The one thing most gardening tutorials can be a little short on is quality information about the viability of choosing the right lawn sprinkler system.One thing you need to be absolutely certain about is that any of these systems are bound to be more cost-effective means of keeping your grass irrigated than standing there with a rubber hose in your hand. The difficult part can be deciding which sprinkler system is best for your needs.
Rotor Sprinkler System
A rotor sprinkler system is capable of sending out a robust spray of water as far as 50 feet away from its base. That capability serves to make rotor sprinklers one of the most economically feasible choices for anyone faced with irrigating an expansive patch of grass. Making a rotor system even more appealing is that you can find some gear-driven types that produce half the noise and require half the maintenance as older models. The rotors themselves can be equipped with different nozzles for shooting that spray of water out in various patterns.
Impact Rotor Sprinkler Systems
Speaking of those older types of rotor sprinklers brings impact rotor sprinklers into the conversation. Consider this the retro version of the gear-driven rotor type; a retro sprinkler very much capable of irrigating enormous amounts of water through those equally expansive sweeps of streams that come pretty close to the 50-foot range of the gear-driven rotors. Again, it is is worth noting that those with large areas of lawn to cover are going to be satisfied with impactor rotor systems. Unless, that is, your lawn also includes a big flower garden or lovely cultivated shrubs. See, the thing about impact rotor sprinklers is that the stream shoots out very strongly and that impact can potentially damage leaves and petals. Meaning that impact rotor sprinkler systems are far better suited for grassy plains.
Spray Head Sprinkler System
A spray head sprinkler system shoots out a stream covering a radius as wide as 15 feet. Of course, you can also set the radius for much more constricted areas, meaning that this system is the way to go for anyone requiring precision irrigation directed toward smaller patches of land. Water pressure for this type of sprinkler system varies between 20 and 30 pounds per square inch and they are available in two different models. The shrub model in situated on a riser above the ground whereas the pop-up spray head remains hidden from view until the water turns on.
Bubblers are a type of sprinkler that produces a spray of water in a downward direction up to five feet. This type of sprinkler is very effective at soaking the ground beneath the surface of the lawn. This means the bubbler an effective choice for yards with trees or shrubs whose root zone runs deeper than the grass of the lawn.
A sprinkler systems uses underground pipes to deliver water to your garden so keep in mind that it is very important to determine whether you have adequate water pressure before choosing a particular type of system. The level of water pressure is going to depend on the water usage taking place inside the home as well as outside. Sprinklers work with three distinct types of heads that can each meet a different watering need. Impact rotors have the longest range and are best for large gardens. Gear-drive rotors uses the same kind of sweeping motion as an impact rotor, but with delivers less water. Fan sprays and bubblers are stationary sprinkler heads that produce a fan of water that usually covers less than 15 feet in diameter.