Water World The Irrigation Situation at Your Condo or Co-op

Keeping lawns, trees, bushes and flowers healthy is an association goal for nearly all condos and co-ops; notwithstanding, effective landscaping management is essential. Aside from the sun and soil rich in nutrients, the key to remaining “green” is water access. Depending on the location of an association, H20 can be a sporadic resource requiring the implementation of irrigation technologies that require maintenance and oversight.

“Central and Northern New Jersey are the most irrigated regions because of a more dense population, although any property in the state would require some form of irrigation to maintain a lush and healthy landscape, especially in the critical summer months,” says Christopher Venneri, owner of Advantage Irrigation in South River. “The least irrigated areas, to my experience, are usually shore towns…due to the fact that many of the homes are vacation and rental properties, so most are looking for low maintenance, low water-usage solutions that will still look nice.”

Irrigation Association of New Jersey Board Member Art Elmers says that, save a few exceptions, New Jersey’s climate is fairly uniform over the entire state. Average temperature, rainfall, and days of sunlight are almost identical everywhere; therefore, the amount of water required to grow a healthy begonia is the same in Cape May County as Sussex County.

“The exceptions are if you are growing that same begonia on the dunes at Long Beach Island with a prevailing wind or in the shade of the tall buildings found in Newark,” says Elmers. “These site conditions affect plant water requirements to some degree.”

Elmers agrees with Venneri that regions in proximity to New York City and Philadelphia see higher levels of irrigation, and for good reason as there is more water consumption in these communities.

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