Lawn care is one of those parts of home maintenance that can either be a great joy or an arduous drudgery. This usually depends upon your overall disposition concerning yard work in general. The care of any yard is usually a reasonable barometer for assessing the esteem with which a particular homeowner values his property, and himself. A green, lush and verdant lawn belies a homeowner who values his property, and values his neighbors. But a good and thriving yard does not come easy. It takes planning, energy, concerted effort and one resource that is essential to all life water.
A yard that is not getting enough water will whither and die, no matter the circumstances. Even if your house is located in part of the world that receives a high amount of annual rainfall, it is difficult to trust this 'Act of God' with the continuous maintenance and watering of your yard. You need sprinklers to accomplish this with any consistency.
There are several different options available to you if you are planning to construct and install a lawn sprinkler system for your property. Many homeowners, ones who are not necessarily well experienced with do it yourself home care projects, wrongly assume that a full sprinkler installation requires the services of a professional technician or laborer.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
The fact of the matter is, if you are able-bodied and willing to put in the considerable amount of elbow grease, you can get a brand new custom-designed sprinkler system installed into your lawn in a weekend. And most of this work comes from simply digging the trenches.
You do need to know that, before you install a new sprinkler system, your old lawn will have to be completely torn up. The trenches required for your new sprinkler system will cut vast swathes out of your lawn, and cause irreparable harm. Make sure that prior to beginning any sprinkler installation that you are prepared to immediately install a new lawn after you are complete. This means that you will have to purchase sod, fertilizer, seeding and perhaps some other agents, and you will have to run your new sprinkler system frequently to ensure that your new lawn grows well.
Once you have laid out how a sprinkler system will go into your new lawn, it is simply a matter of cutting the piping to fit the required lengths, fitting elbows and joints to the pipes and forming a comprehensive pipe grid that will run underneath your lawn. From there, you will need to fit the sprinkler heads at appropriate points to ensure an even and efficient watering pattern.
When designing this pattern, be sure to take into account the natural elements and surroundings of your yard. If your yard slopes downhill in parts, use this to your advantage. If there are natural flood aggregation points in your lawn, be sure to set up your sprinkler system to only lightly water these parts, so as not to flood. Too much water will kill your lawn just as quickly as too little.