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Sprinkler Suggestions

Sprinkler watering green grass

Set it, but don’t forget it! Your lawn will be happy you did.

To get the essential amount of water your lawn so desires sometimes requires flexibility. Set it, but don’t forget it. A common mistake is always following the same watering schedule from year to year. Watering times vary with different types of sprinklers heads. Use the guide below as a good place to start but, the suggested spray times and day frequencies may need to be adjusted to your lawn’s specific needs. Adjust these settings for sloped lawns, soil-types, rainfall, temperature changes, or signs of drought. If adjustment is needed, adjust spray time before increasing/decreasing day frequency.

“Spray-type” heads –  This type does NOT rotate or oscillate.

Start time: Set for a very early morning.  Allow enough time for all zones to be complete before sun up.

Spray time: 20-30 min each Lawn Zone

Days of week: 3-4


“Rotor-type” heads– This type does rotate, and/or oscillate.

Start time: Same as “Spray type” heads

Spray time: 25-35 min each Lawn Zone

Days of week: 3-4



“Hose Fed” Sprinklers– This type is stationary and must be manually moved.

Start time: Better to water late evening than early morning to reduce evaporation throughout the day.

Spray time: 25-35min each area

Days of week: 3-4


“Head-to-Head coverage”- A little unknown fact about sprinklers.

Head-to-Head coverage means sprinkler heads are spaced to throw water far enough to slightly overlap or at least hit the next head. This will ensure uniform and 100% water coverage. Without uniform water coverage brown, dry spots from under watering may appear or other areas in the lawn may show signs of over watering. The goal of a sprinkler system is to have lush green grass and healthy plants; head-to-head coverage will help you attain that goal.

Sprinkler Maintenance

The best way to conserve water, lower your water bill, and help protect your lawn and landscape investment is to have a properly operating sprinkler system. Professional irrigation companies usually offer a variety of maintenance packages to fit your individual needs. If shopping around, at minimum we suggest two inspection services to be performed yearly- Spring Start-Up and Fall Winterizing. Adding a third Summer Inspection or more is up to you.