Smart technology is becoming increasingly popular in the home. Smart technology is more efficient and makes life easier. There’s no reason why smart technology shouldn’t move outdoors to help us with our landscapes too. Our favorite outdoor technology is the smart irrigation controller. A smart irrigation controller waters your landscape for you, but with the added features of adjusting based on weather, plant type, and other things depending on the controller. The benefits of smart irrigation controllers definitely outweigh the costs of basic stand-alone controllers.
Low-tech stand-alone controllers are typically just a timer. They do not provide any weather input or alerts and typically result in excessive water waste and even landscape loss from overwatering. Here are 5 benefits you’ll experience when you upgrade to a smart irrigation controller:
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Maintaining a healthy lawn that looks great year-round takes hard work. If your lawn care routine only involves mowing and watering, your lawn could be missing out on an essential step in care. Aerating your lawn can help keep your lawn in top shape by promoting lush, green growth. Here’s everything you need to know about aerating your lawn from how often to signs that your lawn needs it. Make sure you don’t skip the Need to Know Aeration Tips Section. Here’s what you’ll learn in the Complete Guide to Aerating Your Lawn:
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July is smart irrigation month and part of being smart with irrigation means reducing water run off from your sprinkler system. One useful method of reducing water run off is called cycle and soak irrigation. This method involves scheduling several shorter watering cycles in the same day, allowing 30 minutes or more in between for the water to soak in. Not only does this method reduce water run-off and conserves water, it also is better for the health of your lawn.
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Ready to save water but also want to enjoy a beautifully landscaped yard? If so, xeriscaping, an environmentally friendly method of landscaping that uses water conserving plants and principles, may be for you. Our landscape design team put together some favorite xeric plants for Colorado Springs and Lisa Pace, Water Conservation Specialist from Colorado Springs Utilities, provided some other great insights for plant selection. Continue reading The Best Plants for Xeriscaping
How often should I water my lawn? It’s one of the most commonly asked questions by homeowners and property managers. Unfortunately, there is no “one size fits all” answer. The water your turf and plants need to thrive varies by soil type, weather, and season. Water savings is a true science and, thanks to advances in technology and educated irrigation technicians, it is becoming easier to grasp. Wifi irrigation controllers, like Hunter’s Hydrawise or Rainbird’s Smart Irrigation, are cracking the world of water savings and thriving gardens wide open. Here are the perks of this fantastic innovative technology. Continue reading Smart Watering with Wi-Fi Irrigation Controllers
Xeriscaping refers to an environmentally-friendly method of landscaping that reduces the need for supplemental water. Due to a lack of easily accessible fresh water sources and dry conditions, xeriscaping in Colorado Springs is continuing to grow in popularity.
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Xeriscaping makes use of plants and shrubs – and sometimes a variety of other visually appealing materials – that don’t require a lot of water. Colorado is one of the places where this trend is really catching hold. It often involves installation of native plants which naturally thrive in our area coupled with reduced turf grass area or use of water conscious turf. Continue reading Xeriscaping in Colorado Springs: Decrease Water Waste, Boost Curb Appeal
Sustainable landscaping doesn’t only benefit the environment; it can benefit your business as well. It can save your business money and earn your firm special certifications while contributing to a healthier Colorado Springs environment.
Many members of the Timberline team are certified with The Green Industries of Colorado (Green CO), and adhere to Best Management Practices for Sustainability. These environmentally friendly practices set “guidelines on how to reduce water consumption and protect water quality while producing, designing, installing and maintaining healthy, beautiful landscapes.” Continue reading How Sustainable Landscaping Benefits Your Business
July is Smart Irrigation Month, and here at Timberline, we want to teach you some easy ways to practice it at your home or business. Refer to this infographic to learn what practicing means, how to effectively practice it, and how some design and maintenance changes can have a positive effect on your water usage. These practices will help you conserve water and benefit the environment, and there are several small things that you can do that will have a great impact.
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July is Smart Irrigation Month, which promotes efficient water usage for home and business owners. The average residence uses about 150,000 gallons of water a year. A little over half is for outdoor use and most of that amount is used in a six to seven month period, some 375 gallons a day. Smart irrigation can reduce this amount by about 15%, — 60 gallons/day or 12,000 gallons/year. The US has recently experienced drought along the west coast, extending to Colorado, so it is extremely important to implement smart irrigation practices.
Definition of “Smart” Irrigation
Before learning how to use water efficiently, it is important to understand what smart water usage looks like. When using the word “smart” to define a watering practice, or any other energy use, it usually means two things: Continue reading July is Smart Irrigation Month
Lush, green lawns and well-planned, vibrant landscaping is a beautiful sight to see. But your lawn and landscaping do more than make your home look aesthetically pleasing. For one, your grass, shrubs and trees can remove dust, smoke and other pollutants from the air. They also provide you with privacy and increase your property value. A beautifully landscaped yard is truly worth taking care of – but sometimes, that’s easier said than done.
Even the most diligent gardener will occasionally have trouble watering her plants at the most beneficial time day in and day out. There’s an easy and surprisingly eco-friendly solution: a professionally installed irrigation system. The innovative systems available today can save you both time and money. Continue reading Can an irrigation system make your yard more efficient?