Essential to all that we do, water is especially important for growing a beautiful, healthy landscape. Proper watering can lengthen the life of your plants, encouraging their growth and development. In Texas, we water year-round to cultivate sustainable outdoor spaces for years to come.
Last weekend, you adjusted your clocks and watches to “fall back,” marking the end of Daylight Savings Time, but did you also remember to adjust your irrigation controller? As temperatures drop, so will your landscape’s watering needs for the next several months. In November for example, your landscape usually requires about 30% of what it does in the heat of summer. Adjusting your irrigation controller accordingly is important for maintaining proper plant and turf health, as well as for reducing water-waste.
To prepare your irrigation system for the changing season:
- Reprogram your controller. Be sure to reset your irrigation controller so that your system will water less each week.
- Adjust your sprinkler heads. Assure that nozzles are not watering walk ways or other hardscape material, which might be a slip hazard if iced over in cold weather.
- Check for freeze/rain sensor. Be sure that your irrigation system is equipped with a freeze/rain sensor, which is required in Texas and prevents your system from running unnecessarily.
If you would rather avoid the hassle of adjusting your controller, MasterScapes offers the installation of Smart Controller systems. These use multiple factors, including rainfall, temperature, and humidity, in real time, to create updated, custom watering schedules to meet your landscape’s unique needs. If your system is also equipped with a flow meter, our Smart Controllers can be remotely managed by our trained irrigation specialists. In the event of any leak or damage, our team will be immediately alerted, so that it can be repaired quickly, saving you time and money.