What to Consider when Buying a New Sprinkler System

For landscapes, irrigation is essential. Water in appropriate quantities and distributed to the precise locations creates lush, green grass, healthy, colorful flowers, or crops ready for picking. Although multiple irrigation methods exist, sprinklers are a popular option and are ideal for watering yards.

On a basic level, sprinklers spray water into the air, where it then falls down on plants, vegetation, and grass. Even with this simple approach, systems for sprinklers significantly vary in type. Nevertheless, as each lawn is different, certain sprinklers may be better for watering your area than others, and multiple factors, as you browse through our product selection, need to be considered. First, measure the amount of area and determine how often it needs water. Further factor your local climate, how much time you have to tend to the lawn, and if the space has any hard-to-reach areas.

If your lawn tends to be on the smaller side, consider fixed sprinklers. This system sprays water in a single pattern over the area and can be helpful for hard-to-reach places. If you're looking for more localized watering, a hose sprinkler, with a low flow, is ideal for smaller areas.

Other sprinklers, however, are designed for medium spaces but how the water is distributed varies. With a gentle and even flow, oscillating sprinklers move back and forth, while rotating models, designed with two or more arms that squirt out water, offer quick and even distribution over a rectangular area. An additional asset for this sprinkler is adjustable features.

Other models are specifically made for covering a larger or wider area. Impact, or impulse, sprinklers send a single jet of water in a circle. These sprinklers also tend to clog less and use lower pressure. Traveling, or tractor, sprinklers distributer water over a yard in a unique fashion; with a hose attached to a platform, it moves throughout the yard to give even coverage. This approach is particularly helpful for less typically-shaped yards. In-ground, or pop-up, sprinklers, additionally, distribute water throughout a larger area and provide full coverage; this system, however, can be programmed and divided into zones with timers and controllers.

For larger sprinkler systems, certain features are essential not just for convenience but also for conservation and keeping your plants healthy. With programming, automatic timers allow the sprinklers to work at all times of the day – including the early morning, considered the best time for watering. Flow timers, similarly, regulate how much water is sprayed; when certain plants require more water than others, this feature distributes the proper and recommended amount over your lawn or garden. Automatic shut-off valves shut the sprinkler's water supply off; for hose-operated systems, such as traveling sprinklers, this feature prevents your lawn or garden from getting waterlogged.