requirements. Common uses for injection can be any or all of the following: water and soil management, fertilization, pest repellent and water treatment. So, the landscape needs may be controlling gophers for one site, treating hard water on another, or just providing added convenience to reduce costly labor hours. The needs will vary, but often there is an injectable solution.

Large injector in above-grade installation servicing a commercial property of 12 acres

In Summary

Once an injector is installed, it is important to ensure that it is used with effective products. Just as a sprinkler does not work without water, an injector does not perform without the proper products. The quality of the results is directly correlated to the quality of the products. Fortunately, many injectable products are available in distribution and supported by various equipment manufacturers. The injector manufacturers will generally be able to provide a broad knowledge of what products to use and when. Programs can be created from something as simple as a desire for enhanced growth and health to detailed application time periods derived from soil, water and plant tissue testing.

Fertigation has expanded into a much broader tool for the landscape and irrigation market. What was once a nifty way to fertilize has now become a necessity. Without injection, the application of specialty products is generally cost-prohibitive. The ability to treat a 6-acre property in as little as 15 minutes with a fertilizer, pest repellent and wetting agent all at once is a tremendous advantage. Now consider if the same 6 acres were drip irrigation. This would fully circumvent the need for manual spraying of each planted area. With injection options to service five container plants up to 300 or more acres via a pump station, there is a suitable solution for any landscape treatment need.

Simple view of the injection process

Jeff Gilmore is vice president and international sales manager of EZ-FLO. With over 20 years

of experience in

Treating reclaimed water to reduce salts and improve landscape health

fertigation, he has assisted irrigation professionals since the inception of the fertigation

concept through the design, manufacture and assembly of all EZ-FLO components.

Photo credits: EZ-FLO Fertilizing Systems, Inc. 19

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