Sprinkling systems are the most efficient way to water large,evenly covered areas of the landscape, most commonly lawn. With very few devices an entire area can be watered. They work best in large, regular sided areas, where spray is not blocked by plant material. The range of sprinkler options is significant, but all owe their lineage to the brass spray head or the impact rotor. Sprays, which can be on risers or on pop ups ranging from 2″ to 12″, can throw water in a pattern up to a 15’ radius.
Rotors, historically the loud splashing impact type, are now predominantly gear-driven. Residential and light commercial rotors that throw a radius of between 16’ to 40’ are available. Commercial / professional rotors that throw a radius of between 40’ to 70’ are available for large turf applications such as sports fields and parks.
Sprinkler systems require good design and measurements before sprinklers are chosen. Start with a scale site plan, note water sources and measure them in gallon per minute (see Getting Started in Related Articles below, or Design in the Drip Irrigation Guide). Then come into one of our stores and we will help you with sprinkler selection, valving and pipe sizing.
Whether you are planning on using drip or sprinkler irrigation, this handy page will help you design a functional system for your garden.
If you have an existing sprinkler system that you would like to change to drip, this page will help you plan for the redesign of your system. You can find information on the Rainbird® Retrofit Kit® here.
To read more about sprinkler to drip conversion, read this Urban Farmer Store original blog post about removing the sprinkler at the spray head.
Use this handy chart to decide on the proper size and type of pipe for your irrigation system.
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Sprinkler Manufacturer’s Links
Buckner® by Storm® Makers of irrigation valves, controllers, sprinklers, and accessories.
Febco® Makers of backflow preventers, water meters, and heavy duty parts.
Hunter® Makers of lawn sprinklers, irrigation controllers, and valves.
Rainbird® Makers of lawn sprinklers, irrigation controllers, valves, and Xerigation® drip components.
Toro Irrigation® Makers of lawn sprinklers, irrigation controllers, and valves.