Eco-Green Sustainable Landscapes
Imagine a natural resource, one that is so precious that people—or,
for that matter, any living thing—literally can’t live without it. One
that is so coveted that, at times, wars have been fought over it.
LIKE MOST COLLEGES around the country, the 1,700-acre University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City is constantly building new labs and classrooms, new sports facilities, etc. With ongoing campus construction and irrigation components that date back 50 years, there’s no end to accidentally broken lines or leaky valves.
Snow & Ice
If I were going into business today, especially the snow removal business, the most important question I would ask is, “how do I get customers?” You, as a landscape contractor, have the advantage over me, because you already have an established customer base to start with.
The same is true of many irrigation systems. In the past, irrigation designers and contractors may have been able to design and build systems that didn’t need an extra boost from one or more pumps, because plenty of pressure came out of the municipal water system.
Just the other day, I received an email from a long-time customer. I did not build their pond and 50-foot stream initially, but I have been cleaning and putting band-aids on their chronically leaking stream since the start of our professional business relationship.
It’s no secret that smart controllers are the future of irrigation. Increasingly, that future is now. Smart water, smart irrigation—whatever it’s being called at the moment—is being mandated by more and more governmental entities, especially as changing weather patterns seem to indicate that water is becoming a scarce commodity.
The continued emphasis on water control and conservation is contributing to the downsizing of irrigation emission devices, like drip or microspray irrigation, which provide pinpoint applications at very low rates.
A cross connection
is defined as an unprotected
point between a drinking
water source and
any source of nonpotable
water. If a
is not protected, it is
possible for the flow of
water to reverse its
It’s happening all over
the country. Watering
restrictions are showing
up everywhere—not only
in arid climates but also in
places where, only a short
time ago, water was considered
a low-cost, free-flowing
Drip Irrigation - Low Flow
THE SUMMERS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ARE NO JOKE. The sun pounds the landscape like a hammer, and it’s not unusual for temperatures to reach the ’90s before noon. But the summer of 1999 was particularly brutal.