Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Traveling Lawn Sprinklers

Did you know that traveling lawn sprinklers are a great above ground option for watering large areas of lawn, field, or garden?  They cover wide areas, save time, and are good for odd-shaped or hilly turfs.

Traveling sprinklers are self-propelled, operating on neither electricity nor gas.  They are usually found in tractor or wind-up types.  Tractor types throw water from two watering arms that rotate 360 degrees.  With the wind-up type, someone would lay out a cord in a pattern that the unit follows, dragging a hose behind it.

Traveling sprinklers work very well, provided you have good water pressure.  Except for initial set up, they operate independently.  They generally have a couple speed settings, and there is also an option to keep the unit stationary.

These types of sprinklers are good for schools or businesses that have more than one field to water.  They are also perfect for sports fields, golf courses, cemeteries, and parks.

Affectionately known as “The Lazy Man’s Sprinkler”, a traveling sprinkler is a great way to water larger or multiple areas, or areas that are oddly shaped.  Just set it up, and watch it go!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Do-It-Yourself Sprinkler System Kits

     Save time and money by installing one of the many do-it-yourself sprinkler system kits on the market to water your lawn and garden.  Installing your own sprinkler system doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.  With adequate preparation and a good do-it-yourself system, any homeowner can have the lawn and garden of their dreams.

     A lawn sprinkler system can add value to a property, so you can expect to see a return on your investment.  You’ll save yourself lots of time by not watering your yard the old-fashioned way with a garden hose.  You could save hundreds, or possibly thousands of dollars on sprinkler system installation depending on the size of your yard and the amount of irrigation zones needed.

     Today’s do-it-yourself sprinkler system kits make the project of installing your own system quite simple.  They come equipped with detailed instructions and tutorials for everything from planning the system, to digging trenches, to running pvc pipe, to installing sprinkler heads and a controller.  And if you so choose, you can install a system without ever digging trenches or ripping up your lawn.

     You will want to shop around for a sprinkler system kit that meets your needs, and matches your technical skill set.  Also, when looking for just the right kit, look for one that includes lots of detailed instructions, tutorials, troubleshooting guides, tips, and tricks.  The more information you have available to you, the better.

     If you are looking for a cost-effective approach to keeping your lawn and garden watered without wasting time and energy with a garden hose, do-it-yourself sprinkler system kits are a good choice  With the proper system kit and a little elbow grease, you can surely reap the rewards of your own labor.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Sprinkler System Thunderstorm Damage

It’s thunderstorm season again, and you may be concerned about or wonder if thunderstorms zap sprinkler systems.  Lightning from a storm is a powerful force, and can most definitely affect your system.  If preventative measures are taken, however, you can avoid damage.

     Because you have zone wires running all over your property, your sprinkler system is a target for lightning.  With one strike, the valve solenoid and timer could be damaged or even demolished.  It could even get into your home’s electrical system.

     After a storm has passed, check the control panel to ensure it hasn’t been scrambled, and also take notice of any electrical burn smells or burn spots.  These are indicators that some damage has occurred.  The damages that won’t be as obvious are shorted or burned out solenoids and melted wires or insulation because they are all underground.

     Expensive and extensive repairs to your sprinkler system, and possibly to other systems in the home, can be prevented by hiring a well-trained irrigation contractor.  They will know how to properly protect your sprinkler sytem parts from storm damage and advise you of other ways to keep your irrigation system working properly.

     Remember that damage could take weeks or even months to present itself, so take precautionary action by inspecting the control panel after storms.  Have your system inspected for proper grounding, and have it done correctly if it’s faulty.  Don’t let one lightning strike cause a potential laundry list of repairs, replacements, and an eventual decline of your lawn.