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09 Jul 2017
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Energy-Efficient Landscaping Tips

Sitting under a shade tree on a hot day makes you cooler, and standing by a wall on a cold, windy day makes you feel warmer. It seems pretty obvious. What’s less obvious is that you can landscape your yard to offer your home those same benefits. It just takes a bit of planning in the way you site trees, fences, and other elements.

Use these landscaping tips to keep your energy costs down and make your yard more environmentally friendly.

  • A well-positioned tree can save up to 25 percent of your home’s energy for heating and cooling.
  • A tree-shaded yard can be up to 6 degrees cooler than a sunny yard. A shaded lawn can be up to 25 degrees cooler than sunny pavement.
  • Shading your home’s roof can increase your air conditioner’s energy efficiency by more than 10 percent.
  • A single shade tree equals the cooling power of 15 air conditioners — and it runs for free!
  • Three house-shading trees can cut your cooling bill by as much as half.
  • Windbreaks can cut winter heating bills by 10 to 30 percent.

Regional Strategies for Energy-Efficient Landscaping

The Northeast: In most of your region, you want to take advantage of the sun’s heat during the winter, so plant deciduous trees on the south- and west-facing sides of your home. This will do double duty: In summer, their leafy canopy will shade your house, helping to keep it cooler. It’s also helpful to use a windbreak of trees or large shrubs to the north or northwest side of your home. This block will prevent winter winds from stealing as much of your home’s heat.

The Midwest: The hot, blazing sun can make Midwestern summers uncomfortable. Help your air conditioner by planting large deciduous trees on the south or west side of your home. To reduce the heating costs during cold winter months, allow sun’s rays to reach the south and west sides of your home. If possible, grow a windbreak of trees or shrubs on the north or northwest side of your house.

The High Plains and Mountain West: Enjoy all those sunny winter days knowing your furnace is working less if the sun can shine on your home, providing radiant heat. We know that in many areas it’s not feasible, but plant a windbreak if you can on the north side of your home. In summer, using deciduous trees on the sunny side of your house casts welcome shade.

The Pacific Northwest: Let the sun work for you: On those rare sunny winter days, its radiant heat can help your furnace if its warm rays can reach your house, so avoid planting evergreens on the south or southwest side of your home. Instead, select deciduous trees that lose their leaves in winter; they’ll give the added benefit of shading your home from the hot sun in summer.

The South: Pay attention to the breeze and use fences or shrubs to help direct cooling breezes at your house. Likewise, help stop the sun from turning your home into an oven by planting large evergreen trees on the south or southwest side of your home. Decrease the effect of the humidity by planting drought-tolerant plants next to your home. Avoid siting thirsty plants next to your house; they’re better suited for other corners of your yard.

The Southwest: While summer heat can be intolerable, lessen its affect on your air conditioner by planting shade trees on the sunniest sides of your home. Because summer breezes are so rarely cool, use windbreaks to block the wind around your home.

Southern California: Unless you’re lucky enough to live on the coast where it seems like the weather is always nice, you’ll want to combat summer heat by planting big shade trees on the south and southwest side of your home. Also take a look at blocking those warm summer winds: Plant windbreaks around your home to deflect them.

Landscape to Reduce Winter Heating Costs

Minimize heating bills by doing the following:


  1. Plant evergreens to block cold northwest winter winds. A windbreak protects an area up to 10 times as far out as its height — so a series of 30-foot-tall trees can shield a 300-foot-wide area. Dense windbreaks can cut wind speed by 85 percent. Together these two effects can cut your winter heating bills by 25 percent.
  2. Place plantings, walls, or berms near — but not against — your home to create dead air space. This space acts as an insulator, slowing the escape of heat from your home.
  3. Plant deciduous trees, especially on the south side of a house. They can screen 70 to 90 percent of the hot summer sun yet allow breezes through. Deciduous trees also allow welcome winter sun to filter through the branches once they’re bare. Deciduous vines serve the same purpose but, since they’re smaller, do so to a lesser degree.
  4. Create open lawn areas on the south side of your home. These green, open areas create an area for snow to accumulate. The light reflected off the snow and onto your house can offer a radiant heating effect.
  5. Build a tall fence to slow winter winds. Not only will it lower heating bills, it will provide protection for less cold-hardy plants.
          ACG Tip: Semi-open fences that allow some air movement through them are the most effective. Solid fences divert air over them with too much force and create an effect like a wind tunnel.
  6. Design stone or concrete surfaces around your home, such as a patio. It can soak up heat during the day and reflect it during a cool evening.

