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Affordable Sprinkler and Irrigation Systems in Indianapolis

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Looking for an affordable, high-quality sprinkler system in the Indianapolis area? The Peters Group can help. We've been designing and installing Central Indiana irrigation systems for years.

The Peters Group is a leading provider of home and yard services including sprinkler and irrigation systems, landscaping, outdoor and landscape lighting, french drains, and more. Located in Indianapolis, the Peters Group provides design and installation services throughout Central Indiana, including Carmel, Zionsville, Westfield, Fishers, Noblesville, Lawrence, Brownsburg, Whitestown, Avon, and surrounding areas.

Why Select The Peters Group For Your Irrigation Project?

Learn more about the Peters Group and why you should select us as your sprinkler system partner or contact us today, so we can answer your questions.

How To Select The Best Irrigation System Installation Contractor

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Looking for a high-quality irrigation and landscaping contractor you can trust? When evaluating your options, consider some of the following factors.

  • Peters GroupExperience
  • Customer satisfaction and reviews
  • Project Examples similar to your work
  • Do they use eco-friendly practices and processes? 
  • Industry affiliations and relationships
  • Community involvement

If you'd like to see how The Peters Group stacks up, contact us or visit our Why Select the Peters Group page to learn more about our company and how we support clients like you.

15 Reasons To Select The Peters Group


Start 2022 the Smart Way, with a Smart Sprinkler System

Posted 2:52 PM by

The year has just started and it’s just the right time to think of how you can make a ‘Smart Start’ to it. Granted this can be accomplished in many ways. Allow us to introduce one way to you: consider having a smart irrigation or in-ground sprinkler system installed on your residential or commercial property.

Benefits of Smart Irrigation and Sprinkler Systems

Smart Irrigation Systems in Indianapolis (The Peters Group)Imagine being somewhere far away and still being able to operate your sprinkler system from a smart device like your cell phone. Well, it is actually quite easy to accomplish. You can do just that by 1) installing a Smart Timer on your existing irrigation system or 2)  installing a new, smart sprinkler system on your property. On an existing system, we can pull out the old digital component and install a new one in its place, connecting it to your network and installing the application to your phone. We then connect and set it up. It’s so easy, that you could even do it all by yourself.

If you are considering a new irrigation system for your property, we can install a "Smart" system as part of the overall installation process.

A smart irrigation system will make your life even easier; now you won’t have to stand in front of the timer to program it, as it can be done right from your smartphone. Bring convenience, portability, and fun right in the palm of your hand, with a new smart sprinkler for your yard. Now that’s a ‘Smart Start’ for 2022.

Contact the Peter's Group today to learn more.

Lawn Watering Tips

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Water only when your grass needs it. Water conservation isn't the only reason to limit the amount of water you give your lawn. Overwatering is also bad for your lawn's health and can contribute to the development of fungus and disease. Some types of grass require more water than others, and environmental factors such as temperature, humidity, and wind can dramatically affect how frequently you need to water your lawn. Fortunately, the most accurate way to determine whether your lawn needs water is also the easiest: just look at the grass:

  • When grass needs water, it will begin to take on a blue-gray tint, and the older leaf blades on the plant will begin to curl up or wilt.
  • Footprints will remain on the grass for longer than usual, as the grass won't "bounce back." When 30 to 50% of your lawn shows these symptoms, it's time to water.


Water deeply to encourage deep root growth. Frequent shallow waterings encourage weed germination, and they also cause the grass plants' roots to grow shallow, leaving the plant more susceptible to drought and to certain diseases. Watering only when your grass really needs it encourages the roots to grow deeper, but only if you apply enough water each time to penetrate the root zone.

  • The most accurate way to determine the depth of the root zone is to dig a small hole and measure how far the roots go down.
  • Alternatively, you can follow these general approximations: if you have a bluegrass lawn, each watering should moisten the soil to 6 to 8 inches, while for most other grasses, the water should penetrate 8 to 12 inches. You can determine how long to leave the sprinkler system on by using one of the following methods:
  • Turn on your sprinkler for 15 minutes. After 18 to 24 hours, find out how deep the water soaked in by digging a small hole in the watered area or using a probe (a probe will push easily through damp ground). You can also push a shovel into the ground and use it as a lever to spread the soil apart enough so that you can see several inches below the surface. Once you see how deep the water went in 15 minutes, you can calculate how long you need to leave your sprinkler on.
  • For example, if the soil is damp to 4 inches below the surface and your goal is to moisten the soil to a depth of 8 inches, you'll need to leave the sprinkler on for 30 minutes (2 x 15 minutes) each time you water.
  • Estimate how much water you'll need based on your soil type. In general, 1 inch of water will penetrate sandy soils to 12 inches, loamy soils to 6 to eight inches, and clay soils 4 to 4 inches. Using these estimates isn't quite as accurate as digging, but it's pretty close, especially if you have a good knowledge of your soil composition. To figure out how long you need to keep your sprinkler or sprinkler system on, calibrate your sprinklers.


