Irrigation was once only considered essential for farms and other large-scale agricultural purposes, but now it's a must-have even for residential lawns and gardens. While sprinklers and other forms of basic irrigation may do the job of keeping your lawn green and your garden growing, it's not exactly the cutting edge of technology when it comes to water management.
The advanced sensors and controllers used to make irrigation more efficient for agricultural purposes is finally reaching the residential irrigation world. Learn why choosing smart irrigation systems can greatly improve your watering routine for your home landscape.
1. Reduces Wasted Water
First, smart irrigation is one of the best ways to keep a lawn or garden alive when you are struggling with difficult water restrictions set by your county or city. Since the irrigation system only starts up your sprinklers or drip lines when it's absolutely necessary, you are much less likely to run afoul of usage limits. It's also much easier to set up watering for the right time of day or days of the week with a smart system.
Even if you're not under any current watering restrictions, you'll appreciate the savings if you pay for water. With a smart irrigation system that waits until your lawn actually needs moisture to supply it, you'll know that every dollar you spend on irrigation is absolutely necessary. Some homeowners that have switched to smart irrigation have reduced their landscape watering costs by up to 60%.
2. Controls Erosion
Erosion and poor drainage is primarily a problem during natural rainstorms, but an irrigation system that runs too often or for too long can also compound the problem. Running water over a slope when it's already wet greatly increases the chances of soil movement to create ruts or to leave sediment piling up where you don't want it.
By making sure your irrigation system only runs when it's not already raining, you can prevent erosion with minimal effort. It's always possible for a surprise rainstorm to develop while you're far from home at work or traveling, but installing an irrigation with outdoor sensors or a signal connection to a weather service will ensure you are never caught unaware by a storm.
3. Improves Plant Health
Excessive watering does more than just make the ground soggy and prone to erosion. Most of the plants you'll find in the average flower or vegetable garden are prone to developing disease and mildew issues when they're kept damp, and even lawns can suffer from fungal infestations when there is no chance to dry out. Sensors that stop irrigation when there's already plenty of moisture can keep these diseases from developing in the first place.
4. Adjusts to Surprises
If your local climate routinely supplies weekly rain, you might find it hard to remember to adjust your watering schedule if there's an unusual drought or heat wave. When you're allowing a set of smart and interconnected sensors to handle the watering instead, there's no need to track weather patterns or predict surprising dry spells and flooding.
You'll know your irrigation system is working properly even when you're not home for an extended time period and the weather suddenly changes.
5. Fits Your Budget
Finally, smart irrigation is not much more expensive than any other watering system you'd install for residential use. You can also add just a few sensors to start with for an affordable introduction to smart irrigation and then expand as you become convinced of its value.
Here at Smith Irrigation, we're happy to help you set up a technologically advanced irrigation solution for your home or business. Discuss your options with us today.