Posts Tagged ‘irrigation management’

  • 04.17.12

    Are We All Just Moral Hypocrites?

    Happy tax day!  Thanks to Emancipation Day, the tax procrastinators of the Nation were given a couple extra days to file taxes this year.  April 15th fell on a Sunday so you would expect the deadline to move to Monday.  This year Monday is Emancipation Day so the deadline was pushed to Tuesday, April 17th. Emancipation Day, you ask?  It’s a local holiday in the District of Columbia and by law, District of Columbia holidays are treated like federal holidays... MORE >

  • Sustainable Urban Landscape Conference: The Bottom Line for Green is Black
    02.28.12

    The Bottom Line for Green is Black

    The theme for the fourth annual Sustainable Urban Landscape conference being held at Cuyamaca College March 8 is “The Bottom Line for Green is Black,” examining the ways that good landscaping practices can be a profitable business model in addition to helping the environment. Architect John Picard, known as the “green prophet” for his pioneering work in sustainability is the key note speaker for event. He was a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council, a trade organization that... MORE >

  • Santa Ynez Slopes
    02.14.12

    If You Have a Problem We Have a Solution.

    BACKGROUND The scenic canyon location of this Santa Ynez community is a major draw for residents who enjoy views from the Santa Monica Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. But the hillside slopes surrounding the community proved problematic for the homeowners’ association. Faced with an aging irrigation system prone to breaking, the board decided to take action to prevent costly water loss from ruptures and to address serious soil erosion problems threatening homes. Project Scope Santa Ynez Homeowners’ Association was experiencing... MORE >

  • H2Overhaul
    11.01.11

    The H2O Overhaul Challenge

    “H2Overhaul” seeks best ideas to include in next-generation water efficiency building projects around the world. Cassandra Cappello of Jovoto sent me the information below and I think this is an excellent opportunity for you to show others how you are literally saving water.  The challenge stared a few weeks ago, but there is still plenty of time for you to submit your concepts.  Please take a look,  rise up and accept the challenge. Come and check out one of the... MORE >

  • Jelly Beans
    08.31.11

    Jelly Belly sets a high standard

    Or: How Mr. Jelly Belly Keeps His Toes Dry I’m getting used to reading press releases about ValleyCrest’s newest water saving partnerships. In July it was a couple homeowners associations in the Phoenix area (Remember Water Savings Worth Singing About?), in August it’s the Jelly Belly Candy Company corporate campus. This time ValleyCrest teamed up with HydroPoint Data Systems, Inc. and Jelly Belly to implement the WeatherTRAK Smart Water Management solutions on five and a half acres of turf, trees and shrubs... MORE >

  • 08.03.11

    Last 5 Reasons I Hate Irrigation Systems…And What You Need To Do To Make Me Love Them

    Here are the final 5 of the top 10 reasons I hate irrigation systems and what you need to do to fix them. (You can find the first 5 reasons here) 6. Leaking Valves – sand, rocks and other small debris in the water system can keep an irrigation valve from fully closing. These are “invisible” leaks where just enough water gets through the valve to the lowest head and oozes out at ½ gallon per minute, 30 gallons per... MORE >

  • 08.02.11

    10 Reasons I Hate Irrigation Systems…and what you can do to make me love them

    Common Problems with Irrigation Systems and Simple Solutions 1. Run off – once irrigation water starts to run off from the landscape onto drives and sidewalks the soil has reached the saturation point and can not absorb any more water. The amount of time this takes to occur varies based on head type, soil type, compaction and slope. SOLUTION: Use a “cycle and soak” feature where the zone runs for a shorter amount of time, but may run more than... MORE >

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