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At this site we started with a good design. Then we moved to the install with Project management to make sure the install went in correctly.
This is station #1 before. Bed & 2 grasses
Station #1 After.
Station # 2 for the month of August. This station has a moisture sensor.
This area is station #8, #9 and #10 before
This is the station after. #8 is on the left, #9 is the middle, #10 is on the right
Above is Station #8 total water use for August. Total irrigation time 1hr and 4 minutes for the whole month.
Station #9 was never watered in August.
Station #10 was never watered for the Month of August. Its lush green.
This is station #15 before.
This is station #15 After.
Station #15 in one year. The station has a root zone of 6”. The benefits of moisture technology.
This area is Station #13 and #14.
Station #13 was watered for a total of 40 min for the month of August, and it is a south facing slope.
As part of the test for this site station #14 it did not have a moisture sensor and it irrigated everyday like the typical irrigation system would without smart technology.
This is station #3 before which has an Eco matt.
Station #3 After.
If you’ll notice the grass looks identical the whole way. But station #3 is Eco Mat and has a soil moisture sensor in the zone barried at 5”. Station #4 as part of a test has no moisture sensor and is being irrigated with MP Rotor nozzles. It looks just as green as station #3 but it irrigated every day for the month of August at 4o minutes a day. A total of 20hrs for the month.
Station #3 and #4 After. Station #4 is the area closet to you and station#3 is the area furthest away on the left side of the walk way.
Water use for zone #3 in the month of August, 2014.
Water use for zone #4 in the month of August , 2014.
Station #3 was only watered 8 times for a total of 3.3 hrs. for the entire month. We did receive a lot of rain for August in Idaho but the minimal water use is the benefit of soil moisture technology. The reason it was able to go for so long without water was the root zone depth. In one year this station has a 5” root zone depth. This is the benefit of Soil Moisture technology.
Station #4’s root zone is only 2”. This is a result of being watered every day. When water is always present roots don’t have to search for water and therefore won’t go deep into the soil.
Station #32 was setup like a typical station, based off of time. During August it ran every day for 23 minutes a day, then I turned it down for a couple of days because it was so wet. On the 22nd of August I hooked up a moisture senor to it. This station never watered again until after September 8th. A total of 17 days without water.
On this site the main important thing is that we had a good design followed by a good install with project management. Along with the smart technology we had water management which is the crucial final piece to saving water.