Multiple Rotating Streams Use Less Water and Provide Healthier Growth The revolutionary MP Rotator features a unique, multi-trajectory rotating stream delivery system that achieves water-conserving results. Rather than simply “spray” water onto landscapes, MP Rotators deliver multiple streams of water at a steady rate. This slower application rate allows water to gently soak into the soil and achieves an even distribution throughout the area being irrigated. This increased efficiency results in 30% less water use when compared to traditional sprays and significantly reduces wasteful runoff. The MP Rotator can be installed onto any conventional spray head body or shrub adapter, transforming them into high uniformity, low precipitation rate sprinklers with matched precipitation at any arc and any radius. The MP Rotators are a great choice for new systems, as they provide immense range flexibility (from 5’ strip to 35’ radius), decrease material costs, and provide better system efficiency. MPs are also perfect for revitalizing older systems—a retrofit can solve both low pressure and poor coverage problems
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Every gardener, and even people that do not consider themselves gardeners, have a garage full of tools. These tools will range from the neatly organized to those strung about.
Whether you are orderly or haphazard with tool storage, there are a few practices that will help prolong their life. Tools are an expensive investment and extending their life is of great value while the few minutes it takes to clean and repair them will delay costly replacements.
The most important step to cleaning the tools for winter is to remove the dirt that adheres to the metal surfaces. Wash heavy soil from the surface or use an old wire brush to knock off the soil.
Once cleaned, the metal surface can be lightly oiled to prevent rusting and breakdown of the blade or point. The easiest way to prevent rusting is to lightly coat the surface with oil such as the easy-to-use spray like WD-40 or another oil.
Before oiling, sharpening the blades or points is also a good idea. This is a practice that can be done at home with a file or many hardware stores offer a sharpening service for a small fee. Often we neglect the importance of a sharp point or blade on a hoe or shovel. The sharp edge makes the job easier and more efficient. Doing this in the fall while it is fresh in your mind gets it done before the spring rush.
In addition to cleaning the metal surfaces, the wooden handles of the tools should be cleaned and prepared. Handles that are broken or split should be replaced, as they are an accident waiting to happen.
Handles that have become rough over the season can be sanded and sealed. Once sanded smooth, wipe them down with wood oil. In some cases, they can also be painted. Some gardeners paint the handles of shovels, rakes, and hoes with a bright color so they are easy to see lying around in the garden.
Storage of these hand tools over the winter should be in a dry location. For most, that means in the garage that is piled high with all types of stuff. There are several inexpensive racks that can be purchased. These are handy for either the pile-it-higher-and-deeper personalities or the neat-as-a-pin types.
Need a lot more plants? Split them in four or more smaller pieces and replant (it’ll take longer for them to get back to size, but you’ll have more). Don’t need a lot (or any) more but the plant needs splitting anyway? Right down the middle and you’ll have two the same size as the one you split next year. Perennials need the splitting to stay fresh and productive, and every three years or so is a must, so why wait for spring.
AN ALTERNATIVE TO SPRAY HEADS
Known as rotating sprinkler nozzles, matched precipitation rate sprinklers and rotary nozzles, MP Rotators are small rotors that can be retrofitted to any pop-up spray head body. Pop-up spray head bodies equipped with MP Rotators use less water than conventional spray heads. By simply replacing the spay nozzle with the MP Rotator, the system will produce lower precipitation rates and higher uniformity.
MP Rotators rotate while emitting multiple distinct streams of water at one-third of the rate of spray heads, allowing the soil to more-efficiently absorb the applied water.
With a lower application rate, MP Rotators elicit virtually no runoff or standing water, effectively fight wind with stream technology and can cover micro problem areas with easy arc and radius adjustments that maintain the application rate and uniformity.
A sprinkler system's distribution uniformity–or how evenly a sprinkler delivers water over the landscape–is maximized with use of MP Rotators. Say goodbye to brown spots and hello to a green, healthier lawn.