Landscape to Reduce Summer Cooling Costs

Maximize your air conditioner’s efficiency by doing the following:


  1. Build a pergola, ramada (a shade shelter open on three sides), awning, or other shade-giving structure on the west side of your house. It’s an attractive way to filter light during the hottest part of the day. An open structure, such as a vine-covered pergola, is ideal as it allows cool breezes through and doesn’t trap heat.
  2. Position porches, decks, and patios on the east side of your home. They’ll become an ideal gathering spot because of their early morning warmth. And they won’t be sauna-like during the late-day heat. A shade tree will keep the area even cooler.
  3. Think about your groundcovers. Light-colored stone or granite mulch and concrete will reflect more heat, making things hotter. Darker stone and wood chips will absorb the heat. A lawn or expanse of groundcover plants is the most cooling of all, but may require lots of water.
  4. Place trees where they’ll shield your windows, especially those on the south and west sides, from direct sun. Deciduous trees are a great option as they block sun during hot weather but allow sunlight to filter through during cooler weather once their branches are bare.
  5. Funnel breezes through your property. Plant a row of trees on one side of the house and a wall on the other side of the house, to create a wind tunnel, for example. This will encourage stronger cooling breezes through the property and around the house.
  6. A water feature is cooling both physically and psychologically. A large pond upwind will noticeably cool the air of your whole landscape. A small pond or fountain can cool a smaller area.
  7. Plant a cluster of trees to act as a low-tech air conditioner for the entire property, creating a cool zone which breezes can then distribute throughout the property and around the house.

Small-Scale Tips

  • Take time to study the movement of sun and wind around your house and property through the seasons. You’ll then be better able to control them with plantings and structures.
  • Control sun through just a window or two by planting annual vines. Create a trellis of galvanized wire or build one of wood to surround or even cover the window. Plant with a deciduous vine, such as a sweet autumn clematis, morning glories, or scarlet runner bean. The vine’s leaves will create filtered shade during the summer but allow light in during winter.
  • Concentrate more on depth than height when planting a windbreak. One row of trees is good but two is better, and three is best. Start with a row of low-growing flowering trees and shrubs closest to the house, a row of taller deciduous trees in the next row, and a row of tall evergreens farthest out.
  • Plant windbreaks on the north and northwest side of the house. Keep in mind, however, that in cold-winter areas you may well want the warming rays of the afternoon sun on the west side of your home. Plant a west windbreak far enough away to allow the low, slanting afternoon winter sun to reach the house.
  • Berms are a great windbreak booster and can further help channel cold winter winds up and over a house.

Check with ACG Sprinklers for more information.  With the right lawn services applied at the right time, you can maximize your efforts in maintaining a green, healthy lawn and landscape you’ll love all spring and summer long.

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09 Jun 2017
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Carve Out Spaces

Having a large lot in a suburban or rural neighborhood can be challenging to tackle when you first move in. Instead of trying to landscape the entire place in one fell swoop, divide and conquer by creating more intimate spaces where you can rest and relax. That way, you won’t spread yourself too thin and you can attack new sections the following year. In this garden, the homeowners opted for a small sunken sitting area with fire pit right off their back steps. They created a low wall of stacked stone and a clipped boxwood hedge and then “carpeted” the area with low-maintenance pea gravel. An additional “garden room” could be added the following year.

22 Feb 2017
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Spring Clean-Up Service

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Professional Services

Cleaning up your property for spring is a big job. Our team can handle it for you. We are landscaping and lawn care service experts with programs catered to both residential and commercial properties. We understand that your time is valuable and limited. Let us take care of your spring cleaning so that you can enjoy a beautiful, season-ready property without the hassle.

