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How to Pick the Right Sprinkler for Your Yard

April 15, 2014

One of the most asked questions from our customers is which sprinkler is right for their situation.  The choice is easy once you know a few basic principles.

As with most decisions related to sprinklers, you need to start by knowing your water pressure.  Water pressure often determines what type of sprinklers may or may not be a reasonable option for you.  Sprinklers that spray farther or which put out more water require more pressure, and if your pressure is too little, you’ll end creating way too many zones.

geardrivesaturnNext, you need to know your watering needs.  Ask yourself what types of areas you’ll be watering.  Typically you can split your yard into two categories: lawn and flowerbeds/garden.  Lawns need a full saturation that can only be provided by rotor sprinklers or pop-ups.  Flowerbeds and gardens may or may not need that, often times using drip watering is the better solution.

Know the area.  This means knowing the size, soil type, and environmental conditions of the area you’re watering.  Large areas of land benefit from rotor sprinklers—either impact heads or gear drives—because they can spray further and with more water, requiring less sprinklers.  The soil type will determine the water saturation rate, and thus how much you’ll need to be watering.  Also, consider if parts of your lawn are on a slope with high runoff.  Though these things don’t directly tell you which type of sprinkler to use, they do help determine watering needs.  The environment can also be a big factor.  Windy areas are bad places for pop-ups because the misty water gets blown around, leading to uneven watering.

pop upOnce you’ve figured out all the above, you can explore your options, which fall into two categories: rotors and pop-ups, including rotary nozzles.  Rotors are great for large areas of lawn because they spray a long way and are totally adjustable.  With rotor’s you have two options: impact heads and gear drive sprinklers.

Pop-ups are a better option for smaller areas of lawn, and areas with different contours rather than straight sections.  They can have interchangeable nozzles to spray different distances and patterns.

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