Installing a sprinkler system in your yard is important for keeping the lawn attractive and making it the envy of your neighborhood. Mapping a sprinkler system can be done easily if you put into consideration the size of your yard and its plant life. Knowing how to properly install and run a sprinkler means a beginning of a beautiful landscape and the end of an unwelcoming view. Here are some steps to follow when mapping a sprinkler system:
Measure the total area of your yard and scale it on a graphing paper. Use a scaled graph paper to designate a uniform area for each square, such that each square is equal to 10 square feet or five square feet for those with smaller yards. Use circles and rectangles to represent bushes and trees.
It is good to determine how much water is needed for each area of the yard, before installing any sprinkler, this is because, some plants need more watering than others, in areas where plants need more watering, installing two or more sprinklers in such areas is advisable. Larger areas may require installation of more sprinklers as compared to small yards.
With the help of an expert, purchase sprinklers that matches your lawn’s need from your local hardware store. Install the sprinklers in the sections you have designated and do a test run. Begin with the lawn sprinklers and run them for a few minutes taking note of any areas that the sprinklers are unable to cover. Adjust the sprinklers accordingly until water gets to all portions of the lawn. To ensure that the areas are covered properly, it is good to mark the are with sticks before placing the sprinkler. The sticks will help you locate the positions without any struggle.
Run sprinklers dedicated to sections of trees and other plants to ensure that they are functioning efficiently without skipping some areas of the lawn. Plants ought to be watered following g the given specifications to ensure that they flourish as expected. Trees should be watered from the top while bushes need to be watered from the bottom. You should ensure that such guidelines are followed.
Establish a watering plan based on you country’s or area’s requirements. For instance, some areas require people to water their lawns and yards for shorter periods of time due to water shortages. Such a case calls for you to adjust your watering schedules to suit the requirements as well as the plants’ needs. This help in the maximum use of the allotted time and water amounts.
University Of California: The UC Guide To Healthy Lawns: Irrigation Design
Lowes: Install an Underground Sprinkler System — Mapping the System