Water early in the morning. When you use sprinklers, some water evaporates before it hits the ground. On a hot, windy day, the amount of water that never reaches your grass can be substantial. To reduce loss to evaporation, water sometime between 4 A.M. and 9 A.M., when the air is still cool and the wind is usually at its calmest.

  • Avoid watering your lawn with hot water. On hot days, the water inside your hose can become very hot from solar energy—hot enough to scald! It's better to just skip watering that day, and water early the next morning. Run your hose after the sun has gone down, to empty out any hot water.


Aim your sprinklers to water the lawn. That's the part that needs the moisture—not the sidewalk or street! Slight adjustments to your sprinklers can save a lot of water. Ideally, you shouldn't water your sidewalk, patio, street, or driveway at all.


Avoid creating runoff. Even with sprinklers correctly targeted at the lawn, many people water until—or even after—water begins to run off the grass and into the street or driveway. This can waste a lot of water, and it isn't doing your lawn any good.

  • If water starts to run off your lawn before you've been able to give it a deep watering, turn off the water for 15 to 20 minutes to let the ground absorb the water, and then continue watering as needed (rotating a sprinkler between one area and another will also do the trick).
  • Some soil types absorb water more slowly than others, but runoff can also be caused by excessive thatch buildup, which can promote disease—which is sometimes caused by routine overwatering.


Let the rain do your work for you. Nothing looks more wasteful than running your sprinklers while it's raining. If your sprinkler system is on a timer, get and install a rain sensor that automatically turns the water off when it rains. If possible, also avoid watering if rain is expected later in the day or during the next day. Your grass should be fine, even if it looks stressed.

  • Use a rain gauge to determine how much rain you received, and then water a bit more only if needed.
  • If you're expecting rain, and your soil is dry, run the sprinkler to moisten it so that the soil absorbs the rain more easily.


Get a Rain Barrel. Use a rain barrel to water gardens and landscapes. A properly installed rain barrel harvests rain water from the gutters of your home and provides ample water for gardens and landscape areas. Capturing this rain water reduces the amount of run off that may otherwise be picking up garbage, oils, fertilizers, pesticides and other pollutants that are on your lawn, sidewalk and street. This also reduces the amount of pollution getting into our rivers, lakes, streams and ocean.


Water problem areas by hand. Many lawns have one or two spots that require more water than the rest of the lawn. A south-facing slope (or, in the Southern Hemisphere, a north-facing slope), or an unshaded area in an otherwise shady lawn are two common examples of these "problem areas." If you water your entire lawn every time you need to water these hot spots, you'll likely overwater everyplace but these spots. Instead, water them by hand or use a separate sprinkler that's not attached to the rest of your irrigation system.

Sprinkler System Emergency Shut Off and Tips

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If you have a leak coming from your Sprinkler System you can take the following steps

To turn off water to system from the pit

  1. Sprinkler System Tipsfind the origin of the leak and flag it
  2. locate the system shut-off valve in the water pit
    1. the valve is made of pvc with either a blue or red plastic handle
    2. in some cases the valve is brass with a blue handle
    3. the handle should be facing down
  3. turn the handle clockwise so that if faces crossways

To turn off water to system from the basement

  1. find the origin of the leak and flag it
  2. locate the system shut-off valve in the basement
  3. turn the handle clockwise so that if faces crossways

To turn off water to syetem from the back-flow preventor

  1. find the origin of the leak
  2. if the leak is starting from the meter pit or before the backflow preventor
    1. open the meter cover with channel lock pliers
    2. turn the ball valve for the sprinkler system off
  3. if the leak is after the backflow preventor
    1. turn the handle to a cross position rather than the original parallel position

Rain sensor operation

  1. the sprinkler system has a rain sensor and when it rains the system will not run

Manual sprinkler operation

  1. your owner’s manual will give you the steps to run your system manually.
  2. you can call the office and we will walk you through the steps if needed

Schematic diagram and future development

  1. a schematic irrigation diagram is available for any future landscape construction plans
  2. this will help prevent damage to underground pipe

important note: do not turn the shut-off valve for the water meter or the supply line to your house.



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