An efficient sprinkler system at your Dallas area home is vital for making sure that your yard looks its best. It is also important that you are using your water as efficiently as possible. However, as important as having a good system is, it is just as important that the layout of your sprinkler system is correct.
Proper sprinkler system design is important because it prevents different parts of your yard from being under- and over-watered. Because in the summer, an underwater lawn will be damaged by the heat. There are a few principles that go into determining your sprinkler layout.
Our goal is always to make sure your sprinkler system is watering your lawn as efficiently as possible. One thing that we always consider is the design of your yard. The size, shape, and amount of vegetation in your lawn determines the amount and variety of sprinklers that are required to water your lawn efficiently.
Sprinkler Layout Spacing
The type of spacing that your sprinkler system is designed with depends on the shape and size of your yard. It is important to select the correct type of spacing and get the distance between the sprinkler heads correctly.
- Square spacing – As the name suggests, square spacing is when you place groups of 4 or more sprinkler heads an equal distance apart in the shape of a square. If you have a large, open, and relatively flat yard, this is the layout for you. The goal here is to have the distance between the sprinkler heads equal to the distance from each sprinkler head to the edge of its spray. In a square layout we actually want the sprays to overlap since we are watering a large open part of the yard.
- Triangular spacing – Triangular spacing is done by placing sprinklers in the shape of an equilateral triangle. The ideal distance between sprinklers in triangle spacing is about 55-60% of the spray diameter of the sprinkler’s spray. Triangular spacing is best for the edges of your yard, or if you have a yard that is unevenly shaped.
There are DOZENS of different brands and types of sprinkler heads. Which brand you prefer is not as important as knowing which type of sprinkler head will be most efficient for your yard.
On the edges of your yard, it is important to have sprinklers with either shorter or adjustable arcs. This prevents you from wasting water by losing some on the sides of your house, on the sidewalk, or in your neighbor’s yard. Whereas in the open parts of your yard, you will want sprinklers that can water as much of your yard as possible. The larger the area, the more efficiently and strategically you have to be about placing sprinkler heads. The more sprinkler heads you place, the more expensive, and less appealing your law will look. So that makes it more important to make sure the open areas of your yard are covered by sprinklers with a wide radius.
Where not to place sprinklers
Sprinklers are not necessary for all parts of your yard. The general rule of thumb is that areas less than 8 feet wide do not really need sprinklers. Shrubbery or other forms of irrigation systems are a more effective way of filling those particular areas.
The Dallas, TX sprinkler system experts at CGreens are happy to come out and perform a full inspection of your system to make sure that it is functioning at peak efficiency. CGreens has been working on sprinkler systems for 40 years. No matter what problems, or areas for improvement that we find, we will be able to get them corrected. We are so confident in our work, that it ALWAYS comes with a 90-day warranty.