The summer is almost here and I wanted to educate all of our clients about the irrigation on your property. The restrictions, as we know, are in place and the lack of the El Nino rains has put us right back to where we were last year at this time. Many people have taken advantage of my irrigation assessments to improve and update your systems to more efficient ones. Here are a few of the renovations we can put in place to prepare you for the summer.
The installing of inline drip which applies precipitation directly into the root zones and eliminates evaporation that occurs with overhead watering. Inline drip also has no restrictions on watering days due to its low application and efficiency. The development of the rotary nozzle which emits a stream of tiny droplets at a rate which is half of the conventional fan nozzle. This also allows the soil to absorb the water more readily and prevent runoff due to high rate flows that fan nozzles apply.
The advancement in irrigation controllers has also given us the opportunity to monitor and control irrigation systems via computer, tablet, and cell devices. These controllers take into account temperature, evaporation, plant material, and rainfall to establish the perfect amount of irrigation needed at your property. There is a device that can actually connect to your existing irrigation clock for this type of system.
The simplicity and advantage of a rain sensor is an immeasurable tool for your irrigation system. I have a client that loves the function of this simple device that turns off the clock when it rains. “I was so pleased that the irrigation clock turned itself off, I didn’t trust it at first so I had to check and sure enough the controller was off,” said the client. “When we had the cooler weather and it rained it stayed off for a week which was perfect timing for watering to start again”. The remote rain sensor is low in cost but big on advantages for your irrigation system. The sensor has a small device that is hung in an open area with a catch basin that collects water. There is a cork material that expands when it gets wet which triggers the device to send a signal to the clock to shut down. Once the device dries out completely a signal is sent to turn the controller back on. The device is easily installed in 1 to 2 hours.
If you are interested in looking at improving your irrigation system or if you are ready to discuss your assessment and move forward with renovations, please contact me so we can get the ball rolling. This includes anyone interested in taking a look at the technology available in irrigation controllers and how they can benefit you. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Please contact us at [email protected] if you want to know more. We want to assure you that all communications are directly with Schnetz Landscape Inc. and are private and confidential. We are all in this together, let’s irrigate responsibly.