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Tips To Help You Plan For To Install A New Yard Lawn Sprinkler System

Whether you have just installed a new lawn from seed or sod or if your lawn has taken many years to get it to its current condition, you want to keep it healthy and green with regular watering. And to make sure your yard gets watered on a regular and even basis, even when you are at work or out of town, it is best to install an automatic sprinkler system in your yard. Here are some tips to help you plan and have installed a new in-ground sprinkler system.

Check Your Water's PSI

The amount of water flow to your home from the city's water line will create a water pressure that you can use to water your lawn. You can test your home water PSI (pounds per square inch) by attaching a water gauge or flow meter onto your outdoor faucet. Turn on the water full and measure the reading on the gauge. Depending on your area, the PSI may range from 30 to 50. 

It is important to find out the PSI of your home's water so you know how many sprinklers you can run on the PSI at one time and have them spray out their full range. For example, if your home's PSI is only 30 and you put all your yard sprinklers on one line and run them at the same time, the sprinklers will only spray out a portion of their full potential, leaving areas of your lawn without water.

Once you know your home's water pressure you can calculate how many sprinklers to run on each sprinkler zone or line in your yard. Look at the type of sprinkler you want to use and its specifics to find out how many you can run at one time.

Plan For Adequate Coverage 

After you have determined your property's water PSI, you can graph the dimensions of your yard on a graph sheet. This will help you plot where to install your sprinklers based on their spray and how to connect each on one of the individual lines.

Keep in mind the maximum spray radius of your sprinklers is a good measure to plot them onto your lawn so you ensure adequate coverage. But be sure to overlap the spray of each sprinkler head to make sure the water reaches all your lawn. The reason for this is because the outer reaches of each sprinkler may not deliver enough water to all the lawn, especially during windy conditions or if your home's PSI is low because your neighbors are using their water at the same time. If you overlap them, you will be sure to deliver enough water to every corner of your yard.

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