Proper scheduling for irrigation is vital to maintaining a lush green Tupelo lawn and landscape. Even when rainfall is plentiful, irrigation may be needed when the rain doesn’t happen during optimal times. Of course, too much irrigation can create issues that may result in damage to the landscape. Some common issues created by too much irrigation or irrigating too often may include:
Improper irrigation is essentially throwing money down the drain. What can you do about it?
Weather-based irrigation controllers (WBIC) and soil moisture sensor systems (SMS) are two smart technologies that are designed to assist in making irrigation decisions based solely on the water plants need. Both of these technologies determine:
This system relies on rainfall estimates and approximations of evapotranspiration. Evapotranspiration is the evaporation from the soil surface and transpiration through plant leaves. This represents the level of water that must be replaced by irrigation if and when rainfall isn’t at sufficient levels. WBIC is designed to replace the irrigation timer and should possess a localized shutoff like a rain gauge or sensor. WBIC requires user-programmed site conditions in order to facilitate suggestions regarding how much and when to irrigate plants.
The SMS system generally involves two components. A sensor component section is buried in the root zone to estimate available moisture. The sensor controller is programmed with a predetermined threshold that determines if irrigation is necessary. The SMS system is considered to be an add-on device to be used in conjunction with a pre-existing irrigation timer.
The decision to turn to one option over the other is essentially up to the user. SMS can be a small but cost-effective solution, but having to run wires through your yard or field could restrict operations. Wireless versions with additional automation are generally more expensive. Terrain restrictions may interfere with installation of an SMS. In cases such as these WBIC may be the more practical option. If you’re considering the efficiency of each option, SMS systems have been known to achieve water savings as high as 92% while WBIC typically achieves savings of 43%.
If you’re looking to install one of these systems, but you’re unsure where to begin, TruGreen can help you choose an option that will work best for your situation. Our trained professionals can refer you to a trusted partner for installation and help you come up with a customized solution for handling your irrigation system.Request your free quote today!