Nov. 17 2008
It was only a few decades ago that central control systems were expensive and unnervingly complicated
Nov. 17 2008
TENS OF THOUSANDS OF IRRIGATION systems that have been designed and built with PVC pipe and fittings perform satisfactorily, while a very small percentage run into problems
Oct. 17 2008
ROBERT TAYLOR FLED HOUSTON ON Friday, September 12, to avoid the wrath of Hurricane Ike. The fate of his home and his company was left in the hands of Mother Nature, and though Taylor, president of Bio Landscape
Sept. 22 2008
The conclusion of World War II marked the introduction of new technologies to private industry that were developed for the war effort. One that would certainly revolutionize the residential/commercial
Sept. 22 2008
Perhaps the most overlooked problem with landscape irrigation system performance is pressure. A healthy balance of pressure is good for the performance and longevity of your irrigation system, and thus
Sept. 22 2008
As manual irrigation control has been replaced by automatic control, communication between the automatic control device and the valves has become critical to the integrity of any automatic system. Like
Sept. 1 2008
As energy costs go up, so does our concern over how to conserve. Among these concerns is our water supply. It seems like more and more municipalities are placing restrictions on the amount of water we
Sept. 1 2008
THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD High School in Rockford, Minnesota, had been a wasteland for years. The ground was cracked and dry, the surrounding area was practically devoid of grass, and what little grass
Aug. 22 2008
An irrigation system is made up from component parts. Here are a few new, and some established, products for your perusal
Aug. 18 2008
Of all industries, the green industry used to seem the least likely to be swamped by the trend towards mass high tech. And yet with the increasing adoption of smart irrigation controllers, computerized routing
Aug. 14 2008
A network of weather stations broadcast solar energy, wind speed, temperature and humidity data to the ET Manager, while rainfall is measured onsite to pinpoint each site’s unique moisture conditions
July 15 2008
BESIDES INDEPENDENCE DAY, there’s another reason for contractors to celebrate July: Smart Irrigation Month. As July is one of the peak months for landscape water usage, it’s a good time to
June 13 2008
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,
June 13 2008
When an irrigation or lighting system works the way it should, it adds significant value to the property where it was installed. But what if you receive a call from the property owner because one of the
May 14 2008
WHEN A TRACTOR PUSHING FIVE LAWNMOWERS first rolled down the fairways of the Minikahda Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1921, it must have turned some heads. Little did onlookers realize that the small
May 14 2008
Although recent flooding across the Midwest has caused many people to shelve their water shortage concerns, officials are still alert to the possibility of drought, over-consumption and other forces that
April 23 2008
"An up-to-date contractor has to have battery-operated controllers in his arsenal,” says Randy Symonds, electronic product manager for Peoria, Illinois-based L.R. Nelson.
April 23 2008
The idea of linking several irrigation controllers over a large site to operate from a single location has long been an appealing one. What better way to monitor and manage a 100-plus acre site?
April 23 2008
Imagine that you’re going to visit an aging relative who lives in a lushly landscaped retirement community. But wouldn’t you know it, you’ve managed to hit the
April 21 2008
As the demand for potable water exceeds supply, the responsibility of the irrigation contractor grows. The contractor must protect public water supplies from contamination