Fertigation advise

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by irishgond, Mar 9, 2009.

  1. irishgond

    irishgond LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    So I was wanting to know if anyone has experience with using the Fertigator. I know with fertigation systems that you can't just use whatever fertilizer you want or it will ruin the system. I know I have to use liquid, but I do not want to have to buy what Fertigator sells.

    What are you using?
  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,135

    I've been using fertigation type products since, well I was aware you could get them.

    To be honest with you, the majoritof guys in our business get their information and expereince (intially) from vendors and product reps.

    It doesn't really make sense to say A) I know nothing an have no expereince and B) I don't want to use what they want to sell me.

    The best way to get expereince is to work with the guys who are going to supply you with the product.

    That being said there are other brands out there besides fertigator, oddly enough I still call all of them "fertigation".

    Anyway, do a web search you will find other brands. If you have a local supplier and its fertigator, i suggest using what they will sell you. Just like in the old days with pond kitd and aquascape, you have to start somewhere before you branch out.
  3. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,226

    Make sure you have the correct type of backflow preventer on the system, most preferably, an RP.
  4. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,060

    There are threads on here about it, do a search. Ive installed about 10 of them before.
    They were not fertigators , maybe uniflow? There fert looks just like miracile grow.
  5. irishgond

    irishgond LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    OK so this is not for business...this is for my own home. It's already installed, it is just more cost efficient and comes in larger quantities if I don't buy the "Fertigator" brand liquid fertilizer.
    Last edited: Mar 9, 2009
  6. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,226

    Got it. Have no idea how to help you. Sorry.
  7. bicmudpuppy

    bicmudpuppy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,781

    When you start talking fertilizer injector pumps, the very first question a good rep is going to ask, before sending you toward one product or the other is WHAT product you wish to inject. The chemical properties of that product, abrasiveness, fluidity, and Ph all play important factors in what pump/injectors can be used and how efficient they will be doing the job. If the "cheaper" product is identical to the other, then there shouldn't be a problem. If the "cheaper" product isn't buffered for Ph, isn't diluted properly, or is more abrasive than the recommended product, then your application rates and longevity of your pump could be in question.
  8. irishgond

    irishgond LawnSite Member
    Messages: 3

    Thanks for the post. I'm not necessarily looking for cheap as in quality. It is cheaper to buy in bulk etc but when going to a commercial landscape store I wasn't sure which product to use that wouldn't harm the injector. This is why I was hoping there was some in this forum that had fertigation experience and could lend advise. :)

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