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EZ-FLO Advantage

Kiwi fruit under fertigation with EZ-FLO

EZ-FLO Advantage

What makes EZ-FLO stand out from the competition?
Top of our list is the simplicity; it’s not called EZ-FLO (pronounced ‘easy flow’) for nothing. But having said this is the number one advantage, we have probably done EZ-FLO an injustice, because there are so many advantages.

Fewer product limitations

EZ-FLO is filled with concentrated liquid or water soluble products so there is no need to pre-mix. As a result, EZ-FLO offers at least a 10X reduction in the tank capacity required compared to other systems.

EZ-FLO is suitable for a large range of products, not just fertiliser. It can dispense any water soluble product with a specific gravity greater than that of water including soil amendments, wetting agents, acid, pre-emergent herbicides, growth regulators and insect control. The applications are only limited by your imagination!

Unique product

EZ-FLO is unlike other differential pressure systems because it uses dynamic suspension and proprietary fluid flow technology. This patented technology ensures the incoming water displaces the fertiliser but does not dilute it in the tank. The concentration of fertiliser output is constant over the whole cycle.

EZ-FLO offers accurate proportioning of fertiliser and automatically adjusts to different pressure and flow for multi-zone irrigation. It is a true ‘Set and Forget’ product. Applicable operating ranges are 30-800 kPa pressure and irrigation flows from 0.3 Litres per minute to 23 m3 per minute. Microdosing from 1:75 to 1: 1.5 million is possible.

There are no moving parts in the EZ-FLO and it does not require electricity to run making it maintenance free. We have no need of complicated computers to make it work.
EZ-FLO can operate from a tap for smaller units through to irrigation mainline or lateral.

Additional features

There is a wide range of sizing in EZ-FLO systems so you can select a product based on your irrigation cycle or how often you wish to refill the unit.

EZ-FLO never runs dry. The fertiliser is displaced with water so at the end of the cycle, the EZ-FLO is full of water. It can just sit there with no detrimental effect until you are ready to fill the unit.
The average cost range for our products is $165 to $8,000.

EZ-FLO is a proven world leader in injection equipment for the horticultural industry with a 25 year history of quality and reliability which has set us apart from many competing technologies.

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Microdosing With EZ-FLO

Microdosing strawberries with EZ-FLO

Microdosing With EZ-FLO

Benefits of microdosing fertigation

Microdosing fertiliser application is more effective and consistent. Fertiliser is not only applied wherever the water goes but every time you irrigate.
You have designed your irrigation for efficient cover, so with microdosing fertilisers are applied at the root, not in the gutter. This means less wastage through run off.

Because you are applying small amounts of dissolved fertiliser, there is not large quantities of solid fertiliser in contact with the air hence evaporation of fertiliser, especially nitrogen, is virtually eliminated.

Research indicates microdosing can reduce fertiliser consumption by up to 60%.

Spoon feeding

Because you are spoon feeding your plants with microdosing, nutrients are immediately available to them. About 90-95% of microdosed fertiliser is absorbed by the plant roots and leaves.

Microdosing eliminates the feast and famine cycle of conventional fertilising methods thus improving plant health because your plants never want for a feed. This helps make plants less susceptible to insects and disease because they attack weak plants.

Improved root development from microdosing saves water, it gives plants with a healthier root structure which is more drought resistant because it is more efficient at absorbing water. Some research estimates up to a 50% reduction in water requirements.

Reduce your water

When you introduce microdosing, we recommend you immediately reduce your water by 10% for the first fertiliser cycle. Cut back by another 10% for the second cycle and 5% for the third. Continue reducing each cycle by 5% until you find the right balance for your plants based on the products you are using and your soil type.

Microdosing saves time and money by eliminating the prolonged manual application process. It also reduces soil compaction because it eliminates the need for any heavy machinery.

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What is Fertigation?

Small crops and growers

What is fertigation?

Healthy plants are not achieved with water alone, they also need nutrients.

As the name implies, fertigation is the process by which fertiliser is applied with irrigation water. Fertiliser + irrigation = fertigation.

Historically, the technique of fertigation was used in commercial agriculture and horticulture. By applying fertiliser through irrigation water, you have superior control over the timing, quantity and concentration of fertiliser applied.

