Making the Most of Lawn Watering Equipment
Everybody wants a beautifully verdant green yard. We read books, hire lawn care specialist and spend an average of 40 hours a year mowing the lawn. It was reported in 2006, that Americans spent $44.7 billion lawn and landscaping for their homes and over 8 million on lawn care or watering equipment. With a yearly investment of $532, taking care of our yards, taking care of our yards is high on our priority list. After all, that green lawn cost us a lot of green! But what is the best way to maintain that impressive lawn? With droughts and water restrictions is there any hope of keeping your yard lush and green? What kind of lawn watering equipment is both efficient and cost effective?
Types of Lawn Watering EquipmentThe days of simply turning on the water hose or running a yard sprinkler have advanced to the eco-friendly watering equipment and methods of today. There is a variety of lawn watering equipment available and it helps to understand their potential As it takes approximately 52 gallons of water per 1,000 square feet of grass (or 260 gallons for 5,000 square feet), you will want lawn watering equipment that will benefit your lawn without breaking your budget. Types and methods of watering equipment are:
- Hand-Watering – despite the variety of hose nozzles available, most of us do not have time to spend walking around the yard (i.e. a 5,000 square foot lawn would require 1.25 hours to water)
- Portable Sprinklers – available in 4 styles-oscillating, rotary or impulse, stationary, and spinning This type of watering equipment can cover anywhere from 100-8,000 square feet. They are easily moved to different parts of the yard and can be used for large or small areas.
- Stationary Sprinklers – other than the "head" this does not move; they are a low cost form of watering equipment, but clog easily and not highly recommended for large areas.
- Spinning Sprinklers – a cost efficient sprinkler that is great for small yards; just don't use one with a plastic base as they frequently tip over and lawn watering is limited to the spot just around the sprinkler.
- Rotary and Impulse Sprinklers – Great for watering large areas without excessive waste of water which keep your overall cost low as well
- Oscillating Water Sprinklers – Although this is a favorite of many because of its aesthetics in water dispersion, it is not highly recommended by water conservationist due to its design which sends water high into the leading to quick evaporation and wind gust.
- Timers – an efficient and effective form of lawn watering equipment that allows you to set your sprinkler to run for a specific time frame and then turn off automatically. Consequently, you don't have to be concerned with wasting water.
- Hoses – Don't waste your money on smaller, inexpensive hoses that will easily crack, kink, leak and primarily cause excessive aggravation not efficient irrigation! Rather, purchase a hose that is long enough to reach your whole yard without needing a connector/hose coupling. Also, hoses made of a composite material (vinyl plus something else) can better handle the heat as well as substantial water flow.