Implementing a Recurring Revenue Model With Iron Prevention, Organic Fertilization, and Pest Repellents—All Through Irrigation Feeder Systems
How can you incorporate more predictability into your business model? Building out your list of loyal customers is not enough—you also need to ensure that you won’t spread yourself too thin and won’t ever compromise on the quality of the landscape maintenance you provide. The use of feeder systems can greatly aid this mission.
The Key To A Successful Recurring Revenue Model?
A recurring revenue model can provide you with more predictability; with regular customers, you can know what you’ll be able to bill in the months ahead. Your landscaping business can achieve a more stable business model by building a reliable list of customers who rely on the company for regular maintenance tasks and predictable clean-ups during certain times of the year. In order to maximize the number of customers from which you can count on for this recurring revenue, you will want to divide your time wisely between numerous properties without spending a disproportionate amount on labor. Being able to juggle as many customers as possible while incurring the lowest labor costs possible can help to protect your business from unforeseen circumstances.
How Irrigation-Based Landscaping Maximizes Efficiency
In order to divide your limited time between as many properties as possible without maxing out on labor, automation of certain tasks should be considered. Utilizing feeder systems and automatic injection systems that are connected to irrigation systems would enable you to administer products to landscapes remotely, on a scheduled basis, or every time you water—without the kind of hands-on effort that is time-consuming and expensive. These systems allow for the administration of liquid fertilizers, pest repellents, and rust-prevention products to a lawn or landscape in small, regular doses that accompany regular watering.
How Irrigation-Based Landscaping Appeals to Customers
SAVES TIME AND MONEY
MINIMIZES LEACHING AND RUNOFF
LOW DOSES DISTRIBUTED EVENLY
USES WATER & FERTILIZER EFFICIENTLY
Using a feeder system results in various benefits, not just the time and money saved. Every year, you’ve likely discovered, more customers inquire and care about the ecological health of their properties and neighborhoods. A consistent, low-dose approach to fertilization can minimize leaching and runoff, and the environmental impacts associated with these events. Injecting a controlled amount of liquid fertilizer into an irrigation system enables low doses of fertilizer to be distributed evenly and easily without any product being wasted. This can also be done every time the lawn is watered. A feeder system makes fertilization possible at a frequency that hands-on fertilization simply cannot accommodate. By integrating fertilization into regular watering, both water and fertilizer are used more efficiently and waste is minimized.
The GreenFeeder System as an Example of a Feeder System
The GreenFeeder System is an example of a feeder system that enables an irrigation system to achieve more than watering. It can be used to administer GrassSoGreen Liquid Fertilizer or NatureShield Liquid Pest Repellent to landscapes regularly and in small, controlled doses. It can also be used to administer Rid O’ Rust Rust Preventer in irrigation systems with iron levels less than 2 ppm.
As with most automated innovations, customers may have concerns about how well the system can be regulated and whether the unregulated application of fertilizer will result in runoff into nearby water sources. This is an understandable concern. However, the GreenFeeder System is designed to integrate very small amounts of product into the irrigation system every time you water, and adjusts the feed rate based on water flow. When professionally installed, the feeder system won’t over-administer products to the landscape.
The GreenFeeder System is easy to install above or below ground and can be installed vertically, horizontally, or at an angle, making the topography of a customer’s property of little concern. It can be used to administer products to an entire property, or limit product distribution to a specific area, depending on whether you install the device along the pressurized mainline or on a non-pressurized section after a particular valve. A code-compliant backflow prevention device is required on all installations to prevent the contamination of the customer’s water supply with landscaping products.
Other feeder systems include American Hydro injection systems and siphoning systems, which can be used to dispense products into irrigation systems and to capture calcium and other minerals that affect the efficiency of system equipment. The choice of either an injection or siphoning system would be informed by the location and size of the well pump on a customer’s property, and the size of the system tank will determine the number of hours of product administration you can expect before you will be required to refill the tank.
Fertilizing Lawns & Controlling Pest With A Feeder System?
Using a high-quality fertilizer like GrassSoGreen Organic All-Purpose Lawn Fertilizer builds a strong, healthy lawn, helping to fully defend against pests, weeds, and diseases. This serves as a liquid alternative to harsh dry fertilizers, which are absorbed rapidly and in large amounts every time they are applied, spurring surges of rapid growth that weaken the plant and leave it more susceptible to disease. GrassSoGreen, applied in consistent, small doses through a feeder system, prevents this feast or famine cycle. It can be relied upon to wean lawns off harsh, highly concentrated inorganic fertilizers in favor of more sustainable alternatives while avoiding damaging nutrient withdrawals.
GrassSoGreen is also available in a Maintenance Formula that contains nitrogen exclusively to promote growth and can be applied with a feeder system throughout the watering season to maintain lush, healthy lawns. GrassSoGreen fertilizers appeal to more eco-conscious homeowners as they do not contain phosphorus and they are OMRI certified organic.
NatureShield is an all-natural pest repellent that utilizes a proprietary blend of essential oils and vegetable extracts to form an effective barrier against pests. Its nontoxic, gentle impact on pets and the environment is extremely helpful in putting customers’ minds at ease regarding the use of pest repellents on their properties.
And it’s highly effective: NatureShield protects landscapes from all flying insects, ticks, fleas, ants and other crawling insects before they get the chance to nest. When applied manually using a pump or hose-end sprayer, the pest-repelling barrier created lasts approximately five days. With the use of a GreenFeeder System, all you have to do is connect a bottle of NatureShield to the system and allow it to maintain a constant barrier against pests.
Preventing Rust Stains on Properties With a Feeder System
When well water containing high levels of iron comes into contact with the air, it oxidizes to form rust that can stain driveways, walkways, and other exterior surfaces. Products like Rid O’ Rust Rust Remover can be used to clear away these stains, but the marks will return without prevention. You can prevent stains, thus avoiding the time spent and labor involved to remove them, by using a product like Rid O’ Rust Rust Preventer with a feeder system.
Rid O’ Rust Rust Preventer neutralizes the iron in water to prevent rust stains on properties and extend the life of sprinkler components. It can be used with the GreenFeeder System when the water source contains less than 2 ppm of iron, or used with the Rid O’ Rust Feeder System, which is often housed in the basement. Rid O’ Rust Rust Preventer must be injected into the irrigation system, via a Rid O’ Rust Feeder System or GreenFeeder System, at a point prior to the addition of any oxidizing agents like chlorine or air as these agents will antagonize the effects of the product.
The importance of testing a water source is evident in the selection of a Rid O’ Rust formula, as the concentrated formula for extreme water is specifically designated for water sources that have low or fluctuating pH levels. Rid O’ Rust will also not remove tannins from the water, so it is important to ensure, through water testing, that those aren’t the true culprit behind the stains. You can request a DIY water test kit from us, send us a 4-ounce sample of water directly from the sprinkler head, or have a local testing source test your water.