A Lawn Sprinkler System Is The Key To A Lush Green Lawn
One of the key elements of achieving a lush green lawn is a lawn sprinkler system. A lot of professional systems are quite large and rather complex, with many stations to keep track of and many pipes and heads that can get damaged without proper care.
The good news is that far simpler systems are more than adequate for the average home.
Sprinkler systems for the home vary extensively in size, price, and intricacy. They include impact sprinklers, oscillating sprinklers, drip sprinklers, as well as underground sprinkler systems.
Many small sprinklers systems are connected to an outdoor water supply only to be used on a temporary basis, whilst some systems may well be installed in the ground, and are connected permanently to the domestic plumbing system.
To make life a little easier still, permanently installed systems can make use of timers to automate the process. Very often these are installed with retractable heads for both cosmetic and practical reasons, such as keeping out the way of lawn mowers.
In order to maintain your lawn sprinkler system in tip top condition, you'll want to carry out regular maintenance from the moment that you turn it on in the spring until you are ready to shut it down in the fall.
In the Spring...
Begin your annual lawn maintenance with a sprinkler turn on and check. Try to do this during the day, so that you can easily see if there are any sprinkler heads that are not working properly or any pipes that are leaking.
First, you can check for any heads that are broken or are not shooting in the right directions. You can make adjustments or replacements as necessary. Pay special attention to your pop-up heads to make sure that they are coming up properly and spraying in the appropriate area.
Heads that do not pop up sufficiently could be an indication that your water pressure needs to be adjusted. If you see any leaky valves or pipes, try to repair them as soon as possible to avoid any water damage in the area of the leak. By practicing this lawn and sprinkler maintenance at the beginning of the season, you will be ready for the warmer months ahead.
In the Fall...
When the temperatures begin to drop, it is important to ensure that there is no water left inside of your sprinkler pipes. Even the smallest bit of water can expand when it freezes and crack a perfectly good sprinkler pipe, leaving you with repair problems the next spring.
When the temperatures begin to get down to the freezing level, part of your lawn and sprinkler maintenance will be to drain the water out of your system.
If you have a large system professionally installed you should follow the instructions given to you by your installer, or by calling a professional to come and do the job for you.
By following a proper lawn sprinkler system maintenance program, you will be able to enjoy a lush lawn and a sprinkler system that works efficiently all year round. There are few things more beautiful than a green lawn in the summertime, and your sprinkler system will help you achieve it.
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