Differences Between Sprinklers and Misting Systems

Much like with anything, lawns need water in order the flourish. 

Healthy lawns require sunlight, oxygen, and moisture but certain methods of achieving this may work better for different yards. When it comes to everyday maintenance, however, there are two systems that are beneficial for lawns - sprinklers and misting. 

The two may seem interchangeable, but there are differences between using sprinklers vs. a misting system. Keep reading to learn all about the two. 

How Does a Misting System Operate?

Misting systems are an alternative to sprinklers as a way to water lawns. They provide many benefits but how exactly do they work?

These systems work by transforming water streams into tiny droplets and providing an intermittent water source to lawns. They use both the liquid and gas form of water to increase humidity for lawns and plants. This moisture is ideal for a healthy atmosphere. 

Because of the humidity it produces, misting systems help to get water to the soil directly by atomizing the water. With this system, you're able to concentrate where the moisture goes without worrying about experiencing any water loss.  

Lawn Sprinklers 

The most common tool associated with watering lawns are sprinklers. They're an irrigation system that has kept both small and large yards looking beautiful and green for decades. 

When it comes to sprinkler systems, there are two options to choose from - automatic and manual. They both work on a pressure system to water your lawn and can be placed above or below ground. 

Typically, they're made up of the following: 

No matter how big your yard is, you may find it helpful to take the time to develop a sprinkler plan to ensure that every inch of your lawn gets the care it needs. 

How They Differ 

As similar as these tools may seem, they possess very distinct differences. 

For starters, misting systems create more humidity for your lawn which makes them ideal for nourishing lawns both big and small in dry climates. It's concentrated ability allows for an efficient watering process to occur that actually helps to conserve water in the long run. 

Sprinklers on the other hand provide a less concentrated approach to watering your grass. They do provide nourishment, but they also bring a tremendous amount of runoff with them. Sprinklers need more water to function and can cause your water bill to skyrocket as result. 

In fact, sprinklers use an estimated twelve gallons of water per minute and it's recommended to run them for about twenty to thirty minutes several times a week. That's a lot of water that doesn't always make it to where it needs to go.  

Sprinklers vs. Misting Systems, Which Is Best for You?  

While both work hard at hydrating lawns, you may benefit from one system over the other.

Misting systems work to maintain the lawn and preserve water which could prove to be a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly option overall. Sprinklers work but may cause other issues over time. 

When it comes to deciding whether or not to use sprinklers or a misting system, it's going to come down to your needs and preferences. The main goal is to maintain a healthy lawn and both can help you get there. 

We hope you found our post helpful and that you don't hesitate to contact us to learn more about how we can help you maintain a beautiful lawn!