In June 2013 Governor Jerry Brown stated, “I invite all Californians to practice more sustainable water consumption, whether it be watering the lawn less frequently, constructing a drip irrigation system for the garden or upgrading existing systems with smart irrigation controllers.”
Martin Cleary, the President of Cleary Bros adds, “July is when our plants need the most water. A key is to add water incrementally into July, but it’s critical to start looking for reduced water demand as we get near the end of July. Even though it may be hot in August, the days are shorter and the overall water demand from the plants is reduced.”
Get the right amount of water to each plant. Stop the guesswork
click the image above to be directed to the California state water resources publications. This is a critical path to working and planning within our drought condition.
There are an estimated 389,000 landscape companies in the United States. 101 is not too bad for a couple guys that started by themselves.
Cleary Bros National Ranking
We were pleased to see that one of our properties was featured as a huge success story in water conservation to a large audience of property and facilities managers. Way to Go Cleary Bros!
Cleary announces that Hudson Puente has started with Cleary Bros.
Water Management 104 – Irrigation Timers
If your Irrigation Timer looks like this…Replace it
Irrigation Timers have come a long way since they first began being widely used.
Unlike the old timer shown above, today’s irrigation timers can take into consideration site specific information such as soil type, as well as current weather patterns, to make a determination on how long to water. Yes, that is correct, the new timers decide how much water to use based on algorithms that they have been programmed with. These timers are called “Smart Timers.”
Currently there are many Smart Timer options available on the market. The one thing they all have in common is that they take into account current weather conditions to help determine the Evapotraspiration (ET) rate. With that information, they can calculate the amount of water to apply. ET is a fancy word for the amount of water used by the plant material or lost from evaporation. To determine the rate of ET, smart timers communicate with local weather stations.
There are a lot of advantages to using a smart timer which include:
- They are self adjusting based on current weather conditions.
- The programing may take into account water budgets and constraints
- The cost of water is reduced by reduced consumption
- The water systems can be shut off automatically when surprise rain happens
- In some cases, the timer can be monitored and adjusted through the Internet
That being said, we have heard of instances where property managers and owners have had smart timers installed, only to see the amount of water used increase. This is almost always because the timers were not programmed properly when they were installed. As we like to say, a smart timer is only as smart as the person who programmed it.
With that in mind, if you are planning on installing a new smart timer on your property, make sure the landscaper who is maintaining the property has knowledge to properly program the timer and the ability to effectively manage it. If we can be of assistance in helping you, just give Cleary Bros a call, we manage several hundred smart timers on a daily basis. Give us a call, or Send us an Email, and our team of Irrigation Specialists and Account Managers will start the process of identifying timers that can and should be upgraded. We will also work with you and your water district to check for potential rebates.
This is from the USGS
To see more information on the current droughts in the United States go here
Cleary Bros. Landscape welcomed Hudson Puente as an arborist to the Danville, Calif.-based company.
Puente will lead a service team for the company’s maintenance clients and develop new business in the East Bay and the Tri-Valley areas.
“I’m excited to join the Cleary Bros. team and hopefully become a contributor right away,” Puente said. “I have a lot to learn about their operations, but it’s a fantastic environment. Everyone has been very supportive.”
Puente is a former intern of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C., and he participated in a post-graduate professional internship with Disney World’s horticulture department in Orlando.