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What are the Different Types of Sprinkler Irrigation Systems?


May 6, 2016

Do you need to decide which type of sprinkler irrigation system is right for you, but don’t know where to begin? The system that will work best for you depends on a number of factors including the size of your yard and type of landscaping. Before you make a decision, learn about the different types of sprinkler irrigation systems:

Traditional Spray Systems
This is one of the sprinkler irrigation systems that probably comes to mind when you think of watering your lawn. The traditional spray system uses a pop-up head to spray water in the area surrounding it. It can typically be set to spray in a full circle, half circle or quarter circle. Although homeowners do appreciate the widespread water coverage that these sprinkler irrigation systems provide, they are not as efficient as other types and therefore not as popular. These systems actually spray too much water, so much in fact that the ground cannot absorb it fast enough, leading to wasted water. If you do choose this system, be sure that each sprinkler head is installed at a distance that allows it to cover the area that the next closest head does not.

Drip Systems

If you’re concerned with energy efficiency, drip sprinkler irrigation systems, or micro sprays as they are sometimes called, are your best bet. With these systems, the water is released slowly, giving the soil ample time to soak it up and using less water overall. These sprinkler irrigation systems also work well in windy conditions. Because the water is distributed directly onto the soil instead of sprayed into the air, wind will not have an impact on its effectiveness. The drawback? Parents may be hesitant to install this type of system because it could be a tripping hazard for little ones. 

Soaker Hoses
Although soaker hoses are not technically sprinklers, they are a type of irrigation system and should be considered by homeowners before making a final decision. Soaker hoses are laid throughout landscaping and emit water throughout the entire length of the hose, as opposed to just through the nozzle. Soaker houses are a wise choice for homeowners who have dense landscaping that is difficult to water using one of the traditional sprinkler irrigation systems.

Rotor Systems
Between rotor and spray sprinkler irrigation systems, rotors are much more efficient and are capable of covering a wider area in your yard. Like the drip systems, rotors also release water at a slower rate and are therefore more energy efficient. This system used to be used solely on larger yards, however newer models have been designed to accommodate a smaller area. Most rotor sprays allow you to adjust the nozzle to change how far the water sprays and how much water is released, so you have complete control as your landscaping situation changes throughout the year.

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