Future Green Irrigation has been installing high quality residential underground sprinkler systems since 2014, and in that time, we have completed over 200 residential projects. Since the beginning we’ve had a simple philosophy to help our business grow: to strive for the highest possible level of customer satisfaction.
After all, there is no easier way for a business thrive than for happy customers passing our name along to their friends and family. To that end we’ve developed the following system for quoting, designing and installing a highly efficient sprinkler system for our clients.
Our first task is to meet with you at your property in person so we can determine exactly what your needs and expectations are. This includes inspecting the areas you would like to have irrigated as well as the area where we will tie the irrigation into the existing plumbing (this will most likely be in the mechanical room).
By inspecting the property in person, rather that only viewing a drawing or layout, we can be sure we have taken all information into account when designing your sprinkler system. That way we can avoid any misunderstandings that might otherwise arise. This consultation also allows us to answer any and all questions you might have.
The next step is to provide you with a detailed sprinkler design and estimate. This can be done one of two ways. If you have an RPR (real property report) or correctly scaled drawing of your property, you can provide this to so we can scan it into our computer assisted drafting (CAD) software. If you don’t have an RPR, you need not worry. Thanks to Google Earth we can get a satellite image for the vast majority of properties with the correct scaling to aid your underground sprinkler design.
While some in the industry forgo designing smaller residential sprinkler systems on CAD software, we have found it very advantageous for both us and our clients for the following reasons:
A uniform application rate starts with proper system design. Sprinkler head spacing, operating pressure, pipe size and flow rate are all factors that contribute to this. There is no better way to take these factors into account for designing an underground sprinkler system than by using CAD software, as they allow us to precisely calculate these values and ensure they fall within acceptable limits.
Because there is a limit to the volume of water per minute (measured in gallons per minute GPM) that can be achieved from your water source, most irrigation systems need to split into segments called zones. This means only a group of sprinklers can operate at any one time, with electronic valves automatically cycling through all zones until watering of your whole property has been achieved.
For instance, a hypothetical property might have two zones, one for the front yard and one for the back yard. When then sprinklers are scheduled to run, only the front sprinklers (zone 1) activate for a scheduled amount of time, let’s say 20 minutes.
After that time is complete, they turn off and the back sprinklers (zone 2) will activate for 20 minutes. Watering for your whole property would then be complete. The average property in Calgary need 4 to 6 zones for full coverage, although this can vary substantially. Determining the correct size and layout of these sprinkler zones is much easier to do with CAD software.
Even the best designed systems can be water wasters if improperly scheduled. But in order to properly schedule your irrigation system, we need to know the precipitation rate of the sprinklers. Because a lot of residential landscapes are irregularly shaped, we can not always achieve perfect grid like overlapping that is assumed when we look up the precipitation rate in the sprinkler manufacturers data charts. Luckily our software automatically calculates the precipitation rate based on the actual layout of the sprinklers, even if it deviates from the manufacturers ideal value. This makes scheduling the run times for your irrigation system much more accurate.
Although an accurate precipitation rate lets us know the rate of water output of your irrigation system, the amount of water that needs to be applied to your landscape is not constant throughout the summer. As you might have guessed, its not necessary to have your system water as much during periods of rainfall. Likewise, during the hottest months, it may be necessary to increase the watering time. This active water management is easily achieved with the HydraWise Smart WiFi irrigation controller by Hunter Industries. It actively manages your irrigation system using real time weather data. More information on this product is available below.
By designing your sprinkler system with CAD software in the quoting phase, it allows us to do a precise material takeoff, thereby giving us a very accurate cost estimate. This means you can be confident with the price we offer you, and we will never ask you for more money after the project has started or cut corners because we misquoted the project.
Once we’ve sent you a full proposal that includes a detailed design, we’ll review it with you, and make any necessary changes.
If you are happy with quoted price and design, its time to sign the contract and book you in for the installation of your sprinkler system! The Future Green team will take care of every aspect of the installation process. From developing a dedicated water supply off the plumbing in your home, to installing a dual check valve, to the full clean-up after we leave.
Most installations do not take longer than two days to complete, and we will do a thorough walk through of the system after we have finished. We do not receive payment until you are fully satisfied with your system!
Even the best designed systems with high uniformity can be a huge water waster if it’s improperly managed. That’s why one of the products we recommend is the award winning Hydrawise Smart Irrigation controller. Hydrawise automatically adjusts water scheduling based on internet weather stations with an easy-to-use interface. This is done via its advanced Predictive Watering™ schedule. The watering schedule can adjust the watering time and days based on weather data being sent to it, and can suspend watering depending on the temperature, predicted rainfall or actual rainfall. All of this leads to significant water savings from your sprinkler system, saving you time and money.
Hydrawise uses only the most accurate weather stations available. With this flexible web-based weather system, you can even add your own preferred weather stations or use free professionally maintained ones.
Take the mystery out of your sprinkler timer. With Hydrawise reporting, you can see how much water you’ve used and how much you’ve saved. This allows you to keep better track of your conservation efforts.
Sit back and relax. With Hydrawise, everything you need is in the palm of your hand. Remote access allows you to view, manage and monitor your irrigation controller from your phone, tablet or computer at your own convenience.