What does spring cleaning involve?

Our spring clean-up service involves numerous aspects such as:

  • Clearing away leaves, branches, and clutter
  • Hauling away and composting debris
  • Mowing the grass
  • Re-edging and cleaning garden and flower beds
  • Redefining the borders of the lawn
  • Re-seed damaged areas of the lawn
  • Pruning and trimming trees and shrubs
  • Fertilizing

These aren’t all of our services — just a few. In fact, whatever it takes to get your lawn looking its best, our team of lawn care and landscaping experts can take care of it! Speak with our spring clean-up crew about scheduling an appointment to get your property looking its seasonal best.

Our team is experienced, timely, and professional. We’ll show up to your home in an ACG Sprinkler T-shirt and always with a smile. You may not have the extra time to spend cleaning and organizing your property after the cold months, but we can take care of it for you.

Don’t waste time — call ACG Sprinklers today at (435) 232-8851!

Why wait to enjoy the full beauty of spring on your property? Set up an appointment now! The ACG Sprinklers are your best choice for seasonal landscaping and lawn care servicing. When you call us to schedule a time for us to meet with you, you’ll find that we are friendly, courteous, and knowledgeable.


05 Oct 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Sprinkler Winterizing / Sprinkler Blowouts in Utah

Sprinkler winterizing (or also known as Sprinkler Blowouts) is a must for systems in regions where cold winter weather is likely. Water expands when it freezes, and any water trapped in a sprinkler system will put stress on the plumbing, causing cracking and breakage. If your pipes break, you will have a much more costly problem on your hands.

Is Sprinkler Winterizing Necessary?

Recently we received an inquiry asking if it really is necessary to winterize sprinklers, or as the question was worded, “Do I need to worry about winterizing my sprinkler system?” Great question.

The short answer

Most people want to protect their sprinkler system. They know there is a significant investment and they want to protect it. By blowing out the sprinkler system with compressed air, they gain a sense of confidence that they have protected the investment. They want to ensure that the sprinklers will work properly for years to come.

The full answer

The main thought here seems to be—if it’s underground how can it freeze? The simple answer goes something like this. During periods of freezing weather, the frost level sinks deeper and deeper into the soil. How deep the frost goes depends on how cold it is and for how long. After temperatures rise above freezing, the soil gradually thaws out.

Now let’s look at the variables

  • You really don’t know what’s under the ground and you don’t know how deep it is!
  • Sometimes it gets really cold and it lasts a long time. When this happens the frost line goes deeper.
  • Micro climates matter.
    • If there is a very windy spot the cold goes deeper in that area.
    • Maybe there is a concrete retaining wall with sprinkler pipes just on the other side. The cold comes from the top and from the side, so it penetrates a lot more.
  • Even soil conditions, mulch or the lack thereof, vegetation, and other things influence how deep the frost penetrates.

What may break in a freeze and what happens then?

  • Pipes can crack if they freeze when filled with water.
  • Similarly the pipe fittings can crack.
  • Valves and anti-siphon devices can also be affected. These are the most expensive parts.

For some parts, especially those made of metal, the affects of alternately freezing and thawing are cumulative. You may get by for years and then something breaks. I’ve seen this particularly with galvanized pipe. It seems to hold strong for years—and then it splits.

Many people choose to do this project on their own, but if you do not have a great degree of slope to your land you will need to buy or rent an air compressor to blow out all the water. In the long run you’ll get your money’s worth, though it may be easier to schedule a pro to get this job done right.

Contact us today

22 May 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Benefits of Hiring Professional Landscaper vs. DIY

From ensuring that their needs are met to helping narrow down a landscaping design plan, there are many reasons why homeowners turn to landscaping companies for professional advice when planning and designing their landscaping.

Why Hiring a Landscaping Company is the Best Decision You Can Make

While many prefer to take the “do it yourself” approach around their home, hiring a professional landscaping company when designing and installing landscaping elements can offer a number of advantages to trying to tackle the project on your own. Below are just some of the reasons why working with a landscaping company may be the best decision for you.

