Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sprinkling Systems Made Easy

This Grandmother's Garden has a sprinkling system that is amazing! It was designed by my Honey-do and was installed by my sons.  It includes a drip system that waters every tree and bush which means its pretty much a weed free zone.  The Perennial Garden has micro-sprays that keep my blooms happy, the lawn has rotor heads that do their job magnificently with no dry spots and the vegetable and berry gardens have these nifty little tubes that are perforated with holes to allow just the right amount of water to nurture these plants. My favorite feature is the drip system on my Rose Garden. A little drip at the base of the plant insures that they each receive an adequate water supply without splashing water on the leaves which can cause mildew to form.  The roses are happy and I'm happy. As amazing as this sounds, you, too can design and install your own Sprinkling System.

Did you ever play with Tinker Toys as a child? 
If you did then you are a great candidate to install your own Sprinkler System- it looks more complicated than it really is. Go ahead and get a professional bid if you'd like- the price is likely to be quite high. 

Doing it yourself has two compelling advantages:
  • you save money on the installation costs which can be as much as 1-1/2 – 2 times the cost of the parts themselves
  • you will be the expert on your system—enabling you to adjust the system as needed without calling your installer.
A word on Big box stores: 
I would not recommend purchasing your sprinkling system parts here. Instead, spend some time at your local plumbing store. They are very knowledgeable, very helpful, and will likely design your sprinkling system for you if you will bring in the layout of your property.

There are some great resources available on the Internet. This is one of my favorites:

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