Curb appeal, having just the right lawn and the most beautiful garden on the block are important considerations for home owners. My grandfather lives in a community and is very fond of his yard. He can be found daily out watering his red vincas, working on his fountain and moving around his red mulch. For someone like my grandfather a home sprinkler system is a great investment. In hotter climates and virtually anywhere in the United States in the summer the ground needs care to stay lush and green. My grandfather and I have been looking into a home underground sprinkler system and here are some top tips for you.
Installing a Home Underground Sprinkler System: Map Your Yard: The first challenge to installing your own home underground sprinkler system is to map out your yard carefully. You need to know where the sprinkler heads should sit, where the ground slopes and where the runoff will occur. You will need to plan out where you want the sprinkler heads to pop up so that you can have a beautiful yard without lots of silly sprinklers. Think about the traffic flow of your yard. If your child likes to play soccer in your yard then a bunch of pop up sprinkler heads could cause serious injury. You will want to have one continuous pipe line so take in any factors such as walkways and gardens when planning the pattern of your underground sprinkler system.
Installing a Home Underground Sprinkler System: Types of Sprinkler Heads: Before you head out to Home Depot to get all your supplies consider the types of sprinkler heads you want to try out. You can go the traditional route but you can also get rotators and bubblers. Static sprinkler heads are great for the area near the road or a driveway where you want to keep the water in one direction. Rotator heads are perfect for covering a lot of yard with one head. Bubblers are wonderful as they can be fed through a garden to irrigate plants without soaking the foliage or flower heads.
Installing a Home Underground Sprinkler System: Backflow Systems: If you are in a climate that gets cooler in the winter and you will not want to have the underground sprinkler system working all year then a backflow system for proper drainage should be installed as well. You can have the backflow controls installed outside or inside of your home. You will want to have this system in place so you can lower the water output as the season dips in temperature and so you can drain the system completely in the winter.
Installing a Home Underground Sprinkler System: Conclusion: An underground sprinkler system is certainly expensive and can run upwards of $1500 however it is worth the investment if you love your yard. This year plan out the irrigation method for your yard, take the weekends and install it yourself and then sit back for years to come as your hard work pays off and your beautiful flowers thrive.