Watering the Lawn: Zones and Other Basics

Learn about everything related to installing a home irrigation system.
installing a home irrigation system

installing a home irrigation system

Improper lawn-watering methods can cost a homeowner money; not only can expensive lawns and plantings be ruined by receiving the wrong amount of water, but wasted water can run up bills astronomically. A home irrigation system serves not only to improve property values but also to protect a homeowner's time and money investment.

Lawn irrigation systems vary from the modest to the premium, which might feature hundreds of heads and miles of pipes and wires, as well as a remote control for the ultimate in efficiency. All systems, however, are divided into areas called zones; each zone is designed to water separate areas with very specific types of sprinkler heads.

Among the types of zones are the lawn rotor zone, consisting of both beds and lawns. In this type of zone, the angles of the sprinkler heads are specifically placed to hit just one area and avoid overspray. A flower bed, on the other hand, may have different watering requirements and would thus be in a different zone from the lawn and other beds. In this case a pop-up sprayer might be installed, often before the bed has been put in; because these sprayers can be 12" in height, installing them before adding plantings helps to keep digging to a minimum. If such a sprayer is required in an existing bed, another type such as a microspray can be added later.

Next Up

Lawn Watering Basics

Follow these tips for a crash course in watering a lawn.

How to Maintain Garden Hoses, Sprinklers and Watering Accessories

Here's the dirt on garden hoses, specialized attachments, sprinklers, watering accessories, and how to tame an unruly hose.

Tips for Watering Lawn in Summer

Watering the lawn efficiently and appropriately involves more than simply watering every day.

Lawn Mowing and Watering Tips

Cutting your grass and keeping it watered is vital to a great looking lawn.

Tips on Installing a Sprinkler System

Before you begin installing an irrigation system, keep in mind that a lot of planning is going to be involved. Use these tips to make your installation go smoothly.

How to Determine Your Gardening Zone

The newly revised USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map can help pinpoint your gardening zone to within a half-mile of your home.

Plants and Zones

Here's a list of 12 plant varieties and their ideal situation for specific zones.

Summerwine Ninebark and Other Plant Varieties

Find out about 17 plant varieties and how to care for them in specific zones.

Sprinkler Head Types

Learn about different types of sprinkler head types and the pros and cons of each.

How to Care for Lawn and Garden Tools

Get tips on keeping your garden tools rust-free, sharpened and mechanically sound.

Stories We're Following

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Discover Made + Remade

See the latest DIY projects, catch up on trends and meet more cool people who love to create.

Make It. Fix It. Learn It. Find It.