If you want to increase efficiency, reduce waste, and ultimately ensure your garden thrives, then updating your sprinkler controller system is a fantastic option. A sprinkler controller system is a device that you can use to control the action of your sprinklers. This may allow you to manually start and stop the sprinkler system, but it can also be used in order to set different rules and settings.

How to Update Your Sprinkler Controller System?

This is a very useful function because it means you can alter the way your sprinkler system behaves on the fly. This allows you to easily respond to changes in the layout of flowers and plants, not to mention the sprinklers themselves, as you update the layout of your garden. Not only that, but it lets you change the rules for different times of the year.

Different controllers will of course have different settings and features however, so it’s important to think carefully when choosing your system. Now, let’s take a look at some of the things to look for when choosing a sprinkler controller system and how to ensure you get the right one.

Considerations for Updating Your Sprinkler Controller System

The first thing to consider is the sprinkler system that you currently have in place. If you have a sprinkler system already set-up and you aren’t planning to replace that as well, then you need to think about how you are going to match the sprinkler system to that irrigation system: if they are not compatible, then you will risk wasting a lot of money!

Installing a sprinkler system can be complicated, especially when upgrading to a smart system. So consider this when choosing the best combination for your home.

The Controls

Another thing to consider is whether your controller has physical buttons and dials that you can use to control your sprinkler system, or whether it requires you to sync it with an app. No particular option is “better” here, but you need to think about which you’d prefer and whether the app will run on your phone. The ideal scenario is to have both: being able to use an app is very handy if you want to change your sprinkler settings from anywhere in the home, or if you want multiple people to have control over the system.


The most important thing to consider when choosing a controller is what features and settings it is going to offer you. A sprinkler system will, of course, allow you to manually turn your sprinklers on and off, but what is just as important if not more so, is the ability to schedule your water for when you need it, or to set particular rules.

Do you want to set a fixed schedule? Do you want the sprinkler system to activate daily for instance? Or would you rather that your sprinklers were activated based on a sensor that measured rainfall and moisture level in the soil? Some will go as far as to synchronize to weather reports and more! Others include very helpful features, such as the ability to check legal restrictions in your area and notify you if you are using too much water.

Smart Features

Some sprinkler systems will also synchronize with your smart home hubs and smart assistants. This means that you can simply ask Google, Alexa, Siri, or your assistant-of-choice to turn on the sprinklers! That makes operation extremely simple, and it’s a great choice if you are setting up a sprinkler system for someone who perhaps isn’t very good with technology, or able to move around easily.

The Basics

And of course, the final considerations are those you consider when installing any new product: is the product good value? Is it affordable?  You should also consider the warranty, the reviews, and build quality. Is the device attractive and well made? Is it known to have a certain issue or poor support?

Some controllers can sound amazing on paper until you read the reviews – so always make sure to do your research and ensure that you invest in something that reliable, well-made, and not prone to fail you. The last thing you want is for your sprinkler system to fail on a hot summer while you’re out of town!

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