In Richard Restuccia’s post last year, Inspect What You Expect, he touched on the importance of seeing results as an instigator of change. Rob Maday, founder of LandscapeResource.com, is of the same thinking and takes the measure what you manage philosophy to the next level with water consumption, by encouraging consumers to understand the difference in water consumption for landscape versus other uses. Rob agreed to share his thoughts and advice as a guest blogger in his post below. Make... MORE >
Ben Green is our walking encyclopedia for irrigation systems, technology and materials. From basic to complex, Ben has installed irrigation systems of all types for a variety of properties. For almost 10 years now, Ben has developed from a ValleyCrest intern to become our go-to project manager for large complex landscape installations. Ben’s interest lies in the science and technology behind the tools and systems that enable best water management practices.
An avid outdoorsman, Ben spends his free time pursuing wilderness adventures. He also makes himself available to friends and family to consult on irrigation systems, repairs and tricks. Ben is a firm believer that your irrigation system is only as smart as the person who programs and monitors it.
Welcome to the final part in our fergiation series. Along this journey we’ve learned the basics of fertigation, learned how fertigation can save water and money, and explored the technology and costs behind fertigation systems. As the final chapter in this series, I am going to take the last look at commercial side of things and then let me put in my last two cents on the matter. For commercial applications, the designs are improving daily and have become a... MORE >
So far we’ve covered the basics of fertigation, and how fertigation can save water and money. Now let’s talk products. There are 2 forms of injector systems, Fixed rate and Proportional rate. Fixed rate systems simply inject supplements into irrigation water regardless of the flow of water going through the system. As long as the irrigation system is running, there are supplements being injected into the line at the same rate. This has it’s disadvantages because you run the risk... MORE >
On the previous blog, I began with the basics of fertigation. Now we are going to dive into the savings side of this technology. The direct water savings you would receive from using an injector system is based upon the effects of directly injecting plant health supplements into water. First, there are less soluble salts in the water if you are injecting the correct supplements, requiring less leaching. Heavy water is filled with minerals and other particulates, including salts that... MORE >
Fertigation in its simplistic form is the addition of water-soluble micro and macro nutrients to irrigation water. The roots of this application started in the agriculture industry through flood and furrow applications of which are still practiced to this day. The agriculture industry began to evolve fertigation in the late 20th century into practical irrigation applications that utilize mechanical irrigation delivery systems. With the backbone of an irrigation system in place, the means to inject fertilizer and mitigate its rate... MORE >