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3 Winter Irrigation Preparation Tips for Texas

Ben Collinsworth

Let’s face it: Water is expensive.


And in a place like Texas where the heat can rise rapidly, irrigating a large commercial property can be a huge cost — possibly even the largest cost in your landscape expenses.


As a result, it’s important to be smart about watering all year long.


This includes the winter months. While we may not get much snow in Texas and freezes quickly melt in the morning, we still have changing weather conditions that can impact our lawns and landscapes and the water they require to thrive, as well as the settings of the irrigation systems that supply that water.

Just as we prepare our cars and even our homes for changing temperatures, outdoor irrigation systems need adjustments to help extend their lives, too.


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.


The Biggest Commercial Irrigation Trends Happening in 2017

Ben Collinsworth

Conserving water use is a top priority for Texas commercial property managers.


While this is especially true during drought conditions, water conservation unfortunately slips people’s minds when precipitation levels return to normal.


But with drought recurring fairly regularly in Texas, in addition to unpredictable weather conditions (we never know when we’ll be in our next drought), water regulations are becoming the new normal year-round.


This is why reducing water use is a top priority for leading commercial businesses for many reasons, including dwindling resources, rising water rates and regulatory mandates.


The squeeze on water supplies from drought and growing competition for water is also driving a move toward increased water use efficiency, in part through smart technologies.

Sustainable water stewardship requires water innovation through water reuse and recycling, as well as smarter ways of using water. Smart water management programs can help commercial properties operate at peak efficiency at all times. Since water prices rise every year—a trend not expected to slow anytime soon—getting a handle on some of the latest strategies available is crucial for today’s Texas commercial property managers.


There are multiple ways one can reduce water usage. In Texas, we’ve seen everything from reducing grassy areas and adding beds or switching from one type of water-thirsty grass like St. Augustine to another. We’ve also seen property managers reduce the amount of annual color and add perennials and succulents or adjust their irrigation system to use more microsprays and benefit from the rebates that come with those adjustments.


While there are a lot of strategies for reducing water use and saving money, as well as conserving water to meet local regulations, there are some top strategies you can embrace this year to focus your energies and dollars on the most efficient water savers. Here are the biggest commercial irrigation trends we’re seeing in 2017 to help you stay on top of your water use.


5 Landscape Irrigation Troubleshooting Tips To Take On Texas Summers

Greg Yount

Temperatures are heating up, drying out your grass and plants. You go to turn on your landscape irrigation system for the first time this year to give your landscape some relief only to find out something’s wrong with your system.

Maybe one of the heads is broken or a section of the system isn’t coming on at all. No matter the issue, you don’t want to be dealing with it once summer’s in full force — especially with tenants and owners expecting the property to look lush and green.

To keep from having problems once the drought season hits, take steps to make sure your irrigation system is ready now.


3 Reasons to Reduce Your Irrigation System Usage NOW

Ben Collinsworth

You probably felt like you couldn’t run your irrigation system enough this summer to keep up with the heat and drought conditions.

However, there comes a time when you should reduce your water usage — and that time is now. Not only will limiting your irrigation time save money and resources, but it will also keep your turf healthy and reduce damage.

Here are three reasons to cut back on your irrigation system usage.


3 Ways Your HOA Can Conserve Water with a Simple Irrigation Maintenance Contract

Ben Collinsworth

Water usage is a hot topic here in Texas. It’s all about finding the right balance to keep your HOA property looking its best while also being efficient.

Reducing your HOA’s water usage will save you money, as well as conserve natural resources. And with the state’s drought season and subsequent water restrictions, it’s you important to use a maintenance company that makes your water efficiency a priority.


Navigating Your Way Through Austin Water Restrictions

Ben Collinsworth

We’ve all seen people drought shame others online for overwatering their properties — or worse, sidewalks.

Beyond being shamed for overuse, you can also face penalties if you don’t follow local rules.

Austin imposes watering schedules all year, and the regulations change depending on the drought and other water conditions.

Here’s a roadmap to help you navigate your way through all of the Austin water restrictions.

 


How Much Does it Cost to Install an Irrigation System on Your Commercial Property?

Ben Collinsworth

You don’t want to watch your plants and landscapes suffer and die because of drought or other extreme weather conditions. Your commercial property is an investment you want to protect.

One way you can take care of it — while also enjoying other benefits — is by installing an irrigation system.

Irrigation systems will cut your water usage, wastewater usage and utility costs. They will also help you better target areas of the landscape to give each zone the right amount of water.


Top 3 Irrigation System Upgrades

Ben Collinsworth

Just like your mobile devices, irrigation systems also need to be updated periodically to maximize efficiency.

Well-maintained and upgraded irrigation systems will help save you money and water, which are especially important benefits with Texas’s drought season.

In some areas, you can even earn rebates for upgrading your irrigation system. So, that’s an additional savings if you qualify.


Drip Irrigation vs. Spray Irrigation: Which Saves More Water On Your Commercial Property?

Ben Collinsworth

Slow and steady, or fast and furious?

Both irrigation methods have pros and cons, so it’s important to figure out what will work best for your commercial property.

Finding the right type of irrigation system for your site will not only cut costs, but it will also conserve natural resources — which is especially important with the drought conditions and water conservation efforts in Texas.