Timer - Knowledgebase Question

Miamii, Fl
Question by duffooe
January 8, 2010
I have an small garden outside my house. What kind of timer you recommend?

Answer from NGA
January 8, 2010


A mechanical or electronic timer to turn the water on and off is not necessary, but they are convenient. If you can be there (or remember to) turn the water off and on, a timer isn't necessary. But if you want the convenience of setting a timer and forgetting about watering, you can find several different brands at your local Home Depot. There are mechanical, battery operated and electronic timers available. The mechanical types use water pressure to keep time and while you have to physically turn the water on, the system will turn itself off after a pre-determined amount of water is delivered. A battery operated timer will turn itself on and off and will not need to be hard wired into your electrical system. Electronically controlled timers are more sophisticated, are designed to run multiple systems, and need to be wired directly into your electrical system. For ease of use, I'd recommend a battery operated timer. One of the staff members at Home Depot can help you choose just the right model.

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