Saving time, effort, and perhaps even money, in-ground sprinkler systems are a great way to water your lawn, prevent trips all over the yard with hoses and sprinklers, and regulate your water usage. In-ground sprinkler systems, when installed properly, will water your lawn with efficiency and precision, make your life more convenient, and most importantly, keep your grass green and beautiful.
How do In-Ground Sprinkler Systems function?
The most common in-ground sprinkler systems function as an underground network of pipes that run to each area of your lawn. Your yard is sectioned off into zones, each possessing its own control valves. These valves control how much water is delivered to each zone, and at what time.
The zones are created to regulate how much water is used, as a residential location only has the ability to provide necessary water pressure to a few sprinklers at a time. This system is either controlled by a programmable controller that allows you to program when and where each portion of the lawn is irrigated (automatic system), or a manual system, which is, essentially, you turning it on and/or off. Automatic systems are effective for large yards, or even your vacation home, as they will regulate themselves. Manual Systems may be more appropriate for small yards or as a lower cost option.
Sprinkler Head Options
Installing an in-ground sprinkler system requires some fore-thought. It is necessary that you consider what type of sprinkler head you would like to use with your system. Of the many choices, the most popular are sprayers and rotary heads.
Sprayers are selected for their fine, misty spray, and are used when coverage must be completely accurate. Rotating heads offer a wide circle of water, and cover a broader portion of your lawn. Rotating heads are capable of covering a large area, and are sometimes more cost efficient, as you need few sprinkler heads because of this.
Both types of sprinkler heads are available in pop-up varieties, and will assist you in conserving water (thus reducing your water bill!) Take your time selecting your sprinkler head and weigh your options carefully.
Insure Even Coverage
Before installing your in-ground sprinkler system, be sure to map out your layout. The spray from each sprinkler needs to reach the spray of the next. Most layouts are either square of triangular, but some circular plans are used. You may want to consult a professional for assistance in planning and installing any sprinkler systems for small spaces, oddly shaped areas, or any area that requires special planning, such as a walkway or a side-yard.
Consider Asking for Help
Although installing an in-ground sprinkler system can be a do-it-yourself project, you may want to consider contacting a professional to assist you. Make sure that your ideas and opinions are taken into consideration, and do not hesitate to share your vision and ideas with those that are helping you. If you are not a highly experienced do-it-yourselfer, you may not be prepared to tackle issues such as excavation and wiring. Educate yourself, and approach this project with care.