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Sprinkler System

MANAGING YOUR SYSTEM

What will my irrigation system do for my landscape?
An Advanced Sprinkler Systems, irrigation system can deliver water to your landscape at the touch of a few buttons, without the need to drag hoses and sprinklers all over your yard. By carefully designing each system we install to maximize the even distribution of water based on the needs of the landscape, our system will save you many hours of work and will help keep your landscape investment healthy and beautiful. Keep in mind, though, that newly planted or particularly sensitive plant material may require occasional supplemental hand watering.

HOW SHOULD I MANAGE MY SYSTEM? 
There are a couple of simple steps you can follow which will allow you to take full advantage of your irrigation system.

SCHEDULING - THREE APPROACHES

AUTOMATIC, SEMI-AUTOMATIC OR MANUAL

AUTOMATIC - SMART CONTROLLER SCHEDULING
The newest controller technology employs SMART SYSTEM capabilities.  A SMART controller matched with its SMART weather sensor reprograms the controller daily based on actual weather conditions.  Generally, these system will save water by only running the system long enough to replenish the water that has been used by the plant material since the last watering cycle.  We don’t recommend these systems for brand new landscapes as they calculate watering needs based on mature plant material.  For mature landscapes or new landscapes that have established themselves for at least two years, these systems are the best watering solution.

SEMI-AUTOMATIC SCHEDULING

For many years, semi-automatic controllers have been the staple of the industry.  These controllers are basically sophisticated timers allowing you to set a predetermined schedule based on reasonable estimates of how often and for how long each zone of the system should run.  For best results and efficiency, schedules should be updated frequently to allow for fluctuations in temperature, rainfall and length of day.

MANUAL SCHEDULING
Although manual scheduling takes time and thought, for new landscapes (one to two years old) this is the preferred way to use your irrigation system.  Checking your yard on a daily basis and setting your controller to run only those zones that need supplemental watering, will give you the best results with your irrigation system.  This method is better than semi-automatic scheduling because you don’t end up over or under watering your plants and lawn.  New landscapes have very shallow roots, so it is important to water frequently for short durations to make sure there is water available to the root zone which, at this point in the plants’ lives, is in the top six inches of soil.

GENERAL SCHEDULING GUIDELINES
Check the yard to see if it's too wet, too dry or looking good. Keep in mind that rain, temperature, wind and cloud cover all effect the amount of water that your landscape will need and that these factors can change on a daily basis. If the lawn or planting beds are too wet or if it has rained, turn the system to RAIN OFF and check the yard each day to determine when to turn the controller back to RUN. Too much water is as dangerous as too little water. If things get too wet again once the system has been back on for a few days, you may need to reduce the number of watering days or the amount of time each station is set to water (station times). If the lawn or planting beds are too dry, either run an extra program cycle manually, or add another watering day to the program needing more water. A manually-operated or semi-automatic sprinkler system can deliver water to your landscape, but it can not anticipate changes in rainfall or temperature.  It is important that you monitor this on a frequent basis.