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  • 1. 6/13/10 Open Source Methodology 1

2. Landscape Projects Optimized Its all about the Dirt!Reduce Landscape CostReduce Water UsageImprove Results Prepared by: Michael Huff mwfitzhugh@yahoo.com Howard R. Asher Howard.Asher@2GLS.com6/13/10 Open Source Methodology 2 3. Reduce landscape cost by over 30% Reduce Water by 25% Improve Results by 60% http://eetd.lbl.gov/env/mlf/soilcarbon/scalup.html 6/13/10 Open Source Methodology3 4. Ground-up Planning vs. Plant Down! Project Grading Removes Top Soils! Post Final Grade ! Build Hyper Nutrient Perfect Soil directly in the planting areas! Plant 1 to 2 sizes smaller Plant Materials! 5 Gal. Plant Looks like 15 Gal. in 3 Months & 24 Box in 6/9monthsin Perfect Soil! Plants Perform 3x Better than Classic Soil Prep http://www.digitalseed.comhttp://www.rain.org 6/13/10Open Source Methodology 4 5. Reduce landscape cost by over 30%! Plant a Small Plant in Perfect SoilOR! Plant a Big Plant in Dirt ! Spend a Little Money on Perfecting the SoilOR! Spend a Lot of Money on Real-Big Plants ! The Landscape Looks Good Instantly OR! The Landscape Looks Outstanding in 3 monthsBeautiful in 6 monthsAward Winning in 9 months and3 years established in 12 months 6/13/10Open Source Methodology 5 6. Building Perfect Soil ! Soil Test* Planting Areas, by types of plants planned ! Amend and Supplement, per soil test result & Labs instructions ! Normal ingredients for most California coast & valley Soils! Aged Manure! Agricultural (washed) Grade Course Sand! Compost Amendments Rich in Micronutrients! Fertilizers with Select Trace Micronutrients Elements & Chelator ! Thoroughly Till (12 /18) into Soil at least 60 days prior to planting ! Deep water in every 10 days with temporary overhead systems ! 60 days - Spot Retest Soil ! Re-amend per Labs instructions ! Re-till lightly (6) the planting areas ! Install subsurface irrigation ! Prepare planting areas and plant ! Spread 10 lbs Earthworms** per 1,000 sq ft *http://ceventura.ucdavis.edu/ben/avo_handbook/resources/labs.htm ** http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthworm www.drbensonsmix.com 6/13/10Open Source Methodology 6 7. Reduce Water by 25% to 40% ! Subsurface Irrigation System ! Less Material Cost vs. PVC + Overhead System ! Less Labor Cost vs. PVC + Overhead System ! Less Maintenance Cost vs. PVC + Overhead System ! Fertilize in-Line irrigation system ! No Runoff, Soil Erosion or Overspray ! No Hardscape or Garden Light Damage ! No Water Spray Staining or Auto Paint Damage ! Reduce Recycled Water Warnings and Issues ! No Mosquito or Mud Puddles ! No Sprinkler-head Damage, Repair or Adjustment ! No Sprinkler Relocation as Plants Grow ! Grass and soil surface always dry to mow or walk-on even duringirrigation cycle6/13/10Open Source Methodology7 8. Reduce Structural Damage & Waste Runoff, Soil Erosion or Overspray Mosquito & Mud PuddlesHardscape Damage, Water Spray Staining or Auto Paint Damage, Sprinkler-head Damage, Repair or Adjustment 6/13/10Open Source Methodology 8 9. Reduce Water by 25% to 40%! Sub-surface Irrigation System 6/13/10Open Source Methodology 9 10. Reduce Water by 25% to 40%! Subsurface Irrigation System 6/13/10Open Source Methodology 10 11. Place Fertilizer at the Root! Subsurface Fertilization SystemFertigation is a process in whichfertilizer is dissolved and distributedalong with water in your subsurfaceor spray irrigation system. There isabundant research available thatsupports the superiority of fertigationas compared to traditional fertilizingtechniques. http://fertigator.com/ www.ezflofertilizing.com/www.drbensonsmix.com 6/13/10 Open Source Methodology11 12. Reduce Water by 25% to 40%! GeoFlow Subsurface Irrigation SystemGeoflow International Group, is headquartered in Corte Madera, California THE nano-ROOTGUARD ADVANTAGENano-ROOTGUARD is the key to Geoflows success with subsurface drip irrigation.ROOTGUARD technology combines Treflan with the drip emitter to inhibit rootgrowth. The herbicide is released at a uniform rate, maintaining sufficienthttp://www.geoflow.comconcentration in the soil immediately surrounding the drip emitter to prevent rootgrowth into the emitter. Built-in ROOTGUARD protection is guaranteed by Geoflow toprevent roots from growing into subsurface drip emitters. Nano-ROOTGUARD is apatented Geoflow improvement which increases the expected life from 20years to 30years. Geoflow moviehttp://www.geoflow.com/geoflow.rm American Architectural Review with Morley SaferVideohttp://www.geoflow.com/movie.html 6/13/10 Open Source Methodology12 13. Irrigation, Wastewater, Filters &Controllers! Netafim Subsurface Irrigation System Netafim International Group, is headquartered in Fresno, Californiahttp://www.netafimusa.com Online Videos http://www.netafimusa.com/landscape/literature/online-videos 6/13/10 Open Source Methodology 13 14. Reduce Water by 25% to 40%! Subsurface Irrigation System Resources & Vendorshttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drip_irrigation SSDI SubSurface Drip Irrigation Turf & Water Management http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYD6s0hUXpY Subsurface Drip Irrigation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2p7tfQqfdLY Greywater reuse system Bilby Aqua http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a2YTzAKmGmY Drip Irrigation .org http://www.dripirrigation.org/ Fertilizer Injector www.ezfloinjection.com Very Best Inline Fertilizer www.drbensonsmix.com Onsite Weather Monitors www.smartline.com 6/13/10 Open Source Methodology 14 15. Improve Results by 60%! Combine Perfect Soil with SubsurfaceIrrigation will Optimize Landscape Portion ofProject! Reduce Landscape Installation Budget &Maintenance! Greatly Reduce Water Usage and RunoffWaste and Soil Erosion! Resulting in a Beautiful Landscape Aesthetic! Improve Profit 6/13/10Open Source Methodology 15 16. Landscape Projects Optimized 6/13/10Open Source Methodology 16