Wide Variety of Repair Products Available

Aqua-Flo Supply has been in business for almost 50 years. In that time, we have encountered countless, unique repair jobs that go well beyond your typical residential sprinkler system repairs. We stock everything you need to fix a broken line or get out of a jam. We have compression couplings, telescoping couplings, rubber couplings, circle clamps & metal bolted couplings for high pressure lines, no-stop repair couplings and even the glue-less PVC-Lock compression fittings.

We also stock replacement solenoids, diaphragms & rubber repair kits, float switches, lighting sockets, Slick-Wrap casting material, pond liner patch kits and inside connectors for that tough to reach PVC pipe that snapped off right at the concrete. If you have an issue with an irrigation controller, bring it to one of our 8 convenient locations and we will help you troubleshoot. We also sell diagnostic tools like volt meters, flow/pressure gauges and valve & wire locators to help you troubleshoot like a pro. Let Aqua-Flo Supply help you on your next fix-it job!

Dave Williams, Aqua-Flo Supply Ventura

Convert Spray Head Sprinklers to Drip – The Easy Way

Utilizing drip irrigation is one of the best ways to avoid water waste, and one of our most popular new products is the Agrifim Drip Conversion Kit. This kit enables you to convert your existing spray head sprinklers to drip in a matter of minutes.

This short YouTube video does a great job of explaining how easy it is to install the Agrifim Drip Conversion Kit.

Introducing PVC-Lock: A Game Changer!

 

Many years ago, Hydro-Rain raised the bar on pipe installation with the introduction of Blu-Lock pipe and fittings to the irrigation market.   In a world where seconds matter, they decided to solve another issue that contractors face: sitting around waiting for the glue to dry.

Aqua-Flo and Hydro-Rain proudly introduce a new product to our solution revolution: PVC-Lock!

The cost-effective, no-primer or glue fitting for PVC. That’s right, install in the rain, pressure test immediately, and do it all while retaining precious brain cells.

Put the wrong fitting in the wrong place? No worries! The handy removal tool allows you to save money by saving the fitting. Best of all, you can use it anywhere in your irrigation system; mainlines, header lines or lateral lines. PVC-Lock fittings are available in ½”, ¾” or 1″. Start saving time, money, fittings and brain cells by using PVC-Lock on your next installation.

Easy Water Saving Opportunity!

The City of Santa Barbara has come up with some great ways to save water.  Even if you don’t live in the Santa Barbara area, these tips still apply and can help you or your customers save water and money.  Be sure to check out the short video at the end of the paragraph below.

“About half of the water used in Santa Barbara County goes to outdoor irrigation and this area has the biggest potential for water savings. For comparison, an average 15 minute shower uses 30 gallons total, while watering an average lawn for 15 minutes uses 700 gallons! During this dry winter, please reduce your outside water use by making sure sprinkler systems are not overwatering or spraying onto the driveway or street. Then turn down your watering using the watering percent adjust at www.WaterWiseSB.org.   You can watch a video about how to use the watering percent adjust here.

Drought? Are You Saving Your Clients Water?

As we continue through this dry period, water agencies are preparing for reduced water usage.  Although local agencies have not yet enacted restrictive measures, if this dry spell continues, variations of water restrictions will come.  The EPA estimates that nearly 60% of residential water is used outside for landscaping.  This type of water usage is usually the first to be rationed.

Be proactive.  Water-saving products and solutions exist!  Get educated and use these water-saving products as a selling tool to your new and existing clients.  Use this opportunity to help people save water…and GROW your business!

If you are interested in learning more about this plethora of water-saving products, come into any Aqua-Flo or email us at sales@aquaflo.com to set up an appointment with one of our experts.  We’re here for you.  We’d love to help you help your clients save water and money!

Product Spotlight – Kichler Llenita Pathlight

15821BBRA simple yet clean design blends the newest LED technology with tough as nails construction.  The classic design of Kichler’s Llenita pathlight directs light where it needs to go with an even 10’ to 12’ spread of light, with no glare or drastic cutoffs.

