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How to Water a Vegetable Garden

According to the RHS, the key to correctly watering a vegetable garden to ensure that the water reaches a soil depth of 30cm or one foot. You can check by digging one spade depth into the soil. If the soil at that depth is moist, further watering is unnecessary. They also say that while over-watering […]

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How to Landscape a Small Garden

Do you want to make more of a small garden? Are you longing to have something attractive to look at? Would you like to create a beautiful space where your children can play safely? If any or all of these longings apply to you, we are here to help. In this short article, we are […]

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How to Water your Garden Plants While You're Away

When you are going away for a few days only, your garden plants will probably be just fine, providing you treat them to a good soaking just before you go. Ideally, your garden ought to be mulched. It will minimise any loss of water through evaporation. Two the three inches of mulch will suffice. Any […]

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How to Clean a Drip Irrigation Filter

Like most mechanical, pneumatic, or hydraulic items, a drip irrigation system requires maintenance from time to time. Part of that maintenance is the cleaning of its filter. The filter in a drip irrigation system is there to capture any sediment within the water, thus preventing a possible buildup further down the line. Cleaning the system's […]

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What is Subsurface Drip Irrigation

A subsurface drip irrigation system is a highly efficient, low-pressure network that utilises drip tubes or tapes to deliver water directly to the root systems of plants and crops. The concept of drip irrigation, which would lead to subsurface drip irrigation, was the brainchild of a Polish-Israeli inventor, Simcha Blass who developed the idea together […]

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How to Remove Salt From Irrigation Water

Plants absorb water through their root systems via a process known as osmosis. Water moves from soil, which ideally has low salt content, to the inside of root cells that have high salt content. When the accumulation of salt in the soil is higher than inside the roots' cells, the reverse happens. The The soil […]

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How to Maintain Golf Course Bunkers

Golf course bunkers first came into being on links land due to "natural" occurrences. Originally, the ground was open farm or common land. Cattle and sheep roaming the area would find hollows in which to take shelter from rough weather. Their hooves would break down the surface inside the hollows, revealing the sand underneath, and […]

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What is Irrigation - How it was Developed and How We Use it Today

What is irrigation? The definition that best works with this article is that irrigation is the practice of artificially providing water for the land. For agricultural irrigation it takes into account the crop requirement throughout the "crop period," in order to satisfy the crop's total nourishment requirement. The crop can be anything, including kinds of […]

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What is Centre Pivot Irrigation?

Centre pivot irrigation systems were invented in the United States in the middle of the 20th century. At the time, they proved to be vastly superior to other traditional irrigation methods. They used considerably less water, but having said that, the energy used was significantly higher because of the way they worked. The Main Benefits […]

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How to Conserve Water in Your Garden

Not only does the cost of domestic water keep on rising, but it is also a precious resource that, as a planet, we need to conserve. With both things in mind, here are a few tips on how to save and manage your garden watering needs more cheaply and sustainably. Watering at the optimum time […]

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How to Cut Golf Course Grass

About ten years ago, cutting the grass on greens down to a height of 2 mm for long periods would have thought to have been madness. Back then, such aggressive cutting was believed to cause severe stress to grass plants. The usual cutting height was approximately 4 mm, although some more daring greenkeepers were prepared […]

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What an Irrigation System is and How it Works

According to the Collins English Dictionary, an irrigation system supplies the land with water by artificial means such as digging ditches or diverting canals and rivers in order to deliver water to promote the growth of food crops. Today, the principle is still the same, even though the methodology may have changed quite significantly. Irrigation […]

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What Landscape Irrigation is and How it Became Smart

One of the key constituents of maintaining a healthy landscape, whether in a private or a public garden, is effective irrigation. When watered correctly, any landscaped area, be it a garden or lawn, becomes more resistant to pests and other horticultural problems. When you create a water-efficient lawn or garden irrigation system, you can create […]

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The Different Types of Golf Course Grass

Most golf players will appreciate a good course with its smooth playing surface and luxurious feel, however, not too many will understand the dynamics of what makes a golf course the best it can be. There are many steps to making a golf course, and they all have an important part to play in making […]

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The Story of Irrigation: Where & When Was it Invented

Circa 1.8 million years ago, the human brain grew bigger, the gut got smaller, and early-stage humankind began to walk upright. Around the same time, according to Richard Wrangham, a British primatologist at Harvard University, USA, Homo Erectus learned to harness fire to cook food. It was a game-changer. As Wrangham stated, people do not […]

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How Drip Irrigation Saves Water

Water is one of the most precious resources on the planet. All life depends on it, so it is of paramount importance that we must use it with care and conserve the supply for future generations. It is quite a challenge, one that is made even more demanding by climate change. Water is not only […]

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The Best Golf Course Lawn Care Products to Use

Maintaining a healthy and playable golf course requires hours of work and a lot of help from staff and equipment. However, one of the most important things is to have the right products that can be used on the surface to keep it perfect for the players. As well as the usual products that many […]

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Golf Course Lawn Maintenance Tips

When you visit a golf course, you will notice one thing above all else, how immaculate the grass will be. For the majority of the golf courses around the world, the way the grass is kept is one of the highest priorities. A lot of work goes into maintaining the lawns all year round, and […]

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How Often to Water Your Garden

When the weather is nice, there is nothing better than sitting in the garden, enjoying the sun and smelling the flowers. While any garden can be a lovely place to sit, one that is looking nice and is well maintained is something to make you proud. As the weather gets drier, so does the need […]

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What is Agricultural Irrigation?

Agriculture has been a part of human life and its success for thousands of years. As animals, humans need food, and along with hunting, crops were also found to be a great way to feed communities. However, some countries around the world could not rely on rain alone to water their crops, so they had […]

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How Much Water Does a Golf Course Use?

With the global population on the increase, and more evidence that the environment is suffering, there have been a number of changes taking place in governments all over the world. As well as trying to reduce pollution, rising temperatures have seen more demand on water supplies that has to be managed to ensure there is […]

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A Detailed Guide to 2 Wire Irrigation Decoders & Technology Systems

View our range of irrigation decoders here. Tony Ware gained a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering at the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology. His career spans 4 decades designing electronic equipment for the medical, scientific and process control industries. He entered the irrigation industry in 1995, designing functionally equivalent irrigation decoders to 8 […]

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Lightning Protection in Irrigation Decoders

This Technical Note describes the two kinds of protection against lightning damage in decoder based 2 or 3 wire irrigation control systems. When properly installed, lightning protection in decoder systems will generally be stronger than that found in smaller multi-wire systems.  The exception is pedestal-mounted multi-wire, where extensive extra lightning protection components are housed within […]

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The Four Main Types of Irrigation

Being able to grow food to feed your family and others is the backbone of any community. This is why many cultures put such a great emphasis on farming and celebrating the harvest. As can be seen in many countries such as Africa, a lack of rain and other forms of irrigation can cause extreme […]

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Solenoids Explained

Solenoids are used in control valves to open a pilot hole. This allows water pressure to decrease on the top side of a diaphragm. The diaphragm is then pushed away from the seat by the water pressure below so water flows through the valve to the sprinklers etc. To understand solenoid action, it is necessary […]

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Using 2 Wire Decoders for Landscape Irrigation

Year on year, we are all used to electronics getting cheaper and giving more value. Just take mobile phones as an example. However, these advances haven’t found their way into the control of medium-sized landscape and playing fields irrigation. The current way is to have a controller with many terminals, each with a wire to […]

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