Energy Use/Costs for Pumping

The imperative for improved water use efficiency in California will probably result in a significant amount of acreage being converted from surface irrigation systems to pressurized systems (sprinkler or micro). This Advisory explains how to estimate both energy requirements and costs for irrigation pumping. Sections are provided for both electric and diesel power. There is a short discussion on options for reducing energy use. Pump tests for determining pumping plant efficiency are explained. Definitions for some commonly used terms are provided. Immediately following is an energy use/costs calculator

IMPORTANT!! If you are one of those who will convert from a surface irrigation system to a pressurized system, make sure that your system designer is considering energy costs. This means that he is considering both the capital costs of the system as well as the annual operational costs.

How to Water Tomato Plants Properly?

Tomatoes are one of the most popular home garden crops. These plants thrive in warm, humid environments and can even be grown indoors during colder months. When grown outdoors, tomatoes require frequent watering to maintain production levels. These plants are also very sensitive to water stress, which can lead to wilting, yellowing leaves and a reduced yield. If you’re new to growing tomatoes or need some helpful pointers, here is how to water tomato plants properly.

While paying attention to soil moisture levels is important, the folks at said that overwatering tomato plants is a common mistake that can lead to many problems include: fungal infections, blossom end rot, tomatoes splitting, and poor flavor. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent over-watering your plants. This will help prevent disease and wilting by keeping the roots healthy and oxygenated.

When Should You Water Your Lawn After Fertilizing?

When you fertilize your lawn, you give it the nutrients it needs to thrive. These nutrients are available to your grass for a limited time, and you need to act fast if you want your grass to take up as much of the goodness as possible. To ensure that the fertilizer does its job and that your yard stays healthy, follow these tips on when and how often to water after applying fertilizer.

There are different types of lawn fertilizers you can choose from, depending on your lawn’s needs. You can use 34-0-0 fertilizer for quick growth in lawns, it will turn your lawns a dark green and grow to be a thick carpet. Whether you want to boost your grass’s health, combat weeds, or add nutrients to sandy soil, there’s an option for you.