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Using a lawn sprinkler is not only the most convenient irrigation method for your lawn and garden, it can be very efficient in terms of water conservation.

Many people think of a lawn sprinkler as being a great garden and lawn irrigation tool for saving time and effort, but at the expense of water conservation. It’s true that using a lawn sprinkler system carelessly can result in a lot of water wastage, often without even giving your lawn and garden the irrigation it needs. But if you’re conscious of water conservation, and you take the time to design and maintain your sprinkler system in the right way, you can actually help to save precious water resources.

It’s unfortunate that all too often people use their lawn sprinkler system carelessly. Positioning the sprinklers so that some areas receive too much watering, and others not enough, or even placing them so that they water the sidewalk or the driveway, and using a set and forget timer which will inevitably water the lawn in the middle of a rainstorm, all mean a waste of treated water, not too mention a ridiculous waste of money.

Tips for setting up your sprinkler system.

With water conservation being such an important issue these days, particularly if you live in a dry climate area, it’s very wise to design your lawn and garden irrigation system efficiently.

If you choose to use a timer, make sure you use one which is sophisticated enough to do the job properly. There are some fantastic products on the market, which include sensors which can tell how much water the soil needs and adjust the output accordingly. The controller will never allow the lawn sprinkler to be switched on during, or for a few days after a rain shower.

It’s important to be aware of the infiltration rate of your soil, and adjust the precipitation rate (inches of water per hour) of your sprinklers accordingly. If water soaks into your soil too quickly, it will simply drain away, and cause soil erosion. Different sprinkler types have different precipitation rates, so check when you’re choosing which ones to buy.

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