Sprinkler System Buying Guide
Sprinkler Systems 101
Types of Sprinkler Systems
Sprinkler System Buying Tips:
• Flower and vegetable gardens require different sprinklers than lawns
• Choose a sprinkler that allows you to control the water flow
• Look for sturdy connections to avoid leakage and waste
• Examine the pros and cons of plastic versus metal parts
Sprinkler System Features
Sprinkler Heads +
Sprinkler heads come in two basic styles: spray and rotor. Most home sprinkler systems feature spray heads, which range from the oscillating sprinkler type that we all ran through as children (and, admittedly, still do) to stationary soakers. Spray head sprinklers do the job for most backyard gardeners. Rotor heads are integral to most in-ground irrigation sprinkler systems and are designed to work with other system components.
Garden Hoses +
A sturdy, flexible garden hose is an indispensable part of any home sprinkler system. The styles and materials vary widely, but heavy-duty cladding and non-kinking are features worth seeking out. Metal or brass couplings are durable and withstand abuse. A good hose reel or mobile hose cart will protect your investment and help you maintain a tidy yard.
For those lazy summer evenings when you want to manually water and closely inspect your plants, a good hand-held nozzle is the ticket. A multi-pattern trigger nozzle allows you to switch from a hard direct stream for surface cleaning to a soft shower for bathing delicate plants. Thermoplastic construction or a combination of metal and plastic components lend strength and durability, but take care not to leave your nozzle where it can be crushed or abused.
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Sprinkler System Maintenance Tips:
• Use a water timer wherever possible to avoid over-watering
• Make sure sprinkler heads are free of blockages
• Check outdoor taps for drips and tighten all connections
• Remove sprinklers and hoses (except in-ground) from lawn before mowing
• Drain and clean your sprinkler system before storing for winter
Local Water Regulations and Conservation