A sprinkler system can be used for many different reasons, but for residential purposes, it is most often used to irrigate vegetation, such as gardens and grass. It irrigates a field by applying water to the vegetation, simulating natural rainfall. The water typically comes from a pipe in the house into a faucet, which is attached to a hose that is then attached to the sprinkler head or heads. Home lawn sprinklers vary tremendously, and include underground sprinkler systems, drip sprinklers, and impact sprinklers. Systems that are permanently installed typically operate on timers, and are programmed to operate at certain times of the day.

Products Available

There are many different types of sprinkler systems available for you to choose from, which can make finding the right one overwhelming. Before you purchase one, you should consider what you plan on using your sprinkler system for. If you are using it for your garden, for example, you may want a different type than if you are planning on watering your lawn. The Gardena 1975 Aquazoom 3900-Square Foot Oscillating Sprinkler is extremely well-reviewed by customers. While it isn’t perfect in terms of coverage, it is no worse than any other oscillating sprinkler system, and it is extremely well-made, allowing you to easily make adjustments when necessary. If you don’t want an oscillating sprinkler, you can try the Contech CRO101 Scarecrow Motion Activated Sprinkler. It does a tremendous job at scaring off animals that can do damage by relieving themselves in your lawn or nibbling on the plants in your garden. If you prefer a spinning sprinkler, try the Dramm 15074 ColorStorm Spinning Sprinkler. It comes in a variety of colors, and was also extremely well-reviewed by customers. It won’t tip over with hose pressure, and it sprays exceptionally well, even with low water pressure.

Pros & Cons

Water is an essential part of maintaining your lawn and garden. It can be a time-consuming process, however, especially if you are watering by hand. That is why many people choose to use sprinkler systems, specifically automated sprinkler systems. Before you dig up your entire yard, however, there are several things you need to consider. The biggest advantage of using an automated sprinkler system is the time it saves. It can also be positioned exactly where it needs to be so that it can target the area that needs water the most. Automated sprinkler systems also tend to be hidden from view, making them a preferable option to traditional sprinklers. They can be expensive, though, and if you want to install them, you will have to dig up your yard.

Price Range

While automated sprinkler systems tend to be expensive, regular sprinklers that you attach to your house and move around your lawn tend to be very cheap. The Dramm ColorStorm series, for example, costs less than $20. You can find some more expensive models if you have the money to spend, however, such as the Gardena Aquazoom, which rings in at $50, and the Contech CRO101 Scarecrow, which costs around $50 as well.