Sprinkler Systems

Written by Charles Peacock
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Keeping an attractive lawn usually requires watering it regularly. Even if you live in an area that gets rain on a regular basis, you're likely to experience periods of drought when Mother Nature simply isn't providing enough water to keep your grass alive. Sprinkler systems are an effective way to make sure your lawn is consistently and evenly watered without you having to do anything.

Types of Sprinkler Systems

The easiest and cheapest type of sprinkler is the portable sprinkler, which can be hooked up to a garden hose and placed anywhere the hose can reach. This type of sprinkler is a good idea for people who don't need constant irrigation. If you're in a drought season, forget about installing an expensive sprinkler system and choose this inexpensive solution.

In-ground sprinkler systems come in several different varieties, which mostly vary in the type of head that they use. Rotor heads are better for larger areas or sloped lawns, while spray heads are good for smaller, flat lawns. In either case, the entire sprinkler system is usually hooked into a time that allows you to control when it waters the lawn. The best systems also allow you to regulate how much water is being used.

One problem with normal sprinkler systems (particularly when they're used in gardens) is that a lot of water can be wasted. Since sprinklers usually spread an equal amount of water over the entire area, they're not ideal for situations where you have plants or flowers spaced out over a large area. In situations like these, it's better to use drip irrigation systems that only water the areas that actually need water.


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