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10/31/2016
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What Landscape Lighting Does for Your Home & Your Gnome

What does landscape lighting do for your home's value, beauty, and security? Here is why it's beneficial to light up your home and your gnome!

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7/7/2016
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Affordably Outwit Weeds! Tips for Eliminating Weeds

Affordable Shares Tips on Keeping Your Lawn and Garden Weed-Free

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6/27/2016
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Lawn Mower Safety Tips | Enjoy Family Time | Be Safe!

Summertime: The perfect opportunity to get your kids active in making your lawn beautiful. Here are lawn-mower safety tips for the young ones in your fam.

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6/24/2016
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Plants that beautifully tell mosquitos to BUZZ OFF!

At Affordable, we believe in making the most of outdoor living in the summer months. But, sometimes buzzing pests can spoil our fun.

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3/23/2015
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How to Save Water at Home

Affordable loves these Houzz tips on how to save water at home.

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3/16/2012
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Let's Be Facebook Friends!

Come on over and LIKE US on Facebook for excluive rates, cool ideas, and find out about contests? Let's socialize!

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2/24/2012
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Capitol Home and Gardens Show 2012 Feb24-26

Did you know the annual Capitol Home and Gardens Show is rolling through this weekend? February 24-26 2012 at the Dulles Expo Center.

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9/21/2009
Carl
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I have been always able to grow thick green grass; the issue was keeping the lawn watered, I since contacted Affordable Lawn Sprinkler and Lighting of Vienna Virginia.  I must say the project was affordable and I did not realize everything that is involved to achieve an efficient irrigation system. From the permit process to the actual installation.  Peter the installation technician and crew foreman once on site, explained to me the complete task of what they were about to accomplish.  The crew worked around my hardscape and plantings with no damage. Several days after installation a service technician arrived and walked me through newly installed irrigation system, explaining in detail from the system control panel and each installed zone, including adjustments of the individual sprinkler heads. 
 
As I monitor my system operation, water is delivered to every foot on my lawn, with very little, if any overspray. In just this short time I can see the difference with the plantings and newly planted seed. I am please with my system, service and product. I should have had this system installed years before.


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3/12/2009
Carl
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Spring Thing!

   It is March once again and time to get ready for the April/May Spring Turn-On season! Our customers will have received their full-color mailers over the past weeks and we are in full swing here in the office confirming dates and setting folks up with our lawn sprinkler maintenance packages.  April is filling up fast and we want to get everyone scheduled for the best times to activate their system. If you have not already scheduled your Spring lawn sprinkler activation please call the office at 703 289 1155 to secure your day! We're open from 7am to 5pm, Monday through Friday for your convenience.

   We have several affordable, quality options for folks looking to get their sprinkler systems activated and maintained this year, from our à la carte start-up and repair services all the way up to our Platinum Full Maintenance Plan which includes monthly visits for your irrigation system and the option to add checkups and maintenance on your landscape lighting system! Call the office at 703 289 1155 at your convenience to get pricing for the services which fit your needs!



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3/3/2009
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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Washington, DC Approaches Precipitation Record

With the paltry 0.03" of rain and snow showers which fell at National Airport this morning, February's total to date is a mere 0.26". Since only a 50% chance of showers is forecast on Friday, there's a good shot at breaking the record for driest February since records began in 1871. If no further precipitation falls this month, the new record will also be drier than that of any other calendar month except March, April, September, October, and December. The last time so little precipitation fell in Washington was when a new record of 0.05" was set in March, 2006.

Image (click to enlarge): CapitalClimate chart from NWS data, background photo © Kevin Ambrose


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3/3/2009
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3/3/2009
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Good news, more than likely Affordable Lawn Sprinklers and Lighting is now serving your area.  Here is an updated list of areas we serve:  
Virginia
Fairfax County (Arlington, Langley, Fairfax, Clifton, Centreville, Oakton, Vienna, Falls Church, Merrifield, Annandale, Springfield, Alexandria, Franconia, Burke, Fairfax Station, Lorton, Chantilly, Reston, Herndon, Mclean, Great Falls, Virginia Oaks)
Loudon County (Ashburn, Brambleton, Potomac Station, Broadlands, Beacon Hill, Rasberry Falls, Lansdowne, Leesburg, Town of Leesburg, Evergreen Mills, Sterling, Ashburn Villiage, Loews Island, Cascades, River Creek, Red Cedars, Ashburn Farm)
Prince William County (Haymarket, Gainsville, Bristow, Dominion Valley, Piedmont)

Maryland
Montgomery County (Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville)




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3/3/2009
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Loudon Water and Affordable Lawn Sprinklers are collaborating to reduce the "peak demand" water usage by Loudon Water customers.  Our goal is to resist setting every lawn sprinkler control box to water on Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 4-7 am.  Working in a collaborate effort, lawn sprinkler companies are going to set the control boxes according to the last digit of their address.

  • Homes with odd addresses will water on Wednesday and Saturday.
  • Homes with even addresses will water on Thursday and and Sunday.
  • Commercial properties will water on Tuesday and Friday.
  • No watering on Monday to allow the water tanks to replenish.

For more info, please visit www.loudounwater.org.

