As water conservation is becoming more and more important, it’s essential to understand various aspects of how water moves between the sky, oceans, and the Earth. There are basics of water conservation, including learning how to prevent erosion, learning which plants require less water, and using efficient sprinkler systems, and then there are more in-depth concepts such as evapotranspiration.

What is Evapotranspiration?

What is Evapotranspiration?This term is often abbreviated to simply ET, which combines two processes: evaporation and transpiration.

  • Evaporation: The process of water turning from a liquid into a vapor, or when water from the soil or on a plant’s surface evaporates into the air.
  • Transpiration: This is the process of a plant releasing water vapor through its leaves. Studies have shown that about 10 percent of moisture in the air comes from transpiration.

The combination of these two processes is evapotranspiration.

How This Relates To Your Irrigation Strategy

Unfortunately, many of the issues business or homeowners face with their landscape come from overwatering. So how can understanding the process of evapotranspiration help?

When water conservation experts, or even landscape managers, can determine the amount of water plants absorb and release, they can create a strategy around how much to water to give the landscape. When an appropriate amount of water is used, there are a variety of benefits, including:

  • Reduced diseases that occur due to overwatering.
  • Lower risk of soil consolidation, which affects concrete surfaces.
  • The soil will absorb more water, which reduces runoff.

Calculating the rate of ET can be challenging given various microclimates and other factors, such as temperature, wind, radiation, and humidity. However, having reliable data can make a big difference in how you manage your water and the health of your landscape.

At Kern Turf Supply, we are passionate about providing business and homeowners the tools and resources they need to have a successful landscape, whether it’s a backyard or a golf course. We offer products including misting systems, erosion control products, central control irrigation systems, and more.

Get in touch with us today to learn more about water management and evapotranspiration.