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What Kind of Sprinkler Do You Need ?

When you're driving around town, and you spot that gorgeous house with the lush, green, pefect lawn, did you ever wonder how it got that way? Among other things, chances are the homeowner makes good use of a good sprinkler system to keep the lawn that way. A large lawn, especially one with a lot of plants and flowers, needs a lot of water. So if you want to be like that person and improve the quality of your own lawn, here is a guide to the various kinds of sprinklers you might use.

1) The Yard Hose. Okay, this is not actually a sprinkler, but it is a component necessary for all the other sprinklers on this page. Whenever you decide to buy a new hose, you need to keep your sprinkler system in mind.  Think about the thickness and length of the hose.  Will it be adequate for your needs? Hoses generally come in diameters of half-inch, five-eighths inch, and three-quarters inch. And the larger the diameter, the greater the amount of water you'll get in a certain amount of time. So for sprinkler purposes, the larger the diameter, the better.

Also, because sprinklers are usually on for a long period of time, you need to buy a hose that is puncture-resistant. AThis means, if possible, avoid vinyl and synthetic hoses, because they are too light and puncture easily. Also, a hose with thin walls will wind up in kinks a lot, whereas thicker hoses will not. Those kinks can cause small holes to appear. Generally, therefore, a thicker hose is better--although it does have one down side. The thicker hose will, of course, be heavier and harder to carry around.

Finally, as you're shopping for a hose, don't forget to check the length. You want something long enough to put the sprinkler where it needs to be, and yet short enough to be manageable.

2) A soaker hose. Yes, we're still on the subject of hoses, but this is a very specific kind. A soaker hose has pores designed into it, in order to produce a slow-flowing water stream. If high-pressured watering is needed, stay away from the soaker hose. However, if you just need a small plot of ground watered occasionally, this is a good choice, as it will save water.

Now onto the speakers. The idea when watering your plants and flowers is to water starting at the ground level, moving up. The reason for this is so that the roots receive an adequate amount of water; also, this reduces the possibility of spreading plant disease.  However, larger plants, such as ferns, do well with a fine misting. Keeping all that information in mind, let's consider a few more watering devices--all of these falling into the sprinkler category.

3) Rotary Sprinkler. This one has two or three spinning arms. It shoots out a fine watery mist at a distance set by the user.

4) Pulsating Sprinkler. This one shoots out just one spray of water. It pulsates and moves in a circular manner. The circular motion can be set to make a full circle or only half circle.

5) Oscillating Sprinkler. This one has a curved arm that sprays water out of a group of tiny holes. The movement is a back and forth action of the arm.

6) Traveling Sprinkler. This one gets its name from the wheels on the bottom.  As the water sprays out, it forces the sprinkler to move all over the surface of the lawn. It stops when it reaches the hose's end.

If after examining your lawn and what kind of plant life you have, you still can't decide what kind of sprinkler you need, consult with a salesperson at the home-and-garden store. A knowledgeable one should be able to help.

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