipe with emitters that can in effect drip the water exactly where it needs to go, and are much more efficient.

What is a Backflow Device?

A backflow device prevents your irrigation water from flowing backwards into your homes water supply. Backflow devices are required by code in Leelanau county and Traverse City if using a potable water supply. Our master plumber will install this device.

What happens when it rains?

We encourage owners have us install a rain sensor with new irrigation systems. Rain sensors detect rain, and then turn your sprinklers off until things dry up. If you do not have a rain sensor simply turn off your controller and then turn it back on when the lawn has started to dry up.

Do you charge to give estimates on new Sprinkler Installations?

No, we will meet you at your property, and provide you with a proffessional written estimate for free.

How does an irrigation system hook up to the house water supply?

Unfortunately most irrigation systems can not simply use an outdoor water spigot and they need to be plumbed directly into the house water supply. When using Spinniken Irrigation, we have our master plumber do the plumbing work in the basement and plumb the irrigation pipe to the outside where the backflow preventer will be located. Some systems are also pulled out of the lake in which case a lake pump is used.

How often should I water my Leelanau county Lawn?

Generally, the soil in Leelanau County is very sandy and during hot periods we need to water more frequently than most “lawn books” will recommend. We like to water once per day in the heat of the summer. Remember, your lawn requires much less water when the temperatures are cooler in the spring and fall.

My Rainbird Esp Controller is reading “Error”?

Many problems with your irrigation controller can be fixed by simply unplugging the controller, waiting a few minutes and plugging it back in.

What if I want to expand my irrigation system in the future?

At Spinniken, we always install our systems with expansion in mind, even when the customer does not ask for it. Of course, it is always cheaper to do the install and expansion at the same time. Keep in mind, any sprinkler system can be added too, and especially a Spinniken Irrigation system.

Can I turn on my Sprinkler System myself?

Yes, you can but keep in mind that warranty on your new system will be affected. We always stand behind our work but many homeowners do not know how to properly turn on or winterization their sprinklers and can do serious damage.