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5 Starter Tips for Effective Lawn Irrigation

by Shannon Lee, All About Lawns Columnist

Installing a lawn irrigation system is one of the best ways to ensure your green grass gets all the water it needs. But it doesn't simply run on its own--little tweaks and repairs may be needed over time to keep your system running smoothly.

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Tips for Lawn Irrigation

Follow these tips to make certain your lawn irrigation system works well for years to come:

  • When laying pipe for your irrigation system, remember that the smaller the pipe, the faster the water flows. Choose the smallest pipe you can that is suitable for your system.
  • When choosing where to place your lawn irrigation, always opt for more sprinkler heads than you think you need. If you end up having too many, save them for the occasional replacement.
  • Bury your pipe at least eight inches deep in order to avoid an unfortunate collision with the occasional aerator. If you hate the thought of digging trenches that deep in your yard, consider hiring a lawn care specialist to lay the pipe. They can use a vibratory plow, which does much less damage than a trench.
  • When you install the lawn irrigation system, be sure to take pictures of the process. This helps remind you exactly where the lines are, and makes any future work on the system much easier.
  • Before freezing weather hits, make sure your system is completely empty of water. If you live in an area where very deep freezes are common, opt for a poly pipe system rather than PVC.

And finally, don't forget to call your local utility companies before you dig! Avoid the cost and hassle - and potential injury - by making certain of where everything lies underneath your lawn.

About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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