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Get Smart About Irrigation

July is our favorite month at Bayscape, as we celebrate Irrigation Month! We take this time to educate our customers about the vital role “smart” irrigation technology is to our Santa Clara County landscapes, as well as share resources and knowledge to help you get your residential or commercial property continually practicing smart irrigation.

The Irrigation Association started this initiative in 2005, aimed to promote the social, economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation technologies, products and services in landscape, turf and agricultural irrigation.

Whether your business property is big or small, multiple campuses, HOA, turf and landscape or golf applications, there are many ways you can get “smart” about irrigation. If you are a homeowner looking for ways to conserve water, have a more sustainable landscape, and cut your water bill, Irrigation Month is a month you should take stock of your current irrigation practices and systems.

Here’s your Irrigation Month Checklist for Ultimate Water Savings:

1. Always get your irrigation system checked in early spring. We’ve discussed this topic quite a bit over the last few years! This is the time of year repairs and leaks can be repaired. Not checking your system yearly, costs not only thousands in dollars, but wastes gallons upon gallons of our precious resource, water. If you missed this spring, do it now!

2. Install a wi-fi or web based irrigation controller! Companies such as Hydrawise, Bluespray, and Postscapes offer complete wi-fi irrigation control systems (we do not officially endorse these brands). 24/7 support, unlimited start times, history usage reports and more, will decrease water usage. Some allow for remote monitoring and control zones from your Android or iOS phone using wi-fi or ethernet connectivity. Each product has something a little different to offer, so please check them out online.

3. Remember your “Water Use It Wisely” techniques you can practice at home or in the office. Although this is not specifically irrigation related, it still counts towards water conservation! This website even offers educational games you can practice with children, to teach them young about water conservation.

4. During the month of July, our Bayscape Account Managers are on stand by to answer your questions about irrigation technologies. We will work as your advocate and partner to obtain all of the rebates available to you in your municipality for irrigation system upgrades, installs, or repairs.

Give us a call! Irrigation Month lasts until July 31st!

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Why Smart Irrigation Controllers are the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

California’s drought is now more than a regional story: coverage of the emergency conditions – and our response to them – spans from international news outlets to this week’s TIME magazine. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), almost 9 billion gallons of water is used every day in the United States for residential outdoor water use, primarily for landscape irrigation. The agency estimates that 50 percent of that water is wasted due to overwatering.

Fortunately, there are relatively simple measures you can take to save water that are friendly to the earth, healthier for your plants, and easy on your wallet. One of the newest technologies available to smaller-scale landscaping systems is smart-controlled irrigation systems. 

What are smart irrigation control systems, and how do they work?

Though smart-controlled irrigation systems have been used for many years on larger scales – like sprawling, 18-hole golf courses – the technology has recently become available for smaller properties and homeowners.

There are two types of smart controllers, climate-based and sensor-based, and they utilize your area’s weather and site conditions to manage irrigation needs. Instead of relying on you, or a programmed timer, to regulate your landscape’s irrigation needs, smart controllers customize water flow and frequency based on data like weather changes, soil moisture, slope, wind, and plant type.

How effective are they?

The Irrigation Association, which conducts third-party testing of smart controller irrigation products, says that pilot programs have shown a 20-40 percent annual savings over properties that utilize standard sprinkler systems. And the EPA, whose Watersense labeling program monitors and certifies smart controllers for efficiency and effectiveness, says the water savings amount to 8,800 annual gallons per household. The agency puts a big-picture perspective on the issue: if each household in the United States using traditional irrigation made the switch, we’d look at a $435 million and 120 billion-gallon savings nationwide. 

It’s important to have your smart irrigation system installed and maintained by professionals, so contact us today to learn how you can get started.