If you were to ask somebody “What’s the most common reason for dry or dying grass?” most would probably guess that it’s either a faulty or inadequate sprinkler system that isn’t giving a lawn the water that it needs to survive. It’s the most obvious reason, but it’s not necessarily the correct one.
The primary reason lawns go brown is actually owner negligence.
This isn’t to say that they’re ignorant about proper irrigation techniques, or that they just don’t care about how their lawn looks. It’s simply a reflection of all of the tasks a modern homeowner has to perform just to own a home.
At a certain point, it basically becomes a part time job. Gutters need to be cleaned, trash needs to be emptied, lawn mowed, shelves dusted, floors cleaned … and all this before even discussing anything extra like a pool, garage, or basement.
So it only makes sense that somebody is going to forget to turn their sprinklers on every once in a while.
Fortunately, a modern home can be fitted with modern technology.
Today’s sprinkler systems can be Wi-Fi-enabled and controlled right from your phone. Everybody’s had that feeling where they get comfortable in bed, on the verge of falling asleep, and suddenly remember that they forgot something they needed to.
Half the time the allure of sleep wins over finishing that task and it goes forgotten about. With a Wi-Fi equipped sprinkler, that issue won’t have to wait for tomorrow, as it can be done at any time within arms’ reach.
And that’s not all it can do.
Advanced irrigation systems receive real-time weather data from the internet and use that to automatically create a watering schedule, so you don’t have to do any work at all (and you’re not the house on the block whose sprinklers are firing at full-blast while it’s pouring outside).
If you’ve ever spent all day watering your lawn just to have a thunderstorm the next day, you understand the pain. But with a system designed around accurate weather forecasts, you can be assured your sprinklers will serve as the appropriate supplement to the natural water your lawn receives.
This has the added bonus of being much better for the environment while lowering your water bill. In areas like Long Island and the Hamptons where the Suffolk County Water Authority has just moved to a tiered rate structure, the cost savings can be significant.
Working with a qualified irrigation professional offers additional benefits. For example, not only do we offer our clients the option to have us install and setup Wi-Fi sprinkler timers, but remote monitoring services as well. Items like this are especially important for second home owners that won’t always be aware of issues right away.
If you haven’t looked into it, ask your local irrigation contractor about the costs and benefits a Wi-Fi sprinkler clock can bring to your irrigation system today.