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Tips for Choosing Sprinklers for Your New Irrigation System

Sonia Scott

Before you start breaking ground to place the new irrigation system in your yard, you have several decisions you need to make. One of the most important choices you'll have to make is what kind of sprinkler heads you want to use. There are many different styles and types available, and sometimes the most efficient irrigation system has a combination of them, allowing for the best style for each area of the yard. Here are the main styles you'll want to consider.

Fixed sprinkler heads are permanently secured in a single position. You'll want to consider these for the larger, more expansive spaces in the yard. Like most sprinkler-head styles, these are available in both recessed and above-ground models, so you can select one that rests below ground level when it's not in use. This is great to minimize injuries for kids and potential damage by a lawn mower. These sprinkler heads are also easy to control through an automated programming system.

Impact sprinkler heads work in intervals, releasing strong water streams according to a programmed cycle. These sprinkler heads are made to rest close to the ground. They are the ones you hear make a clicking noise. You'll want these if you struggle with a lot of windy weather. Since they sit close to the ground, you will have less concern about water streams being affected by wind.

Pulsating sprinkler heads are the larger style that attach to a plastic yard spike. You can drive the spike into the ground where you want the sprinkler to rest, then move it when you need to water another area. Since they're mobile, they make it easy to do target watering. They're great for areas where you struggle with absorption because they allow you to focus a slower, consistent spray in those areas.

Rotating sprinklers are a great supplemental choice to add to your irrigation system. You can use them for supplemental watering for areas that don't get enough from the in-ground sprinkler heads or for areas that see lots of sun. These are the standalone sprinklers that you attach to your garden hose, so you can drag them around the yard as needed. They're also fun for the kids in the summer.

Now that you know what all of your sprinkler options are for your property's irrigation system, you can better determine which ones will be the best fit for your yard.

For more information about sprinkler installation, talk to a company such as Steeplechase


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New Gardener? Choose Your Flowers Carefully

As a child and teenager, I watched my mother garden, although I wasn't interested in it at the time. I later learned that I had missed out on learning the craft because before I planted my first garden, I thought it would be so easy! Once I finally had a yard of my own, I was eager to plant some beautiful flowers in the yard and do other landscaping work. Unfortunately, I learned a hard lesson and none of things I planted survived more than a few weeks, even though I watered them daily. I gave my mother a call and asked her what could have gone wrong, and I learned that plants have to be chosen carefully. Check out this blog to learn more landscaping plant tips.