With many climate zones, rainfall patterns and seasonal variations across the United States, it’s safe to say that no two lawns are alike. Even in your neighborhood, there are subtle—and maybe even major—differences between your yard and your neighbor’s yard.
Because of such differences, no one has yet come up with a one-size-fits-all lawn sprinkler system. Before you install a sprinkler system, you’ll want to consider these five things first.
- Realize that not every part of your yard needs the same amount of water. The parts of your lawn that receive the most sunlight will need more water than shaded areas. Likewise, areas at the bottom of a slope will naturally collect and retain more water than higher areas. These factors and others should influence where you install sprinkler heads.
- Consider a drip line emitter. These are especially handy for use in flower beds where shooting water can either damage plants or fail to properly saturate the soil. Plus, because they feed directly onto the soil, they conserve more water than a sprinkler.
- Get information on what components are used. If you hire a contractor, make sure you collect all the literature on the parts they use in your system. You want to have the name, the model numbers and material components on hand in case of any future maintenance issues.
- Learn your local water regulations. Be sure you look into local regulations about water use. In many areas, homeowners must comply with certain efficiency standards. In those instances, low arc heads and other efficient designs might work best.
- Decide if you want automation. Many people connect their system to a timer. In recent years, there have been more sophisticated choices for homeowners. Some of these include moisture sensors that detect when your lawn (or parts of your lawn) need to be watered.
Once you decide on which sprinkler system is best for your lawn, you’ll want to know how and when to use your lawn sprinkler system.