Smart Irrigation Month

Complementing Your Smart Irrigation System with Sustainable Solutions

There are plenty of additional considerations you can explore to complement your smart irrigation system and contribute toward a truly sustainable landscape.

Permeable pavers. An alternative to concrete or asphalt surfaces, permeable pavers allow rainwater to filter naturally down into the underlying soil to recharge valuable groundwater aquifers. They help prevent flooding and protect the quality of our water supplies by eliminating pollutant-laden runoff from entering natural waterways.

Rainwater harvesting. Rainwater harvesting refers to the capture and storage of water, which can then be used as a supplemental water source for irrigating a landscape. Rainwater harvesting can take many forms, including above-ground rain barrels or cisterns, below-grade catchments or combined systems that incorporate simple or advanced water features. Be sure to check local regulations before exploring this option.

LED lighting. LED technology, or light emitting diode, is the most efficient light source available, rivaling halogen in brilliance and intensity at one-fifth of the wattage. Though not suitable for all applications, the lamp life rating is excellent – upwards of 80,000 hours.

Green walls. A vertical, vegetative “living wall,” a green wall can be freestanding or part of a building and can help reduce the overall temperature of the building, improve the aesthetics and can even aid in water reuse, purification and retention.

Soil testing. Submit a soil sample to a testing laboratory for an inexpensive report explaining its balance of nutrients, which will assist with selecting the appropriate fertilizer and application rate.

Aerification, amendments and mulch. Implementing a regular aerification schedule and base layer of organic matter or calcined clay products will aid in water and nutrient retention and allow deeper infiltration into the soil profile to promote deeper root growth and help plants resist disease and better withstand drought conditions.

Slow-release fertilizer. The use of coated, slow-release fertilizers, which have lower salt indexes than other quickly-available nitrogen fertilizers, means less watering when compared to their non-coated counterpart products.

Fertilizer injection systems (fertigation). Fertigation, derived from the combination of fertilization and irrigation, allows you to fertilize and irrigate a section of turf in one simple step, making it easier for nutrients to infiltrate plant root zones and eliminating the need for watering above and beyond the irrigation system’s scheduled program run time.

Smart Irrigation Month is an initiative of the Irrigation Association, a non-profit industry organization dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation. Learn more at www.smartirrigationmonth.org.Provided for the Irrigation Association by Ewing Irrigation Products, Inc.

James Haley

TerraPro, Inc.
4856 E. Baseline Rd. #104
Mesa, AZ 85206

You take a picture and we go to work

Work Crew iphone and Android

You take a picture and we go to work

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You take a picture of what needs to be done.

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We receive the details, pictures and GPS location.

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We send you a picture when the work is completed.

Work Order Flow Chart

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Terrapro Customer Service Methodology

A property´s common areas enhance the look of the multi-family or condo complex. To enhance your property’s appeal, the landscape maintenance must be guided by a detailed plan that incorporates some quality control measures. Terrapro uses a Work Crews iPhone application to verify that the community looks its best, from the entrances to the hidden away corners. We police ourselves and believe quality control is our job, not the job of the property manager or residents. Property managers can take a picture of a landscaping issue, and we do the rest.

Work Crew iphone Application

Take A Picture and Terrapro Goes to Work – With Terrapro’s new iPhone Work Crews application, all landscaping assets—trees, shrubs, turf, and sprinkler systems—on a property can be cataloged by global positioning system (GPS) location. Terrapro landscape maintenance generates work orders and tracks their progress based on a this precise landscaping asset information.

The Work Crew iPhone application increases the accuracy of the quotation, work order, and invoice process for both Terrapro and its clients. The work list and completion time for each landscaping maintenance task are tracked to the minute and documented by pictures. Property mangers can access their landscaping inventory and review work orders and invoices from their desktop computer or PDA. The Work Crew application creates transparency and accountability in the invoicing process for both Terrapro Landscape and its clients.

 

ET Water

Case Studies:

National Apartment Provider Attains 40% Water Savings and 230% ROI

One national apartment building provider attains 40% water savings, 230% ROI, and a year-over-year savings of $60,000.

Southern CA HOA Saves 35% With ETwater

This HOA saved 36% in water use in the first year after installing the ETwater solution, which stayed consistently under the water budget and outperformed the competition in a 2-year competitive analysis.

