Archive for the ‘Conservation’ Category

Landscape Designworks & Gilkey Elementary – Working together for Earth Week

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Gilkey Elementary First Graders Plant Trees at Front Entrance

This eager group of first graders from Erin Brinks’ class spent a busy half-hour today planting trees in the front entrance new landscaping. This group won a contest, Pennies for Plants, to earn the opportunity to take a portion of a class period to “assist” the workers from Landscape Designworks in this project. Students were encouraged to bring pennies into their classrooms to help fund the Earth Week projects. This group raised nearly $60 – in pennies! (more…)

Why Use a Rain Shut Off Device?

Thursday, October 1st, 2009
Hydro-Rain HRC-300-RS-RF

Hydro-Rain HRC-300-RS-RF Wireless Rain Shut Off

How many times have you been traveling through your neighborhood and watched sprinkler systems running following a day, or week, of rain? It happens too often. Simply put, the avarage sprinkler system in the greater Kalamazoo, MI area uses between 1000 and 2000 gallons of water per day. By interrupting this following rainfall, you are saving our water resources and money that you spend to bring water to your home. Every automated sprinkler system operating today can, and should, have a Rain Shut Off (RSO) device installed. The models available today can be wired or wireless, can turn a system off after a preset amount of rainfall, or turn the system off when freezing temperatures are encountered. The model pictured happens to be a rain/ freeze sensor that is clipped to an eavetrough or attached to the soffitt. It typically takes about a half an hour to install and adjust. There are also more sophisticated units available that tie rainfall and ET (evapotranspiration) rates into the operation of the system. See this post for information on Smart Systems. (more…)

Be Smart and Save Water

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009
Rainbird Smart Controller with included weather station

Rainbird Smart Controller with included weather station

Today more than ever we need to be aware of our water consumption and incorporate water conservation efforts into every avenue of daily living.  With advancements in technology it is now possible to not only ensure that your sprinkler system is not running during a rain shower, but now calculate, based upon the weather conditions, the exact amount of water to put down in the next scheduled cycle.

Imagine not having to run out to your controller and change the schedule and run times from spring, summer, and fall.  Now you can have your irrigation or landscape contractor install the Rain Bird Smart Control System and have the accuracy of weather-based control to help you save time, money and water.

The Rain Bird ESP-SMT is the only smart controller that not only delays irrigation:, it also measures rainfall, including the amount and intensity.   And, because its calculations are based on both accumulations and force, the ESP-SMT can more accurately adjust your watering schedule to prevent under or over-watering.  In many cases the conversion to this controller is a simple upgrade to your existing system.

The Right Choice for a Beautiful Landscape. For more information, a quote, or to have one installed, contact Landscape Designworks Today! You can also find more information here.


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