Toro Irrigation, the company that makes the Toro Sprinkler, is famous for producing the first drip irrigation tape back in 1973. They have since developed a wide array of irrigation products for professional gardeners, sports groundskeepers, and home owners.
Using Toro sprinkler equipment and supplies, it is possible to design an irrigation system for any application regardless of the size or complexity. How do you choose from portable lawn sprinklers, drip irrigation hoses, rain barrels, or inground sprinkler systems? The answer is to design irrigation using all of these components.
A Toro sprinkler system consists of an underground network of pipes. These have sprinklers attached which spray up from the level of the ground. The Toro sprinkler system is controlled by a timer, which is programmed to tell your sprinkler exactly when and how much water to spray.
Toro advertises that their timers are easy to program. They have a new line of timers called the Ecxtra timers that can be programmed from your computer. Toro’s adviser recommends timing according to local weather and the type of plants being watered.
Toro sprinkler rotors are the next component of the system. These are advertised to cover large areas. Their “SimpleSet” rotor is named that because it is easy to install and will cover an area of 27 to 47 feet.
The SingleStream Toro sprinkler rotor also covers a large lawn area with up to a 46 foot spray radius. The MultiStream rotor puts out thin streams that soak in well, and are good for medium sized lawns.
Toro Sprinkler has a line of flexible pipes they call Funny Pipe. Toro Sprinkler also makes drip hoses and tubing for drip irrigation. This line is called “Blue Stripe.” The most efficient irrigation system for any home is usually a combination of sprinklers, such as the Toro sprinkler, and drip irrigation, such as is provided by the Toro Blue Stripe products.
Toro Sprinkler suggests using a tubing cutter instead of a hacksaw when installing the pipes, because it will give a cleaner cut. They also recommend poly pipe instead of PVC pipe if the ground is likely to freeze. PVC pipe can break when frozen. You also should blow out your Toro sprinkler system before winter comes.
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