Frequently Asked Questions
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Find our most frequently asked questions below. If you find that your questions are not answered, please feel free to contact us for immediate assistance during normal business hours.
Virtually any type of water-soluble, non-hazardous fertiliser or liquid organic product can be used in an EZ-FLO unit.
Unlike some of our competitors, we do not void our Warranty when using other manufacturer’s fertilisers or supplements. If you have a particular favourite, check with your fertiliser supplier to see if their fertiliser is compatible with our unit.
Please use EZ-FLO units to deliver only non-hazardous or organic products. Non-organic pesticides, herbicides and fungicides should be avoided since they may expose humans, animals or plants to dangerous chemicals. Common sense dictates that you should never apply these types of chemicals without being present and knowing where they are being sprayed.
We believe in an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach which suggests that you spot-treat targeted areas only if you use these types of chemicals. This is the most environmentally responsible method of treatment.
Please Fertilize Responsibly™ !!
Before you buy a fertigation system, you should compare systems to make sure you are making an informed decision.
Points that you should consider:
Warranty – What is the warranty term? What actions void the warranty? EZ-FLO has a 1 year warranty on the light duty garden feeders and 5 years on all other products and does not void your warranty if you use other non-hazardous products.
Maintenance – What kind of maintenance will you need to perform on your unit once it is installed? EZ-FLO requires no maintenance since it has no moving gears and no electrical pumps or parts. Make sure that you fully understand the annual equipment maintenance program for any system, especially in areas of frost
Product availability – What kinds of fertilisers and supplements can you use with your unit? EZ-FLO can use the broadest range of organic, natural and synthetic fertilisers, nutrients and supplements. We also promote our Alliance Partner’s products which give you additional formulations and products to choose from. You won’t be limited to a small number of proprietary formulations. Heck, you can even use our competitor’s blends in EZ-FLO systems without any worry. However you will not be able to use EZ-FLO products in their systems since their design is limited and they want you to be stuck with their blends.
Irrigation System configuration – What types of irrigation zones do you have on your landscape? EZ-FLO automatically adjusts to the pressure and flow on any zone with no manual adjustment. There are no nozzles to swap out if you have mixed zones (drip and spray) and there is no need to program injection times for each zone. There is no need to determine if you have sufficient operating pressure or flow rates as with competitive products. If you already have an in-ground system, EZ-FLO will work with it. Competitive products have flow and pressure limitations. EZ-FLO has virtually none. Compare our spec sheets to theirs to see what limitations they have.
Time between Refills – As the units proportion accurately you will need to refill our units less than the “end of hose units”. For example when we say we proportion on slow at 1000:1, meaning for every 1000 litres of water going through your hose 1 litre of fertilise/nutrient is dispensed we mean it!
Ease of Installation – How easy is it to install? For an EZ-FLO hose and tap unit just assemble, fill with fertiliser and point the hose. To install an EZ-FLO mainline unit you simply glue in a coupling connector (many different sizes and types available) and hook up the tank tubing. There are no bypasses to be plumbed in, there are no electrical connections to run, there are no programming steps to set the injection rate for each zone and there are no nozzles to install or change. One reason we have EZ in our name!
What we cannot do – We cannot dispense any liquids that are similar to water like vinegar or lemonade!
Your plants will be healthier and more vital.
Consistent, even feeding (micro-dosing) gives all plants a constant supply of the nutrition they need. This helps them fight disease, insects, heat, drought or other adverse conditions.
All plants (tress, shrubs, flowers and turf) benefit from small doses of fertilizer each time you water. See Fertigation Benefits for more information on why EZ-FLO is the agronomically superior way to feed your plants.
In normal operating conditions, the systems require no maintenance.
There are no moving parts to wear out. No electricity is required. EZ-FLO units work using existing water pressure from your system. Our durable products will provide trouble-free service for many years.
Because of this, EZ-FLO can offer the longest warranty of any main-line landscape injector/proportioner–Five (5) years.
Compare this to other fertiliser dispensing products with their moving parts and gears or their troublesome electrical connections or pumps before you buy.
Main-line systems can be generally installed in less than one hour.
Hose and Drip systems can be installed in minutes.
Once installed they work automatically every time you turn on your water. No guesswork, no pre-mixing and no measuring. No setting up complicated zone controls or selecting the correct type of nozzle to use.
EZ-FLO units only take a few moments to refill.
Consistent and Accurate Metering – other systems can deliver dangerously high levels of fertiliser or chemicals in the first few minutes, and then drop below the ideal feeding range for the remainder of the application cycle. With EZ-FLO, your landscape receives consistent micro-doses of fertiliser or nutrients which is proven to be the best way to feed your plants.
Adjustable Feed Rates – Various precision settings, from 0.1 ml per litre for constant feeding to 10 ml per litre, enable you to achieve desired feed rates for just about any fertilising or control situation. Micro-dosing also eliminates the chance of “burning” your plants or staining buildings or walkways. Most other systems are difficult to adjust or are non-adjustable.
Automatically Adjusts to Pressure and Flow – Since there are no moving parts, there is no pressure loss when using our system. EZ-FLO systems can proportion on a little as 9.5 litres per hour flow at only 5 PSI (35 kPa) water pressure. This makes EZ-FLO particularly useful on irrigation systems with low water pressure, on long piping runs or when installed on a low-flow drip or other subsurface irrigation zones. Most other systems do not adjust automatically or have the wide flow range as EZ-FLO.
Availability of Products – EZ-FLO can use a full line of organic, natural and synthetic fertilisers as well as supplements (bio-stimulants, mineral supplements and surfactants) in landscape and grower applications through our recommended supplier links . These products are available a la carte.
Ease of Use – No pre-dilution of water solubles required. No annual maintenance. Longer service life. Fewer refills for the equivalent size property. Greater landscape coverage available ( 5 to 2400 litre units)
EZ-FLO systems can be used with all sprinkler and spray heads, micro-spray heads and drip and subsurface options without the need to adjust the system for zones with different end devices (i.e. spray heads vs. drippers).
EZ-FLO adjusts automatically to water flow in any zone even if there are different pressures present in that zone. For example many drip zones have pressure reducers in order to protect the dripper heads.
Competing systems do not have the same ability to easily address these different flow and pressure attributes with a single unit.
EZ-FLO Systems are suitable for all applications:
- Professional landscape maintenance companies
- Home gardens
- Plant nurseries
- Vegetable growers
- Dairy farmers
- Tree farms
- Golf courses
- Sports fields and Arena’s
This is one of the more frequently asked questions since you will not hear any noise or feel any mechanical vibration to tell you that the system is running.
If there is no colour in the clear line exiting the unit, the system is empty or not working.
At system startup, you may see bubbles in the clear line (labeled “Green”) moving away from the cap. It is best to purge all air from the unit before starting up but small bubbles in the clear line will not prevent the system from operating. Once those air bubbles clear, you still may find it difficult to see movement.
In that case one way to see if the system is flowing is to hold a white piece of paper directly behind the clear tubing exiting the cap. The white background highlights any movement in the clear tubing and should help you assess if the system is flowing correctly.
Another way to tell if the system is flowing is to change the cap setting from Slow to Fast. If the colour in the clear line goes from a lighter hue to a darker hue, this will indicate that the system is flowing.