  • A Landscaping Job Can Make You Feel Overwhelmed: There are so many things to consider when you decide to redo your landscape that it can be nerve wracking. From what type of shrubs to get for the St. Louis climate to knowing where things will grow best, landscaping companies are experts when it comes to these problems and can help you make the best plan.
  • Recognize and Address Problems: When you are just beginning a landscaping project, it can be difficult to know where to start. You might feel that your yard needs something, but qualifying that “something” can be easier said than done. Landscaping companies have professional designers and landscapers that can examine your yard with a fresh perspective, identify problem areas, and provide real solutions to that “something” your yard needs to be perfect.
  • Overcome The Paralysis of Variety: There are a wide variety of materials (both living and non living) that you can choose from when to designing or redesigning your yard. There are many combinations of shapes, sizes, and colors that it can create a paralysis on a person that is not a professional designer. Fortunately, landscaping companies have a staff of designers that will bring everything under a unified focal point of design. They will be able to pull everything together according to your specifications and help you establish a clear plan to translate your ideas into reality.
  • Select the Best Plants: Buying a shrub or plant can seem easy enough at first. However, when you start considering factors like choosing the correct plant based on aspects such as: flowering patterns, colors, size, water and lighting needs, and maintenance requirements the task becomes much more difficult. With the help of landscaping companies, you can plan various plants accordingly and can create a garden that will be colorful throughout the year. Professional landscaping companies are familiar with a variety of species of plants that grow well in the Utah climate, and will be easy to keep and maintain.
  • Setting & Keeping within Budget: Landscaping companies can prepare an accurate estimate of the complete cost of your landscaping project before even beginning the installation. This is something that most people that are partial to the “do it yourself” approach do not take into account. Do It yourselfers my think they are saving money, but it can be difficult to come up with an accurate budget and estimates if you are not familiar with this type of project.

ACG Sprinklers… Lawn Sprinklers & Landscapes: A Leader Among Landscaping Companies in Utah

If you are looking for a landscaping company in the Utah area that you can trust to take your landscaping ideas and make them a reality,

25 Apr 2016
ACG Sprinklers - Utah SLC / Ogden - Lawn Care, Landscaping, Snow Removal

Creating a Cohesive Property

One of the first things our designers take into consideration when meeting with a new client is to identify any strong existing features on the property. These features could consist of the homes architecture, interior design, a wooded back yard, or being next to a pond or lake. All of these existing features, coupled with the homeowner’s personal style and need for a functional outdoor space, is the basis behind a comprehensive design.There are many ways to make a connection between the home and landscape. Some homes have a strong architectural style, while others are more universal. A good designer will find elements within the home to pull inspiration from. For example, using colors or shapes from the brick or stone façade of a home and repeating them within the design of the patio ties the two together. Sometimes our designers will opt for the same materials, as well.

Using structural elements like a pergola can also create an easy transition from indoors to outdoors. This is another area we can incorporate details within the pergola that are found on the interior or exterior of a home. Homes that have strong character, such as colonial style homes, will naturally lend itself to plants and materials that were used during that time period like clay pavers and upright evergreens. Plants can also be used to repeat shapes. For example repeating a pyramidal roofline by using a strategically placed pyramid shaped tree helps the home and surrounding landscape look like one cohesive piece.

In addition to a home’s features it’s just as important to identify the naturally existing landscape on a property. This could range from a heavily wooded lot to a wide-open prairie. Our designers are considerate in choosing a landscape style that blends in with the surrounding area. Repetition of native plant material is good way to create cohesiveness throughout a property. At the same time, you lessen the amount of maintenance required to care for that plant because it naturally thrives in that environment.

In some cases the architecture of a home may contradict with the naturally existing landscape. This allows for a unique design and a fun challenge for our designers. The Pine to Prairie design team thrives on being creative, original and inventive. The goal is to achieve unity and rhythm on a property so it creates a sense of calm, relaxation and purpose.