This past weekend the Florida panhandle has been pummeled with heavy rains. With over 13 inches of rain Saturday, and some rain gauges reading over 20 inches. Central Florida, and much of the State has been receiving the much needed precipitation over the past few weeks.
With all of this liquid sunshine it still amazes me to see the neighbors irrigation system running during a storm. Why is this? Most likely they either do not have or need to replace or adjust their rain sensor. These little inexpensive devices interrupt the irrigation cycle during a rain. After the rainfall the sensor dries out and the irrigation controller is enabled again.
I can hear it now. What about those days where the ground was saturated the night before? Why are their irrigation systems still coming on? This is why much of what has been only available for commercial systems is now been put to scale for the homeowner. Some of these controllers calculate evapotranspiration (ET). Others have are called SMART controllers. This is a huge area for the irrigation industry,for the people of Florida, and other States. These devices adjust up or down your irrigation run times according to the weather, plant type, soil type etc. Take a look into this technology. Your yearly water savings is just the beginning. Combined with efficient watering techniques like drip Florida’s fresh water supply can be preserved.