Get Smart: The Benefits of a Smart Irrigation System

Smart technology is not only the future, but it is also already the present. The advent of the smartphone has given rise to an avalanche of new technologies that will become the new norm for our lives in the coming decade. Many already have smart watches, cars, clothing, appliances, homes, and more. We are headed toward smart city initiatives and a host of other modes of connectivity offered to us by the Internet of Things.

And now, even your lawn can receive the advantages of smart technology. Read on to weigh the benefits of a Smart Irrigation System for your home or business.

Lawn Sprinkler Systems

With no water, you know you can never have a grassy green lawn. There are places where homeowners are blessed with the appropriate rainwater. But for most of us, water sprinkler systems are the most effective and efficient means of watering our lawns.

When handled properly, a sprinkler system will help you maintain a healthy and properly watered lawn and garden while maximizing the effectiveness of each and every drop of water.

Advanced automated sprinkling and watering devices are equipped with both climate and ground humidity sensors to maintain the optimal flow of water at the right time. When rain is detected by the sensors, a sophisticated monitoring system bypasses planned irrigation to prevent your lawn from being over saturated while saving you your money.

Water scarcity is a worrying issue that is affecting more areas than most people realize, even here in the U.S. And it’s an undeniable fact that fresh water is increasingly becoming an invaluable resource throughout the world. Therefore, water conservation at the community level is an appropriate responsible step, even though the conservation standards may not yet be in place in your community.

Smart Irrigation Controllers

The more extensive utilization of smart irrigation controllers is a significant part of saving water consumption.

As responsible citizens we need to understand that our clean water supplies are not unlimited. Whenever we pump fresh water from under the ground, we are depleting the water table. In seasons and areas where the underground water tables aren’t being quickly replenished, this can put our water supplies in danger. According to a few studies, between May and September, we usually pump 60% more water than we do the rest of the year and this is mostly attributed to lawn irrigation.

Smart irrigation controller systems allow you to water your lawns and gardens without wasting a lot of water. This controller uses weather information from local weather stations, information about the type of plants that you have, soil weather conditions and amount of sunlight on particular areas of your irrigated property to determine how much water you actually need to use at any given time.

A standard controller, when it is installed, will have a time programmed into it. And the customer will be required, as the weather pattern changes, to make adjustments based on what the requirements of the lawn are.

However, a smart controller will talk to a weather station and make those changes for you. You don’t have to remember anything other than turning the system on in the spring.

We encourage responsible citizens to consider the smart irrigation controller technology as a proactive means to save water. On average, with this smart technology, an individual can save hundreds of dollars per season depending upon the size of the system. A typical smart irrigation controller will cost anywhere from two to four hundred dollars depending upon the size of the system, and on average the cost is around three hundred dollars.

Soil Moisture Sensors

As the human population grows, and so does the need for more efficient use of our water resources. An area with significant water saving potential is the irrigation of the household lawn. Part of the new helpful technology available is the soil humidity sensor. This device can reduce water applied to the home’s lawn and still maintain adequate turf quality.

Soil moisture sensor systems are designed to prevent irrigation when it is unnecessary due to adequate water already being in the soil. The system consists of a soil moisture controller and a soil moisture sensor which are attached to an existing irrigation timer. The soil moisture sensor is buried in the area to be irrigated and is wired to the soil moisture controller. The controller is then wired between the irrigation timer and the solenoid valve. When the amount of water in the soil reaches a certain set point, the soil moisture controller goes into bypass mode which prevents the irrigation timer from sending a signal to the solenoid valve.

Irrigation System Parts

Sprinkler, nozzle regulators and timers are all essential components for your home or business smart irrigation system. They assist in determining the start and end times of watering and thus help you save on your water, electricity bill and also most importantly helps in preserving water.

Smart Sprinkler and Timer

These intelligent controllers have many features including wireless options and the ability to be programmed for a specific task. The wireless connectivity feature provides you with the ability to control the device from your smart device.

Sensors

The ultimate objective of an effective irrigation system is only to be able to use water when it is necessary. Modern technological advances make it possible to install sensors that are capable of measuring the ground’s moisture, total precipitation and even shutting down the systems in frosty weather.

Valves

The valves are used to regulate and control water flow from the pump/tank into the irrigation system.

Spray Heads

The sprinkler nozzles are available in a number of different types, shapes, designs and from various brands, however, many of these variants can be classified into the following four main categories: impact, gear, pop-up, and turf.

Filters

It is essential to keep in mind that the more the mesh size, the more efficient will be the filtration. There are mainly two types of filters available in the market, and you can integrate any of them into your smart irrigation system (much better to confirm from your seller about compatibility).

  • Drip filters
  • T-Style filters

Devices to Prevent Backflow

The anti-backflow devices in the sprinkler system work mainly as the safety controls that keep check of the pollutants from entering into the water supply thus keeping the water supply contamination free.

Professional Sprinkler System Installation and Maintenance

If you’re local, a simple search for “professional sprinkler system installation near me,” will likely point you to the professionals at Heartland Landscape Group in Osage Beach, MO. Our friendly team can assist you and manage your irrigation system design and installation from beginning to end.

We have many customers who own second homes here at Lake of the Ozarks in central Missouri. Many have found that it just makes sense to automate more of their lawn and landscape maintenance with an irrigation system than to pay additional lawn service fees week after week, year after year.

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