August 4, 2011

Choosing the Right Sprinklers for Above-Ground Lawn Watering

Hose faucet watering is becoming more of a trend among homeowners. It is easy to install and operate while taking less time to do so. Another benefit is that an above-ground watering system does not require digging up the yard. Though it may look a bit unsightly, a hose faucet sprinkler system is a wonderful alternative to an in-ground irrigation system. An above-ground sprinkler system is cost-effective and can be fully automated just like an underground lawn watering system.

To fully automate a hose faucet irrigation system, you can attach a sprinkler timer to the garden hose spigot. To make a single hose faucet into a multi-zone sprinkler system, you can use a hose manifold to add more water hoses to the garden hose faucet.

From each garden water hose, lawn sprinklers can be attached. There are different types of water sprinklers for any size area of the yard. Larger areas are best served by oscillating sprinklers that cover up to 3,600 square feet. Water oscillators are perfect for large backyards and large play areas.

Medium-sized areas can be watered by gear drive sprinklers and impact sprinkler heads. With area coverage up to 65 radial feet, both impact heads and gear driven rotor sprinklers are ideal for side yards and front yards as well as medium backyards.

For smaller areas with trees and shrubs, bubblers and shrub sprinklers are perfect. These types of sprinkler heads flood areas with water and put water directly at the sources where it is most needed.

Above-ground sprinklers are wonderful for budget-friendly do-it-yourself projects and work well for any size yard. You can have a beautiful lawn and gardens with an Orbit sprinkler system.


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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