|Varsity Lake awaiting irrigation start up|
Mother Nature sends out indicators to announce her plants are ready to come back from their winter rest but it takes a keen eye to notice. If temperatures remain above freezing, the turf starts coming out of its dormant stage. It needs water. Allowing the turf to stress is very bad.This revelation sent me straight home to take a good look at my own lawn for stress. Yep, I found it. My grass was super stressed and begging me for water. While I was outside examining signs of new growth, I noticed my neighbor adjusting his sprinkler heads. I may not know Mother Nature as well as the turf guys on campus but one look at my grass told me I better move fast or I might find my lawn creeping next door to receive better care.
Fortunately, the campus has professionals. Teams and a centralized irrigation system work together to keep the turf, trees and plants healthy and flourishing no matter what time of year it is.Communication between antennas and clocks is critical. No water will be turned on until it can be told where to go. It’s the first step in firing up the campus irrigation system after its winter shut down. You may never see the antennas because they are on some of the highest spots on campus but I am sure you have seen the clocks. Look for green boxes that stand about waist high.
|Tom Coppens checking a clock near Macky Auditorium|
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