SOURCE: Janet Moyer Landscaping
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2012) - Janet Moyer Landscaping (JML), a full-service landscaping company in San Francisco devoted to addressing the unique challenges of urban gardens, proposes some advice for better water management during Smart Irrigation Month, July 2012 designated by the Irrigation Association.
This annual commemoration is also part of WaterSense, a partnership program that was initiated in 2006 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is designed to protect the future of the nation's water supply by offering people a simple way to use less water with water-efficient products, new homes, and services.
JML is a WaterSense partner based on several certifications in water management that have been studied and received by Michael Hofman, the firm's executive vice president.
Coincidentally, July is also a special month for residents of Northern California because that is when plants traditionally lose the most water during the year. This water loss, which irrigation professionals call evapotranspiration, occurs due to wind, the sun's rays, lack of rain, low humidity, and related factors.
Water needs to be replenished if plants are to stay healthy and contribute to a beautiful garden. Some lose water more quickly than others and some need replenishment over a longer time period than others.
"If we're to use water efficiently, we can use daily evapotranspiration data to know how much water the standard plant loss is and increase or decrease watering accordingly," explains Hofman. "In a nutshell, that's how 'smart irrigation controllers' work."
JML has been using two models of smart irrigation controllers for its clients with excellent results. Toro, a national leader in landscaping equipment and supplies, offers both. The Intellisense system relies on the weather data downloaded every day from a satellite using pager technology. The newer Climate Logic system relies on a combination of a local weather station and 40 years of historical data by zip code loaded onto the local controller.
"With these type of smart irrigation systems, over time, the garden should achieve our smart water goals of producing beautiful, healthy plants thriving with as little water as possible," concludes Hofman.
About Janet Moyer Landscaping
Founded in 1990, Janet Moyer Landscaping is an award-winning full-service landscaping company based in San Francisco, CA. It has designed and installed more than 475 unique and customized gardens in San Francisco's varied terrain. The company specializes in the creation of custom residential landscapes that address the unique challenges posed by San Francisco's climate, significant grade changes and architectural constraints. Owned and managed by Janet Moyer and Michael Hofman, JML applies sustainable practices to its residential landscape design, installation and maintenance services. In 2010, JML received recognition for its work in designing and installing the first "teaching garden" for children at a public library in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.jmoyerlandscaping.com or call 415-821-3760; and become a member of the JML community at http://www.facebook.com/janetmoyerlandscaping and http://www.twitter.com/jmoyerlandscape.