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Use These Irrigation Trends for Landscape Maintenance

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Conserving water is a top priority for commercial landscape service providers. We are always looking for technologies that save water, while providing sufficient water to the landscape. Unpredictable weather conditions increase the need to conserve water, especially during periods of summer heat and drought.

 

Technologies for Water Preservation

The commercial irrigation industry is constantly working on new technologies that help preserve water without impacting the service provider’s ability to keep our clients’ landscapes looking their best. Some of the most popular trends in smart irrigation are listed here.

 

Drip Irrigation

The most convenient and relatively low-tech irrigation method for landscaping is drip irrigation. This method is simple and straightforward. It drips water slowly and directly onto the roots of the plants by using a system of pipes and hoses. Drip irrigation doesn’t require sprinkler heads and rotors, so there’s no water wasted in overspray.

Drip irrigation is one of the most effective methods in conserving water, without affecting the watering needs of plants. This method helps avoid nutrient loss and improves the efficiency of watering plants by targeting specific areas, directly on the ground.

 

Rain Sensors and Wi-Fi Controlled Sensors

Rain sensors are useful when used in conjunction with new Wi-Fi sensor technology. Rain sensors collect data on how much rainfall your property has had recently and, when your system is setup correctly, your watering program will automatically adjust based on rainfall. This helps prevent overwatering and helps reduce your water bill. Wireless technology has made it easier than ever to control your irrigation system. Secure Wi-Fi access allows your irrigation system to be managed remotely, from anywhere in the world. Zones can be adjusted or turned off as needed, without having a technician dispatched to the property.

 

Evapotranspiration (ET) Based Sensors

Some controllers have evapotranspiration (ET) based sensors that work by measuring the amount of rainfall the landscape has received, along with the moisture that has accumulated in the soil. The sensors detect the moisture level of the plants and allocate water according to the nutrition they need to survive and thrive.  The use of ET based sensors have reduced water use for landscapes significantly, while still maintaining the health of the plants by measuring humidity, temperature, and moisture.

 

 

Water Consumption Audits

While not a new technological innovation, it’s still very important to conduct regular water consumption audits to determine how well your property’s irrigation system is working. Conducting regular audits will allow your landscaping service provider to identify and isolate any potential issues, and gather information on the amount of water used by the irrigation system. Audits performed at regular intervals help reduce the cost of water used for irrigation more than any other tool or technology.

For more helpful tips & advice on maintaining your commercial landscape check out other entries in our blog. Have specific questions about your property’s irrigation system or landscape service needs? Connect with us and our team will be happy to help.

 

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