When looking for ways to save water and keep from wasting water in a residential or commercial landscape, there are many new irrigation products out in the market that can assist you in your quest. I have listed a few of the best that can help you reduce your landscape water use and in some cases, pay you for doing so depending on your site location/city/state.
1. Weather based irrigation controllers: These are irrigation controllers that have the ability to water the landscape by utilizing the real time weather temps and also historical data of the area to help the owner manage and control the amount of water being applied to various types of landscaping plants,and lawn areas. The controllers come with "On-site" station capability and also the controllers can be managed from a "Hub" or monitoring station for a monthly fee.
2. Drip irrigation: Drip emitters, In-Line drip distribution line, and Sub-Surface drip lines all supply constant and steady regulated flow of water to the root system of plants and lawns. The use of drip irrigation is a wise choice as the water is less likely to evaporate as quickly as when being applied through conventional overhead watering thus, reducing water waste. Also the possibilities of over spray and broken sprinklers that lead to water waste is greatly reduced by using some form of drip irrigation.
3. In-Stem Flow regulated sprinkler and shrub heads: These water saving devices are available and in some cities are rebate qualified through various rebate programs that are being induced to entice owners and water managers to conserve landscape water. These devices have been tested and proven to save water managers an average of 30% in water use at their managed sites. We use these devices every opportunity we get when installing new irrigation systems or retro-fitting existing irrigation systems.
4. Rotating and Percision Type Spray Nozzles: These cutting edge spray nozzles reduce the amount of water being wasted by applying the water in the form of heavier water droplets and in a more uniform manner than conventional nozzles. Many of these new series nozzles are also rebate possible in various cities in the U.S.
By investigating the above possibilities for your own irrigation situation, I am sure you will find a way to help reduce your water use in the landscape and keep and possibly put some extra dollars in your pocket for doing so.
* Useful web sites to locate some of the above mentioned products:
www.hunterirrigation.com - www.toroirrigation.com - www.rainbirdirrigation.com - www.valvettesystems.com
California is entering it's third year of drought. The governor and the federal government have declared drought emergencies. Here are some tips and advice that can help reduce water waste and manage water very efficiently.
* Monitoring your water meter weekly for large increases that may indicate a leak in your system somewhere.
* Repair broken sprinklers and pipes right away.
* Learn to program your irrigation controllers and timers to water early in the mornings.
* Check soil moisture using a 12" screwdriver and if the soil is moist below 3" do not water.
* Choose water thrifty plant materials.
* Utilize organic mulches and native ground covers to conserve water and reduce evaporation of applied water.
* Check local water providers web sites for rebates on water thrifty irrigation controllers,sprinklers heads and nozzles.
* Hire knowledgeable irrigation specialist that can help you reduce your landscape water use.
By incorporating some or all of the tips and advice listed above you will be doing your part to help reduce wasting water and surely reduce your water bill during this drought.
"The majority of food grown for the US market is not produced in a green or sustainable way."
*NSA LLC Juice Plus
We get our fruit and veggies from long distance's away. South America, Central America,Mexico,New Zealand and other countries contribute to our demand for fresh fruit and veggies. Some of these fruits and veggies may have been sprayed with pesticides, or hormones to reduce pest populations and increase production size and harvest time. possible contaminated water to produce these crops also come into question. Our standards for health and safety concerns here in the USA is fairly high and it is our hope that the food we feed our families and ourselves is safe, wholesome and energizing for our bodies. But, all to often we read and hear about tragic stories of food poisoning,pest and herbicide contamination and other issues that leave consumers to start looking and shopping "Local" for their produce and fruits. Now there are systems available that can help consumers protect themselves from possible contaminants and help us consume better quality and fresher produce and fruits in a very short time. With the novel concept of aeroponics and hydroponics, we can produce wholesome fresh food utilizing as little as 5% of the nutrients and water used in conventional gardening. Water savings are realized also. Sustainable growing practice's are utilized,and space age technology is put into action to help todays consumer take better control over the food they and their families consume. Verticle food production is the latest and hottest hobby to come down the pike in the past couple years and it makes a lot of sense to investigate and determine if verticle gardening systems available on the market today can benefit you and your family. Check out my new web site: https://urbanfarmer.towergarden.com to learn more about verticle gardening.
