Once upon a time, smart irrigation control was a hard sell. Property
owners, grounds managers and homeowners associations didn't see a need
for it. "Why put in an expensive smart irrigation system when the old
one works just fine?"
Remember The Flintstones? The “Modern Stone-Age Family” that powered
their cars with their feet and used dinosaurs as power tools? That was a
great little cartoon, but it has nothing to do with anything happening
today, right? Well, if you’re a landscape contractor with
residential clients, you may have seen irrigation controllers that look
like they were made in Bedrock.
Its green now, but the far area of my backyard used to be brown, spotted and ugly. This was because my expanded landscape had too many sprinklers, and the only pipe to the area turned out to be too small to supply the needed water.
During his tenure as a landscape manager in California's Marin and
Sonoma counties, Tom Campbell noticed something alarming. The tremendous
overuse of water in landscaping made him jump into action and start a
new company dedicated to eliminating water in irrigation.
Of all industries, the green industry used to seem the
least likely to be swamped by the trend towards
mass high tech. And yet with the increasing adoption
of smart irrigation controllers, computerized
routing schedules, remote-controlled mowers and
computerized timekeeping services, to name only a
few, the green industry is moving irreversibly into
higher tech pastures.
THE BASEBALL FIELD AT ROCKFORD
High School in Rockford, Minnesota,
had been a wasteland for years.
The ground was cracked and dry,
the surrounding area was practically
devoid of grass, and what little
grass existed was as shriveled as