Costa Mesa resident Mike Palmer hopes to use his gardening skills to make a different kind of green product with a new invention he claims will keep local lawns healthy while using less water.
“My personal invention is something that came out of a need that I saw as a person living in Costa Mesa and working in my garden,” Palmer said. “I have lived in the Newport Beach area all my life and love the ocean and surfing and I want to preserve and protect it.”
Palmer saw a need for an environmentally friendly way to conserve water and fertilized plants while working in his backyard garden. Four years of research and development later, Palmer produced “Garden I.V. SMART Feeder,” a plastic device with a disposable cup of ecologically safe and natural fertilizer attached. The invention, which can be hooked up to an automatic sprinkler system, is designed to stimulate plants to grow stronger with deeper roots, making them need less water, and causing less runoff to the Pacific Ocean. Customers buy the disposable fertilizer cups for the Lawn I.V. on a subscription basis, receiving new cups in the mail each month. The Fertilizer cups are made in a Costa Mesa facility.