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10 Things You Must Know About Sprinklers

Here are 10 things you must know about installing sprinklers.

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Winterizing (10 of 10)

Winterizing your system can be one of the best yearly investments you can make. Essentially an air compressor is hooked up to your sprinkler lines after shutting off the primary valve inside your house. The water is blown out of the lines to prevent freezing and expansion and eventual breakage of your lines, solenoids and hard work.

Know your lawn to maximize the sprinkler's efficiency. A common practice with landscaping companies is to sketch a drawing of your yard, and based on the sprinkler heads (rotary, mist, drip) you have available, map out approximately where each head will go and its corresponding range. This will allow you to avoid over-purchasing and planning when you know precisely where you can take full advantage of your lawn's coverage.

Choose plants that require little water. You are not limited to cacti, succulents, or narrow leafed evergreens when selecting plants adapted to low moisture requirements. Choosing plants that require lower levels of water is another easy fix for costly water bills and can make your sprinkler system super efficient. Numerous plants have developed mechanisms for dealing with extremely sandy, excessively well-drained soils, or rocky cold soils in which moisture is limited for months at a time (California poppy, juniper, lavender, sage, iris, thyme). Plants that occur naturally in the local environment will likely need less moisture than non-native species. These species have evolved under local conditions and usually have well-develop.