Featuring an unparalleled 15-year residential warranty and a variety of finishes, this energy-saving LED is the perfect match for a wide variety of landscapes and residential settings.  The Llenita’s features include:

*3 Integrated High Output Nichia LED’s, tightly binned for color uniformity

*Uses only 4 Watts

*15 year residential warranty

*10 year commercial warranty

*Operates from 9V – 15V AC/DC

*Tested for 40,000 hour life

*Finishes include Textured Architectural Bronze, Bronzed Brass and Unfinished Copper

Save Water through a Rain Bird Sprinkler, Win a Trip to Texas in November

rain-bird-launchesHow does the idea of lessening water waste, lowering water bills, and winning a trip to Texas in November sound? If anyone is up for accomplishing all three of these, there is an opportunity for them to do so until October 4, 2013. Rain Bird, a leading manufacturer of irrigation products and services, is running a contest that will send three winners to the Lone Star State if they prove they have used the company’s pressure-regulating machines to save water.

The contest is part of the Project PRS Challenge, an initiative to educate irrigation professionals and homeowners about the benefits of using pressure-regulating irrigation systems and components. By using a pressure-regulating stem (PRS) found in various Rain Bird sprinkler systems, individuals can control the amount of water that is distributed on lawns and other large landscapes. This results in decreased water usage at these sites, which in turn leads to lower water costs for the property owners.

A number of established irrigation product distributors attest to the efficiency of Rain Bird sprinklers and components. In a project for the University of Texas-Austin, the manufacturer’s drip irrigation technology was used to water the university’s 125 acres of landscaping. Although the project cost the University a whopping $2 million, it resulted in savings of around $800,000 in utilities and more than 10 million gallons of water every year.

Contractors, distributors, landscape architects, and even homeowners can join the Project PRS Challenge contest. Participants only need to visit a dedicated website, where they should share data and photos about a site where they installed a Rain Bird PRS product. Every other week as the contest goes on, the company will choose a winner based on the amount of water savings earned from the product. The winner will receive $500 in credit that can be used at their local Rain Bird distributor.

After the contest concludes, Rain Bird will choose the top three winners with the most water savings. In a press release on the company website, Tom Kundrat, product manager for Rain Bird’s sprays, says that the company will fly the three winners to the Annual Irrigation Association Show in Austin, Texas on November 6 and 7, 2013. There, the company will announce the sole winner of a free trip to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.

As of August, Project PRS has already recorded water savings of up to 57,530,846 gallons. Even after the contest ends, Rain Bird and other irrigation system professionals will continue advocating for the installation of systems that save on water and other utilities.

Rain Bird Drip Irrigation System May Help Farmers Ease Burden of Higher Water Quality Fees

farmers-no-fans-of-expected-rise-in-water-quality-feesFarmers who install a Rain Bird drip irrigation system may not be burdened as much by higher fees for getting water quality certification, unlike those who do not use the water-saving and environment-friendly irrigation method.

The Record reported in early August that several significant water quality regulations in the Central Valley “will be drafted within weeks and could become official by next Spring.” These standards are expected to double or triple the costs that farmers pay for water quality improvement.

One of the proposed modifications is that the groundwater beneath crops must be monitored, along with nearby rivers and streams. Farmers would also be required to attend educational meetings and to observe practices that protect water quality. Furthermore, they would need to draft plans that elaborate the measures they take to protect it, including how they use fertilizers and manage soil erosion.

The fees associated with the new standards have made the farmers dissident. While they currently pay $2.75 an acre for water quality approval, the costs associated with new paperwork are expected to increase. “We all want clean water and air. This just goes too far,” Lockeford farmer Larry Miller told The Record. However, the local government seems resolute in pursuing the new regulations, with environmental scientists explaining that the water quality standards are necessary to keep groundwater safe.

While it is seemingly inevitable that many farmers will pay more to improve water quality, it does not look as if those who already practice drip irrigation will be troubled as much. Drip irrigation is a method of irrigation by which water is directly delivered to the roots of plants. This is done by connecting the water source to the soil surface or root zone through a network of pipes, tubing, and emitters.

