THERE’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER time to develop your water conservation IQ. The word is out: water is recognized as a limited resource everywhere—even in areas not yet hit hard by shortages.
Some people are born into the irrigation industry. For others, the industry finds them. In the case of Travis and Shelly Komara, it all started - strangely enough—with a ’50s themed Internet cafe.
It wasn’t so very long ago that the water situation in many states had reached crisis proportions, resulting in the implementation of some of the toughest watering restrictions that had ever been seen.
From a job with the FBI to a career in the landscape industry seems like an unlikely leap, but that is exactly what Charles (Bud) Knowles decided to do when he learned that the FBI was going to transfer him from Dayton, Ohio to New Jersey.
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE—It might seem that way, since much of our earth is covered in water, but we all know that water is an exhaustible resource and we must do our part to conserve.
When landscape professionals think about designing an irrigation system, most minds wander immediately to spray patterns, drip hoses, timers and installation. But success is shortlived with most irrigation systems without good filtration to safeguard the components and help ensure reliability.
WATER CONSERVATION INITIATIVES HAVE SKYROCKETED over the past few years forcing many cities into mandatory water restrictions. Some mandate an overall usage reduction while others restrict days and time of acceptable watering periods.
Like love and marriage, irrigation and drainage go together like a horse
and carriage. When it comes to a healthy landscape, like a healthy
marriage, you can’t have one without the other. The irrigation system
provides the water for the landscape to survive; the drainage system
transports excess water from the surface and channels it away from the
turf so the plants don’t drown.