Lawn Watering: There’s an App for That
Wouldn’t it be nice if your mobile device could tell you what your lawn needs? Maybe even send you a message to turn off your sprinkler if it rains? Now it can, thanks to a new app called Smartirrigation Turf. The app was specifically created to help urban turf irrigators in Florida and Georgia water their lawns more effectively and efficiently.
Smartirrigation Turf is one of four apps created through a partnership between the University of Florida, the University of Georgia and the US National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The app generates irrigation schedule recommendations based on real-time weather and short-term forecasted data to better meet your lawn’s water needs in a given period. If you are a frequent irrigator this will help you conserve water and minimize nutrient runoff caused by over-watering.
Users can register irrigation systems in the app and receive notifications regarding irrigation schedules changes due to differences in the irrigation demand for the next few days. The app is available on the iPhone and Android operating systems.
The partnership has also developed apps for agriculture, specifically for citrus, strawberry and cotton growers. For more information, go to www.smartirrigationapps.org.