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
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
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
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
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As manual irrigation control has been replaced by automatic control, communication between the automatic control device and the valves has become critical
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 23 2008
Imagine that you’re going to visit an aging relative who lives in a lushly landscaped retirement community. But wouldn’t
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