Your irrigation controller, or clock, is the brain of your entire irrigation system. It controls the timing and amount of water your landscape should receive. Looking at an irrigation controller for the first time can be a little bit overwhelming, but with our introduction to everyday use, we hope to make it a whole lot simpler.
Irrigation controllers come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are extremely complex and some are very basic. Basic options are great for small-to-medium-sized irrigation systems, but lack more customizable features. The more expensive systems typically have a greater number of custom features and potential zones. Our irrigation design technicians can help choose what is right for your new system — or if a new clock is needed for your current sprinkler system.
Here are some common situations that our irrigation pros can help with:
Occasionally your lawn will need to add or remove watering days from your original irrigation schedule. To do this, simply turn the dial to advanced watering cycles, and slowly cycle through each day pressing the + or – button, depending on if you wish to add or remove a watering day. This setting is extremely helpful if you’re planning an outdoor event for which you need a dry lawn.
Adjusting start times for your irrigation system can drastically save water. During the summer months, for instance, evaporation can take away a lot of water from your lawn if watered at the wrong time. Turn the dial to set watering start time, and adjust the start time of the program according to your watering needs. If you have multiple programs running, make sure to adjust all start times.
Adding multiple watering cycles is extremely beneficial when new plants, trees or turf are installed and require the same amount of water for each watering, but need it more frequently. Turn the dial to set watering times, then cycle through the different programs (A, B, C, D), depending on your particular irrigation clock. With this setting, you can schedule programs to run multiple times during the day.
The seasonal adjustment feature is one that is used frequently. It’s typically indicated on the dial of your controller and is controlled through arrows. Seasonal adjustments maintain the programming schedule, but adjust the amount of watering time by percentage. For example, changing your seasonal adjustment from 100% to 150% with all your spray zones set at 15 minutes will actually add seven and a half minutes to each zone. During the spring and fall months when lawns do not need as much water, you might set your seasonal adjustment to 70%. During extremely hot times of the summer, you might set the seasonal adjustment to 150%.
Keep in mind that all irrigation controllers are different, so not all of the information we’ve provided will apply to all controllers. Irrigation controller companies offer detailed customer support online, as well as customer support call centers during most business hours.
Contact the Tree and Landscape Company for all of your irrigation needs. Our trained experts specialize in designing the perfect system for your new or existing landscape. We also are ready and able to take care of any maintenance problems that should come up with your system. Broken sprinklers, stuck valves, broken pipes and wet spots in your lawn are our specialty!
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