Energy Savers
Gatton

Gatton Nursery

Proposed
15
Proposed Energy Savings
Industry
Nursery & Garden
Product
Nurser plants
Location
Gatton
Irriagtion
Drip and micro irrigation
Pumps
Centrifugal
Solution
Variable speed drives

Farmer profile

The nursery, near Gatton, has 17 hectares dedicated to intensive plant production and specialises in seedlings, natives and shrubs, providing plants in pots, hanging baskets and punnets.

Irrigation is automatically controlled accordingly to the various stages of growth in different areas of the site. In addition to the irrigation system, the nursery also uses compressors, robotic transplanters, denesting lines, tray fillers, a potting machine and a soil blender in its operations.

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Farmer feedback
The nursery is trialing new water-efficient sprinklers which will significantly reduce water consumption. A decision to upgrade the fixed speed pumps with possibly smaller motors will depend on the outcome of the trial. The owner may find that pumping requirements can be managed by the remaining pumps as a result of water savings achieved.