Colorado Apartment Provider Saves 29% in Water Use

This Colorado irrigation consultancy helped their luxury apartment community client use 29% and 1.7 million less gallons of water in the first year after installing ETwater controllers while also staying nearly 1.5 million gallons below the district’s water budget.

Why Playing Outdoors Makes children Smarter

Why Playing Outdoors Makes Children Smarter

PlayingOut.articleAuthor and clinical psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison writes, “Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” It is through unstructured, open-ended creative play that children learn the ways of the world. While playing outside, children explore with all their senses, they witness new life, they create imaginary worlds and they negotiate with each other to create a playful environment.

  1. Outdoor play is a multi-sensory activity. While outdoors, children will see, hear, smell and touch things unavailable to them when they play inside. They use their brains in unique ways as they come to understand these new stimuli.
  2. Playing outside brings together informal play and formal learning. Children can incorporate concepts they have learned at school in a hands-on way while outdoors. For example, seeing and touching the roots of a tree will bring to life the lesson their teacher taught about how plants get their nutrients.
  3. Playing outdoors stimulates creativity. Robin Moore, an expert in the design of play and learning environments, says, “Natural spaces and materials stimulate children’s limitless imagination and serve as the medium of inventiveness and creativity.” Rocks, stones and dirt present limitless opportunities for play that can be expressed differently every time a child steps outside.
  4. Playing outdoors is open-ended. There is no instruction manual for outdoor play. Children make the rules and in doing so use their imagination, creativity, intelligence and negotiation skills in a unique way.
  5. Playing in nature reduces anxiety. Time spent outside physiologically reduces anxiety. Children bring an open mind and a more relaxed outlook back inside when they are in more traditional learning environments.
  6. Outdoor play increases attention span. Time spent in unstructured play outdoors is a natural attention builder. Often children who have difficulty with pen and paper tasks or sitting still for long periods of times are significantly more successful after time spent outside.
  7. Outdoor play is imaginative. Because there are no labels, no pre-conceived ideas and no rules, children must create the world around them. In this type of play, children use their imagination in ways they don’t when playing inside.
  8. Being in nature develops respect for other living things. Children develop empathy, the ability to consider other people’s feeling, by interacting with creatures in nature. Watching a tiny bug, a blue bird or a squirrel scurrying up a tree gives children the ability to learn and grow from others.
  9. Outdoor play promotes problem solving. As children navigate a world in which they make the rules, they must learn to understand what works and what doesn’t, what lines of thinking bring success and failure, how to know when to keep trying and when to stop.
  10. Playing outside promotes leadership skills. In an environment where children create the fun, natural leaders will arise. One child may excel at explaining how to play the game, while another may enjoy setting up the physical challenge of an outdoor obstacle course. All types of leadership skills are needed and encouraged.
  11. Outdoor play widens vocabulary. While playing outdoors, children may see an acorn, a chipmunk and cumulous clouds. As they encounter new things, their vocabulary will expand in ways it never could indoors.
  12. Playing outside improves listening skills. As children negotiate the rules of an invented game, they must listen closely to one another, ask questions for clarification and attend to the details of explanations in ways they don’t have to when playing familiar games.
  13. Being in nature improves communication skills. Unclear about the rules in an invented game? Not sure how to climb the tree or create the fairy house? Children must learn to question and clarify for understanding while simultaneously making themselves understood.
  14. Outdoor play encourages cooperative play. In a setting where there aren’t clear winners and losers, children work together to meet a goal. Perhaps they complete a self-made obstacle course or create a house for a chipmunk. Together they compromise and work together to meet a desired outcome.
  15. Time in nature helps children to notice patterns. The natural world is full of patterns. The petals on flowers, the veins of a leaf, the bark on a tree are all patterns. Pattern building is a crucial early math skill.
  16. Playing outdoors helps children to notice similarities and differences. The ability to sort items and notice the similarities and differences in them is yet another skill crucial to mathematical success. Time outdoors affords many opportunities for sorting.
  17. Time spent outdoors improves children’s immune systems. Healthy children are stronger learners. As children spend more and more time outdoors, their immune systems improve, decreasing time out of school for illness.
  18. Outdoor play increases children’s physical activity level. Children who play outdoors are less likely to be obese and more likely to be active learners. Children who move and play when out of school are ready for the attention often needed for classroom learning.
  19. Time spent outdoors increases persistence. Outdoor games often require persistence. Children must try and try again if their experiment fails. If the branch doesn’t reach all the way across the stream or the bark doesn’t cover their fairy house, they must keep trying until they are successful.
  20. Outdoor play is fun. Children who are happy are successful learners. Children are naturally happy when they are moving, playing and creating outside. This joy opens them up for experimenting, learning and growing.

