Out here in these streets
|The U.C.U.'s Jesus Lomeli: just another day at the office|
|The rolling hills of South Florida|
|The exception: a well-water system with a digital on-site weather-based timer|
|Hydro-indexing valve: neither smart, nor aesthetically pleasing|
|Indeed: five mechanical timers water a high-rise in Key Biscayne|
|Doing work: a wireless soil moisture sensor in action|
The SmartIrrigation Turf app allows users to water their turf landscape as if a weather-based timer is operating their irrigation system. How? It combines irrigation system inputs like system location and zone soil and sprinkler head type with real-time local weather information to generate watering recommendations. Did I mention it’s free?
Tested and approvedI’ve been testing this app since early summer. I set up the Landscape Unit research plots (a site in Gainesville with rotors, drip line and multi-stream nozzles) as a system, and the app never fails to send me recommendations to increase/decrease run times, or warn me when rain is likely.
In fact, ryegrass was just planted there this week to add some color over winter and I’ll be relying on the app to alert me to turn off the turf establishment watering program when rain is afoot.
Practical and effectiveFor our ends, this smart turf app will prove invaluable as a teaching tool for clients still on the fence about going digital or smart with their irrigation systems. Almost everyone today, from children to grandparents, is well-versed with engaging media on mobile devices.
|Jesus schools a tech|