Environmental benefits

Traditional methods of fertilising such as hand or machine broadcasting of granular fertiliser and mechanical or hand spraying of liquid fertiliser have multiple disadvantages, including: uneven distribution, inefficient use of fertiliser resulting in wastage and run off, time-consuming application processes and a high price tag.

Fertigation optimises yield and minimises environmental pollution by reducing fertiliser consumption and maximising fertiliser efficiency.

Fertilise each time you water

Fertigation can be easily achieved with EZ-FLO microdosing technology, which applies a small dose of fertiliser every time you irrigate.

With nine US patents and two international patents, EZ-FLO microdosing technology proportions fertiliser into the irrigation water stream at very low parts per million (PPM) ratios. This technology has the ability to solubilise highly concentrated, water-soluble or liquid fertilisers and accurately proportion them into the irrigation water stream at variable rates.

EZ-FLO makes fertigation, the most effective and least expensive method of delivering nutrients to plants, accessible for both commercial and residential applications.

People cannot survive without plants. They supply the air we breath, the food we eat and the water we drink.

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What is EZ-FLO?

Blueberries under fertigation

What is EZ-FLO?

EZ-FLO is the fastest and easiest way to have healthy plants, turf and crops.

EZ-FLO is a fertigation technology that comes in a range of sizes to suit a broad range of applications, from residential gardens to commercial golf courses and small crops.

EZ-FLO dispenses a precise amount of concentrated fertiliser every time you water. No matter how small or large your property is you can take advantage of EZ-FLO products to save money, conserve valuable resources, and fertilise more efficiently and quickly.

Getting Started

Start by selecting a water soluble or liquid fertiliser. With EZ-FLO you do not need to pre-mix or dilute your fertiliser ever again. Fill your EZ-FLO tank with your concentrated fertiliser, select the setting (ratio) on the cap and get ready for automatic fertigation.

Hose and drip models have injection settings of 1:100 (fast), 1:250, 1:400 or 1:1000 (slow).
Main-line models installed into irrigation lines have injection settings of 1:400 (fast), 1:2000, 1:8000 or 1:15000 (slow).

You can use EZ-FLO for microdosing – where small amounts of fertiliser are applied every time you water – by selecting the ‘slow’ setting. At 1:1000 one litre of concentrate is displaced for every thousand litres of water.

Microdosing is beneficial because plants absorb nutrients immediately. This creates a robust root system, generating healthier plants with less water, and it also reduces fertiliser run-off.

How it Works

EZ-FLO requires either a hose tap adapter for residential systems or for permanent irrigation a main inline adapter. These provide a slight pressure drop allowing a small stream of water from the hose or irrigation pipe to enter the EZ-FLO, displace the fertiliser concentrate, then re-introduce it back into the main stream of water where it is diluted.

As water enters the tank separation is achieved – heavier concentrate on the bottom and lighter water on the top. EZ-FLO only pulls concentrate from the bottom of the tank; it does not dilute the concentrate.

The result is consistent levels of fertiliser throughout the whole cycle until the fertiliser is depleted and is replaced with water.

EZ-FLO has no moving parts, requires zero maintenance and zero power.

The ease of use sets EZ-FLO apart from competing fertigation technologies – it’s so EZ(y)

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Did we forget?

Why have an irrigation system?

I recall an EZFLO information session on the Benefits of Fertigation with some irrigation shop managers and will never forget one statement:
“I sell sprinklers; I do not need to know anything about plants.”
Selling fertiliser in an irrigation shop makes more sense than selling it anywhere else.
A plant’s growing needs are nominally met with 70% water and 30% nutrients plus other things like sunlight and carbon dioxide.

Water, Soil, Scheduling and Nutrients = GROWTH

Fertiliser is the ultimate icing on the cake for an irrigation system’s performance and the successful growth of plants.
Why have an irrigation system that only partially meets your plant’s requirements?
A fertigation system can be easily integrated into an irrigation system at the concept and design phase.
With EZFLO it can also be easily retrofitted to an existing irrigation system.
There are EZFLO systems available for a broad range of applications.

Now we fertigate – no we did not forget!

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Winterise your Garden

kelp assisting with soil biology and aids when plants stressed

 

LESSEN WINTER STRESS.