By watering the base of plants directly instead of letting water flow throughout an entire farm, farmers can save a lot of resources and energy as well as minimize soil erosion. There are also drip irrigation products, like those patented by Rain Bird irrigation technology, that are made especially for low-volume irrigation systems and enable targeted watering with greater efficiency. These products can be easily bought in various locations around the country through suppliers like Aqua-Flo Supply.

It may take much effort for some farmers to adopt this environmentally friendly and highly intricate irrigation system. But the cost-efficient farming that drip technology enables could be worth the trials. With the help of this system, they may eventually comply with the new water quality standards without feeling shortchanged.

Live Earth Soil Amendments

Live Earth soil amendments give you carbon balanced fertilization from the purest source on Earth.  While chemical fertilizers have no positive effects on the soil, Live Earth’s humic acid products can improve the soil while adding nutrients and can actually increase the fertilizer and water holding capacity of the soil.  

Granular Products From Live Earth

Live Earth Humate Soil Conditioner
Sulfur(S) 1.50%, Iron(Fe) 2.25%, Humic Acid 45%

Is a premium all-natural granular product, which is certified organic and OMRI listed. It is the foundation of all of our humic acid products. It’s essential humic acids naturally promote enhanced soil activity, for healthier roots and plants. The unusually high carbon content guarantees balanced carbon-to-nitrogen ratios necessary for maintaining healthy soil.
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Bio-Basics 0-5-0
Calcium(Ca) 7%, Sulfur(S) 2%, Iron(Fe) 1.7%

Bio-Basics is a restorative formula that can reduce the build-up of salts in all types of soil, simply by releasing and buffering the sodium. This product has 7% of natural Calcium. Its all-natural, concentrated blend of humates, soft rock phosphate and complexed calcium also provides essential humic acids that can enhance soil conditions, for healthier roots and plants. Bio-Basics is used as a base in a majority of Live Earth’s quality granular Humic/fertilizer blended products.
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Iron 10 5-0-0
Calcium (Ca) 1%, Sulfur(S) 5%, Iron(Fe) 10%

IRON 10, while designed for use on all turfs and ornamentals, is particularly good for applications on fairways, roughs, and other large areas. The unique blend of nitrogen, iron, and humates has been formulated to surpass traditional fertilizers in producing both rapid green-up and long-lasting color, with out a rapid growth surge. Its essential humic acids have been shown to yield more soil activity, resulting in the ongoing benefit of healthier roots and plants.
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First Green5-3-1
Calcium(Ca) 4%, Sulfur(S) 5%, Iron(Fe) 1%

First Green provides all the benefits of our Iron-10 plus the addition of phosphate, potassium and calcium. It is especially effective in new plantings, overseeding, and pre-plant for sod and hydroseeding. The blend of organic nutrients and natural bio-stimulants provide a quick long lasting green growth without excessive mowing.
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Triple-88-8-8
Calcium(Ca) 1.8%, Sulfur(S) 3.5%, Iron(Fe) 4%

For a wide range of applications, Triple-8 Plus is the answer. This premium granular blend of Humic Acid, natural conditioners, essential nutrients, and bio-stimulants is especially effective for not only on turf, but also on trees, shrubs, and flowers as well. The nitrogen is specially formulated with a long slow release time for an extended green. This product is designed to bring the C/N ratio into perfect balance. Triple-8 Plus is an absolute must for rapid fill in and high stress areas like the area in front of soccer goals
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Bio-Grow2-5-6
Calcium(Ca) 4%, Sulfur(S) 4%, Iron(Fe) 2%

Bio-Grow is a quality granular product designed for superior results on golf course greens, ornamentals, and other high-maintenance turfs. It consists of a unique blend of organic nutrients and natural bio-stimulants. The Bio-Grow formula combines Humic Acid, Norwegian Sea Kelp, and dextrose with soy meal, yielding a superb food source that stimulates the highest microbial activity. In addition, soft rock phosphate provide ready sources of calcium and phosphorous. Bio-Grow is extremely effective in digesting thatch.
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Liquid Products From Live Earth

Crop Thruster1-0-0
Magnesium(Mg) 1.42%, Boron(B) .012%, Sulfur(S) 2%, Copper(Cu) .10%, Iron(Fe).12%, Manganese(Mn) 1.06%, Zinc(Zn) .41%.

