All Smart Irrigation Controllers Should Include These 4 Features

Ben Collinsworth

Watering your large, Texas commercial property can be one of your most costly outdoor expenses.

As a commercial property manager, you must find ways to save money, and looking at ways to cut down your biggest expenses, like outdoor water use, is a great place to start.

The best way to have your green lawn and thriving commercial landscape and save money on water use is by using a modern, smart irrigation system.

Sprinkler technology has advanced over the years and the features these smarter controllers boast today include those that improve water efficiency—saving you not only water, but money as well.

Smart irrigation systems combine a number of technologies: sprinklers with nozzles that improve coverage plus controllers that monitor moisture-related conditions on your property and automatically adjust watering to optimal levels. These important conditions a system must monitor include weather (temperatures, rainfall, solar radiation, etc.) and soil moisture (measuring the actual moisture content in the soil).

Here are four key features that make smart controllers truly smart.

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1. Daily Check

Weather changes every day … sometimes every hour, depending on your location. Therefore, a smart irrigation controller must be able to adjust watering run times based on weather data, soil texture, soil moisture, slope percentage as well as plant type.


Traditional irrigation controllers are typically adjusted four times a year as seasons and general weather conditions change. Now imagine if your controller had the ability to make 365 adjustments a year. The result can be thousands of gallons of water saved.

2. Sensing The Situation

A smart irrigation controller should have the ability to sense water flow to provide the measurement of this flow for, ultimately, overall better water management. This real-time capability to see flow also allows a user access to make changes regularly and easily. These changes can make a huge difference in water savings.

For instance, an important part of sensing water flow is that a system can literally shut itself down when high water flow is detected, in addition to sending an alert to your irrigation technician or landscape professional to let them know a problem exists. If you’ve ever had an unusually high water bill as a result of a water line break that went unnoticed, rest assured that this feature can prevent that situation from happening.

3. Data Data Data

Smart irrigation controllers have the ability to generate reports to enhance your water management decision making capabilities. For instance, with this feature you can see how much water you use monthly and compare that to previous months or times of year. Your landscape professional can show you these statistics, as well as use the data to continually improve water management on your property.

4. Remote Capabilities

irrigation techEverything comes with remote capabilities today, and smart irrigation controllers are no different.

A truly smart irrigation controller will have the ability to see your controller and make changes to it from a computer or mobile device like a smart phone or tablet. With this feature, landscape professionals who manage your property can easily monitor your smart irrigation system all the time from any location. This means they are keeping a more regular and watchful eye on your water use and how they can continually maximize it to continue to keep your property efficiently watered and save you money at the same time.

You Can Save Water, Too!

Native Land Design uses smart irrigation controllers on its commercial clients’ properties and has case studies showing how much water and money they save. Let Native Land Design help you achieve this goal! Contact Native Land Design for a free onsite consultation at 512-918-2270 or fill out our contact form online today.

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Ben Collinsworth


Before Ben founded Native Land Design in 2001, he earned a Bachelor's degree in Horticulture and Landscape Architecture from Texas A&M University. He’s an active member of ASLA, HBA of Austin, NHBA, PLANET, and BOMA. Ben, his wife and their three children reside in the Cedar Park area.

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