June 27, 2011 in Utilities (E)
[prMac.com] Fremont, California - Summer 2011 is finally here, and Garden Apps, creators of landscaping and irrigation focused mobile applications and Web services, today unveiled the Sprinkler Times 1.0, helping people across the United States find the correct number of minutes to set their sprinkler timers for maintaining healthy gardens all year round. Available for iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and tablets, as well as on the Web, Sprinkler Times is the first mobile app built using Garden Apps' 3Green approach to personal technology: save plants (green in the yard), save the environment (green in philosophy), and save money (green in the bank).
Sprinkler Times easily and instantly calculates the correct settings for automated sprinkler systems so that landscapes get the optimal amount of water for specific regions and plant types all year long. Using regionally-based, historical climate information together with industry-regulated soil and plant data, the easy to use Sprinkler Times app determines the best possible settings required for automated sprinkler systems for healthy lawns and landscapes all year round. Garden Apps has been using this data successfully for decades to eliminate overwatering, leading to healthier landscapes and household savings of hundreds of dollars annually. Now the company delivers Sprinkler Times for year-round water optimization.
Sprinkler Times ensures that people aren't underwatering their yards during the two hottest months of year, July and August.
Spring and fall:
These two seasons account for most of the water wasted in landscaping and gardening. Often misled by healthy looking plants, people are unaware they are overwatering their plants by hundreds of gallons a year. Proper settings ensure healthy plants and potential savings of hundreds of dollars.
One of the trickiest seasons for watering plants in some regions, the Sprinkler Times apps uses historical data to determine whether watering plants, even a couple minutes per week, makes sense.
"Most people will use a single time setting on their sprinkler systems all year round," said Tom Del Conte, founder and president of Garden Apps, and a 39 year landscaping and irrigation veteran. "If the settings were made in the spring or fall, people could be underwatering their plants in hot summer months. More typically, sprinkler settings made in summer will cause substantial overwatering the rest of the year. It turns out that optimum sprinkler settings are far more complicated than people perceive for the easy task of watering the yard."
Sprinkler Times takes the guesswork and complexity out of watering, creating a perfect watering regimen every time. All a person needs to know to use the Sprinkler Times app is the zip code of the landscaping, type of plants being watered, type of sprinklers used to water, type of soil and whether the plants are in the sun or shade. Sprinkler Times and its data bank and irrigation algorithms do the rest.
"Even sprinkler timers set by professionals are often wildly off, and the amount of money and water wasted is an eco-travesty," added Del Conte. "With population growth ever outpacing water availability, this little app has the potential to save thousands of gallons of water at millions of homes. Garden Apps wants to make embracing an environmental lifestyle as easy as the tap of an app."
* iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
* Requires iPhone OS 4.0 or later
* 5.3 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Sprinkler Times 1.0 is free and available worldwide through the App Store in the Utilities category. To unlock all features, people can upgrade Sprinkler Times via an in-app purchase of $5.99 (USD). The online version of Sprinkler Times costs $5.99 (USD) and is available from the Sprinkler Times website. An Android version is also available.
With 39 years of experience in landscaping and water management, Garden Apps is innovating high quality and high utility mobile apps and Web services for the landscaping and irrigation industry. Pioneers in computer controlled irrigation, the Garden Apps team is comprised of nationally recognized irrigation experts who provide seminars to landscape contractor associations on the topic of irrigation management. Building apps based on its 3Green savings methodology - save plants, save resources, save money - Garden Apps produces apps that make the most complex environmental science easy to use for any person. Copyright (C) 2011 Garden Apps. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.