Stacey Loscalzo is a freelance writer and mother of two girls living in Ridgewood, NJ. She and her girls have been getting outside to play for nearly a decade.

How to Prevent Copper Theft

How to Protect Against Copper Theft

Vacuum Breakers

I spray all exposed copper and brass with Bed Liner spray or Henrys from Home Depot or Lowes, these coatings are hard to remove and almost impossible for the thieves to clean. You now have a practical and inexpensive Deterrent, that can be applied to all your properties.

Air Units

Unfortunately, copper theft has become an all too common occurrence. This has been happening throughout the United States, so it is not a problem unique to Phoenix. Therefore, I would like to offer the following tips to help prevent the theft of copper items from your property.

Remove the exterior of your exterior air conditioning units and spray paint the copper tubing with a florescent orange or green paint. Then replace the exterior.

Use microdot or DataDot® technology on your tubing in place of spray paint. Another product is called SmartWater®, which can be used on any property. See http://www.datadotusa.com/index.htm and http://www.smartwater.com/Video.aspx for information on these products.

Remove the landscaping or fencing from around the air conditioner unit to improve the surveillance of the area.

Install or improve the lighting over your air conditioner units

Use an engraver to engrave the address of the property onto various places on the air conditioner units. Avoid using the property owner’s    information since this may change often, whereas the property address will remain the same.

Spray paint or use microdot or DataDot® technology for the copper found in utility rooms, boiler rooms, etc

Engrave any copper tubing with the address of the property along with any other of the previous ideas.

James Haley

Cell 480-444-8776
TerraPro, Inc.
4856 E. Baseline Rd. #104
Mesa, AZ 85206
Office 480-355-1393
Fax 480-452-0347

Preventing Copper Theft – YouTube

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Aug 23, 2012 – Uploaded by ChurchMutual

Church Mutual has had as many as 1500 copper theft claims in a single year, totaling more than $10 million

Arizona Wild Flowers

2013 Wildflower Ranger Cam

Welcome to Ranger Cam 2013, your source for updates on wildflower and cactus blooms at Arizona State Parks. State Park Rangers and volunteers use digital cameras to capture the weekly changes in the desert. Keep checking this page for updates. Check out upcoming activities on our Event Calendar.

Cattail Cove State Park

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Poppies (left) can be seen on the mountainside.

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Little Jon Bottlebrush (left) & Scorpionweed (phacelia crenulata) (right).

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Bird of Paradise (left) & Fairy Duster (right).

Ranger Elese LaVelle took these photos of the flowers blooming at Cattail Cove State Park. Park’s Home Page   Driving Directions   Facilities   Campground Reservations

Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park

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Goldpoppies (left) & Claret Cup (right).

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Henbit (Lamium amplexicaule) (left) & Ragged rockflower (Crossosoma Bigelovii) (right)

Daisies

Wildflower Walks will be offered at 11am on April 6 with Author Christine Maxa, and with Cass Blodgett on April 7. One of nature’s most fascinating subjects? The interrelationship between flowers and their charismatic insect pollinators. Adults will find they, too, have a few things to learn about ‘the birds and the bees’ Saturday morning (April 6) when author Christine Maxa leads the 11am wildflower walk.

What’s in bloom this week? The season’s first Mariposa Lilies are blooming in the South American collections behind the ‘Quincho’ pole-barn shade structure just above Ayer Lake. Mariposas are just one of dozens of wildflower varieties you’ll see on either 11am guided wildflower walk this weekend (Cass Blodgett is our guide Sunday). Park’s Home Page   Driving Directions   Facilities

Catalina State Park

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Common Monkey Flower (left) & Bajada Lupine (right).
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Woolly Daisy (left) & W. Screech Owl in a saguaro arm (right).

