Lawn Sprinkler Systems

Lawn sprinkler systems are a boon for our busy lifestyles. It's so great to be able to keep your lawn green and healthy while doing other things. Long gone are the days when it would be relaxing and enjoyable to stand outdoors holding the hose with a spray attachment, feeding the garden with life-giving water.

Correctly Installed Lawn Sprinkler Systems Remove The Guesswork

With our hurried pace of life comes a need for outstanding convenience and manufacturers and garden designers have delivered. Many people even have automated lawn sprinkler systems installed so that their grass will be perfectly watered without even a thought given to how or when.

First things first - start with a plan

When installing lawn sprinkler systems, the first thing to do is to design it specifically for your yard. Measure up the dimensions of the garden and decide where you will need to target the direction of the water. This way, you will have an idea of what the costs will be because you'll know how many outlets and how much piping you'll need.

Not too many, not too few

You should always take into consideration the size of the property, the watering requirements of the particular plants you have, how much water pressure is available to you and also how many watering zones you'll need. You might even like to determine certain zones that can be excluded or included as required, depending on rainfall, the season and the stage of growth of the plants.

Lawn sprinkler systems can be customized according to all these needs so that you never over-water or under-water again and your plants and grass will not suffer from your lack of attention or overzealous attention! Ask for advice from your garden center if you are in doubt.

Fully automatic

For top-of-the-range options in lawn sprinkler systems, talk to a specialist about automating. It's possible to literally set-and-forget and allow your system to do all the work for you; not just the watering but the remembering to do it!

Some areas are subject to water restrictions so it's great to be able to set the computer to comply with the regulations and know that you won't be in trouble with the neighbors or the utilities company! The best time to water the grass is early morning because it will remain hydrated all day long and will dry out by day's end, thus avoiding fungal growth.

Dont use inferior parts

Weather extremes can play havoc with outdoor fixtures. When buying parts for lawn sprinkler systems, always check what the warranty is and what it covers. Don't settle for inferior parts because you'll be replacing them once a year; that's false economy.

Install deeply enough

Underground lawn sprinkler systems should be installed deeply enough to avoid being punctured with edgers and lawn aerators. Frost-prone areas wreak havoc on underground systems because frost can push the pipes to the surface, leaving them vulnerable to lawn mower damage. Around 8 inches is ideal.


Every year, lawn sprinkler systems should be checked for any issues that could arise. Before winter in cold areas, the system should be blown out using a compressor to ensure the pipes won't freeze or burst.

Care for your lawn

To promote a deep and healthy root system, your lawn needs about one inch of water once a week. Grass that is over-watered is prone to fungus, is soft and vulnerable and the roots won't embed deeply enough. Lawn sprinkler systems can be adjusted so that enough, and not too much water is applied and by watching where the water pools in your garden, you'll be able to tell how much is too much and adjust accordingly.

Nothing beats lawn sprinkler systems for convenience but you too have to play your part to keep everything working efficiently.

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