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Proceedings of the International Plant Propagator's Society

Vol. 42

Water Conserving Irrigation Systems

David W. Burger

pp: 260-268

Many factors (sprinkler spacing, sprinkler performance, water pressure, wind, and others) combine to determine how efficiently and uniformly water is applied to plants growing in the greenhouse, nursery, or landscape. The myriad factors can be organized into the following categories: Pre-Design Considerations, Design Considerations, Irrigation System Modifiers, and Irrigation System Control. General guidelines have been used in the past to analyze irrigation systems and optimize the distribution of water. However, as energy and water conservation issues begin to play larger roles in the production and maintenance of ornamental plants, irrigation system analyses must become more precise to improve the uniformity of water application and increase the efficient use of available water.

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