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Choosing The Best Sprinkler For Your Lawn Shape

by Tara Pena

Choosing a sprinkler system for your yard is an extremely important decision. A good sprinkler system should keep your lawn looking green in all areas. In order for this to happen, you must look at the shape of your lawn. Most lawns are either rectangular or circular in shape. However, some lawns may have an irregular shape. The shape of your lawn should be the greatest influence on your choice of a sprinkler installation. Here are some tips to help you make the right decision:

Rectangular Lawns

Rectangular-shaped lawns have 90 degree angles in four corners. These angles can be difficult to water. In order to get water into these angles it is best to choose an oscillating sprinkler. Oscillating sprinklers contain tubes that wave back and forth in a similar pattern to the pendulum of clock. This type of sprinkler also works well in situations where you have low water pressure.

When purchasing this kind of sprinkler you need to ensure that it has about 15 spray jets in order to maximize its effectiveness. Choose a model that moves with quick back and forth motions as this makes it difficult for puddles to form.

Circular Lawns

Circular lawns need a sprinkler system that will mimic the shape of the lawn. A pulsating sprinkler comes with a rotating head, and this makes it perfect for circular shaped lawns. This type of sprinkler can be set to water a part of a circular lawn or all of a circular lawn at once. These sprinklers will not cause puddling in any area of the lawn and will water the lawn in a slow and thorough manner. In order for this type of sprinkler to be effective you must have a high water pressure so that the water can be distributed evenly.

Irregular Shaped Lawns

It can often be difficult to decide what type of sprinkler you should choose for a lawn that has an irregular shape. However, the best sprinkler system for these shapes are pulsating sprinklers. This is because pulsating sprinklers are capable of covering up to 10,000 square feet of space. This coupled with its slow and even way of watering a lawn make it highly effective at watering those hard to reach areas that are often found in lawns that have an irregular shape.

Keeping your lawn looking fresh isn't hard. Once you are aware of how the shape of the lawn should influence your choice of a sprinkler system.