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 staple for new construction, especially properties with an integrated central control system such as resorts. The best way to tackle the prospect of getting yourself an injection system is to connect with the right product rep or manufacturer. As I said, they will be able to walk through the design side of the property. I have asked around and Landscape Architects that specialize in irrigation systems merely hand their design over to someone like Darryl Green and have them design the system for them. The key here is to make sure you are utilizing professional when making a purchase such as this.
I will not try to educate the golf course superintendents out there because they could teach me a thing or two about these systems. Nor will I try and convince you that my source of information looks at the complete spectrum of options out there. It is the opinion of this author that the day I publish this blog, I will have already fallen behind the technology.
The most critical notes to take away from this series; irrigation injection systems will become more common for all the reason listed above. There is no doubt that it is the future for plant supplement application and it is efficient, far more than my neighbor ‘Coach’ hand broadcasting his lawn. I would encourage you to contact your landscape professional if you are truly interested. Done right, you will save yourself time, money, reduce waste and improve the quality of your landscape. Done wrong, you would be better off taking lessons from my neighbor.
The last comment I will make is price. I cannot tell you how much a system costs because they vary based upon plant type, total size of the applied area, region and manufacturer. What I can tell you is to decide how long you are willing to take to get a return on the investment. The life cycle of these systems varies but it should be at least five years. If you can see an ROI within three years, that is a winning plan. Many of the manufacturers design and build a system custom to your needs so there is flexibility in the total expense of the system. Just make sure you understand what you are getting before you have them start manufacturing. In most cases, custom builds require 50% up front so check everything twice.