Your sprinkler timer is the brains of your system. Getting it in top shape doesn’t have to be hard. Here’s a few tips to get you started.
First we’ve got get the timer up and running. Most of the time that won’t take much more than turning it on. Our timers, even if turned to OFF during the winter, will still save your programming. Just make sure you run through all the zones as a test to begin with, making sure they’re turning on and off correctly. Any problems may indicate an issue with the timer, but more likely it’s a problem with the wiring. This is also a good time to observe each zone’s sprinklers, looking for broken heads and leaks that need repair. This is also a time to make sure the timer is clean. Small critters, such as spiders and bugs, sometimes make their home inside a timer, so clean those out.
Once you’re sure the timer is running correctly, next is the run time. As the seasons change, you’ll want to change your schedule with it. Right now, in spring, you may not require that much watering, if any at all. And what watering is required will be short and infrequent. So check that your schedule isn’t still set for the hot months. On many timers it may be as simple as adjusting the BUDGET feature to something like 25% of normal.
Also, check to see if your municipality has implemented any new watering restrictions, such as days you’re not allowed to water, and make those adjustments to your timer. This will prevent any expensive fines.
Have you made any changes to your landscape since last year? This might also be cause to reevaluate what is watering and for how long.
Of course, if much of this seems like a bit of hassle, consider upgrading to a B-hyve smart timer, which takes the guess work out of it. The B-hyve connects to real-time weather feeds for your location and constantly updates the watering schedule to make sure your landscape is getting the right amount of water but avoiding water waste. It will turn itself off is rain is coming, make adjustments for head or cool, and stop watering altogether when it’s not needed. You can tell it about any watering restrictions and about each zone in your yard, to get the perfect watering experience.