It’s still not too late to start applying kelp to help winterise your garden.

Apply a foliar spray at the manufacturer’s recommended dose now; kelp will assist your plants cope with the stress of winter.

If you cannot apply a foliar, soil drenching is better than nothing.
Kelp and seaweed extracts should be part of everyone’s plant nutrition program in conjunction with conventional fertilisers.
If you know about a forecast cold or hot spell which will stress your plants, you can apply kelp immediately before it or straight after the event.
It is important to choose a kelp or seaweed product manufactured without heat treatment or the use of caustic solutions and other solvents.  Check this out with the manufacturer of the product you wish to use.
While kelp contains little Nitrogen and Phosphorus, it does contain Potassium which can assist with flowering and fruit set.

It’s the other components of kelp which make it a valuable resource in horticulture.  These include:

  • plant growth regulators/hormones (auxins, cytokinins, gibberellins)
  • alginic acid
  • complex carbohydrates
  • amino acids
  • vitamins
  • minerals
  • trace elements

These all contribute to:

  • enhanced growth, fruit quality and yield
  • increased nutrient uptake
  • better resistance to disease and pest attack
  • improved response to stress – transplant, heat and cold
  • increased soil water retention
  • promotion of beneficial soil microbe growth

  • increased chlorophyll content of leaves
  • increased seed germination
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Green Walls

Green walls

Sometimes called living walls, green façades, bio walls or vertical gardens, green walls are a dynamic way to green a vertical built surface. Green walls refer to vegetation that grows directly onto a building’s facade or to vegetation that is grown on a separate structural system that can be free standing and adjacent or attached to the wall.

There are literally hundreds of structural designs that support the plants but they all have three things in common: plants, moisture in one form or another and nutrient- dispensing systems.

Some use no soil, e.g hydroponics; some use a little, e.g open hydroponics; whilst others are totally soil-based and use fertigation.

We know that plants need 70 per cent water and 30 per cent nutrients, so nutrients play a part in the maintenance and growth of the plants within the structure. As the majority of green walls form part of internal structures, water management and containment are a very important aspect, low volume, low pressure and low flow rates are highly desired design inputs. ( Apart from water proofing).

EZ-FLO nutrient dispensing units have found good traction in this industry as they can operate on flow rates from 2 litres per minute and pressure as low pressure as 30 kPa and can be matched to any system design requiring water from 2 litres per minute to 600 litres per minute whilst operating at minimal pressures. All parts are rated at 500 kPa plus, just to put the client or specifier at a little more ease.

The reasons are the benefits: self contained, low profile, low cost, no power, ease of installation, ability to use low flows, low pressures and ability to use virtually any input, wetting agents, fertilisers, nutrients, tonics you name it. No premixing of solutions, concentrate in and product at desired rate out.

Suitable for soil or soil less construction.

A 001CX model applied for a large project

ezflo and dubai

Vertical garden specialists in Australia are recognizing the benefits of EZ-FLO over products that require 240V power, require too much pressure, need a pre-mixed solution or do not offer the five year warranty of our commercial systems.

Notably Vertiscapes in greater Melbourne  www.livingholmesdesign.com.au/about-us.html and Deep Green Landscaping in greater Perth http://deepgreenlandscaping.com.au/vertical-gardens/ have become large consumers of our products.

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Soil sampling and nutrient levels

Soil sampling and analysis is not just for the broad acre farmer it is one of the most productive tools available, for anyone who grows a crop, a tree or a bunch of flowers.

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Whether fertilising through the irrigation water or by conventional broadcast, some important aspects to take into consideration  are the different soil types and nutrient levels that are present.  Nutrient levels that may not need adjusting and others that need tweaking with a few teaspoons and others that require truck loads.

Money could be saved by targeting the  inputs and adjusting through simple soil tests and their analysis. One of the best articles on soils we share here https://robinsonloveplants.com/soil-building-soil-amendments-rain-barrels/ to the point without too much detailed science!

There are many organisations that carry out soil analysis, one of the most popular is NTS  http://www.nutri-tech.com.au/soil-and-plant-therapy, followed by APAL  http://www.apal.com.au/ .

In the article below four (4) very relevant case studies are presented, we acknowledge the Government of Western Australia for the article.

 

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