Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

FEB 2018

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Right Two water features on the property are filled from the irrigation system. The annual and perennial plants are watered via a sprinkler system or by hand. Last year, some of the plants actually outgrew the reach of the irrigation system and had to be hand watered as well as irrigated. February 2018 21 sprayer mounted on a truck. The shrubs, annuals, perennials and potted flowers on site are maintained daily. "Depending on the season, they check them for water, check to make sure there's no insects, and deadhead," said Terrell. He estimates there are about 1,500 square feet of bed space for annuals and another 2,000 square feet for perennials. Beyond the beds, seasonal plants are placed around the resort – for example, in winter, about a hundred poinsettias were installed and watered twice a week. Last year, the irrigation system alone was not enough for the annuals A Cut Above installed in the beds. "We got them so big last year, that even in the irrigated beds, we had to hand wa - ter because they outgrew the sprinklers," said Terrell. "Even though we put exten - sions on the sprinklers, they still didn't come up higher than the plants because we grew the annuals so tall." The Water The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gar- dens has two decorative water features – a waterfall that pours over mossy rocks, and a semi-circular scupper fountain. "We saved them a lot of water on the waterfall," said Terrell. Turns out, it was overfilling, using about ten times as much water as was needed. "It has an auto-fill feature on it, so it fills up every day – you have to replenish water because of evaporation, and some of it splashes out," he explained. The waterfall takes its water from the irrigation system and fills up its reser - voir automatically. Through testing, the team from A Cut Above determined that it took about four to six minutes for the reservoir to reach a sufficient water level. "It had been running for the last ten years for 90 minutes every night," Ter - rell said. "The first five minutes would fill up the necessary water, and then for the next 85 minutes it would just be overflowing and going out a pipe down in a culvert."

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