Moisture Sensor Installation Benefits for Hillsboro Landscaping

August 28, 2015

Hillsboro Landscaping for HOALawns and water are hot subjects every summer, especially during low-water years. To take the work out of lawn watering, homeowners and homeowner associations (HOAs) often use automatic sprinklers. While a Hillsboro sprinkler installation makes watering the lawn effortless, it may also be inefficient if the sprinklers turn on while it rains or after a shower. To save water and keep your lawn green, our irrigation experts recommend installing sprinkler systems with moisture sensors.

How Moisture Sensors Work on Irrigated Landscapes

Hillsboro Landscaping for HOAsMoisture sensors are smart accessories that you add to standard irrigation systems. They detect and optimize the amount of moisture at the root zone to prevent overwatering and the problems that come with it, such as shallow root growth and fungus.

A good moisture sensor works by detecting the amount of moisture at the probe, not changes in soil temperatures or electrical conductivity. Many sensors check soil conditions about every 10 minutes. When moisture drops below the established threshold, the sensor tells the irrigation system to water the landscaping at the appropriate time of day. The probe then relays a signal to the irrigation system when the root zone has a sufficient amount of water.

In general, Hillsboro landscaping experts install moisture sensors into irrigation systems, and the sensors makes adjustments on their own. After the installation, you won’t be able to see the sensor and its wires because they’re underground. In addition to lawns, you can use moisture sensors for different garden beds.

With a moisture sensor, the larger your irrigation system, the more water savings you’ll experience.

Why Use a Moisture Sensor for a Hillsboro Sprinkler Installation

  • Ensure your lawn and landscaping receive the correct amount of water
  • The sensor prevents irrigation systems from overwatering or watering after it rains
  • Promote the growth of healthy roots
  • Save water and on water-related expenses
  • Moisture sensing equipment is simple to setup
  • You no longer need to feel frustrated about needing to watering your landscape or worry about the correct amount of water to apply
  • Save time by not needing to manually place sprinklers throughout your landscaping
  • Comply with water-related regulations in your community
  • It doesn’t take long for moisture sensors to pay for themselves with the water savings that you experience
  • Moisture sensor brands often come with a five-year warranty

Why HOAs Love to Work with Our Irrigation Experts

Rain Bird SMRT-Y Soil Mositure Sensor Kit

Rain Bird SMRT-Y Soil Mositure Sensor Kit

When it seems as if your water bills keep increasing or you seek a simpler irrigation solution, it’s the perfect time to contact Landscape East & West. When you work with us, we’ll first learn about your irrigation goals and drainage concerns to create a tailored solution for your landscaping. If you already have an irrigation system in place, we’ll install a moisture sensor of the same brand. Otherwise, our landscaping experts will install a new one. After the initial installation, Landscape East & West returns within a week to ensure the system is calibrated properly.

Hunter Soil-Clik Moisture Sensor

Hunter Soil-Clik Moisture Sensor

HOAs love our water-wise solutions as we design low-maintenance irrigation systems that reduce costs by up to 30 percent. Our Premium Water Management Services include the regular maintenance and testing of irrigation systems to ensure there are no leaks or damage. When you pair this with a long-term maintenance plan, your community will enjoy proactive landscape maintenance that promotes plant and tree health.

In June 2015, our team installed moisture-sensing equipment at a local condominium association. Because of the system’s economical cost, the HOA will most likely recoup set-up costs in as little as one season, making it a great return on investment.

Just over 2 percent of the water on the planet is fresh water, so it’s essential to use it wisely and preserve it as much as possible. By installing moisture sensors with an existing or new irrigation system, you’re doing your part to reduce waste and promote the health of the surrounding flora. To learn more about the benefits of moisture-sensing equipment, our smart irrigation systems, and how much you can save, contact Landscape East & West today to set up a complimentary consultation.


Kirk headshot 2Kirk Lobb is the Service Department Manager at Landscape East & West, Portland-metro and Hillsboro landscaping professionals. Kirk specializes in the design and installation of irrigation systems and in drainage management. We invite you to learn more about our water management services.