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Rain One Irrigation Systems

Blair List, president

Blacklick, Ohio


by Leslie Benson

September is the best month to repair summer sun damage on your lawn, says Blair List, president of highly rated Rain One Irrigation Systems in Blacklick. "This is the best time of the year for lawns to recover," he says.

Rain One, which services central Ohio, specializes in the design, installation and maintenance of irrigation and drainage systems for residential and commercial landscapes. List says he incorporated the business in 1991 after spending his boyhood mowing neighbors' lawns and mastering irrigation work while helping to construct golf courses. The company values ingenuity, work ethics and personable service. "We are all about customer service, and it begins with the first call," List says. "Training and skills can be learned on the job, but individual qualities come from home."

With more customers concerned about preserving the environment, water conservation is a top priority for List and his crew. "We push ourselves to meet their needs," he says. "We use drip irrigation and place water at the base of the plants."

Angie's List member Barbara Peacock of Canal Winchester hired Rain One to repair a leaking in-ground watering system. She says she appreciated their fast and accurate service. "They discovered what the problem was and solved it," she says.

For lawn irrigation design, List says he focuses heavily on what's buried under the grass. "What most people don't see, to them it doesn't exist," he says, adding that he strives to save customers money in the long run by planning the design correctly. "Installing soil moisture sensors that shut down in the event of adequate rainfall may save a customer 30 percent of the water typically used by an irrigation system." He says the payback comes after just one season.


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