There are more benefits to an automatic lawn sprinkler than just keeping your lawn green. A sprinkler system will save you the time you would have spent lugging around hoses to water your whole yard. In addition, depending on the size of your lawn, you may be able to conserve water using an automatic sprinkler system versus watering by hand. Nothing beats having a beautiful lawn, and using an automatic lawn sprinkler system means you’ll have the time and energy to enjoy it.

Sprinkler System Installation

For homes currently under construction: If you’re building a home or landscaping your lawn and want to install an automatic sprinkler system, contact an installer after any trees or shrubbery are planted and the lawn is graded and ready for sod. The sprinkler system should be installed before flowers and grasses are planted to avoid disrupting the look of your landscape.

For existing homes: Installation of a sprinkler system in an existing lawn will mean some digging. However, many sprinkler installation companies have methods that minimize the disturbance to your grass, such as making relatively narrow furrows where the pipes are then buried. It typically takes about a month for the strips of unearthed grass to heal, and your yard will look like it had never been touched.

A Specific Design for You

The purpose of the sprinkler is to simulate rainfall, and several factors need to be considered for a design to work, including the type of spray head, the available water pressure, and the nature of the terrain. For large yards, many spray heads and “zones”—independent sections of the sprinkler system—will likely be necessary. A hilly or topographically diverse yard might require several different kinds of sprinkler heads for a single system. A sprinkler system design expert will take into account spray radius and water coverage, making sure that no part of your lawn is over- or underwatered.

In the Pipeline

The sprinkler system gets its water from your home through a service line or a basement connection using copper pipes. The underground pipe system in your lawn—which typically uses durable and long-lasting PVC pipes—is then connected to the home, and a backflow prevention device will ensure that dirty water doesn’t contaminate municipal water supplies.

Now that you’re more familiar with the pre-planning and layout stages of installing a sprinkler system, see Part 2 of this blog, where you can learn about sprinkler heads, controllers, and valve boxes—the technology that you’ll install to irrigate your lawn properly.

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