The toughest part of designing an irrigation system for the brand new Atlantic Health Jets Training Center in Florham Park, NJ was a 200 year-old oak tree in the middle of the 3 grass practice fields. The tree became known as “Woody’s Tree”, because owner Woody Johnson refused to allow the mighty tree to be destroyed. In addition, Grounds Director Blake Hoerr insisted that no sprinkler heads be on the 3 natural grass practice fields between the hash marks. We chose a RainBird Site Control computer managed decoder system which schedules and monitors the irrigation system from the Grounds Director's offices.
Each of the 3 fields operates independently of the others as do the “special area” stations that water under “Woody’s Tree”.
Customized programs can run any number of station combinations with the click of a mouse, and maintenance schedules can be run on any field when not in use. Fertilizer applications between the hash marks, syringing during hot weather, and sod replacement irrigating schedules are all examples of the flexibility of the Site Control software.
Precision application of irrigation water goes even further, ensuring the Jets’ turfgrass will be as green as their logo!