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When the rains don’t come, the only way to salvage your landscape and keep it thriving involves supplementary irrigation. Of course, you can haul out the sprinklers and set them up whenever necessary, but if you live in an arid location that needs frequent watering, this chore will become cumbersome quickly.

A lawn sprinkler system might be more than a convenience – it might mean the difference between a beautiful lawn and landscaped areas that suffer from lack of moisture. Explore the benefits of a sprinkler system in your landscape.

  1. Improve Overall Lawn Health & Appearance

    The obvious benefit of a sprinkler system installed in your lawn involves improving the appearance and health of your landscape. With regular irrigation at just the right levels, your lawn will respond with vigorous and healthy growth. A healthy and beautiful lawn will also add to the value of your property.

    Don’t forget an added benefit of installing a lawn sprinkler – water conservation. With an installed sprinkler system, the amount of water that disperses onto your landscape is just the right amount to irrigate your lawn without wasting more water than necessary. If rain falls, a sprinkler system has a rain sensor that automatically detects the natural moisture and stops the sprinkler from running.

  2. Types of Lawn Sprinkler Systems that Exist

    Many types of lawn sprinkler systems exist today. Your final choice depends on your climate, the terrain of your landscape and your type of landscaping.

    Spray irrigation involves water spraying over the landscape. Water tubes sit on the soil and water moves through the tubes and sprays out from sprayers and sprinklers at timed intervals. Spray irrigation is easier to install and is optimal for light soils.

    Drip irrigation involves water moving through buried tubes with holes that allow the water to dissipate out into the soil. With this type of irrigation, the water does not enter the air, it stays completely underground at plant roots. Drip irrigation is more precise and it also eliminates the chance of people getting wet from water spraying. Drip irrigation uses less water, so over time you may save money by choosing this type of sprinkler system.

    If you aren’t sure which type of lawn sprinkler system fits your landscape and climate, leave it to the experts to provide you with a professional recommendation of what would work best for your lawn.

  3. Best Time to Install a Lawn Sprinkler System

    Although installing a lawn sprinkler system may seem involved and complicated, most professionals can install an average system in one day. While you can have a sprinkler system installed at almost any time of the year, it’s best if the soil isn’t overly wet or dry. For optimal installation, hire a professional to install your sprinkler system in the spring or in the autumn. If the ground is frozen, installation will take longer and you risk more damage to your landscape from the installation process.

  4. The Planning Process

    A professional sprinkler installation service will have the skills and knowledge necessary to plan the system for optimal results. Prior to installation, an expert will assess your entire yard to analyze the terrain and every landscaped part that has specific irrigation needs. It’s important to plan the sprinkler patterns so the outer edges overlap just slightly to ensure that every area of your landscape receives sufficient irrigation. It’s also mandatory that your sprinkler system prevents backflow, which could contaminate your drinking water.

    A professional will also have thorough understanding of electrical and plumbing codes to ensure that all electrical wiring and water pipe installation follows these codes without mistakes that could be expensive to correct.

  5. Preparation Work Required

    Many local municipalities require a special permit prior to installing a lawn sprinkler system. After you hire a professional, the company will prepare your landscape to ensure that it meets local codes and the company will handle the permit process as a part of the service.

    Prior to installing the irrigation system, a professional will locate all underground utility cables and pipes to ensure that installation does not disrupt or damage these utilities. The professional will also contract with a licensed plumber or perform required plumbing to move the water through the system.

    The time necessary for site preparation depends on your landscape condition and the permits required by your local municipality. Check with any installation company you contact for specific information about the timeframe of site preparation.


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