Everyone wants a lush, green lawn, right? Well, all of that lush greenery requires water. Unless you live in a climate that sprinkles rain like clockwork on your lawn, at least some watering is necessary on your part. Discover which tools are best for your needs.
Lawn sprinklers are the classic because they're appropriate for most lawn watering jobs. Most sprinkler systems come with different spray options. According to Better Home and Gardens, some of the most popular spray options are the following:
- Tractor sprinkler: The attachment uses the force of the water to propel it along the ground, making it effective on broad, open lawns.
- Whirlybird sprinkler: The rotating head throws water in an arcing pattern. Whirlybirds are effective for covering both near and far areas.
- Impulse sprinkler: The pulsing head throws rhythmic sprays of water low to the ground, making it effective for multiple plant types.
Any of these can be moved to different areas of the lawn, depending on your needs. Once you have them set up, place the sprinkler on a timer to minimize work on your end. For minimal evaporation, water either in the early morning or late evening.
A more permanent sprinkler solution is a system of pop-up sprinklers from companies like Krupske Sprinkler Systems. Professionals install these systems in target areas of your lawn. At designated intervals, the sprinkler head pops up to deliver a fixed pattern of water. Each pop-up gets fitted with a nozzle that delivers a specific spray pattern, such as half-arc, full arc or semi-circle. Depending on your needs, you can have pop-ups between two to 20 inches. Such a system is useful if you have a large yard or various sections of lawn that would otherwise require moving the sprinklers regularly.
Drip irrigation is another example of an installed system. A drip irrigation system consists of a network of tubing installed either below ground or on the soil surface. The system is set up so that emitters drip water directly onto the plant base. This minimizes water loss. Like with sprinklers, you can control when to use the drip irrigation directly or set it on a timer. Drip irrigation works especially well with lawns that include gardens.
Smart Irrigation Systems
The next step beyond setting pop-up sprinklers or drip irrigation on a timer is having a smart irrigation system. These systems include a number of "smart" accessories for efficient watering and even fertilizing. For instance, some systems can connect to your WiFi to check local weather patterns, thus shutting off during rain. Others include sensors that detect moisture, which in turn prevent the system from running. Yet others include fertilizer injectors. Smart irrigation systems require more up-front investment, but they can save time and money in the long-run, according to Better Homes and Gardens.
Simple sprinklers leave you in control, while smart irrigation systems let you forget about maintaining your lawn.Share