With spring in full swing, it’s time to get your home ready for those long summer days that are just around the corner. That means dusting off the lawnmower, cleaning out the gutters, and chipping away at the old “To Do” list stuck to the fridge.
Of course, setting up the backyard for hot weather is only half the battle. Yard work can quickly consume most of every available weekend throughout the summer months. It can also be quite costly, especially when it comes to keeping your plants and lawn adequately watered – unless you have a smart sprinkler system.
What is a smart sprinkler system?
When people talk about smart sprinkler systems they’re really talking about smart sprinkler controllers.
These controllers are designed to work with conventional irrigation systems that are permanently installed in a garden and around a lawn – the kind with dedicated tubing, valves, and sprinkler heads.
That means if you already have a sprinkler system in place then adding a smart sprinkler controller is easy breezy. You simply swap out your old “dumb” controller with a smart one, such as a Rachio water system, and voila – you’re off to the races.
If you don’t already have a sprinkler system set up, the installation process can be a little intimidating, to be sure, but the ultimate payoff (automated lawn watering) is well worth it.
Why use a smart sprinkler controller?
Smart sprinkler controllers are Wi-Fi enabled, so you can monitor the system and set custom watering schedules using an app on your smartphone or tablet. Some models, such as the Rachio family of devices, are also compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, so you can control your sprinklers using only your voice.
What truly sets smart sprinkler controllers apart from “dumb” controllers, however, is their ability to read local weather data and independently adjust the watering schedule to optimize water usage. That means your sprinkler system won’t water your garden and lawn in the morning at 6 AM if it knows an adequate amount of rain is on the way at 7 AM.
Once installed, a smart sprinkler controller gives you more control over your sprinkler system than a conventional controller, plus the ability to control your sprinkler system from anywhere with an internet connection.