Whether you are trying to sell your home or just like the look of green grass, maintaining a great lawn can be time consuming. It needs constant attention such as cutting, watering, wedding, or fertilizing. A great time saver can be installing one of the state-of-the-art sprinkler systems in Fairfax. Once one of these systems is installed, it not only saves time, but can save water also.
The most common type of sprinkler system is the spray head system. Water tubes are buried under ground and deliver water to different zones of the yard. Each zone has a sprinkler head that pops up from the ground and sprays water in a rotating fashion. The heads can be adjusted to spray in a full circle or down to just a fraction to avoid watering the house other areas that do not need to be watered. The spray areas, or zones, are set up to overlap so all areas are watered. There are also spray heads that are elevated above the ground, usually for shrubs and bushes. Like trees, bushes like to have the water spread out around it and a pop-up head is not tall enough to get water to all sides. An elevated head can be integrated as its own zone to water the bushes at the same time.
Drip sprinklers work great in the landscaped areas of the lawn. Instead of heads that spray the water around, drip sprinklers use flexible tubes that are snaked through a flower bed or garden. The holes in the tubing allow water to soak into the soil directly at the roots. They work well because the plants do not dry out before a new watering cycle begins. Many flowers have delicate petals and leaves that can be damaged by the magnifying effect of the sun through the drops from spray heads, which makes drip sprinklers a better choice. They are also quite efficient because water is not wasted from overwatering. With a spray head, the lawn needs to be slightly over watered so the roots get enough before the water evaporates.
One of the most common sprinklers is a gear driven sprinkler. Anyone that has bought a sprinkler at the store and hooked it to the hose has purchased what is known as a gear drive sprinkler. Water streams through the head and moves the gears that rotate the sprinkler head. These come in two types, the single head that is staked in the ground and rotates around or the large fan type that send up a fountain of water and waves back and forth. Both are capable, though to send water out to about fifty feet, making them ideal for larger yards and even farms.
Depending on a home’s lawn and landscaping, any combination can be used for optimal coverage. The key to any system is the control panel. Today’s technology allows a homeowner to set their system with a myriad of options. They can set up the time it starts, how long the watering lasts and even how much water is used. Usually a good landscape contractor can help select the appropriate sprinkler systems in Fairfax that are right for your yard.