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Before you know it, spring will be here, and taking care of your lawn will once again become a priority. Keeping your lawn properly watered, especially throughout the hottest months, can be quite a chore. A sprinkler system can help ensure the health of your lawn and take the guesswork out of whether it is receiving the correct amount of water. However, there are some things to know before purchasing a sprinkler system for your lawn.
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One of the key things to know before purchasing a sprinkler system is that it must be connected to an outdoor spigot. If you don’t have one available, you’ll need to have one installed by a professional plumber.
Water pressure plays an important part in how your sprinkler system performs. Insufficient water pressure can wreak havoc with your system and cause areas of your lawn to be watered unevenly. Too much pressure can overpower your pumps. It is essential that your system is regulated to maximize its efficiency.
Have an Available Power Source
Your sprinkler system’s control unit needs to be connected to a power source. Ideally, this unit is located in a utility room or the garage. The system’s solenoids are controlled by low-voltage wiring. The solenoids are an important part of your system because each one is responsible for regulating a specific zone in your yard.
Dealing with Tree Roots
Tree roots can complicate your sprinkler installation. Despite the best planning, your installation may take longer than expected if tree roots are encountered. When creating your sprinkler layout, the installation team will attempt to avoid roots that could potentially interfere with your lines and heads in the future.
What Goes into Planning Sprinkler Layout
Different areas of your yard are considered when planning where to place sprinkler heads and how to configure each area that each head will water, along with adjusting the water spray. Care needs to be taken to ensure that areas like sidewalks aren’t excessively watered because they could become slippery, leaving you open to liability issues if someone falls. The installer will adjust the sprinkler heads to prevent the stream of water from hitting your home and patio/porch areas.
Best Time of Day for Watering
You want your sprinkler system set to water your lawn during the morning rather than at night. Watering at night can lead to mold and mildew growth because of increased moisture. By watering in the morning, any excess moisture will evaporate in the sunlight.
The Importance of Winterization
Even in North Texas, there is always the possibility of sudden cold snaps throughout the winter. Before purchasing a sprinkler system, remember that it will require winterization and startup in the spring. Winterization prevents damage from the freezing of water that may be present in the system’s water lines and valves. Water expands as it freezes and can cause lines to burst. Springtime startup is a good time to make any adjustments and replace any malfunctioning parts in your system.
If you keep in mind these things to know before purchasing a sprinkler system for your lawn, you will have a more satisfactory experience.