There are at least 53 species of wildflowers in bloom at Catalina State Park. Photos are provided by Volunteer Margie Caswell. Park’s Home Page   Driving Directions   Facilities   Campground Reservations

Lost Dutchman State Park

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Rangers report that the most visible area to see wildflowers is by hiking along Jacob’s Crosscut Trail and along Prospector’s View Trail. Shown above are Blue dicks (top left), Chuparosa toward the Siphon Draw Trail (top right), Filarees (bottom left) and Poppies toward the Siphon Draw Trail (bottom right). Check out the Hikes & Programs at this park. Park’s Home Page   Driving Directions   Facilities   Campground Reservations

 

Wildflower Hotline

Tips for Viewing Wildflowers

  1. Research the areas you will be going before you leave to be sure the elevation is where the flowers are blooming. Different flowers bloom at different temperature and soil conditions. Flowers in sand dunes are much different than those in the mountains. Arizona Highways Magazine has an excellent “Desert Wildflower” book. This book also tells the rainfall patterns and temperatures that affect wildflower blooms.
  2. Bring plenty of water and a picnic lunch.
  3. Bring a camera and lots of film. A magnifying glass will let you see the flowers up close.
  4. Don’t touch or pick flowers, buds or seed plants. Don’t step on the green plants.
  5. Be in the desert on a sunny day between 10-3:00 if you want to see poppies when they are open and the most beautiful. On cold or windy the flowers will close.
  6. Don’t stop on the freeway or park on the side of roads to take pictures.
  7. Never touch any type of cactus. The tiny spines you can’t see embed themselves in your skin.
  8. Watch for the wildflower pollinators: bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, ants, bats, and beetles.
  9. People with allergies should be aware that the pollen could cause an allergic reaction.
  10. Globemallow are pretty but also called “sore-eye poppies” because if you touch your eyes after touching the flower the star shaped hairs will irritate your eyes

James Haley

Cell 480-444-8776
TerraPro, Inc.
4856 E. Baseline Rd. #104
Mesa, AZ 85206
james@terraproaz.com
Office 480-355-1393
Fax 480-452-0347

Growing Vertically

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Plant Connection, Inc. is the exclusive global grower and US distributor for G-O2™ Living Wall systems. With full horticultural support and innovative design, G-O2™ products represent the best quality available in the marketplace today.
Plant Connection, Inc. manufactures, designs, and grows G-O2™ Living Walls, which are specially engineered for plant performance and sustainability. As a modular system, it mounts easily to different surfaces, allowing for multiple applications. Its own built-in irrigation and monitoring system ensures the viability of your custom plant selection.

About G-OProducts
As a full service green wall company with a thorough horticultural background, we will consult with you on plant choices for your specific location. Our G-O2™ Living Walls are successful because:
  • All plant material is specially customized for each project.
  • All products come pre-grown by Professional Nursery Growers (under our supervision), which allows you to have a mature and healthy product ready for installation.
  • We offer complete horticultural support from design concept to installation and maintenance with our trained horticultural professionals and design specialists.

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Alleviates Sick Building Syndrome

Over the last few years, we have seen quite a growth in “green thinking” as communities are understanding more the importance of sustainable building design solutions. Living architecture, which comprises green walls, green roofs, and green facades, has become a key element for many new buildings or retrofitting projects.


G-O2™ | BNY Mellon, NYC

Living walls have gained a lot of popularity, not only for their aesthetical beauty and marketing attraction, but more so for the environmental impacts they have. In urban areas, where green space is limited, taking advantage of vertical spaces is a solid way to bring nature into a space that might otherwise not have the means. This is especially important for indoor spaces where there lacks adequate fresh-air intake/air filtration, and can be attributed to sick building syndrome.


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Sick building syndrome (SBS) occurs when the occupants of a building experience acute health effects that seem to be linked to time spent in a building. Since most Americans spend 80-90% of their time indoors, they are highly influenced by the effectiveness of interior air circulation systems. Additionally, when carcinogenic chemicals and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) from building construction, carpeting/upholstery, copy machines, and cleaning agents remain trapped in indoor environments, it adversely affects building occupants’ health. Symptoms can include:

  • headache
  • eye, nose, or throat irritation
  • dry cough
  • dry or itchy skin
  • dizziness and nausea
  • difficulty concentrating
  • fatigue
  • sensitivity to odors

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The solution: Green Walls! Studies have shown that buildings strategically placing and promoting access to vegetation have been documented as having a great positive human health impact than those without. Contact with vegetation can be instrumental in:

  • Alleviating daily stress
  • Decreasing aliments, headaches, number of sick days taken by employees
  • Increasing job satisfaction and productivity

Whether for new construction or a retrofitted building, installing HVAC air intake vents on walls that have been greened with vegetation will draw air in that has already been filtered, thereby creating cleaner air free of airborne pollutants for occupants.
G-O2™ | BNY Mellon, NYC

