WATER – it is essential to life. Basic functions of everyday life are made possible with water, like irrigating your lawn. In most parts of the world, water is becoming scarce. We have to start conserving now!

Did you know that 50% of household water bills in Southern California are used for irrigation? In commercial landscaping, this statistic is higher than 50%, including landscaped areas for businesses and HOAs.
It is very possible that you are already practicing water conservation inside your home, such as taking shorter showers, turning off the water when not in use, and installing low flow toilets.

But what about in our landscapes, how should we save water? How do we maintain a green, oxygen producing landscape without wasting water?

The irrigation experts are going to tell you howby using the latest Irrigation Technology designed for water efficiency and savings.

First and foremost, you need a Weather Based Irrigation Controller (WBIC) or Smart Controller. Your controller is the brain to your entire system, telling your sprinklers or drip irrigation when to run or not. It uses historic weather data along with on-site weather data to accurately irrigate – only when necessary. Some of our favorite WBICs are the Irritrol Climate Logic installed on a Rain Dial, Rain Bird® ESP-SMTe Series, and the Hunter® Solar Sync® which pairswith Hunter’s line of controllers, like the X-Core® to create a Smart System.

Additionally, subscription-based services are available for WBICs. These subscription based services download daily ET values through a cloud-based technology right to your controller. Weathermatic Smartline, or  WeatherTRAK® LC or ET Pro3 controllers report data based on your usage to the controller, saving hundreds of gallons a year.

Second, Soil Moisture Sensors report moisture in your soil to the controller, thus only watering when necessary. It adds an additional safeguard to your system and offers more water savings than using only a smart controller.

These sensors detect the amount of moisture, or lack thereof, in your soil using buried probes. It essentially converts a traditional controller into a smart controller, because it commands your controller to stop watering under unnecessary conditions. Three of our favorite soil moisture sensors are the Rain Bird® SMRT-Y®, Toro™ Precision™, and Hunter Soil-Clik™ Soil Moisture Sensors.

Thirdly, you can choose a Rain Sensor. A rain sensor functions like a soil moisture sensor, except instead of turning the controller off due to the level of moisture in your soil, it reports to your controller that it is raining. As a result, the rain sensor will shut down the system.  Hunter’s Wireless Rain-Clik™ is a popular choice to consider.

Today’s irrigation technology doesn’t end with Smart Controllers and Sensors. Engineers’ have designed highly efficient sprinklers to save water while irrigating your lawn.

These High-Efficiency Nozzles are designed to distribute streams with larger droplets, so they don’t evaporate before they hit the ground to water your plants. Using high-efficiency sprinkler nozzles such as Hunter® MP Rotator® nozzles in lawns will be a huge water saver. They can save up to 30% of water compared to traditional nozzles.  To learn more about how you can save water with high-efficiency nozzles, check out our blog article: “What are High Efficiency Sprinkler Nozzles”. This will help you understand how these amazing sprinklers are able to reduce water-waste more effectively than traditional nozzles.

Lastly, in order to save water in your landscape, remember that how you apply water, and when you water matters as well. Garden beds, trees, shrubs and the like should be watered with Drip Irrigation. Drip irrigation puts water where it belongs and not a drop more. This is a huge water-saver!

When you water is just as important as the technology you use. We have an extensive list of water saving tips, but most importantly, you should water plants and lawns in the early morning, before it gets hot. This allows the water to penetrate deeper and avoid excess evaporation. A good rule of thumb is to water only between 6 a.m. and after 8 p.m. to reduce evaporation and interference from wind. Don’t water when it’s windy! Here’s some more water saving tips.

Let’s face it, how many times have you forgot to turn off your system when it’s raining or just after it rained? A Smart Controller with the appropriate sensors protects against this. We all need to do our part. So, use the technology that is simple and readily available to help you water only when it’s needed. Use the proper technology for the type of application, drought tolerant plants and best practices! That’s it.

Hydro-Scape not only has expert staff available to answer any of your irrigation and landscape questions, but we have an extensive library of garden and irrigation articles that we invite you to use on our website at www.hydroscape.com.

 

About Hydro-Scape

Hydro-Scape® was founded in 1975 by Robert J. Tiglio to provide landscape professionals and the general public with a single source for all irrigation and landscape supplies. Recognized as a leader in the industry, we have earned numerous achievement awards for outstanding sales and service with such vendors as Hunter, Rain Bird, Toro, Irritrol, NDS, Simplot, WeatherTRAK and many more.

Hydro-Scape® has shown continued support in the community and the landscape irrigation industry throughout our 40 years in business. Committed to exceptional service and competitive prices, the company has remained family owned and operated for four decades.

Hydro-Scape® Products has 17 branches throughout Southern California and serve International markets as well. Hydro-Scape is your preferred source for a full-range of irrigation and landscape supplies as well as Outdoor Living products; landscape lighting, pre-fabricated BBQ islands, Grills, thatch and fencing and water features.