Water conservation is increasingly top-of-mind for people in B.C., especially during the spring and summer when more is needed to keep the lawn green and the garden growing. Here in B.C., where the winters are mild and wet compared to other parts of the country, we sometimes forget that water is a precious resource that can become limited during dry, hot summers like we’ve had in recent years.

More homeowners are turning to smart sprinkler controllers to help monitor and control their water use. The smart-home technology, which sends signals back and forth with Wi-Fi between your sprinkler heads and software in the cloud, can be programmed to ensure your lawn and garden get the right amount of water based on everything from sun exposure and soil type to the weather forecast.

One of the leading brands in this space is the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller, which allows you to create watering schedules and manage your sprinkler system on a smartphone, tablet or laptop. Rachio’s controller also works with Amazon’s Alexa, allowing you to control watering with your voice. The technology also helps you automatically skip a scheduled watering cycle when there’s rain in the forecast and adjust watering times as the seasons change, saving you water and money. Starting at about $250. Amazon.ca.