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Introduction to Irrigation and Lawn Sprinkler Systems

Now that you’ve spent that fortune on creating you perfect lawn, you want to ensure that you can continue to enjoy it for many years. Of course, you could spend a lot of time dragging a lawn sprinkler across your new lawn. Or maybe you should consider installing a permanent sprinkler system to do the job for you.

Most sprinkler systems have automatic timers that enable you too walk away knowing that your lawn will be water as needed. However, there are many different types of sprinkler heads, and each serves a different function. Some models cater to very specific watering needs, so in order to make an informed purchase, you need to be aware of the different types and how they accomplish their jobs.

One system that is available is the spray system. This type consists of buried tubing that feeds to sprinkler heads. These heads can either be buried or positioned permanently above ground. In the case of the buried system, the water pressure forces up the head, which then disperses its water over a prescribed area.

You can choose from two different types of heads when you look into this particular type of system.

  • One style is called the spray lawn head. These units spray water in a fixed position. Because of their design, they are best suited for watering flat and horizontally even areas.
  • Another type that you can pick is the rotor head. This head has the capability of spreading water over a larger area with an even distribution, which makes this particular unit good for use on slopes.

Another watering system you might be interested in is drip irrigation systems. This usually isn't used for lawns but for your plants and hanging baskets. But like and automatic sprinkler system you can set it up to automatically water your garden. This system is a low-pressure watering device that waters constantly at the rate of about one gallon per hour.

This particular system is also referred to as trickle irrigation. Drip irrigation is highly efficient and very cost effective. Moreover, it’s helpful in drought-prone areas. It is also extremely easy to design and install.

If you consider that a regular high application spray system is about 75 to 85 percent efficient, you will understand that when you use 100 gallons of water, approximately 25 gallons of it has dribbled off with no effect.

Drip systems on the other hand operate at 9 percent or higher efficiency. If you follow the installation directions and use back-flow protectors, filters and low power pumps, you should enjoy years of automatic lawn watering support.

If you are looking at watering your lawn you should consider a sprinkler system. There is some cost and work up front but it will provide a worry free and maintenance free lawn. Except for the regular mowing and taking care of the weeds.

If you are interested in installing the system yourself you should consider purchasing this online book: How to build your own lawn sprinkler system.


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