I am presenting our Sustainable Turf BMPs today at the GBALP in Pelham. Come on out, it promises to be a great conference. The festivities kick off at 830! If you want a copy of the presentation, please click here to sign up for our resources. If technology serves me well, there will be a recording up later this evening!
I wanted to share our experience with Holganix Bio-nutritional products. These products have been in our rotation for 2 years now, and I believe that we have some good results that could help others. If you have never heard of this product, please head to their website at www.holganix.com.
I will be posting some product reviews in the next few days, but I wanted to preemptively answer some questions. These are products that we use in our normal agronomic plan.
We have passed the mid season point, and I have finally had time to compile our irrigation totals for the season.
Small strips of grass near sidewalks are some of the hardest areas for me to irrigate. Especially if I am trying to retrofit a poorly designed area. The heads are just never spaced right. We all know that this wastes water, but have you ever thought about how much?
I want to hit on an irrigation maintenance task that I feel is missed too often. I do not believe that I have ever met someone that enjoys wasting water, but not everyone wants to save water. Usually, these are seen as two sides of the same coin, but I believe they are different all together.
I want to thank everyone who attended the Holganix webinar last week. The response I have received has been great, one of the highest rated they have done! We are hoping to do another one later on. Also, look for some posts from me on their blog in the near future as well.
It’s officially time to apply fertilizer in the southeast on our Bermudagrass properties. I love this time of year. I’ve come to realize that I am actually busier in the spring than the summer, and fertilizer is one part of that.
Reducing irrigation usage is the result of more than just the irrigation system. Go back to a basic economics course you’ve taken. Supply and demand are the main points of discussion in economics, and I like to look at irrigation the same way. Your irrigation system is the supply side, and your plants represent the demand side of the irrigation economy.
If you have not read the first part, please go back to Saving Labor to read information on the project I am talking about
I printed off a map from google maps and highlighted the different tasks that had to be completed. I labeled the people A and B and went to organizing a routing system that should limit the waiting and wasteful time.
I want to share a story with you about how we were able to eliminate the hours needed for our trimming/detail work by 70%. These numbers are not made up, and we increased our quality along the way.
I’ve wanted to get this post out of the way for a while. Sustainability has a lot of different meanings to different people, and I have struggled with it for years. When I first heard the term, I equated it with organic management.
What results do you expect from a property that is managed sustainably verses one that is managed conventionally? Many are ok with more weeds or lower quality plant material. I am not. My expectations for any landscape are the same. I expect a property to be clean, weed free, good color and have all of the details handled.
We are going to continue with the last three steps in going through your system today. If you have not read them, make sure to check out steps 1 - 3.
We are continuing our spring startup of the system, and I wanted to have a discussion on the entire process that we use. This method will probably have to be modified for your personal use, but it should give you a framework that sets you up for success.
Keep Reading for our 6 step method.
Simple question. Do you have a flow meter? If you answered yes, great! If not, the questions are going to get a lot harder. Why not? Really answer that, it is not a rhetorical questions.
Winter ended quickly for us this year. Every year, I make it a point to go through the system in March to make sure that everything overwintered fine, and to give us time to fix problems before the season hits us. We typically do not have hard freezes, and do not blow our systems out in the spring. That does not mean that we have no problems in the spring. In fact, we have had years where heads froze and split at the seams. That said, it is a great time to get the irrigation back to its peak efficiency.
Here is the biggest forgotten irrigation conservation secret... Don’t use your system! Take a minute to stop laughing… In a severe drought situation, this will obviously not work. In those circumstances you need to work on having no leaks and improving distribution uniformity. However, in most normal situations, you will be amazed at the water that can be saved by simply turning your system off.
Once you know your system is leak free, you can start to actually conserve water. Per irrigation cycle, you can only save water two ways. You can run for fewer minutes, or you can set your system up to use less water per minute. It really is that simple. Let’s look at the controller settings first. What is your run time per station? Are they all the same? Are you using cycle and soak?