Automatic watering allows you to simplify the maintenance of your garden during your absences. Also, it saves you about 30 to 50% water compared to manual watering. Different irrigation systems are possible: buried or surface, by sprinkling or drip… A programmer manages all these systems. To program automatic watering, you must first select and install a timer and then program it as needed.
1. Choose the automatic watering programmer adapted to your needs
The programmer is the essential piece to automate the watering of your garden.
It adapts to all watering systems:
- intricate watering complex or simple surface watering;
- sprinkling or micro-irrigation;
- watering the lawn, flower beds, vegetable garden …
Determine the number of watering circuits to control
Start by defining the number of “channels” (pipe or irrigation network) that you want to automate.
- A single lane may be sufficient for a balcony requiring only one type of watering or for watering a specific area of your garden.
- Several lanes are needed if you want to program a different watering for each part of your garden.
Opt for the programmer adapted to your needs
Several types of programmers exist on the market:
- The “tap nose” programmer: it is placed at the beginning of the circuit, between the tap and the garden hose. It is very suitable for a surface watering system installed by you. Most are electronic, can control 1 or 2 channels and allow you to program times and times of watering.
- The multi-channel wall controller: it is particularly suitable for underground irrigation systems. These are wall-mounted enclosures with electronic controls controlling the opening and closing of individual solenoid valves. This allows defining a large number of irrigation circuits with very different characteristics (days of the week, time, duration …).
For the power supply, you have the choice between a mains programmer (if a power outlet is close to where you install your wall controller, for example), battery, or solar energy.
2.Install your automatic watering timer
Case 1: Install a “faucet nose” irrigation controller
Simply insert the timer between your faucet and your garden hose following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Case 2: Install a multi-channel irrigation controller
The installation of a multi-channel irrigation controller is usually a matter of specialists: more complicated; it requires connecting several solenoid valves to an electric control.