Are there industry standards for lableing irrgation controllers?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Az Gardener, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    I like to know first what the valve operates IE. Pop ups, Rotors, drip, bubblers etc. Followed by the plant type lawn, shrubs, ground cover then the area West side etc. Are there industry standards that suggest what should come first and so on if so what is it???
  2. DanaMac

    DanaMac LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,226

    I don't know if there is a standard. We usually try to go in some order around the property, starting with the manicured lawn. Might start out rotors in front, sprays around tight areas in front, sprays around side, rotors in back, sprays around other side, THEN do your native areas, ground covers and drip zones at the end. It may alternate between spray/rotors/spray/rotors/etc. At least that is my way.
  3. hoskm01

    hoskm01 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,690

    Im not sure I follow completely. Labeling the zone in the controller?

    I keep a detailed list for each controller with each zone, what it runs (rotors/pops) its run time at 100%, columns for varialbes (slope,shade) and they are wired in a logical order, preferably in a circular fashion from the controller, back to the controller.
  4. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Messages: 4,350

    I normally start zone 1 being the front part of the yard closet to the street, and then work me way into the yard, around one side, into the back, and around the other side.
  5. Waterit

    Waterit LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,931

    I have the foot-traffic areas go first, then work my way around the house to the back yard. That way Joe HO doesn't get his suit wet when leaving for work.
  6. ARGOS

    ARGOS LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,808

    Me too. I always put the directional location first, then equipment, then maybe plant material (ie. north west corner, rotors, lawn).
  7. mitchgo

    mitchgo LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,956

    There is no standard that you have to do it a certain way. Just a recommended way.
  8. AI Inc

    AI Inc LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 27,060

    For me , zone 1 is always furthest from the controller. Then moves closer to it and past to end up at the street on the opposite side from where it started. Drip is always the last zone(s). If for no other reason then ease of start ups.
  9. Sprinkus

    Sprinkus LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,326

    I try to sequence the zones in a way that will make the service walk throughs quick and efficient.
  10. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 50,764

    One protocol I would recommend is to start at the top of a slope, and work down, since the first zone won't be getting any run-off assistance from the others.

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