Sprinkling System Trends for 2017


It may seem crazy to consider gardening in the winter, but now is the perfect time to start thinking about your spring garden. With a focus on efficiency and practicality, the home irrigation trends for 2017 simplify your life and make caring for your garden even easier. Here are the latest trends in sprinkling systems, with a look to future considerations.

Natural Landscaping

For the home of 2017, less is more. This is particularly true in your water consumption. Fortunately, this does not mean that you have to tear up your lawn and landscaping and put in rocks and turf. Instead, the latest trend in gardening has homeowners selecting hyperlocal vegetation. Hyperlocality in gardening means that you not only choose plants and flowers that are native to your specific region. Native flora that has been grown in your region before it is transplanted to your garden is more likely to use less water and be easier to care for. The added plus is that your garden has a better chance at thriving in the environment, even if it is hotter or cooler than usual.

Rainfall Measurement

California has been under a state of emergency concerning the drought for over three years. Water conservation has been a vital task for many Californians. In recent years, you could set a sprinkling system to recognize if it had rained recently. However, this might only delay the time your irrigation system begins, which is not particularly efficient or effective at reducing consumption during times of heavy precipitation. Systems with the latest technology can accurately measure rainfall at your home and customize your sprinkler system’s frequency and duration based on the actual needs of your landscaping. As a result, you can reduce overwatering your plants and cut down on your water consumption.

Improvements to Smart Home Technology

Clearly, smart technology is moving into HVAC and plumbing, through the use of smart thermostats and accurate water measurement. However, the future of your outdoor plumbing could make your life easier in other ways, or even safer. For example, it is possible to use smart home technology to trigger your sprinkling system based on motion detection. If a camera system scans a pest (e.g. a neighbor dog that digs holes in your yard), the sprinkling system of the next few years could possibly turn on the water and prevent pests from damaging your garden. These technological developments pose interesting ideas for the future of smart home security, as well.

By the time spring rolls around, you want to have your garden, yard and irrigation plans laid out clearly. That way, you can ensure that your new ideas for your home’s landscaping have the water systems they need to succeed. For expert guidance in all of your Sacramento plumbing concerns, contact Ace Plumbing.