Landscape & Irrigation

October 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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INDUSTRY INSIGHTS 24 October 2017 Landscape and Irrigation While clients are committed to this aesthetic, we encourage them to keep fruit trees and ground plantings separate. Think about how trees grow on an expansive orchard: there is no plant matter competing with them, which is ideal for fruit production. For clients that crave that Tuscan look, we suggest planting at least a 24-inch box fruit tree with an existing mature root system. We plant very low-water succulents around the edge of the pot, keeping a few inches bare around the trunk to apply fertilizer and reduce mold and disease. Farmscape irrigates these with drip rings rather than micro sprayers — the latter encourages trunk mold and disease. More than just backyard gardens Residents wanting to enjoy fruit and vegetable gardens are becoming common as more homeowners opt to grow food in their backyard — and they're not alone. Commercial properties, stadiums, and multi-family developments have jumped on this holistic trend while learning how to conserve water in the process. One such location is the Levi's Stadium rooftop, where Farmscape has installed a 6,300-square-foot rooftop farm, using 100 percent drip irrigation and recycled water. Many people ask how we're able to grow food with water that has been, ahem, previously used, accounting reclaimed water system methods are standard in many countries such as Israel, Australia and South Africa. Locally, the Silicon Valley Advanced Water Purification Center (SVAWPC), operated by the Santa Clara Valley County Water District, is a state-of-the-art water purification plant that takes recycled water from the San Jose- Santa Clara Regional Wastewater Facility and purifies it to meet even higher environmental quality standards. At the SVAWPC, recycled water goes throug h three pur ification processes: microfiltration, reverse osmosis, and ultraviolet light. Water gets plumbed back to Levi's Stadium where it irrigates the farm and the football field. Farmscape has opted to irrigate this row-cropped rooftop farm with Netafim versus drip tape, which is what you would use on a traditional row cropped farm. The reason here is mainly for peace of mind. Drip tape regularly tears and leaks. That's not a big deal

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