Most landscapes are going to need some supplemental water to remain healthy and attractive. The keys here are strategy and efficiency. Strategy refers to how management of a landscape utilizes all available resources. Efficiency describes how well the strategy is implemented. High efficiency also means lower water bills and a healthier garden. Madrone Landscapes has been designing, installing and maintaining high quality, efficient irrigation and water management systems for over 35 years.
Madrone Landscapes has been successfully managing water in these ways for decades. Perhaps a passive system, simply using drainage and bioswales is all your need. Or it could be an active system, utilizing catchment, storage and pumping of captured water, makes sense for your project. At Madrone, we are eager to help you manage your precious water for maximum benefit.
Please visit the website of SLOGreenbuild and the Appropriate Technology Coalition, to read more about managing rainwater and graywater.
At Madrone Landscapes, we are continually educating ourselves to the best and latest innovative technologies and equipment to ensure that we can make the best use of available resources for the benefit of our clients, the community and the environment.
- Smart irrigation controllers, which adjust to current weather conditions, as well as run several programs simultaneously, designed for effective hydro-zoning.
- Low flow stream rotary sprinklers, which apply water more slowly and evenly-important in clay soils and windy conditions
- Drip and low flow irrigation. For many landscapes, runoff and uneven coverage are wasting precious, expensive water. As a solution, consider drip and low flow irrigation. Drip is efficient, easy to work with and cheap. It is not perfect. With drip, there are emitter coverage issues, especially in sandy soils and as plant root zones mature and expand. Drip systems are vulnerable to damage. The emitters, pipe and fittings can wear out, get brittle and break. Pressure variations can be a problem.
But a caution here… Observe your drip system often… not only for the occasional leak but, for effectiveness and efficiency. Keep the emitters applying water to the root zone evenly over time as the plant grows. This will require additional emitters and/or reconfiguring where the water goes. Proper design and installation using current quality equipment can minimize or prevent most problems associated with drip irrigation.