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Learn how to improve your irrigation practices through our 2022 spring's program series. Each program's information builds on the previous programs, so ideally they should be watched in order starting with the April program. 

June 7, 2022 | 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. CDT | Handout | Program Recording

Presenter: Dean Eisenhauer, University of Nebraska Emeritus Professor of Biological Systems Engineering

Agenda - Basics of managing an underground sprinkler system. 

  1. Soil water storage.
  2. Lawn water evapotranspiration (ET).
  3. How often to water and how much to apply based on lawn ET.  
  4. Using the irrigation system seasonal adjust option.
  5. Measuring water applications.
Earlier Programs
April 5, 2022 | Program Recording

Presenters: Roch Gaussion, UNL Turfgrass Specialist and John Fech, Nebraska Extension Educator.

Part I - Common Lawn Grass Species | Handout

  • What’s unique about each species?
  • What are the advantages of a cool-season grass blend?
  • Species water needs and root depth.
  • Deciding when the lawn needs watering.
  • How much water should I apply? 

Part II- Efficient Irrigation Practices | Handout

  1. How to operate your irrigation system manually.
  2. How does soil texture and compaction affect irrigation efficiency?
  3. How to determine water infiltration rates.
  4. Effects of aeration on water infiltration.
  5. Why is overwatering bad for turf?
  6. Annual irrigation system auditing.
May 3, 2022 |6:30 to 8:00 p.m. CDT | Handout | Program Recording

Presenter: Dean Eisenhauer, University of Nebraska Emeritus Professor of Biological Systems Engineering

Agenda - Understanding underground irrigation systems. 

  1. Components of an irrigation system.
  2. How water application rate is affected by head spacing and head/nozzle selection.
  3. Matching zone run times to meet water needs.

For more information, contact the Water Dogs program team.

 

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