Smart Irrigation

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Smart Irrigation

Smart irrigation provides a way to properly irrigate your property while saving water and money at the same time. How can you do this you might ask? By using the latest technology created by irrigation manufactures and having a qualified irrigation company like Elite Irrigation program and install your system.

There are 4 easy things you can do to use water sustainably

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Smart Controllers

The Smart Controller

The biggest bang for your buck is a smart controller. This device replaces the existing controller you have on the wall. It is plug and play with your current irrigation system and it does not require a lot modifications to install. When the controller is programmed, we look for five main constants:

  • Zip code: This allows the controller to know where you are positioned on globe. This is important so it know where you are in reference to the equator.
  • Sprinkler type/ precipitation rate: By determining the sprinkler type or precipitation rate we can program the controller by zone to determine how much water is being applied in inches per hour. This allows us to fine tune each zone by the amount of water and how it is being applied. We also call this the application rate.
  • Grass type/Shrubs: The controller needs to know if it is a warm or cool climate grass. If the area is all plant material, we can program shrubs. In some cases you might have both, in this case we would need to program the zone to be turf.
  • Soil type: The soil type will determine how well the water drains. If you have sandy soil, like most of us in Florida water drain through quickly. The extreme opposite of that is clay, which does not drain well. There are settings in between this for a mixture of soils as well.
  • Slope: When an area has a large hill or slopped area that is irrigated, the water tends to run off before it has time for it to penetrate the soil or it is over watered and the there is run off. When slope is programmed in, the controller usually does two short cycles allowing the soil absorb the water and in turn grass to grow properly.
  • More/Less: This allows us to program for areas of full sun or heavily shaded areas. We can fin tune a system by using this feature.

Weather Station

The second part of the smart controller is the weather station. This device records temperatures and rain fall. This device is installed on site and is weather specific to its current location. This is important because many times it could be raining 5 miles away and the site where the controller is located gets nothing.

The weather station sends temperatures controller every 3 to 5 minutes and has a rain sensor mounted on top. The temperature is crucial in smart irrigation technology. This allows the controller to know how hot or cold it is so it can take evaporation in to consideration. Example: if you have a an average temperature of 90 degrees with no rain fall for three day, the controller will want to irrigate longer per cycle or come on more days ( if allowed by your city).

If you had an average temperature of 65 degrees, the controller may only need to water for a short period of time or not at all due to evaporation or lack of.


How It Works:

The controller takes the six constants that are listed above and the two variables, which are ambient temperature and rain fall to complete a mathematical equation. With this information the controller then determines how long each zone needs to run. We no longer need to guess on run time. On a traditional controller a person my program sprays for 30 minutes and rotors for an hour. In most cases this is a waste of water. Most soil can only obtain 1 of water per hour. With smart irrigation technology a consumer can feel confident that the landscape is getting watered properly.


Cost Savings

With a tradition irrigation system, most people tend to over water by 50 percent. Elite Irrigation has installed over 500 smart controllers in Florida. We are seeing an average of 40 percent savings annually and the landscape has never looked better. Not only are you saving money, we are saving water for future generations to come.

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Plant the right plants, at the right time in the right place

Landscape to suit your parcel

Pick grass or plants that have low water prerequisites and will flourish in your neighborhood atmosphere. Consider your parcel's careful peculiarities, including sun and shade, dry and moist ranges, plant size, and how you want to utilize each segment of your yard.


Healthy Soil

Circulating air through your garden and around trees in any event once a year helps enhance water entrance. At the point when planting, turn and develop the soil and add fertilizer or manure to enhance dampness maintenance and develop healthier plants that need less water to stay healthy


Mulch well around plants, hedges and trees

Utilizing 2 to 4 inches of mulch decreases water loss, controls highs and lows in soil temperatures, improves water infiltration and assists in managing weeds that seek water.


"Hydro-zone" your yard

Gathering plants with the same irrigation needs in the same area of your garden makes sure the water use is optimized and prevents overwatering. Separate plants that require a lot of water from plants that need less water.


Plant grass only where it will be enjoyed

Plant grass in play zones and different regions where it will be utilized and appreciated. As opposed to planting turf on inclines or other hard-to-water spaces, consider ground spread, border plants or mulch.


Plant trees that supply shade

The shade they provide regulates the micro-climate of your garden. Bringing down air and soil temperatures, and diminishing soil water loss.


