4 Reasons to Invest in New Irrigation

Watering and landscaping go hand in hand. When the driest months of the summer hit, green lawns turn brown and flowers begin to wilt in the heat. Irrigation can give your landscaping the moisture it needs to survive without needing to manually water your lawn and plants. If you do not have irrigation or have an older system, a new irrigation or sprinkler system can ensure your landscaping gets the water it needs, with new options that can make it easier and more efficient.

  1. Even watering. Do you have uneven spots in your yard? New irrigation can give you even watering that ensures that all your grass gets the same amount of moisture for a lovely green lawn.
  2. Irrigation for gardens. You can tie in irrigation for your flower beds, gardens and even hanging plants around your home. This makes it easier to maintain all your landscaping and plants, not just your lawn.
  3. Efficiency. New irrigation systems are built for efficiency. Timers and other options can help reduce the amount of water you use, saving money and reducing water waste during the hottest months of summer.
  4. Go Smart. The smart options on new irrigation systems are amazing. They can give you remote access to your irrigation system, with smart sensors that detect moisture levels in the soil, rain and other elements. Your irrigation can be automated, helping you maintain your landscaping even when you are away from home.

If you are ready to upgrade your irrigation for your landscaping, contact a local landscaper. They can inspect your property and make recommendations for a system that will make it easier and more efficient to maintain your landscaping.

Posted on behalf of:
Lanier Yardscapes
58 Terero Trail
Newnan, GA 30263
(770) 337-5147

How Advanced Irrigation Can Improve Your Lawn

Are you tired of fighting off the brown and yellow grass in the last months of summer? It can be difficult to keep a beautiful, green lawn without the right irrigation system. Even if you have an older irrigation system in place, it may not offer all the benefits of newer systems. Here are some of the advantages of adding a new smart irrigation system to your yard to improve your lawn for next summer.

  • Wi-fi capabilities. New smart irrigation systems can be set up to connect with your smartphone or tablet, giving you access to controlling your irrigation from wherever you are. This can help you manage your watering schedule beyond just setting a timer – you can turn on your sprinklers whenever, from wherever.
  • Reduced water use. With better controls comes better use of water. Smart irrigation systems are aware of weather and can be set to detect rain and precipitation so that you don’t use your sprinklers when it’s raining.
  • Improved lawn care. Not only can smart irrigation systems control your watering, they can help improve the care of your lawn. Some systems have capabilities to check fertilizer levels, temperatures, light and many other factors that impact your lawn. One interface can manage your lawn care and keep you on top of improving the health of your grass.

If you are ready to get the green, lush lawn you always wanted, consider investing in a new smart irrigation system. Talk to your local landscaper about upgrading your irrigation to a smarter, greener system that will help you get the best lawn for next summer.

Posted on behalf of:
Maxwell Hardscapes
Sherrills Ford, NC 28673
(704) 469-5766

Smart Irrigation Controllers Reduce Irrigation System Water Usage

Until recently, most irrigation system controllers available for residential use relied on timers for controlling the irrigation schedule.  The homeowner could set the irrigation controller to start watering at a certain time and how long to water the landscaping.

They can also be set to water different zones at different times and for different durations, but once they are set up, most irrigation timers are treated as “set it and forget it”.  Most homeowners don’t go to the trouble of changing the watering schedule to account for changes in the seasons and local weather conditions.

The result is that most irrigation systems end up overwatering the landscaping since they are generally set to provide adequate water during the driest and hottest months.  Overwatering wastes a lot of water.  Some estimates run as high as 50% of watering with an irrigation system is wasted.  Considering that Americans use an average of 7 billion gallons of water a day for watering landscaping, that’s a lot of wasted water. Overwatering also contributes to insect infestations and plant diseases.

Modern smart sprinkler irrigation system controllers can drastically reduce the amount of water wasted through overwatering.  Smart controllers use sensors or local weather information to determine how much water your landscaping needs.  These controllers take this information into account and only apply water to the landscaping when it is needed.

The information can come from on-site weather monitoring equipment, from weather data downloaded from the internet, or from moisture sensors buried in the soil.  Your landscaping professional can help you choose a water-saving smart irrigation system controller for your irrigation system.

Types of Smart Irrigation Controllers

Smart irrigation system controllers are the most recent innovation for sprinkler irrigation systems.  Programmable electronic controllers are capable of executing sophisticated watering programs, but they are incapable of adjusting for the current local weather conditions.

Unless the homeowner manually adjusts the program every time it rains and when the seasons change, a traditional electronic irrigation controller will waste a lot of water due to over watering.  Overwatering is a problem not only because of wasted water, but also because it leads to insect infestations and disease.

Smart landscape irrigation controllers have the capability of using information about local weather or soil conditions to modify watering programs and reduce or eliminate overwatering and wasted water.  There are two types of smart controllers.

Weather based controllers use current weather information to control irrigation scheduling.  The information can come from weather sources on the internet and from weather monitors located at your home such as rain gauges and instruments that measure temperature, humidity, and wind speed.  Other information provided to the smart controller includes soil properties, slope, and plant types.

The other type of smart irrigation controller uses soil moisture sensors to control irrigations schedules.  Some of these types of controllers are programmed like a traditional electronic controller, but the controller will not activate the system if the soil sensor detects sufficient moisture in the soil.

Other soil moisture based irrigation controllers are called “water on demand” controllers.  These are not programmed like traditional irrigation controllers. Instead, the upper and lower soil moisture limits are set and when the lower level is reached, the irrigation system is activated and allowed to run until the upper soil moisture limit is reached.  These types of systems are very water efficient.