Sprinkles are the go-to method of watering lawns since they cover a large radius. However, when compared to other irrigation systems, sprinklers are not that water-efficient, and you need to know how to install them the right way to minimize the water wasting.We will offer some tips.
Which Irrigation Sprinkler System to Choose?
- Hose-end sprinklers- this is a much simpler, and cheaper solution, and is viable if you have a lawn big enough to water by hand. You directly connect the hose to the sprinkle, and it can start doing its job. The main drawback of this system is having hoses all over your garden- the dog will bite them, and you can trip over them.
- Underground sprinkler systems- no tangling and tripping surface hoses, pipes in these systems are hidden underground. Plus, pipes won’t leak that often. The main flaw is the installation- you are supposed to dig the canals, and to connect the pipes directly to your plumbing, which is a bit of a hassle, and it takes skill, especially when obstacles, such as roots, occur. And if the pipes do break, you will have to dig them up. If you don't want to do all this, but still prefer an underground system, Duluth landscapers can help. We can both set everything up for you, and maintain it throughout the year.
What About Sprinkler Heads?
Make sure to choose only one system, and install it on the whole lot:
- Rotational head- these serve best for covering larger areas, they have quite a bit of range. They can cover the whole 360-degree radius, but they won’t release too much water per inch, so you have to water for longer (2x-3x times as much)
- Pop-up head- when inactive, you can’t really notice these, which is excellent since sprinklers are not the prettiest garden ornaments. But once you (or the sensor) release the water, they pop up, starting to spray the water. Usually, they don’t spray 360 degrees and are a good option if you want to aim a specific area.
- Impact sprinkler- if you are looking for the highest “range”, impact sprinklers are for you. Now be warned, the sound they make is quite annoying.
More irrigation and sprinkler tips
- Watch the time- water in the night, or late evening during the summer- that will minimize evaporation. During the winter, water in the warmest part of the day, to prevent icing.
- Watch the forecast- not flooding your lawn is as important as watering it regularly. Don’t water before or after the rain. Also, watch the wind- strong winds will only blow the water away. Duluth weather can be tricky, so installing and it can be a good idea to install a “smart” sensor. Those get weather updates, and will schedule watering accordingly, so you don’t have to do all the thinking.
- Watch the pressure- the general rule is the higher, the better, but you don’t want to go too far. Read the labels before adjusting your water pump.
- Solenoids- are valves that control your sprinkler system. They tend to cause the most problems- insects, sand, dirt, or even snails get stuck in them. But they can be easily fixed. Check your sprinklers weekly.
- Winterize- it will cost you more initially, but winterizing your system will save you a lot of trouble. This will blow out any water that is left behind after you shut down the system, preventing it to freeze and damage the pipes during the winter.