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How Smart Irrigation Can Save You Water & Money

Having a beautiful, lush lawn and garden is easier than ever

If you’ve ever woken in the middle of the night with the thought, “Did I turn off the sprinklers?” you know how inefficient, costly and annoying your old irrigation system can be — and it’s even worse if you’re using a garden hose and have to remember to move it every hour or so.

Fortunately, with new smart landscape technology continuing to evolve, having a healthy and lush landscape is easier and more economical than ever. Smart controllers not only save you money — paying for themselves in a few years — they save the environment by conserving water and energy.

Keep reading to see how you can put smart technology to work for you.

What is smart irrigation?

A smart irrigation system uses technology to control your water usage and prevents costly runoffs — so your lawn and gardens get all the water they need, but not a drop more.

Smart irrigation systems connect to a controller and use WiFi to connect to your phone, tablet or through a website. Being able to control your property’s irrigation remotely gives you peace of mind —  you can rest easy knowing your lawn and gardens are taken care of even when you’re not at home.

What are the benefits of smart irrigation?

Smart irrigation systems make taking care of your property — and investment — easy and worry-free.

With a smart irrigation system and controller you can:

  • Adapt and adjust your water use based on local weather conditions, so you’ll never come home and see your sprinklers running in the rain. 

  • Use just the right amount of water with real-time data. Your system will “know” how much water is needed intuitively — so you don’t have to worry about watering too little or too much.

  • Get detailed reports on how much water you’re using — and saving! Many homeowners report their smart irrigation system saves them up to 50% more water. That’s good for both your wallet and the environment.

  • Adjust your watering schedule based on the actual conditions of your landscape — so wet, shady areas will get less water than hot and sunny locations.

  • Identify issues like defective pipes, faulty valves and broken sprinkler heads before they become costly problems. Your system will send you an alert so you can shut it off instantly (or you can send the alert to your landscape maintenance company so they can take care of the problem for you).

  • “Know” how long it takes to water an area without creating runoff and pooling. Instead of giving your lawn and gardens a continuous soak (like the old systems), the watering schedule is broken down into segments that allow time for the water to absorb into the ground — making every drop count.

Control your water use with smart irrigation.

No one wants to waste water, but we all want our lawns and gardens to thrive.

Upgrading to a smart irrigation system can reduce your water usage and save you money — but  the biggest benefit is the positive effect a smart irrigation system has on the environment.

Your smart controller conserves water by collecting, interpreting, and making decisions based on data it receives, such as:

  • The type of plants you have in your landscape. Some plants are thirstier than others and require more water.  Native species are better adapted to local conditions and need less water to thrive — so the designers at the Landmark Group take great care to incorporate them into their landscape designs.

  • The type of soil your property has. If your soil is largely clay, for instance, your smart controller will adjust the watering schedule to shorter intervals to avoid runoff.

  • The local weather conditions — such as temperature, relative humidity, sunshine and wind conditions — all affect how much water your lawn and gardens need. Your smart irrigation system is connected to the local weather station and adjusts it’s watering schedule based on real-time weather information.

Is a smart irrigation system right for you?

If you’re looking for a way to have healthy, lush beautiful gardens, conserve water and save money, upgrading to a smart irrigation system (or installing a new one) might be right for you.

If you have any questions or want to discuss your property’s water needs, fill out our online form or call us today. We’re here to help.

Written by: Tim D.