Maintain your yard

Weeds and other unwanted growth demand unnecessary amounts of water, mow prune and deweed your garden as required.


Plant in the right season

Plant your plants in spring or fall, dodge planting in summer, when higher temperatures mean plants require more water to settle.

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Install an Irrigation System

Use flexibly components

Diverse plants have distinctive watering needs, and these needs may change throughout the year. Your framework ought to permit you to apply the perfect measure of water for each one sort of plant in the best way.


Extra connections

Watering system zones are ranges that are watered by the same watering system valve and pipes. Introducing additional associations now makes it simpler and less extravagant to stretch your watering system framework later.


Think savvy

Incorporate "brilliant" controls that consequently change watering focused around downpour, soil dampness, water loss and plant water utilization.


Water pressure

Low or high pressure can genuinely influence sprinkler execution; pick sprinklers focused around the water pressure in your area.


Buy the best

Utilize the best parts you can to minimize future costs on maintenance expenses of your irrigation system.


Backflow prevention device

Incorporate the right backflow prevention device for your local area. In order to prevent water contamination the National Plumbing Code insists that all watering systems have a backflow prevention device.


Install deep

Install the pipes deep under the ground to protect them fro any future above ground activity


Savings

Many water suppliers offer returns for water-efficient products. Before installing your irrigation system see if you can save on the expenses.

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Water Wisely

Get in the zone

Plan every individual zone in your watering system framework to record for kind of sprinkler, sun or shade presentation, and soil in that area. Diverse zones will quite often require distinctive watering timetables


Consider soil type

Sort of soil decides how rapidly water can be assimilated without spillover. Watering more than soil can ingest reasons overflow and waste


Don't waste

Set sprinklers to water plants, not your garage, walkway, yard or structures


Water just when required

Immerse root zones and let the dirt dry. Watering a lot of and excessively as often as possible brings about shallow roots, weed development, ailment and organism.


Water at the best time

Watering amid the hotness of the day may cause misfortunes of up to 30 percent because of dissipation. Counteract water misfortune by watering when the sun is low or down, winds are quiet and temperatures are cool ordinarily between the nighttime and early morning.


Water all the more regularly for shorter periods

For instance, setting your framework to run for three, 5-moment interims lets soil assimilate more water than watering for 15 minutes at one time, decreasing spillover.


Adapt watering to the season

Acclimate yourself with the settings on your watering system controller and alter the watering timetable consistently focused around occasional climate conditions. Then again put resources into a shrewd controller so your framework can roll out these improvemen


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Maintain and Upgrade Your System

Inspect your framework month to month

Check for releases, broken or obstructed sprinkler heads, and different issues. Clean obstructed screens and micro-watering system channels as required.


Adjust sprinkler heads

Evacuate or right impediments that keep sprinklers from dispersing water equally. Change sprinkler head positions and spread examples to abstain from watering walkways or structures and to give essential leeway over developing plants.


Check the pressure

Pressure can change about whether and contrarily influence framework proficiency.


Inspect the framework for breaks

Breaks are a tremendous water waster. A decent foreman can perform normal upkeep checks for releases, broken or stoped up shower heads, and different issues. Request that they demonstrate to you normal issues to look for between visits.


Install a downpour shutoff switch

These modest sensors can be retrofitted to just about any framework and help adjust for characteristic precipitation by turning off your framework in stormy climate.


Consider "savvy" innovation

Atmosphere or soil dampness sensor-based controllers assess climate or soil dampness conditions and afterward naturally change the watering system calendar to help your scene.


Consider low volume, micro-watering system for enclosures, trees and bushes

Trickle watering system, micro spread planes, micro-sprinklers and bubbler watering system all apply a little measure of water, gradually and absolutely, minimizing dissipation, overflow and overspray.


Have your framework inspected

Contract an expert to lead a watering system review and consistency test to check regions are constantly watered uniformly and suitably, and make essential alterations.


Save

Numerous water utilities offer refunds for certain water-productive items. Before overhauling your new framework, counsel with your nearby water supplier.


Winterize in colder atmospheres

A watering system builder with specific supplies will flush out water that could stop and break channels, valves and sprinklers


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Our Commitment

We are committed to provide you with honest, complete and detailed information about our services and about irrigation in central Florida in general. Our commitment is extended towards the environment. With all installation we do an environment impact analysis. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any question you have. We are happy to reply.

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