Choosing The Best Sprinkler Timer

Choosing the right sprinkler timer for your system is very important. This will serve as the 'brain' of your entire irrigation system and can determine the beauty and health of your lawn and garden. Here are a few tips that will help you pick the best timer for your system.

Manual or Automatic

You can choose a manual valve system that allows you to operate the sprinklers whenever you want. With simple switches, you can control how long the units run and how much water they release.

Most people, however, find automatic timers easier to use and more convenient. They allow you to set your system to run at programmed times, whether every morning or on certain days of the week. This means you do not have to remember to turn them on or off, and you don't have to wake up early or be home at odd hours to comply with local watering restrictions. Most automatic systems include an option to operate the system manually when necessary.

Moisture Sensor

Many newer models of sprinkler timers include built-in moisture sensors. If you live in an area that gets a lot of rain, this can help your system run more effectively and prevent your yard or garden from being overwatered. The device is installed in an area of the lawn that will get rain, but not be hit by the sprinklers. If it senses rain or other moisture, the sprinklers won’t turn on, saving you money and protecting your plants.

Battery Back Ups and Surge Protection

If you have a power outage—even for just a few minutes—the settings of your speaker system may be lost unless you have a battery back up. Chances are that some electronics in your home are protected by a surge protector. You should extend this treatment to outdoor electronics as well. It may cost a few extra dollars, but will be worth it in the long run.