Smart irrigation is more than smart nozzles, micro irrigation, and weather sensing controllers. It’s preparing the season before and knowing your soil. It’s applying soil surfactants that reduce runoff and water use. It’s understanding best practices for water conservation and applying them based on the needs of the site.
At Horizon, we believe that every month should be treated as Smart Irrigation Month. So, where do you start your practice of Smart Irrigation? Right here.
As an EPA WaterSense Distribution Partner, Horizon Distributors is devoted to keeping you at the forefront of the water conservation movement. We've developed a number of resources and solutions to help you educate your organization and your customers about smart watering practices.
Drought Solutions by State
Many municipalities and water agencies offer substantial rebates and financial incentives to help offset the cost of upgrading to highly efficient landscape irrigation equipment.
Talking to your customers about smart water isn’t always easy. Here's some of the industry’s best sales tools and graphics to help you with the conversation.
Energy Saver 101: Everything You Need to Know About Landscaping (PDF) - Created by Energy.gov. Topics include: The Top 3 Landscaping Strategies by Climate, Landscaping for Shade, Planting Tips, Deciduous vs Evergreen, Landscaping for Windbreaks and Landscaping for Water Conservation.
Benefits of Landscaping & Drought Resistant Plants (PDF) - A 2 page flyer created by Horizon Distributors that introduces 9 important benefits of landscaping that can be used as talking points with your customers. It also provides a list of over 150 Drought Resistant Plants (Annuals, Perennials, Trees & Shrubs)
The Return on Investment of Landscaping (PDF) - Created by AlbertaArborists.com. Provides facts and statistics on how much landscaping can add to a building's resale value, how much lawns, plants and trees can lower heating and cooling costs, and the amount of CO2 that each tree removes from the atmosphere annually.
Pressure Regulation ROI Calculator (Excel) - A tool created by Horizon Distributors that helps you calculate the savings associated with installing pressure regulating heads. Use this tool to see how much water your customer's irrigation system currently uses and how much water and money you could save them.
Have You Thought About Water Conservation? (PDF) - A flyer created by Horizon Distributors that demonstrates how smart irrigation controllers save water, time, and money.
Landscape Water Audit Inspection Checkist (PDF) - A one-page checklist created by Horizon Distributors that allows you to quickly document issues and inefficiencies in an irrigation system and the soil.
Drought Solutions Videos
Is your business prepared for drought and water restrictions?
Recorded live at the California Drought 101 seminar, the Drought Solutions video series shows you how to grow your business and succeed in the face of drought. Video transcripts provided.
Low Hanging Fruit
Part 1 - How to Detect Water Leaks with the Water Meter (7:05)
Part 2 - 4 Types of Pressure Regulators that Minimize Water Loss (7:41)
Part 3 - How to Hydrozone an Irrigation System that's Already Installed (3:07)
Building a Smart Water Irrigation System
Part 4 - What is Evapotranspiration and How Does it Help Us Save Water? (5:41)
Part 5 - 6 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Smart Irrigation Controller (6:07)
Part 6 - 3 Irrigation Sensors You Should Already Be Installing (7:39)
Part 7 - The Quickest Way to Improve Distribution Uniformity (6:51)
Part 9 - 6 Ways an ET Controller Lowers the Cost of Irrigation Systems (4:00)
Part 10 - 3 Spray Nozzles that Quickly Fix Inefficient Irrigation Systems (4:53)
Part 11 - How to Convert a Spray Valve to Subsurface Drip Irrigation (3:50)
Water Management Begins in the Soil
Part 12 - Choosing a Fertilizer Based on Soil Test Results (2:23)
Part 13 - The Long-Term Consequences of Synthetic Fertilizer (3:09)
Part 14 - The Long-Term Benefits of Organic Fertilizers (3:54)
Part 15 - Why is the Nitrogen Cycle Important in Your Soil? (2:26)
Part 16 - The Role of Microbes in Soil Fertility (3:04)
Part 17 - What are Mycorrhizal Fungi and How Do They Benefit Your Plants? (5:14)
Part 18 - Building a Better Soil Structure with Turface (4:40)
BizPro Training Videos
Horizon has produced a series of training videos that show you how to grow your business through water conservation. You'll learn the ins and outs of the product or service and receive tools, tips, and coupons so your business can hit the ground running.
Growing Your Business Through Water Conservation - How to take advantage of niche markets created by the water conservation movement.
Smart Water Controllers 101 - Getting your customers to say "yes" to smart irrigation!
Smart Water Sprays & Nozzles - A financial win-win for you and your customers.
Rain Bird® Drip Irrigation Conversion - Strong, healthy landscapes with 60% less water.