Landscape & Irrigation

September 2017

Landscape and Irrigation is read by decision makers throughout the landscape and irrigation markets — including contractors, landscape architects, professional grounds managers, and irrigation and water mgmt companies and reaches the entire spetrum.

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22 September 2017 Landscape and Irrigation IRRIGATION AND WATER MANAGEMENT S aving water has been a hot topic of conversation for years — and not just in the irrigation industry — with drought conditions in most of the country. However, saving water isn't the only challenge the industry faces. While homeowners are driving the market for technology advancements, technology cannot solve all problems. That's where the human factor comes in. Watering efficiently, saving water and saving money are goals that homeowners might come to you with. Getting there, though, can be an obstacle that you, as the irrigation professional, have to overcome to complete the job and keep your client happy. The following are four challenges that irrigation techs like you face, and how you can find solutions to grow your business. Challenge 1: Mixed sprinklers on a zone A homeowner comes to you asking about some new rotary sprinkler heads he's heard about. Supposedly they save water; supposedly they will lower his water bill. Can you replace his broken spray heads with these new rotary ones? The homeowner thinks saving money and water sounds like a great idea. Solution: By upgrading sprinklers to rotary heads, this homeowner, like most people, is trying to be more water efficient. However, by leaving some spray heads on a zone and adding some rotary heads, problems may arise. "You'll have wet spots and dry spots," said Jim Borneman, an instructor for Ewing Irrigation & Landscape Supply's Education Services team. "You'll have a mess." There may not be a warning on the rotary nozzle packaging, informing users of the need to replace all the sprinklers when installing rotary heads on a spray zone, but that's what you should do. A spray head may apply water at 1.6 inches per hour, while a rotary head may apply 0.4 inches of water per hour. Now imagine The Business of Problem Solving 4 common challenges irrigation pros face, and how to solve them ALL PHOTOS PROVIDED BY EWING IRRIGATION

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