You’ve decided constantly setting up a sprinkler for your yard has become too much of a hassle. Either you don’t have time to stand there and wait for your lawn and plants to get the water they need or you don’t want to exert the physical energy it takes to bend, stoop, connect a hose, etc. In other words, it’s time for a home sprinkler system for your lawn.
There are several considerations that you have when you want to install a sprinkler system. The size of your yard, how often you use it, and what kinds of plants will benefit from this type of irrigation are all something you need to think about when you install an underground system. If you have a large lawn, you will likely have to dig more of it up to get the coverage you need. Warmer climates may need a more heavy duty sprinkler system if you decide to run your system for longer periods of time.
In general, how much water pressure determines how far the water will reach. If you have a high pressure system the sprinkler water will travel farther. You can use this pressure to your advantage for larger yards and have a sprayer that will shoot the water several feet and thereby reducing the need to dig up your yard in order to get more sprayer heads.
Installing a system yourself needs careful planning and very few tools. First, have your utility company come out to your property and mark any underground lines before you decide to dig up a line in your lawn. Depending upon where the outdoor water spigot is for your house, you may also need a plumber to get a water pipe to where you need it.
Determine where you need to dig your line. The depth of your narrow ditch should be determined by the height of your sprinkler head. If your sprinkler head is six inches from the feeder pipe then you should probably dig slightly more than six inches deep.
Maintaining a level ditch is also important. If you have a level or even a taut string line you can determine if your ditch is the same depth from start to finish. Lay down your main water pipe and set the sprinkler head to vertical. Pipes can be solid like PVC pipes or more flexible almost like rubber hose.
Test your system before covering it over to determine that the system works according to plan. Attach any sprinkler heads and get the timer going to make sure the system works. If anything needs to be changed, this is the time to do it. Detach the sprinkler heads, unplug the timer, and turn off the water before you cover it over. If everything seems to be in working order, then you should cover the pipes with dirt.
If installed properly, your sprinkler system should last a long time. In general, I suggest a sprinkler system that gives you the most water coverage with as little piping as possible which means some type of sprinkler head that shoots higher pressure water farther into your lawn. The fewer pipes, parts, and sprinkler heads you have the easier it will be to fix or replace down the road.