Water Efficiency

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    Why own an Irrigation system?

Why own an Irrigation system?

• You can save 40% of the water it takes to hand water your yard.

• Your home’s resale value can be increase by as much 11% according to a 1999 Clemson University study.

• Better looking landscape with less work. You’ll have lush green grass all season long!

• Flowers and ornamental plantings will bloom sooner and longer with more and larger flowers.

• Saves your yard and expensive plants during a drought period.

• You can grow plant material you cannot without irrigation.

The Benefits of Irrigation are Real

A well-designed, properly installed and appropriately maintained irrigation system can be the most efficient way to keep a landscape healthy. The benefits of an automatic irrigation system include:

  • Reduced labor for watering
  • Convenience
  • Full landscape coverage
  • Easy control over irrigation timing for early-morning watering
  • Added value to your home or business property
  • Minimized plant loss during drought

With irrigation systems that deliver exactly the right amount of water at the right time to lawns, plants and trees, you can be assured of environmentally sound and efficient results. The irrigation industry offers reliable options and affordable technology (such as rain sensors) for water conservation and efficient water distribution to protect landscaping investments.

Smart Irrigation Systems: A “Greener” Idea

If you’re a typical homeowner, you probably put your automatic sprinkler system into the same category as your home’s heating and cooling system. You expect it to work reliably and efficiently with minimum fuss. The latest technology offers just that–and more.

A sprinkler system is one area of your home where a little knowledge can go a long way to conserve water while maintaining a healthy yard that’s the envy of the neighborhood.

The new generation of “smart” sprinkler systems can be viewed as sophisticated communications systems that happen to dispense water, rather than a network of underground valves, pipes and pop-ups controlled by a wall-mounted timer.

Thanks to advances in electronics and communications, sprinkler systems can monitor data, such as climate, site conditions, or soil moisture, and automatically adjust your sprinkler’s watering schedule. Smart systems keep your grass green while saving your “green.”

The secret to smart systems is the controller. Smart controllers use either weather and/or site data to automatically determine when and how long to water. Then your sprinklers apply just enough water at exactly the right time in each zone of your yard.

Here are highlights of the substantial benefits that smart controllers offer:

Saves Water

Environmentally friendly smart systems conserve water by watering only as much as needed. Smart sprinklers work with Mother Nature to automatically suspend watering during rain, freezing or high wind conditions or compensate for rainfall. Plus a smart system can keep your lawn and landscape healthier by avoiding the pitfalls of inadequate watering, too frequent watering, or the more common problem of overwatering, which often results in disease or poor […]

Landscape Design General Rules for a Turfgrass Lawn

Great ideas on this blog for help in designing a turfgrass space.

Landscape Design General Rules for a Turfgrass Lawn I have assembled some very basic rules regarding the design of a turfgrass lawn. This is provided in a manner for a homeowner, or the do-it-yourselfer, to effectively design an efficient turfgrass lawn. The design of a turfgrass area should simultaneously be designed with an irrigation design. Too often, t … Read More

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Make the right choice

All parts of an irrigation system…controller, valves, sprinklers…work together to ensure your plants get proper watering. Replacing just one portion of your system with efficient products help save water. Over time, replacing all components (or installing a new system) with efficient irrigation products ensure optimum savings.

Drip Irrigation is a Water Conservation Star

As water becomes more scarce and more expensive, conserving water has become increasingly important. Here are a few tips you can use to understand how micro irrigation can help conserve water.

  • Drip irrigation places water directly on or near the ground, eliminating losses through evaporation.
  • Drip irrigation can water individual plants, which controls weeds and saves water.
  • By covering your drip irrigation system with mulch, not only is it made invisible, it also reduces water usage and evaporative loss.
  • Drip emitters are virtually immune to water losses from wind or overspray.
  • Drip irrigation waters slowly with no run-off, so the plants use every drop.
  • Drip and micro irrigation are the most efficient methods for watering individual plants, gardens and groundcover areas.

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