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Water World: Smart house

November 5, 2020 -  By

Company: Drip Drop Lawn Care
Location: Winter Haven, Fla.

For this residential irrigation installation, the client wanted a smart irrigation system to complement the other components of his “smart house.”

“His house was fully Wi-Fi (enabled),” says Donald Batista, owner of Drip Drop Lawn Care in Winter Haven, Fla. “His light fixtures were controlled by Wi-Fi. All his doors were controlled by Wi-Fi. He also wanted to have a water supply on hand instead of having to water with the hose.”

To ensure the bahiagrass yard and rose beds received sufficient water, a three-man crew installed a dripline in the bed areas, put in Rain Bird 1806 spray heads and Rain Bird rotary nozzles and set up a Rachio smart controller to bring it all under one control center.

One challenge the Drip Drop Lawn Care team encountered was the curvy layout of the 10,000-square-foot property. Batista wanted to avoid overlapping the irrigation elements.

“We wanted to have the hydrozone to where we had all his plant material on the beds watered by the drip line and the turf areas watered by the sprays,” he says.

To contend with this issue, the team used an 18-inch hydraulic hand trencher from Barreto to trench around the curves.

All in all, the team completed the job in about eight hours.

Irrigation project (Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care)

Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care

The Drip Drop Lawn Care team installed irrigation in the lawn and beds of this 10,000-square-foot property. Overall, this irrigation job took three crew members about eight hours to complete.

Irrigation project (Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care)

Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care

All of this property’s irrigation is managed by a Rachio smart controller.

Irrigation project (Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care)

Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care

The team used an 18-inch hydraulic hand trencher from Barreto to install the irrigation lines.

Irrigation project (Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care)

Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care

Drip Drop incorporated Rain Bird nozzles and sprayheads throughout the lawn of the property.

Irrigation project (Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care)

Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care

The client originally wanted to install an irrigation system to make sure the bahiagrass yard received sufficient water.

Irrigation project (Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care)

Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care

Drip Drop Lawn Care was careful to avoid overlapping irrigation zones.

Irrigation project (Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care)

Photo: Drip Drop Lawn Care

Overall, Drip Drop Lawn Care incorporated five different irrigation zones into the property.

Sarah Webb

About the Author:

Sarah Webb is Landscape Management's associate editor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, where she studied journalism and Spanish. Prior to her role at LM, Sarah was an intern for Cleveland Magazine and a writing tutor.

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