Watering is an essential part of lawn care. However, you have to use the proper amount of water because too much or little water may not be good for your lawn. This means you need the correct equipment to help you get the precise amounts of water during your lawn watering practice. Lawn sprinklers are usually the most ideal equipment for lawn watering. However, they are available in a variety of types so you will have to consider some factors before you choose one. Here is an overview of some of the types of lawn sprinklers with their pros and cons to help you choose the most suitable option for your lawn.
Oscillating Lawn Sprinklers
These lawn sprinklers are composed of metal or plastic tubes. The tube moves back and forth to spray your lawn over a wide fan, usually over a rectangular area. An oscillating lawn sprinkler will operate at both low and high water pressure. Besides, if you need to water tight spots or small areas, you can simply adjust the spray pattern of your oscillating lawn sprinkler by manipulating the two adjustment levers that the sprinkler is equipped with. This ability makes it a versatile sprinkler to have.
Oscillating lawn sprinklers tend to put out a high spray (they spray water straight up). This means that if you are watering your lawn on a windy or warm day, the water will evaporate at a faster rate. For this reason, oscillating lawn sprinklers should only be used in cool, calm weather. Essentially, the efficiency of your oscillating lawn sprinkler is affected by the weather. If you decide to buy an oscillating lawn sprinkler, choose one whose back and forth movement is fast to minimise puddling.
Stationary Lawn Sprinklers
Stationary lawn sprinklers often give an even coverage of spray. The spray pattern from these sprinklers can be both circular or rectangular. Stationary lawn sprinklers work well under low water pressure and are most ideal for small areas. Since they don't have moving parts, you don't have to worry about any breakages. However, you have to constantly move the sprinkler to prevent puddling.
Pulsating Lawn Sprinklers
Pulsating lawn sprinklers are an excellent alternative to their oscillating counterparts. Unlike oscillating lawn sprinklers, the pulsating models shoot water horizontally and at high speed. This makes the pulsating lawn sprinkler less vulnerable to evaporation or wind. Unfortunately, this type of lawn sprinkler may not work effectively under low water pressure. In addition, it tends to be noisier during operation.