Control Your Controller
Operating and controlling your controller can be confusing but it is important for plant health and watering efficiently. Find your irrigation controller (or sprinkler timer) at the website above to find resources and videos on how to use it.
Use our guide to create a base watering schedule.
3) Adjust Water Schedules
After creating a base schedule, use the Watering Index to make simple monthly adjustments to apply water efficiently. Or, upgrade to a Smart Sprinkler Timer that make these watering adjustments automatically - we have rebates available for these!
SMWD WaterWorks Garden
Outdoor Water Use Exhibit
Visit the outdoor water use Exhibit to learn more about outdoor irrigation. On-site there are four distinct sprinkler timers that you can interact with, outlined below.
Rain Bird's ESP-ME Controller is a traditional timer that can be made "smart" by adding their LNK WiFi module and an on-site weather sensor. This controller is used in the WaterWorks Garden as a "smart" controller. This controller is eligible for a rebate.
Rachio smart sprinkler controller can be easily set up and controlled from your smartphone! This "smart" timer makes daily water schedule updates to make sure your plants receive the water they need.
A traditional sprinkler timer commonly installed in the 1990-2000's. As installed in our WaterWorks Garden outdoor watering exhibit, the Rain Dial is not "smart" – it does not feature daily automatic water schedule adjustments. All adjustments are manual. If you have this model, find info on how to operate this device by clicking the photo below... and consider upgrading to a Smart Timer (rebates available)!