Water your way
Are you tired of fighting the poor irrigation system currently installed on your property? Did you know you can literally save thousands of gallons of water in your landscape, and save your plants from drowning, with the proper setting of your irrigation controller?
There are two types of irrigation controllers available for your home. They come in a variety of brands and formats, but the two main elements to consider are… do you want to manage your controller manually or let the newer technology-side of water-management into your home with a weather based “smart” controller?
Water is a precious resource and conserving it is everyone’s responsibility. But that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice a green lawn and beautiful landscape. And installing either method mentioned above is a smart and cost effective step toward saving thousands of gallons annually.
- SAVE TIME: Your system will do all the watering for you.
- SAVE WATER: An automatic system uses up to 75% less water than watering by hand.
- SAVE MONEY: Your water bills will be lower and your plants will live longer.
With the manual controllers, you can’t just set it and forget it. You need to change the watering schedules as plants become established, with the changing seasons, and when it rains. The ease and speed with which you can program newer controllers is remarkable. They’re not only simple to operate, they’re fairly inexpensive too, many costing less than $100 or so. A new controller often solves 70% of watering issues on mature systems with older controllers.
Weather Based “Smart” Controllers work on a simple principle: provide the appropriate watering schedule, adjust for weather changes and irrigate based on the needs of the landscape. A smart controller will automatically reduce the watering times as the weather gets cooler and less water is needed. Then as the weather begins to warm up, the controller will add more watering time. The way this typically works is that you set the controller for a default maximum watering time, based on the hottest time of year. Then the controller reduces that time amount by a percentage value when less water is needed.
There are a variety of weather-based “smart” controllers available for residential applications. Whether it is real-time on-site weather data, off-site data with internet access, historical weather data or on-site monitoring, the new “smart” controllers leave little room for error. Simply input a few key specifics, such as your zip code, allowed watering days and the plant/soil type for each zone; the device does the rest. Your irrigation system waters only when the landscape requires it. And you save 30-70% in water.
Take this a step further with a custom-designed irrigation system. Each area of your landscape now has the proper water-saving sprinklers and spray heads, plus a controller that will turn the system on and off…automatically and on a precise schedule. The end result will be a likely reduction in water bills and a definite savings of time and effort.
An automatic sprinkler system is a home improvement project worth considering. Not only will it help maintain a healthy beautiful landscape which you can enjoy with your friends and family, but it’s the most convenient and efficient way to ensure your landscape gets the water it needs without over-or under-watering.
In fact, a professionally or DIY-installed automatic sprinkler system is one of the best investments that you can make for your home. Just ask anyone who has one. There is no easier or more cost-effective way to beautify your home, increase its value, and save yourself time and money.