As one of the hottest months of the year, next month, July, is appropriately designated as Smart Irrigation Month. The time has been set forth by the Irrigation Association to raise awareness of the benefits; social, economic and environmental; of efficient irrigation. In our area, August is usually just as hot. Summer’s scorching weather causes us to be concerned about the health of our lawns and many options exist today in sprinkler irrigation technology that make sprinkler irrigation system installation even smarter.
Sprinkler Irrigation System Advances
Irrigation systems have long offered an easier and more efficient way to maintain the beauty of your landscape, and as a property owner, you want your yard to be a representation of yourself. Some of the newer sprinkler irrigation system offerings include:
Controllers are now available that can modify your watering schedule based on the amount of moisture in the ground or what the weather forecast is. Some controllers are even controllable by WiFi so you have away-from-home access on your smartphone.
Smart Technology Advancements
If you are up to date with all the latest technology you most likely have some form of a smart-home speaker like Alexa or Google. Some new controllers integrate perfectly with this technology to make your life easier. You can issue voice commands through your phone or speaker, then let the controller handle your sprinkler irrigation system.
Weather-Based Smart Irrigation Controllers
Now, you can even go one step further, and your sprinkler system can actually monitor the weather and water accordingly. Your sprinkler irrigation system will receive weather information and forecasts from your smart-home base and be programmed to respond accordingly. This will save you valuable time as your lawn essentially waters itself.
Smart sensors can allow you to be even more hands-off with your lawn care. Some of the options are:
Some sensors can also detect when temperatures are freezing. This feature is helpful because using sprinklers during that time can cause hazards or freezing sprinkler heads.
Rain sensors are devices that can prevent you from watering during or right after rainstorms. The sensors work with your irrigation system and override its instructions when rain/excess moisture is present when you have a watering time scheduled. Water usage can be reduced by 35%, saving water and money.
Drip irrigation has been around for some time, and allows homeowners to consistently water gardens or special landscaping without watering potentially weedy areas or other parts of the yard that are covered by the other sprinkler heads. Drip irrigation is flexible and very customizable, and uses much less water than simply watering a whole garden or decorative bed.
High Efficiency Nozzles
High efficiency nozzles allow consistency in water coverage without using as much water. The lower rate of pressure reduces runoff and potential soil compaction. Sprinkler efficiency is a major concern right now in terms of water conservation and staying environmentally conscious. Paired with the latest in smart-technology, your sprinkler irrigation system will be as efficient as possible.
Smart technology integration is a primary focus for a lot of different areas in the marketplace. Connecting rotating nozzles to your smart-technology enabled system will allow you even more customization for your yard.
Your system monitors your yard and works outs how much water your yard needs. The nozzles can change the distance and aim of the spray. These nozzles are engineered to spray further and more accurately than ever before, and in a new sprinkler irrigation system, you can have a more efficient way to water properly so that your grass and plants thrive.
Call Burkholder for Professional Sprinkler Irrigation Design and Installation
Pennsylvania landscapes are as varied as the people who own them. Sloping landscapes with many decorative beds require different sprinkler irrigation options than expansive lawns with perimeter shrubs and trees or potted vegetation. A Burkholder specialist consults with each homeowner to determine the needs of their particular landscape, then designs an irrigation system that efficiently handles all of those needs. We also provide maintenance of the lawn and the sprinkler irrigation system, so that homeowners can simply enjoy their perfectly watered and manicured yards. Contact us today for a free consultation!