Naturescape Design

Commercial Irrigation

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Naturescape Commercial Irrigation

Decades of experience and know-how

Naturescape Design’s Commercial Irrigation group provides a full array of services that begin with system design and include installation, advice and consultation, service and support. Our Commercial managers work with our clients through every step and phase of developing and implementing their new irrigation system. Once finished and activated, the Naturescape Design team remains available to service our systems and ensure our customer’s needs continue to be met.

Our managers have some five decades of experience in every facet of irrigation system creation, installation and service. Being a Naturescape customer means that you can rely on the system and service that was designed, installed and serviced by one of the most reputable contractors in the Chicagoland area.

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JohnCommercial Irrigation Manager

John is second to none when it comes to building existing relationships and embarking on new ones. While still serving many traditional residential and commercial customers, He has expanded his scope of expertise to include irrigation refinements and renovations for park districts and dust control solutions for material processors.

Mobile: (847) 417-0857

email: jbozeman@naturescapedesigninc.com

PaulCommercial Irrigation Manager

Over the past three decades, Paul has worked on a wide array of commercial and residential projects. Paul aims to design quality underground sprinkler systems utilizing the latest technologies that work for the client’s needs and that provide water efficiently to the landscape, with conservation in mind.

Mobile: (708) 417-3590

email: playshock@naturescapedesigninc.com

What our peers say:

“Working with the Naturescape Team is excellent. They are super experienced and knowledgeable. They take the time to educate you about the products and options – everything from sample lighting with different bulb types, spreads and wattages to get just the right look. When you are honed in on excellent design details as our firm is, they are our go-to company for landscape lighting and irrigation systems.”

Sharon A. Harvey, ASID POULTON GROUP | design/build | Our 28th Year

Naturescapes Clients

Designed System Installations

Overview

Reliable Asphalt Corporation, Reliable Materials Lyons LLC and Bluff City Materials are a conglomerate of companies and site locations that produce aggregate products for development needs. These material processing companies operate at different locations and are open to receive soils, rock, asphalt shingles and concrete. These displaced resources are then processed through conveyor and crushing equipment to produce recycled materials for reuse.

Problem

Receiving, processing and distributing these materials cause an ongoing dust control issue. Local and State EPA affiliations monitor and penalize those companies who do not manage problems that result from excessive dust emissions on and off their sites.

Many operations attempt to resolve dust issues by flooding roadway areas with open water hoses, using water and sweeper trucks to keep the dust down and roadways clean. Dust control by these means is costly by way of equipment purchase, rental, and maintenance. Labor cost for man power adds to the operation cost.

Solution

Naturescape Design Inc. was invited to help develop a solution to this problem through our core business of irrigation. Our goal was to create above ground irrigation that is automated, adaptable to the environment, and flexible to make changes within each site layout to successfully manage dust control.

We implemented this vision with irrigation zones that wet down roadways and water distribution lines running to spray bars that wash aggregate materials at conveyors and crushing equipment. Water is also supplied to truck wheel washing equipment in order to clean the departing trucks that travel local streets and highways. Our system that executes this includes custom pump stations, level and manual controls, as well as programmable control clocks. Water sources that are utilized on these sites are from wells, reclaimed river water, and rain harvesting, with potable water used as a last source.

Outcome

Presently, Naturescape Design has four sites effectively operating and controlling the conglomerate’s dust issues. With minimal maintenance and regular monitoring our approach has provided a solution to our customer’s needs, saved on overhead costs, kept them from paying expensive fines, deterred any site shut-downs, all while helping to protect the environment.

Overview

Royal Ridge Homeowners Association consists of 151 Luxury home sites in Northbrook, IL. The property sits on 50 acres of beautifully landscaped green spaces which also includes ponds and canals. All turf areas are irrigated as well as front entry flower plantings. The irrigation system consists of 60 watering zones controlled by two irrigation controllers. The water for the irrigation system is supplied by using a 20 horse power pump station that draws water from one of the ponds with a dedicated well to replenish this pond as needed.

Problem

The watering schedule that was in place was not appropriate for irrigating the heavy clay soils on the property as we observed excessive runoff and a large area of swampy soils. Our initial site visit also revealed very large watering zones each of which spanned a variety of “microclimates” with different watering requirements. The watering demand on one zone may have included both extremely sunny portions along with areas of dense shade making it impossible to balance the water coverage.

Solution

We used a two-step process to address the system. First, we changed sprinkler nozzles in areas of mismatched microclimates. This greatly reduced the amount of water that was being applied to the densely shaded areas while not starving the sunny areas. Next we revamped the watering schedule.

Using a cycle and soak technique, a clock schedule was developed that would deliver an equivalent of 1.25” of rainfall per week. Due to the size of the system this was accomplished by cycling each watering zone only twice a week but activating each zone three times during the night to avoid runoff and provide maximum benefit to the plant. This technique uses much shorter run times to keep the water where it is intended and needed. Allowing the soils time to dry out between watering days also promotes healthy root growth.

Outcome

By implementing the new watering schedule and the turf management program delivered by Mariani Landscape, the results are visually obvious in the overall health of the turf. When drier conditions present themselves very little adjustment is needed because the turf is much healthier than irrigated lawns that are overwatered.

“Our 50 acre award winning landscape site is made possible by the great attention it receives from our partners at Mariani Landscape and Naturescape Design. Naturescape Design has been instrumental in the maintenance of this treasured asset. Their managers and technicians are incredibly responsive and resourceful. The customer service as well as the breadth of knowledge in their field is exceptional. As a manager, I truly appreciate the expertise and support I receive from Naturescape Design. “

Lisa U. Rose, CMCA, AMS
Community Association Manager
Royal Ridge HOA
Northbrook, IL
www.royalridge.net

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