What is a Smart Irrigation Controller?

Smart Irrigation Controllers, (Controller Link), estimate or measure depletion or evaporation of available plant soil moisture. Attached to your sprinkler controller, the smart controller operates your sprinkler system, replenishing water as it needs it, while minimizing excess water use. A properly programmed smart controller requires initial "site" specific set-up. Taking into consideration your climate, your root depth, run times, required cycles, and other local factors. Once initial settings are consider, your smart controller takes local weather conditions and calculates the rate of evaporation to your lawns and gardens.

Benefits of Owning a Smart Controller:
The biggest benefit of smart controllers is their ability to automatically adjust schedules throughout the year. Saving owners from having to manually adjust their sprinkler timers as the seasons change. Let the weather do the adjusting instead. Because Controller Link supports automatic rain shut off and flow sensing, we take this "smart" control to a whole new level.

Landscape Water Management - A Win Win Investment

Rising water costs and the demand for improved watering efficiency is prompting property owners to call their landscape contractor.  Fortunately advancements in irrigation technology make it possible for them do take steps to reduce water waste.  New and improved sprinkler heads water more evenly to eliminate dry spots and reduce run-off.  More effective pressure regulation minimizes drifting water.  Smart controllers automate watering schedules so plants are watered when they need it.  Contractors have the tools do improve efficiency and property owners benefit by reducing water waste. 

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Are you MAD? If not, then you should be!

When it comes to ET irrigating there are two methods that are predominantly used: the Replenishing method, and the Managed Allowed Depletion (MAD) method. Both are good, but the MAD method is what your plants prefer and here’s why.

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Landscape Water Managers

Hire a Landscape Water Manager

Rising water costs and pressure to conserve water is fueling a new profession.  Landscape Water Managers are helping property owners use water more efficiently.  Don’t fear the perception that cutting back on water use will impact the appearance of the landscape; the opposite is true.  Professional Water Managers know how to save more by using less and improving system efficiency to sustain beautiful healthy landscapes.  The work of a Landscape Water Manager has three legs, all three are essential for effective results.
1) Irrigation System Efficiency
2) Base Irrigation Schedule
3) Automated Watering Control

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The Water Truck

You may not believe this story, but it’s true.  A business colleague called me a couple weeks ago about a commercial landscape project he was involved with.  To save water, the landscape was to be watered with a water truck.  No sprinkler system was to be installed.  When the contractor ran a five year cost projection, it was going to cost $150,000.00 more to use a water truck than to put in a sprinkler system and pay for the water.  The explanation given to the contractor was, less water would be used because they would only bring in the water truck when the plants needed water. 

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Dry Spots

I am not talking about your skin; I am talking about the lawn.  Nobody likes dry spots.  Typical fix; run the sprinklers longer.  Stop - Wait - Think.  How big is the dry spot? Most of the time, dry spots people worry about are small, probably less than 5% of the overall area.  It reminds me of my wife at piano recitals; she can hear the one missed note.  I am glad to hear all the right notes.  OK Let me get back on task.  Think about the other 95% of the lawn, it looks great, lush, green and healthy.  What is the typical fix?  Run the sprinklers longer.  So what you are telling me is we should over water 95% of the lawn to keep the little dry spot green.

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