Smart Controllers For Irrigation Systems

Published on: January 4, 2012

How many times have you noticed someone’s irrigation sprinkler system merrily watering their lawn right after a few days of heavy rain?  Or worse, while its still raining?  Not only are these homeowners wasting money on their water bills, they may also actually be doing harm to their landscaping.  Too much water can make grasses and plants more susceptible to disease and overwatering can drown some plants.

An sprinkler irrigation system is a wonderful way to help keep your landscaping looking great, but it has to be used properly for the best results.  That means scheduling the irrigation system timer so that it delivers enough water, but not too much.  The problem is that the amount of water needed changes throughout the year due to seasonal weather changes and you need to frequently adjust your sprinkler system’s scheduling based on the current weather conditions.

A smart controller can help take care of adjusting your irrigations system’s scheduling.  A smart controlled uses weather information obtained from various inputs to adjust your irrigation system’s watering schedule to eliminate over-watering and under-watering your landscape.  This weather information can include actual local rainfall and other information obtained from the system’s rain gauge and other instruments, weather information obtained from the internet, moisture sensors, and other sources.

Some smart controllers are relatively simple and others are very sophisticated and take into account the nature and type of soil, slope of the yard and other factors.  Smart controllers can be customized for different zones of the landscaping to take into account different soil conditions and plant watering needs.

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