The hot new catch word that has taken the environmental arena by storm. There are many new products out in the market today that has proven themselves worthy of being deemed a "sustainable product"
One such product that has been around a while but has recently taken a front row seat in designers and landscape contractors designs is......
"Recycled Rubber Mulch"
Environmentally friendly, recycled tire rubber mulch for playgrounds and landscaping applications have proven to be a great choice for lasting beauty and durability. One brand of rubber mulch "Polystar" Rubbermulch is a certified resilient safety system it provides a safe and attractive environment for children's playgrounds and a realistic and eco-friendly alternative to wood landscaping mulch. The soft, spongy, cushioned surface is fabricated from non-toxic recycled tire buffings with sherd or nugget option. The material is pigmented in a variety of bright or natural colors and guaranteed with a 5-year color warranty.
Five times heavier than wood chip, Rubbermulch is less likely to blow away in the wind or float away in heavy rain, and also does not produce fungus or mold.
Features include the following: LEED Rated, Non-Toxic, 5-year Color Warranty, 100% Recycled Content, ADA Compliant/MeetsASTM 1292.
With all this going for it, anyone who is considering using a mulch or ground cover such as wood bark for landscaping or playground applications should seriously consider Non-Toxic Rubbermulch for their next project.
* Note: Information derived from product information sheet provided by USSA ( United Sports Surfacing of America ) www.sustainablesurfacing.com.
The world of landscape irrigation has just ramped up it's engines and has entered the "Next Level" of efficient landscape water distribution.
Hydro-Rain irrigation products based in Salt Lake city Utah has developed a unique line of irrigation fittings and pipe that has set the standards for the future of landscape irrigation. The "Blu-Lok" line of irrigation pipe makes installations quick and without the use of PVC glue, plus, it makes the installation enviromentaly sound and safe. The pipe sizes available range from 1" to 1/2". Used in conjunction with exclusive "Blu-Lok" fittings which incorporate a "Shark Bite" (tm) type of connection concept, your installation crew labor hours can be reduced up to 30% based on the project size,scope,and site conditions. Once the installer starts using the Blu-Lok system it will be quite challenging to go back to old fashion PVC pipe, messy glues,and other challenges that come along with the use of PVC. I use Blu-Lok pipe and fittings on all my projects and have not had any call backs or system failures from using the Hydro-Rain Blu-Lok products. Go to the corporate web site: www.hydrorain.com to learn more and find out where you can purchase Blu-Lok products.
Rain water harvesting is a new trend that is actually a very old trend that has found it's way back into the main stream of the landscaping arena. The term rain water harvesting gives one sometimes visions of large collection tanks or underground water storage tanks or ponds to collect run away water that drains off of homes and other types of buildings. Even a 55 gallon steel drum or wine cask can serve as a useful rain water collection tool.Growing up in central Ohio, a lot of my neighbors and realatives had a "Rain Barrel" that was placed under the down spouts of their rain gutters. That water was then used to water plants,trees, wash clothes, or even your dusty body after a days work. The water was not as dirty and dangerous from such things as "acid rain" and air borne polluntants from cars and buses so the use of the rain water was a little more universal than what that same rain water collected today can be used for. Run off from the thousands of square feet of roof space causes havoc with our streams,rivers, and ocean. Thousands of gallons of useable water is running down the drain and not really providing a benefit to anyone other than occasionally washing down the street from gutter trash and residue oil from cars and trucks. You can install a simple rain water harvesting system at your home or business that can help you reduce the amount of rain water runoff and also provide a supply of needed water for plants and trees that can possibly save you some money on your water bill. Take the time out with a knowledgeable contractor to investigate the various types of rain water harvesting systems and methods available to you and make the decision to do your part to conserve some of that water that is making it's way down the gutter.