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Smart Irrigation Systems: A Greener Idea

SIM2018_Insta_LS_HealthyLandscapes_bIf you’re a typical homeowner, you probably put your automatic sprinkler system into the same category as your home’s heating and cooling system. You expect it to work reliably and efficiently with minimum fuss. The latest technology offers just that — and more. 

Automated irrigation systems offer convenience while protecting your landscape investment. A well-maintained system keeps your lawn and landscape beautiful and healthy while minimizing water waste.

To raise awareness of the benefits of efficient watering practices, the Irrigation Association has named July Smart Irrigation Month. Make time this summer to be sure you’re getting the most out of your irrigation system while keeping utility bills low and helping to protect the environment.

Sprinklers Get Smart

The new generation of “smart” irrigation systems monitor weather, soil conditions, evaporation, and plant water use and automatically adjust your watering schedule. 

The secret to smart systems is the controller. Smart controllers use weather and site data to determine when and how long to water. Then, sprinklers apply just enough water at precisely the right time in each zone of your yard. 

  • Save water. Some systems automatically suspend watering during rain, freezing, or high wind conditions. Careful scheduling minimizes evaporation and encourages water to soak in, reducing the total amount of water needed. Preventing overwatering actually keeps plants healthier by encouraging stronger roots and discouraging weeds, disease, and fungus growth.
  • Save money. Smart systems can reduce your annual water bill by as much as 30 percent by preventing water waste. Plus, many local water providers offer rebates for purchasing specific smart controllers.
  • Save time. Once an irrigation installer has programmed your site data into the smart system, the controller adjusts the watering schedule based upon weather conditions and soil moisture without manual intervention. 
  • Add convenience. Smart controllers adapt to seasonal weather changes without requiring reprogramming. And their “set and forget” technology is perfect for complying with any local watering restrictions, as well as for frequent travelers and vacation or second homes.

You may be able to upgrade your current irrigation system with a smart controller. Some new components are designed as easy add-ons to existing systems.

Turf Grass Landscape Lecture

To learn more about your lawn, attend the City of Greeley’s July Landscape Lecture. On July 17, turf grass is the topic. Dr. Tony Koski, extension turfgrass specialist from Colorado State University will present on turfgrass best practices, problem-solving and more. Dr. Koski is the state expert from CSU on turf water use, soil amendments for water conservation, irrigation management, and much more.


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