How To Set Automatic Sprinkler Controls

One of the nice things about having an in-ground sprinkler system is that you don’t have to rely solely on rainfall to ensure your lawn gets the amount of water it needs. Another nice thing is you don’t have to drag a hose around the yard, placing an above ground sprinkler in various areas of your yard in times of limited rainfall. And finally, a sprinkler system enables you to program the times you want the lawn watered, an essential aspect when it comes to feeding your lawn in the early morning hours when the winds are low and water is less likely to evaporate from the sun’s heat. But before you can enjoy all the benefits of your sprinkler system, it’s important to know exactly how to program it. Here’s a general overview of that process.

Sprinkler System Controls

There are two main types of controls, or timers, that integrate with sprinkler systems to facilitate automatic waters – mechanical timers and digital timers. Mechanical timers use gears and pins, while digital timers run via electronics. Because electronic timers are easier to install and utilize, they’re more common today than mechanical ones.

Setting a Digital Sprinkler Timer

While it is possible to manually activate your sprinkler system via the controls and push the buttons yourself when you want to switch zones, it’s needless to say that this is hardly convenient for the average home or business owner. That said, programming the system becomes crucial to feeding your lawn. Here’s a look at the step-by-step instructions for how to do it from a general perspective:

  1. Set the current date and current time on controls. This is often done by turning a master dial.

  2. Flip a switch and/or adjust the dial that allows you to program the system. Most systems have at least two watering schedules you can set, often labeled by numbers or letters. Make sure you set at least one.

  3. Set run times: Next, turn the master dial to the runtimes, which are labeled by the number of zones your system has. Increase or decrease run times for each individual zone using the “+” and “-“ keys.

  4. Next, turn the master dial to the start time part and adjust until you settle on a time. Remember, for optimal watering, schedule start times for early in the morning, right around sunrise.

  5. Next, you have to pick the schedule. Most systems allow you to easily just adjust a switch to water either every day, every other day or every third day.

  6. Make sure the system is on and the dials are in the right positions for automatic watering.

It’s important to note that all digital systems are a bit different, so we suggest that you refer to the user’s manual in addition to the steps we’ve outlined above. And if you need assistance beyond that, contact us today for more information on setting your sprinkler system and properly maintaining it.