Hanging Basket growers needing to reduce or eliminate their hand watering labor costs can install a Netafim USA SlimLine EZ Close system and expect acomplete payback in the first season from labor cost savings
Only SlimLine EZ Close assemblies combine the benefits of
Typical labor costs for watering a hanging basket are about $0.25 per basket each month. The Netafim solution for hanging baskets will typically pay for itself in 100 to 120 days. Use the following chart to analyze your payback.
This feature allows the dripper assembly to be closed easily with one hand, preventing water and fertilizer from dripping on the plants or walk ways below. With a quickglance, it's easy to see if the assembly is open or closed.
When every plant gets precisely the same amount of water and fertilizer, exactly the amount you specify, the result is a more uniform crop.
Netafim's drippers feature both pressure compensation and a built-in check valve. This combination of features is the highest level of technology available in drippers today. It ensures that every plant will receive precisely the same amount of water and fertilizer regardless of where the plant is located within the system. Each dripper adjusts itself automatically to the system pressure, resulting in a watering uniformity of 94%. The built-in check valve assures that all the drippers will turn on at the same time (when the system is fully pressurized), and prevents the drainage of the system onto the lowest plants when the system is turned off.
Netafim Hanging Basket Drippers all flow precisely the same, regardless of the length of tube (unlike old generation drippers). This means that several lengths of drippers can be combined on the same line, with each dripper providing the same amount of water to both levels of baskets.
Most old generation drippers soak the baskets to overflowing at the beginning of the line by the time the baskets at the end of the line receive adequate water. The result is both uneven watering of the plants and often a major algae mess on the floor from the overflowing baskets. One cause is the very high flow of older generation drippers (often 20 times higher than Netafim drippers). If the soil media dries a bit and shrinks away from the wall of the basket, the high flow from the old style drippers runs to the edge, into this gap and around the soil, pouring out on the plants and floor below. Netafim drippers flow slowly and uniformly, so the soil media is easily wetted without any run-off around the edges of the basket.
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