Smart Sprinkler Systems – How Do Smart Sprinklers Work In Gardens

Sprinkler Watering Green Grass
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Watering is a necessary garden chore, no matter where your garden grows. We water more or less often depending upon our location, but the garden that grows without additional water is rare. Lush green lawns need regular watering too.

How will we apply that water to our lawns and gardens? Watering cans are obsolete. Watering with a hose by hand is time consuming and sometimes hard on the back if you must drag the hose. Sprinkler hoses are good for root systems but have to be replaced and don’t allow much control of the water applied. Enter the smart sprinkler systems….

Smart Water Sprinkler Info

Sprinkler systems for the lawn and garden are often controlled improperly or totally forgotten. We’ve all noticed them watering in the rain. If you’re using an outdated, inefficient method of watering your lawn and garden, maybe you’ve wondered what’s the latest in watering technology?

It’s time to meet the smart water sprinkler. Just like the smart technology appliances in the kitchen, the latest sprinklers do many of our calculations for us and operate from our smart phone. They can upgrade our already installed sprinkler system.

What is a Smart Sprinkler System?

Functioning from a smart controller installed in place of the previous timer and operated from the smart phone, these are not complicated to install. Smart sprinkler systems use an advanced timer attached to the existing system and the same wiring. Most operate through your phone, but some even run through Amazon’s Alexa.

These controls have auto adjusted features that work with the weather. There is a smart hose faucet timer, a smart sprinkler timer, and even one for indoor use. These can help decrease water usage, allowing you to comply with water restrictions more easily. 

How Do Smart Sprinklers Work?

Smart irrigation system controls replace traditional controls, with advanced sensors and the ability to use plant and weather apps for information needed to water properly for you. The controller learns your watering patterns and adjusts for the weather.

You have input abilities as well through your phone, laptop, or tablet. You can turn it on or off and adjust the watering areas. The device operates on your home Wi-Fi network.

The prices are reasonable for most of these smart irrigation controllers, many popular brands can be found just under a hundred dollars. Increased benefits carry an increased price. Do your research to learn if a smart sprinkler will benefit you.

Becca Badgett

Becca Badgett was a regular contributor to Gardening Know How for ten years. Co-author of the book How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden, Becca specializes in succulent and cactus gardening.