02.04.14Drew Barna

Avoid Irritation With Smart Irrigation Solutions

ValleyCrest worker adjusting a smart controller Today's smart controllers have flow sensors that detect malfunctions or breaks in your system and automatically shut it down.ValleyCrest worker reviews a landscape budget A complete landscape budget should outline costs for ongoing maintenance including inspections, winterizing, system improvements, and repairs.Sprinklers Have a pressure regulator installed to ensure proper water pressure which helps minimize water waste, irrigation repairs and damage to hardscape.

Don’t let your irrigation system leave you dry. With a few simple solutions and some proactive measures you can maximize the benefits and minimize the common headaches from your irrigation system.

Read on, take note, and may your landscapes thrive and your headaches go away.

Budgeting – Building your budget? We are here to help! Your landscape partner can give you budget recommendations outlining costs for ongoing proactive maintenance specific to your system including inspections, winterizing (if needed), system improvements, and anticipated repairs.

Downtime, Damages, & Unnecessary Expense – Beat all three with a smart controller! Today’s smart controllers have flow sensors that detect malfunctions or breaks in your system and automatically shut it down to eliminate water waste and expensive water bills while saving your landscape. What’s more, unlike old flow sensor technology that required digging trenches to be retrofitted with your system, today’s flow sensors have much lower installation costs. In addition to being lower in price, they can automatically send texts and mails 24/7 to immediately alert you of problems.

For a full lowdown on the capabilities of today’s smart controllers, check out this ValleyCrest blog post.

Irrigating in the Rain – We’ve all seen it. Rain is pouring down and the irrigation system is still on. Avoid unnecessary frustration with an easy-to-install affordable solution. A wireless rain sensor solves the water-wasting issue of hydrating your landscape while Mother Nature is already doing a perfectly good job.

Misting Rather than Watering – Have you heard the folk song “Blowing in the Wind”? Well, when high pressure affects your irrigation system, many things can go wrong from water waste (as much as 50% evaporation rate) to damage to nearby cars, stucco, hardscape, and asphalt. What’s the best way to prevent these problems? Pressure regulation at the point of connection, sprinkler or valve.

These tips are just a drop in the bucket (so to speak). For more about irrigation systems and water conservation, check out these ValleyCrest posts:

10 Reasons I Hate Irrigation Systems…and What You Can Do to Make Me Love Them

Four Signs You are Over-Watering Your Plants

10 Easy Ways to Make Your Landscape More Water Efficient Today

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Drew is the water management and irrigation expert in the DC Metro region for ValleyCrest. Over his 30 years in the green industry, Drew’s experience has spanned from Florida to Virginia ranging in a variety of landscapes including golf courses, vineyards, nurseries, resorts and commercial landscape management. Drew holds Irrigation Association issued certifications for irrigation contracting and auditing. He is also licensed as a certified commercial pest control operator. Drew has a Bachelors of Business Administration and an Associates Degree in Landscape Management.




  1. Tuesday, 9:47 Martha Golea

    Great post, and welcome to the blog, Drew! I’m sharing this post on the Weathermatic social media channels.

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