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Set Your Lawn Sprinkler to Draw from Your Lake

by Kelly Richardson, All About Lawns Columnist

Hot, humid temperatures in the month of August have brought most nationwide watering plans to a grinding halt. But if your home sits on a lake, river, or stream, you can have your lawn sprinkler pumping fresh water to your grass for just a few hundred dollars.

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Recycling Water, Reviving Your Lawn

Ask an eco-enthusiast or environmental official and they'll tell you: using recycled water is an excellent way to save the environment. Golf courses have more or less pioneered the art of using lake water to irrigate thousands of feet of land. The good news is that you can follow their lead by hooking your lawn sprinklers up to your natural water source. This is not a project you'll want to undertake on your own; it requires planning, experience, and the right tools to complete.

The basic concept is to utilize an underground watering system that pulls water via pump from a nearby lake or stream. A PVC pipe framework is installed below your lawn with several sprinkler heads in strategic locations. Despite the high initial cost, you'll be saving money on watering bills as long as you own your home. And no one can ever tell you that you can’t water your grass again.

Things to Keep in Mind

The project is completed in two parts. The first is the installation of your underground lawn sprinkler system. This can take several days to complete and adjust to meet your specific needs. The second is to build the pump deck that sits on the side of your water source. Because of the technical nature of this task, you'll want to choose a contractor who specializes in this type of work.

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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