Lots of rain happening of late, thanks to El Nino! It has delayed any outdoor watering so far this year, which is great. If you happened to turn your irrigation system controller on before the rains came, hopefully you have a rain sensor (a.k.a. rain shut-off device) or other weather system that will prevent your sprinkler system from actually running while it’s raining. You don’t want to water in the rain! Let’s be honest, besides it being a waste of water, it really makes you look silly.
Now, a rain sensor like the one pictured, doesn’t predict when it’s going to rain. What it does is sense when rain is actually falling and stop the sprinklers from running if they are currently running, OR prevent them from turning on if they are scheduled to turn on shortly after the rain happens. Once the sensor dries out, it will allow the sprinklers to continue to operate according to its normal schedule.
There are sensors on the market that do predict, using live weather data, if it’s going to rain in our area, and prevent the sprinkler system from turning on. Those are slightly more expensive then the little one pictured above, but may be worth it to you. They use live weather data and your location (usually a zip code, address or GPS coordinates) to see if rain is expected for you and doesn’t allow the system to run if the chance of rain is greater than X percent. That X is usually a number you can adjust — like 30 percent. The irrigation rebate applies to this technology too.
So, install those rain shut-offs and let Mother Nature water the yard for you!
The weather has been hit or miss so far this spring for getting a little spring cleaning yard work done, but I’m not going to complain about the wet weekends!! The wildflowers have been gorgeous (check out my pictures) AND the rain has meant we haven’t had to turn on our sprinklers yet this year, which […]
Of all the City of Round Rock departments you know about—Utilities, Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Police, Fire, etc.—which group springs to mind when you think of exercise and fitness? You didn’t name “Library”, did you? And yet–so far–this year’s Million Mile Month participation by City of Round Rock includes more entries from the library than from any other […]
As a certain mid-April deadline approaches, queues for Foundation Communities’ Community Tax Center assistance at the library are lengthening, but not as much as you’d think. Ever since the sessions opened up back in January, area residents have been streaming in with hopes of completing their returns well and in a timely fashion. For those among you […]
All the late winter rains have been great, and I can’t wait to see all of the wildflowers that should soon be blooming! Hopefully, most of the rain did some good on your property, rather than just runoff. One way to keep water on your lawn and help you have a stronger, healthier yard, is […]
It may be spring break, but folks in Round Rock never stop doing their homework. The Improvements for Your Home display tower on second floor requires constant monitoring to refill empty slots: volumes of wiring tips, bathroom plans, room makeovers, repair techniques and such are snapped up by residents determined to get the target project […]
The week of March 16-20, marks the EPA’s WaterSense program’s Fix a Leak Week to encourage families to check for water leak and drips in their bathrooms, kitchens, and yards–and fix them! Check out this cute video on how to accomplish this: An easy way to determine if you may have a leak , is to go look at your water […]
This week marks National Groundwater Awareness week , so I wanted to talk about groundwater in general, and some groundwater facts for Round Rock. Generally speaking: Groundwater is the water that soaks into the soil from rain or other precipitation and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand. It is, therefore, a […]
Erik Larson’s Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania will be out soon–March 10–but the reviews (e.g., “…history at its harrowing best”) have me wishing I could get my hands on an advance copy this weekend. If you have one you’re willing to lend, there’s a batch of brownies in it for you… Larson consistently […]
By “It”, I mean another rain barrel sale! The Cities of Round Rock & Hutto are working together to promote a rain barrel sale! It’s by preorder, so you place the order for the barrels online, then come pick them up on a specific day. There is no limit on the quantity of barrels you […]