Whether you use a sprinkler on the end of a hose or have an in-ground sprinkler system, spring is the time to do a sprinkler check-up.

Lawn Care Under Pressure

Check your water pressure. Most sprinklers require a minimum pressure to work correctly.

  • Spray heads spray water steadily over one area. They need between 20 and 30 psi (pounds per square inch) to work correctly.
  • Rotor heads–or Rain Bird sprinkler heads, rotate while they spray a stream of water on the grass. According to Jess Stryker, landscape architect and Web host of www.irrigationtutorials.com, these sprinkler heads need about a pound per square inch of pressure for every foot out from the head that you need them to spray, .

If your water pressure is low, check to see if you have a broken pipe that needs to be replaced as soon as possible. If your water pressure is too high, it is liable to break your sprinkler heads.

Stand Up for Excellent Lawn Care

Over the winter your sprinkler or sprinkler heads might have cracked with the cold weather, or gotten kicked or dislodged. Check to make sure all of your sprinkler heads are standing upright. They should not be leaning or bent. You’ll also want to make sure that you have the correct area covered by the spray from your sprinkler heads. Fan-shaped spray heads come in quarter, half, and full circles depending on the coverage you require. Using the correct shape will help you conserve water.

Time it Right

Check your timer. Make sure the power supply–batteries or electricity–is working. if you live in a drought area of the country, be sure to time your waterings to comply with any rationing ordinances in your community.