Winter drought effects can be quite severe, leaving trees and plants highly stressed. Pine needles turn brown and fall off, plant leaves curl up and drop off, and plant roots beneath the frozen ground surface dry out, because they can’t absorb needed moisture from soil.
Maintaining 300+ acres of irrigated landscaping on a sprawling, higher-education campus can be challenging. With hundreds of acres of landscape turf and shrub beds encompassing a hospital complex, educational buildings, student dorms, sports fields and stadiums, The University of Utah compares to a mini-city.
Sponsored by HydroPoint, Smart Irrigation Month provides an opportunity for the industry to come together each year to showcase cutting-edge smart irrigation technologies and practices that are providing solutions to the challenges in the agricultural and landscape irrigation industries.
In times of drought, above ground sprinklers aren’t the most efficient way to irrigate a parched landscape. Much of the spraying water will be lost through evaporation before it even hits the ground.
There are several things that can cause common irrigation pressure problems in a sprinkler system. Some of them are easy to identify and can be resolved above ground, but some problems below ground can be more serious and will likely require costly repairs.
Water efficiency in large buildings plays a huge role in what makes a building “Green” and lends the opportunity to utilize the best technology available today. Such technologies and strategies not only decrease the amount of water consumption in a large building, but also will significantly reduce expenses in the operating budget.
When a building or community has been designed, constructed and operates using strategies that preserve precious natural resources, reduces negative impacts on our climate and environment, and improves our quality of life, it is commonly called “Green.”
Efficiently managing irrigation while away on Summer vacation can be challenging, especially if an unexpected stormy weather pattern strikes and you’re not there to adjust or turn off the automated timer.
A green roof is basically a vegetative landscape planted over a waterproofed structure. It can be as simple as an esthetically pleasing, planted private space up on the roof, or as expansive as a rooftop plaza on a commercial building, hotel or hospital.
Soil erosion on a slope or hillside is a major contributor to water runoff. Irrigation runoff transfers garden debris and agricultural pesticides into surface waters that supply our drinking water, the fish we consume, and water we swim in. So it’s very important that homeowners landscaping on slopes or hillsides take steps to protect their soil from erosion and runoff into watersheds downhill that feed surface waters.