If you want a show lawn, and still keep it easy to maintain, then inground sprinklers are for you. New sprinkler technology combined with electronic controls ensure that your lawn gets the water that it needs when it needs it, and without waste.
Many modern systems use flexible PVC pipe that can be laid underground often without digging trenches. They have a neat machine that sort of pulls the pipe into place underground through a narrow slit that covers itself up. The system is set up with several zones, so the entire system isn’t running at one time. If all the sprinkler heads were turned on at one time, it would be like like when you’re taking a shower and someone flushes a toilet, there wouldn’t be enough pressure to operate all of the heads properly.
Zones are electronically controlled so that each area of your lawn gets just the right amount of water. There are a variety of sensors available that check to see if water is needed, and prevent your sprinklers from operating if the soil already has enough water.
The sprinkler head is the part that sprays the water, and there are many types heads available. Just like your hose nozzle, they can be adjusted from a fine mist to a soaking spray. Pulsating heads are available for larger areas. Lawn sprinkler heads are designed to sit low to the ground when they’re not in use, so they are usually almost invisible. Then, they pop up when the water is turned on.
Ma inground sprinklers are professionally installed, but it’s possible to install a system yourself. There are several companies on the web selling do-it-yourself systems and new materials and technology has made installation easier than ever. Layout is still the first step. Plan your inground sprinklers so that all of your lawn and gardens are covered. Dead spots where the water doesn’t reach look bad.
New materials for DIY inground sprinklers let you bury a flexible hose that will stand up to wear and weather just under the surface. The old way was to rent a trenching tool and did, dig, dig, bury semi-rigid pipe, then repair the damage done when you covered the trench. The new hose lets you just open a slit and feed the hose in as you dig.