Control irrigation with your home automation system.
Scheduling will ensure your landscaping features get watered regularly, whether you are there or not.
It is even possible to integrate a weather station so your sprinklers do not turn on and waste water in cases where it has already rained.
Your home automation system can also be programmed to control schedules for turning on pumps or heaters for your pool. You may also choose to link the pool covers to the system, so they can be opened manually by the push of a button, and close 'automatically' when the pool is no longer in use.