Is a liquid blend of chelated secondary nutrients, amino acids, and growth hormones designed for immediate absorption by the plants. It provides a quick resolution to plant nutrient deficiencies. If your plants need a quick fix for an upcoming event, this product will provide your desired results.
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Great 81-0-0
with 8% Humic Acid

Is an unsurpassed liquid product is blend of Humic Acid and Norwegian Sea Kelp Extract. This all natural, all purpose, and highly concentrated liquid is ideal for use on all soils and plants under all conditions. Norwegian Sea Kelp adds Plant growth regulators to promote plant cell division and rapid plant growth.
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Emerald Green8-4-8
Iron(Fe) .12%, Zinc(Zn) .11%

Is a significant breakthrough in liquid fertilizer technology. As a complete fertilizer, it uses both chelated and complexed nutrients for unprecedented nutrient availability to the plant.
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Liquid 6
with 6% Humic Acid

Our premier liquid Humic Acid designed specifically for use on golf course greens and other highly maintained turf and ornamentals. It is especially effective in soils with low organic matter or high salt content. Because it is in liquid it gets the carbon humate deep into the soil. It is compatible with most products and easy to incorporate into your existing liquid program. Easy application with a hose end sprayer, drip irrigation and conventional spray systems.
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Harmony6-2-6
Iron(Fe) .10%, Zinc(Zn) .08%

Premium quality plant nutrients are combined with humic acid for a complete liquid fertilizer made specifically for turf applications, but it is suitable for all plants. Harmony is exceptionally effective in turf fertigation systems; hose end sprayers and conventional spray systems. It contains 3 forms of nitrogen, and 3 forms of phosphate to meet a full range of nutrient needs throughout the growing season.
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Tree and Shrub5-10-10
Calcium(Ca) 1.2%

A complete liquid fertilizer specially formulated for trees & shrubs for controlled, healthy growth. Can be used as a foliar application, drench application, or deep root application. It improves the soil as it feeds the trees.
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Improving Soil Fertility with Humate

Steps to Improving Soil Fertility

Being a great gardener is to be an outstanding farmer of soil life. To grow healthy plants that are more resilient to drought stress and climate change you need fertile soil. Soil organisms are responsible for the movement of nutrients to the plant roots. Maintaining a large population of active soil organisms ensures that minerals and water are held in the soil and made available to plants.

One of the first steps to take to improve soil fertility is to test your soil and understand what minerals are (or aren’t) in the soil. Are there any imbalances? Is the soil too alkaline or acidic? How much (or little) organic matter is available?

Next step is to dig your shovel into the soil. Notice if there is air space in the soil, how many earthworms are active? Are there white fungal strands, millipedes and beetles crawling about? Or is the soil hard and lifeless?

Next, how does your soil drain? What is the soil texture? After irrigation or rain does the water lie on the surface? Oxygen is required in the soil to help with the plant’s uptake of nitrogen.

After taking a close look at your soil characteristics, you are now more informed of what your soil needs and what to apply to improve the fertility. Too often people have over-applied water-soluble nitrogen fertilizers thinking that more is better. Sure, you may get instant green-up but you could be killing the beneficial soil organisms with excess nitrogen and salts, and thus, in the long run wasting your time and money. Plus, water-soluble nitrogen fertilizers often result in rapid plant growth that is weak, spindly and more prone to pests and disease.

A more sustainable method of providing minerals and nutrients for the soil life is to apply a high-quality stable compost product such as humic acid. This component of the critically important humus helps with the release and availability of nutrients stored in the soil and balances the pH naturally. In addition to providing a food source for the microbes, humic acid alters the soil structure making it more friable, increasing pore spaces, and increasing water penetration. Since the humic acid (also known as humate) stays where you put it, you can apply it less often, giving you more time to relax, kick back and be grateful that the soil organisms are hard at work keeping your plants healthy and looking good!

Aqua-Flo can help you find the humate-based product that is best for your application.

Happy growing!