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3 Tips for North TX Homeowners Considering a New Irrigation Controller

Jack Moore
Sep 28, 2020 9:07:27 AM

In North Texas, where water is particularly precious, you don’t want to see a drop go to waste. Not only does that take a toll on the environment, but it can be bad for your budget, too. After all, water isn’t cheap. That’s why you might be thinking about upgrading your irrigation controller. These days you don’t have to choose between a beautiful lawn and responsible water use. With a smart irrigation controller, you can have the best of both worlds.

Instead of simply following a preset watering schedule, smart irrigation controllers can make real-time adjustments to watering based on the weather conditions.

We’ve rounded up some tips that you should keep in mind if you’re considering adding a smart irrigation controller to your North Texas property.lawn sprinkler system smart irrigation controller

1. Not All Smart Irrigation Controllers are the Same

One common misconception that we find homeowners often believe is that all controllers are virtually the same. But in reality, even a smart irrigation controller can have its limitations.

The biggest limitation is usually in how many zones the controller can run. For instance, if you buy a smart controller that is designed to run on six zones (maybe some different flower beds plus your lawn), and you want to add a new zone later (maybe you’re installing another flower bed), with certain systems, you’re out of luck. While some systems can be upgraded, others have zone limitations that can’t be changed.

Some DIYers have found ways to cobble together a system with a smart irrigation controller that is limited to a certain number of zones by having more than one. But this is really a lot more complicated than just working with a system that can handle upgrades if you want to add to your landscape.

2. Start by Assessing Your Current System

If you’re thinking about upgrading your irrigation controller, then the best place to start is with an assessment of your current system. As you do so, think about what may or may not change over time. Will you be adding more flower beds or planting trees? Or do you expect to leave your yard exactly as it is?

If you really aren’t sure, then you need to leave room for change by choosing a system that will allow you to make upgrades.
irrigation technician working on irrigation zones
One of the greatest benefits of a smart irrigation controller is the ability to be able to provide a lot of detail, zone by zone. The more information that you program such as plant material, slope, drainage, or direction of the wind, the more accurately it will calculate exactly how long the run time should be for each zone.

Unfortunately, this is another area where not all controllers are created equally. In order to enhance simplicity of setup (particularly for the DIYer), some smart controllers don’t “ask” for enough information. But with a lack of data, the system will make “guesses” about your property which could provide less effective results.

3. A DIY Approach to Smart Irrigation Controller Installation Can Have Limitations

These days, we’re seeing more and more smart controllers being directly marketed to the DIY consumer. While there are plenty of handy homeowners who like to handle these types of upgrades on their own, if you aren’t totally confident about what you’re doing, there can be some shortcomings.

For one, you might choose a system that can’t be upgraded to adapt to future landscape changes. We’ve seen this happen and homeowners have had to find a way to have more than one controller in order to accommodate their changing landscape.

On top of that, as we mentioned, we also find that some of the popular DIY choices tend to simplify the setup process by limiting the amount of data you have to program. But this can ultimately have a negative impact on your results. The more data put into the system, the more accurate (and efficient) it will operate.

Traditionally, the big three irrigation systems we’ve always worked with have been Rain Bird, Weathermatic, and Hunter. But we’re also seeing a lot of interest in the Rachio. This is one of those models that many homeowners take a DIY approach with, however we do install them for our clients, too.

The advantage to using a licensed irrigation professional to install your smart irrigation controller is that you’ll not only gain the confidence that it’s installed properly but we can also help you learn exactly how to use it so that you’re getting the full advantage. After all, a system that was installed wrong or is being used incorrectly will negate the benefits. If you truly want to know that you’re getting the most out of your new smart irrigation controller, it may be beneficial to work with a pro.irrigation technician installing a hunter irrigation smart controller

Finding Smart Irrigation Services in North Texas

If you’re thinking about an upgrade or an existing irrigation controller, or maybe installing a system for the first time, then you want to be able to feel confident that you’re making wise choices. Ultimately, that comes down to choosing a company that will help you get the best possible results for your investment.

While there are certainly smart controllers that are marketed to homeowners as being easy to install and run, if you’re someone who needs some help getting it all set up—or just wants to be sure that you’re getting the best controller for your specific property—then we can help.

At Grassperson, we are familiar with all of the different smart irrigation controllers out there. We’re also constantly staying on top of “what’s new.” We’re always researching what’s out there so that we can help our clients make the best choices for their properties. As the owner of Grassperson, I (Jack Moore), have often even tested out the different systems on my own property.

We want you to be able to feel confident that you’re getting the best system that will deliver the best results.
irrigation system running in a lawn
After all, we know that your goal is to have the best-looking property on the block without the hassles and headaches that might typically come with it. That’s why we’ll help you find a smart irrigation controller that can deliver the best results and provide you with peace of mind you’re truly getting the most out of your investment.

Stop worrying about your irrigation needs and leave it up to a pro who knows exactly what your Northern Texas property needs. Get a Free Quote, then you can enjoy the best lawn on the block!

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