Smart Watering Removes the Guesswork From IrrigationApril 20, 2016
Orbit’s new B-hyve timer has many amazing features. One that we’re particularly proud of is Smart Watering. This technology allows the user to set the timer only once after which the timer will figure out how much water is needed, adjusting throughout the year to the perfect watering. This not only keeps your lawn and garden looking great, it saves water and money.
The B-hyve uses WaterSense technology, linking up with NOAA real-time weather data to give your timer the most up-to-date forecast possible. This allows the timer to determine if precipitation is possible and in what amounts and at what time. If there’s a good chance rain is coming, it will delay watering. Then, the timer will use NOAA data to look back and see what actually happened. So if rain was forecast and the timer delayed watering, but the rain never actually came, it will know that and proceed to give the correct amount of water.
But that’s not all. When set up correctly the B-hyve timer knows how much water the different parts of your yard need. This is all based on plant types (lawn, flowers, etc.), sun exposure, slope/grade, and soil type. This helps the timer know how much water you need to help the plants thrive. And it will combine fallen precipitation as part of the equation. So, for example, if it’s determined your lawn needs 1-inch of water per week and you get rainfall of a ¼-inch, the timer will know and only proceed to water ¾-inch of water that week.