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Creative Lawn Irrigation: Technology Meets the Sprinkler

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

In the old days, homeowners watered their lawns using the old front-to-back sprinklers, which meant changing the position of the sprinkler every so often and getting wet in the process. The new age of lawn irrigation systems has lawns looking great and homeowners staying dry. Take a look.

If you're going to spend time watering your lawn, you might as well make the process easy and fun. As technology takes over even simple tasks like lawn irrigation, newer systems cut down on monitoring and maintenance. Most of these irrigation options can be found either at your local home and garden store or through your favorite online lawn retailer.

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  • The Underground Lawn Irrigation System. There nothing better than watering your lawn from inside your own home, with the push of a button. Underground irrigation systems feature rising sprinkler heads that come up when the system is activated.
  • The Pond Pump. For the ultimate in eco-friendly watering, get yourself a pond pump. Just set up the pump at the edge of your backyard pond or lake, and feed your sprinkler with natural water. Not only does it save on your water bill, but it also keeps you from wasting fresh water during summer droughts.
  • The Mobile Sprinkler. With this modern marvel, you'll never have to reset your sprinkler again. The mobile water sprinkler wheels around your lawn to preprogrammed areas. It's best for watering lawns that have a basic shape, such as a square or rectangle.
  • Continuous Drip Systems. Lay these long, hose-like strips across your lawn and water without an excess spray. Controlled by a timer, continuous drip systems provide a healthy flow of water to the soil of your lawn without wetting your porch or driveway.
  • The Sprinkler Timer. No need to stay at home while you water your lawn. A water irrigation timer fits on most any irrigation system and shuts off at a preset time.

Move your lawn watering efforts into the new millennium with one of these high-tech sprinkler gadgets. There's a model for every budget, and watering your lawn has never been easier.

About the Author
Kelly Richardson has obsessive compulsive lawn disorder and is afflicted with the need to share his knowledge with the world. Kelly writes lawn columns for a variety of home and garden magazines and e-zines.

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