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Book: Proceedings of the Second International Turfgrass Research Conference
Published by: American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America



  1.  p. 241-245
    Proceedings of the Second International Turfgrass Research Conference

    Eliot C. Roberts (ed.)

    ISBN: 978-0-89118-573-4


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Automatic irrigation systems for turfgrass1

  1. J. R. Watson


There has been marked progress in the development of automatic irrigation equipment during recent years. This equipment incorporated into a correctly designed system for a specific landscaped site permits the controlled application of precise amounts of water. Such systems are capable of delivering the water in accordance with the needs of various plants and in conformance with the infiltration and waterholding capacity of widely variable soils. Current automatic irrigation systems are economical to operate and are designed to conserve water. Automatic irrigation systems may be programmed to operate during “off peak” water use and play periods.

The mechanical components of an automatic irrigation system consist of a pumping station, pipe, valves, sprinklers, and controllers. The more advanced systems utilize a valve in or valve under each head and central controls which permit operation of individual heads. System design, installation, and programming are key factors in the successful performance of the various components. Additional index words: Watering, Infiltration, Water-holding capacity, Water conservation, Sprinklers, Design.

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