The Top Five Sprinkler Systems
Monday, July 7, 2014
A well irrigated lawn and garden are both beautiful and a pleasant playground for children, but how do you manage it in a way that saves time, money and water? The only way is to buy the right sprinkler system for your garden. The basic guidelines are as follows:
- Sprinklers that are in-ground or low above ground are the most precise and economic with water. The wind cannot pick up the water and blow it off course or evaporate it. In-ground sprinklers are installed just below the surface and feed straight from the water supply instead of via a garden hose. These are often too expensive and complicated to install for most home owners, however, which detracts from their appeal (Travis, 2011). The best in-ground sprinklers come with a rain shutoff device and/or a soil moisture sensor to shut them off when watering is not necessary (Meredith, 2014).
- The new small rotator sprinklers are better than the large oscillating systems that are commonly used in parks and on golf courses, because they are closer to the ground and can therefore spray more precisely. They are the same size as the nozzle on a spray-type sprinkler, but they rotate (Irrigation Tutorials, 2014). The downside is the tendency of the rotating standing or spike sprinkler to break, but this largely depends on make and model.
- While mobile travelling sprinkler systems are pricy and often replaced with fixed systems, they do have some advantages. They spray precisely and economically close to the ground and they can be moved out of the way when children play or garden service personnel mow the lawn.
- A sprayhead system is the best choice if you have a small garden and if it has a spray pattern that matches the shape of your garden. It will fling the water only in the areas on which you set it. Here a rotator will overspray as it turns.
- Drip Irrigation is the most effective and economic way to water individual trees and plants and mulched areas. The water slowly drips directly into the soil without washing away the mulch and without wasting water through evaporation or run-off (Park&CO, 2013).
To make it worthwhile, carefully match your intended purchase with the size and shape of your garden and with the types of plants you want to water.