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Recommendations For Installing And Maintaining A Yard Sprinkler System

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The key to having a beautiful yard and healthy vegetation is having a good irrigation and watering system set up. An automatic sprinkler system ensures your yard gets the water it needs and in the right amounts, even if you are not at home. Installing a new sprinkler system in your existing yard or when you are building a new yard into your property is an essential component to making sure you end up with great results. Here are some recommendations for you to use to get your yard and its sprinkler system working well.

Plan the Installation

When you plan to install a lawn in your yard, it is best to install the sprinkler system before planting seed or laying down sod. You will need to trench the yard in order to install the inground water lines, and this can do damage to any existing lawn. Before you install the lawn and the sprinklers, you should have a good idea of where your lawn's boundaries are and what the layout will be, so you can plan out the sprinkler map for an effective irrigation system.

Use grid paper to map out your yard's dimensions, using one square for one yard of space in your yard, for example. Draw out the outline and include areas of pavement, a deck, the location of the outdoor water source, and any sheds or a garage. Then, you have a clear layout of the area you need to provide water coverage for, and you can select the right types of sprinkler sprayers to cover your lawn.

Place the Sprinkler Heads Appropriately

Be sure you overlap the sprinklers with one another as you plan their layout. You should look to overlap each sprinkler by several feet to ensure the sprinklers adequately reach all areas of the lawn. If you don't have good coverage, you may notice dead spots on your lawn, especially after a heatwave.

Look at the coverage area when you select the size and spraying capacity of your sprinklers. For example, when installing sprinklers down a strip of lawn along the street, you may want to install smaller spray heads to cover just the right area without wasting extra water. Then, if you are installing heads within a large area of lawn, look for a rotor sprinkler that has a large coverage range. This will allow you to place one or two rotors in the center of your yard, with several smaller heads spaced around the perimeter to get the side edges of your lawn.

For more information about sprinkler system installation for your yard, contact a local installation professional.


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