One block from the Freedom Tower in downtown Manhattan, Plant Connection installed a 32 feet tall by 60 feet wide interior G-O2™ green wall for BNY Mellon – NYC’s largest to date! Plant Connection’s green wall designer, Sabrina Buttitta, designed an “organic tapestry” of plants to balance the magnitude of the 33-story corporate atrium. The 1,920 SF living wall is home to 11,673 plants and contains a 12-zone built-in irrigation system with a remote monitoring system to optimize the health of the living wall plants. Plant Connection’s president, Anthony Caggiano, and vice president, Melissa Daniels, work closely consulting the maintenance company, and at any minute, know the status of the wall’s health.


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Patrons working in the offices above now have a stunning view of this magnificent green living space. Personnel working on the ground level or sitting in the lounge area right near the wall, not only have an enhanced working space, but also a healthier working environment.


G-O2™ | BNY Mellon, NYC

The reintroduction of greenery into the urban landscape will improve interior and exterior indoor air quality, which can lead to a reduction of the Urban Heat Island effect. Control of these negative urban phenomena will reduce the numbers of associated aliments and illnesses, and help restore our connection to nature. The living wall at BNY Mellon adds to the list of metropolitan areas with living walls that are greatly impacting the urban landscape.

Free Inspections

TerraPlay is offering FREE Safety Inspections on ALL playgrounds, no strings attached, no contracts, no cost, just a simple phone call or email and you can have the piece of mind that your facilities (HOA, Day Care, Schools) have been inspected by a Certifiied National playground safety inspector, Call or email Jim at james@terraproaz.com , 480-444-8776. Call now to schedule your fee inpsection.

TerraPlay provides homeowners associations and their management companies a means to keep the playgrounds and tot-lots in their communities in optimal condition.

We offer our clients cleaning and disinfection of playground equipment as well as safety inspections of each site that follows the national standards and guidelines set in place for playgrounds by the ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) and the CPSC (National Consumer Product Safety Commission)

TerraPlay operations are directly derived from instruction by the NPSI (National Playground Safety Institute). This course is offered to industry professionals by The National Recreation and Parks Association, and is regarded as the industry standard

TerraPlay ultimate goal is to make privately owned playgrounds the brightest safest place they can be.

James Haley
Cell 480-444-8776
TerraPro, Inc.
4856 E. Baseline Rd. #104
Mesa, AZ 85206
Office 480-355-1393
Fax 480-452-0347

Playground Safety News

Playground Safety News

Posted on 4/26/2012 2:50:00 PM | Tags: playground safety, Caroline Smith, Martha Stewart

A big part about being a kid is going to the playground at your local park. Getting outdoors, enjoying the fresh air and being active can do wonders for a child and not to mention enables them to burn off all that extra energy. What’s more, getting kids to play on playgrounds is one of the ways to help combat the childhood obesity epidemic.

I’ve spent countless hours with my two year old son at playgrounds on the weekend and it is not only fun for him, but fun for me as I soak up all his laughter and file all the wonderful memories made together. But one thing I wasn’t really sure of is how to stay safe while on the playground and what things I should look for when we approach a new play area.

This morning, Caroline Smith, NRPA’s playground safety manager and expert, was a guest on the Martha Stewart “Morning Living” radio show on SiriusXM satellite radio. Caroline took listeners through five important tips to keep in mind when going to the playground (audio clip follows).

These tips are available on the playground safety section of NRPA.org. Feel free to share these five tips with parents in your community as well!

  1. Check the surfacing material beneath the equipment to ensure it is acceptable. Improper surfacing material under playground equipment is the leading cause of playground-related injuries.
  2. Check the temperature of equipment surfaces. Hot surfaces in direct sunlight can reach temperatures high enough to cause serious contact burn injuries in a matter of seconds.
  3. Be observant of the conditions of the playground. After falls, the next leading cause of injuries on playgrounds is related to breakage, tip-over, design and assembly of equipment.
  4. Supervision and proper clothing can reduce risk. It is estimated that 40 percent of playground injuries are associated with a lack of supervision.
  5. Ensure the equipment is age-appropriate. Preschool-aged children (2 to 5) have developmental needs that differ greatly from school-aged children (5 to 12).

James Haley at Terraplay a division of Terrapro james@terraproaz.com