 



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2/12/2009
Reed Libby
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The Old Farmer's Almanac

Long-range Weather Forecast

Atlantic Corridor

Includes predictions for all or portions of Connecticut (Bridgeport, Hartford, New Haven, Stamford, Waterbury), Delaware (Bear, Dover, Hockessin, Newark, Wilmington), District of Columbia (Friendship Heights, Washington), Maryland (Baltimore, Columbia, Dundalk, Ellicott City, Silver Spring), Massachusetts (Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Springfield, Worcester), New Jersey (Edison, Elizabeth, Jersey City, Newark, Paterson), New York (Brentwood, Hempstead, New Rochelle, New York, Yonkers), Pennsylvania (Chester, Levittown, Norristown, Philadelphia, Radnor), Rhode Island (Cranston, East Providence, Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick), Virginia (Alexandria, Arlington, Hampton, Newport News, Richmond).

Atlantic Corridor Long-range Weather Region

Despite a mild November, this winter will be colder and snowier than normal, with near or above-normal precipitation. The coldest temperatures will occur in mid-December, early January, and early February. The snowiest periods will be in early and mid-December, early January, early and late February, and early March.

April will be slightly cooler than normal, with near-normal rainfall. May will be very warm and dry.

Below-normal rainfall will continue through the summer, with the threat of a significant drought. The one benefit from a late August hurricane would be some much-needed rainfall. Temperatures will be below normal, on average, with the hottest periods in June and mid-July.

September and October will be cooler and drier than normal.

Detailed Forecast for the Next Two Months

February 2009

Avg. Temperature: 32.5° (0.5° below avg.)
Precipitation: 3" (1" below avg. north, 1" above south)
Feb. 1-4: Snow, cold
Feb. 5-7: Sunny, seasonable
Feb. 8-12: Snowstorm north, rain south
Feb. 13-18: Rain and snow showers, then sunny, cold
Feb. 19-24: Snow, then sunny, milder
Feb. 25-28: Showers, mild
 

March 2009

Avg. Temperature: 41° (2° below avg.)
Precipitation: 3.5" (0.5" below avg.)
Mar. 1-5: Rain to snow, turning cold
Mar. 6-8: Rain, seasonable
Mar. 9-14: Sunny, then snow, cold
Mar. 15-17: Sunny, seasonable
Mar. 18-22: Rain north, cloudy south; cool
Mar. 23-26: Rain and snow, cool
Mar. 27-31: Sunny, then rain, cool

Temperature and Precipitation
November 2008 to October 2009

Temperature and Precipitation Graph


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2/12/2009
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The Third of Three Rate Increases Becomes Effective October 1, 2008

September 29, 2008

 

Ashburn - On October 1, 2008, the 3rd rate increase of a planned three-year increase takes effect for Loudoun Water’s central system customers. Water rates will increase by 6 cents per thousand gallons while sewer rates will increase by 9 cents. The peak use charge will increase by 9 cents as well. Basic charges will remain unchanged. The main driver for the rate increase is the cost of operating Loudoun Water’s new Broad Run Water Reclamation Facility, a state-of-the-art treatment plant that reclaims wastewater to the limit of technology, for the protection of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay. This facility began reclaiming water in June of this year.

The rate increase was originally voted on by Loudoun Water’s Board of Directors in July of 2006, when the first increase took place. That was the first time in 15 years that Loudoun Water raised water and sewer rates.

Customers who use an average amount of water each quarter (approximately 233 gallons per day per home) will see about a $3 increase in their quarterly bill for winter use and about a $5 increase for summer quarter bills. Shaving 8 gallons from daily water use each day could offset the difference.  

Only Loudoun Water’s central system customers are affected by the new rates. This includes those customers who live in the suburban eastern portion of the county, generally east of Belmont Ridge Road (Route 659), with minor exceptions. It excludes Loudoun Water’s Community Systems customers who live in hamlets or villages served by community wells.



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2/4/2009
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Loudon Water

 

Preferred Irrigation Contractor

Kickoff Meeting

Agenda

February 4, 2009

 

8:00 am         Introduction/Public-Private Partnership: Samantha Villegas.  Mrs. Villegas gave the kickoff to the meeting introducing Loudon's open arms to working hand in hand with Local contractors.  Loudon's objective is to conserve water and reduce the peak demand water needs which often times are elevated due to Sprinkler systems being set Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 3-10 am.

 

8:45 am         Public Health Protection/Safety: Harry Heim, Zurn Wilkins:  Harry discussed the reason for backflows and why they need to be tested annually.  The RPZ is the chosen backflow for Loudon due to it being the most dependable with high hazard materials such as fertilizers.  He also stated that Wilkins has a new backflow which will make servicing systems easier.

 

9:30 am         Watering Techniques: Brent Mechum, Irrigation Association.  Brent brings a tremendous amount of experience from his time in the West Coast.  He reviews some water saving techniques such as regulating pressure on spray and rotor heads.  He believes the area has sufficient water for irrigation but we need to use water more wisely.

 

10:15 am        Break

 

10:30 am       Product Review #1: Rainbird.  Rainbird spoke about their ET control boxes and how they can save water throughout the year.  They also make rotary nozzles which conserve water.

11:00 am        Product Review #2: Hunter Industries.  Rick Clelan has vast experience in irrigation and states how Hunter has some of the most efficient rotary nozzles in the industry.

 

11:30 am        Product Review #3: Irritrol.  Scott Duncan from irritrol points out how most of the water wasted in irrigation is from customers setting their control box for the driest days.  He states their is a tremendous amount of water to be saved by adjusting the watering times throughout the year.

 

1:00 pm         Adjourn



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