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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I start up my sprinkler system in the spring?

Turning on your sprinkler system for the season is a little more involved than just flipping a switch or turning a handle. For complete directions visit our shut down & start-up instructions page. This is also the best time to run through the system and adjust or replace any misaligned or broken heads. Kroger Irrigation can perform a spring startup and maintenance check for you.

When should I start up my sprinkler system?

We schedule start-ups beginning in mid-March. However, the weather in Nebraska is unpredictable and we can have overnight freezing as late as May. We recommend that customers watch the weather and either drain their system or wrap their backflow preventer with heavy blankets if a cold snap is predicted. Visit our Shut down and Startup page

How do I Program my controller?
How do I adjust my sprinkler heads?
How much should I water?
What is a back-flow preventer and why am I required to have one on my sprinkler system?

Backflow preventers are safety devices that prevent water that has exited your house through your sprinkler system, from re-entering the house and possibly contaminating your drinking water with fertilizers or pesticides. They are required by law and regional building codes.

What time of day should I water?

It is usually best to water in the early morning. There tends to be less wind, more water pressure, and minimal evaporation. Watering at night could lead to disease and fungus in the turf. In Spring and Fall when nighttime temperatures are cool, evening watering could lead to icy sidewalks, driveways, and streets. This could be a liability if someone has an accident.

I have a sprinkler system with primarily Rainbird parts, but there are also a few Toro sprinkler heads. My neighbors have systems with Hunter and Irritrol parts. Which is better?

All of those companies make some great products. There are many more manufacturers with outstanding products. Since our company has been in business for many years. We have worked with all brands. We have found that Toro has the best value of product and warranty programs. If you are set on other brands, we will install other brands also.