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Category: Tips
Published: Sunday, 14 December 2014
Written by Brandon

Green Touch Irrigation proudly serves Columbus, Ohio. Within these pages you will find watering tips specifically tailored for central Ohio weather. The following information should give you good advice on how to best regulate your system to achieve proper watering and a reasonable water bill. Green Touch Irrigation's qualified service technicians can help you every step of the way. If you are looking to save money on your water bill, you should call 614-245-0594 and schedule your irrigation water audit today.

Fertilizing

Category: Tips
Published: Sunday, 14 December 2014
Written by Brandon

Fertilizing is also extremely important. Now you can fertilize your lawn and landscape through your irrigation system. This is called fertigation. Fertigation spoon feeds your lawn and landscape every time you water. Fertigation promotes deeper root growth and thicker grass. You save money on your water bill because your healthy, mature lawn doesn't require as much water. This is much better for your lawn than traditional granular applications. The traditional method of monthly fertilization results in substantial overfeeding as the plants use up the nutrients in the first few days following treatment. After a week or so, the lawn must endure a period of near starvation until the next treatment.

    Green Touch Irrigation can install a fertilization tank to your system. The tank is 11/2 gallons and fits nicely inside a valve box next to your backflow preventer. We carry many different types of water soluble fertilizer for any time of year. Save money and do it yourself. Forget spending $600 a year using the traditional fertilizer applicators. Simply add a new bag of fertilizer mix every 30 days. Fertilizer cost about $10-$15 per bag. You can save hundreds of dollars per year by having Green Touch Irrigation install a fertilization tank. Call 614-245-0594 to schedule your fertilization tank installation today.

Evapotranspiration

Category: Tips
Published: Sunday, 14 December 2014
Written by Brandon

Another factor is Evapotranspiration (ET). ET is the combination of evaporation and plant transpiration from the earths land surface to atmosphere. High temperature and wind are the main percentages in ET. So how do you know you are watering the right amount? With the installation of a new ET weather station, you will never have to guess again. The ET weather station measures temperature, humidity and rain fall. The weather station then programs the controller for the right amount of watering. This has multiple advantages. First of all, no more watering on rainy days. No more over watering or runoff. Typical ET controllers and weather stations save hundreds of dollars on your water bill. Contact us to find out more about this money saving product.

Soils affect on watering

Category: Tips
Published: Sunday, 14 December 2014
Written by Brandon

Other factors to consider are soil types, soil penetration and elevation. Since Columbus is mostly clay, this tip should help 90% of customers. When you water your lawn the soil can soak up only so much. After the ground passes the soil absorbtion rate, the rest of the water will become runoff. One solution is to decrease the zone running time and increase the times that zone comes on. For instance, if you are running 1 zone for 30 minutes, cut that time in half and set the zone to water twice that day. This is called a run, soak, run. System operation that use the run, soak, run typically have deeper grass roots due to water penetrating deeper into the soil and not running off. If there is a zone that is watering on an elevation, you can break the run times further. For instance, there is 1 zone running for 10 minutes on a small hill. You can run that zone for 3 minutes, 3 times that day.

Irrigation Audits

Category: Tips
Published: Sunday, 14 December 2014
Written by Brandon

Irrigation audits are an effective way to identify shortcomings to the irrigation system. Our irrigation auditor will observe system operations, locate irrigation zones, check pressure and flow rates, conduct a water application efficiency test, and identify equipment that is worn, broken or misaligned. We also gather on-site data including soil type and seasonal weather data. We can prepare a point-by-point checklist of items that need to be corrected or improved to insure maximum efficiency. These problems can include:

 Mismatched precipitation rates

 Improper irrigation coverage

 Excessive water usage

 Improper zoning by mixing rotors and sprays

 Unhealthy lanscapes

 Eroding hardscapes

    Once identified, problems can usually be solved with modifications to the irrigation design or operation. Call 614-245-0594 today to schedule your water audit. Most customers see a decrease of their water bills by 33% through the course of one growing season, after having a Green Touch Irrigation water audit

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