April 25, 2011

Picking the Perfect Water Sprinkler Head

Inground lawn sprinkler head
Choosing a sprinkler head is one of the most important things you need to do when creating your own automatic sprinkler system. There are many types of water sprinkler heads from which to choose so it is important that you know what each type can do. Depending on whether you are making an underground lawn irrigation system or an above-ground garden sprinkling system, there are different styles of sprinklers you should know about. For underground sprinkler systems, consider the following:
  • Pop-up - These yard sprinkler heads pop up to certain heights to water your lawn. These are ideal for concealment and will only pop up based on when your watering times are set through your sprinkler timer.
  • Impact - These garden sprinklers have many different watering ranges and feature impact arms that rotate to disperse water evenly. Generally, they cover larger areas than pop-up sprinklers.
  • Pop-up impact - These lawn sprinklers are a hybrid mix of pop-up and impact heads. The feature the benefit of popping up and retracting with the ability to cover larger areas.
  • Gear driven - Gear-driven sprinkler heads have rotors that allow for smooth rotation. They are great for watering larger lawn areas.
  • Bubbler/shrub - Shrub heads and bubblers are perfect for watering shrub areas and gardens. They bubble or provide more of a trickle spray that conserve water. They spray lower to the ground.
  • Flush - Flush sprinklers sit flush with the ground once installed. They are ideal for watering smaller garden or yard areas and conceal in the grass easily.

Above-ground sprinkler

For an above-ground sprinkler system or hose faucet watering system, there are a variety of sprinkler heads to consider. From oscillating to traveling, you have so many different lawn sprinklers from which to choose.
  • Rotating - Rotary sprinklers spin circularly for more complete watering coverage.
  • Spinning - Like rotating sprinkler heads, these garden sprinklers spin in a circular pattern.
  • Ornamental - To adorn your yard, ornamental sprinklers provide decoration and watering functionality.
  • Oscillating - Water oscillators cover large areas in rectangular spraying patterns. They come with many different numbers of holes and spraying distances.
  • Gear driven - Like inground gear drive sprinkler heads, above-ground gear-driven sprinklers have rotors that allow for smooth operation.
  • Impact - With many different styles of bases such as spike or wheeled, these hose faucet impact sprinklers work just as underground impact heads do by covering larger areas.
  • Traveling - Traveling sprinklers allow for watering coverage over a certain area in which the sprinklers travel. Connected to a garden hose, these garden sprinklers generally have spinning heads and different settings for customization.
  • Cyclone - Ideal for covering larger areas, cyclone sprinkler heads rotate in a circular spray pattern to provide complete coverage.
  • Turret - Turret sprinklers are great for watering small- to medium-sized areas. The turret design allows for full watering coverage.
As you look for yard sprinkler heads that are best for your lawn, be sure to do your research to find good prices and excellent products with warranties and customer support. The last thing you want is to end up with sprinklers that do not work and you cannot do anything about it but count it as a loss.


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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