PlumbersStock carries a wide selection of quality irrigation supply. With dozens and dozens of residential sprinkler timers from which to choose, purchasing the best option for you can be a daunting task. With sprinkler control prices ranging from the very affordable to relatively expensive, you want to decide carefully which features will allow to stretch your dollar the furthest.
Here you are sure to find the best timer for your sprinklers. Browse and research our discount sprinkler timers and accessories from the convenience of your home and find the best parts for your lawn and/or garden.
There are two main categories of sprinkler timer, digital and electromechanical. Most homeowners prefer digital, but the one drawback is that they are susceptible to power outages that can interrupt operation. Digital is the preference because it allows for dynamic functionality. Depending on how much you want to spend, you can buy irrigation controllers with awesome features that can actually help you save in the long term.
In an arid climate, this feature probably is not a priority, but if you live in a region that gets regular rain, you can save on watering waste with a rain sensor that shuts off the timer on rainy days. This is especially helpful if you have plants, trees, and grass that are susceptible to over-watering. Most controls with rain sensors offer a bypass, so you can use your best judgment and manually override the sensors.
The best sprinkler timer will allow you to customize settings for each station. Say you have six stations; you will want to have the option to omit some of the zones, choose the order in which they are watered, and how long each of them is watered.
A 4-zone timer will only run 4 electric valves. Plan ahead. If your system may require more stations in the future, buy the 6 station timer. This will cost a few dollars more now, but potentially save you a lot in the future. There are some timers that have the ability to add additional stations by using bigger modules. Many timers also have multi-function capabilities which allow you more versatility in your watering times.
If you live in a stormy area that suffers frequent power outages, you may want a sprinkler controller with a backup battery. It should be noted that you cannot run your sprinklers on the battery power, but it does ensure your setting are saved so that you can avoid the inconvenience of resetting it every time the power goes out.
Ideally, the system will allow for full manual functionality. That way you can conveniently shut the system off in cases of emergency, or turn it on when maintenance is required.
There are controllers made specifically for drip zones if that is all you need.
These are just a few features and options to consider. If you have any trouble deciding which features are necessary, and which features you can omit to save money, contact a member of customer service team.
The best time to water your lawn is during the cooler parts of the day, while the sun is up. This allows for the most water retention, thus creating a healthier lawn. Depending on how arid or humid your climate is, you may or may not need to water daily.