Choosing The Right Type Of Sprinklers For Your Lawn: Where To Start

If you're looking to upgrade your home's sprinkler system, you've probably realized that there isn't exactly a one-size-fits-all solution. Sprinklers come with varying functions and in a number of different styles. To help simplify your search, here are some tips to help you choose the right sprinkler head for your needs.

Coverage Area

How large of a coverage area do you need? For a standard sized yard, a spray head is likely going to be your best bet. If you have a rather large yard, you need a rotor-spray style. In terms of function, each option is similar in that they both are designed to disperse water in an uninterpreted, circular pattern.

However, the rotor sprayer has a higher PSI level, allowing it to extend the water further and cover a larger area. If you have a small yard, make sure you aren't unnecessarily upgrading to a rotor sprayer. This sprinkler will disperse too much water and over-saturate your lawn.


As trivial as it might sound, you also want to consider the aesthetics of the sprinkler system. You generally have one of two options: an in-ground, or pop-up system, or an above-ground system. In-ground systems do come with a higher purchase and installation costs, and they do require more tedious installation.

However, they also tend to last longer. Since they aren't moved every time you mow the lawn, frequently attacked by the dog, or run over when the kids are playing in the backyard, they don't get as much wear as above-ground systems. If you want an option that makes the beauty of your lawn the focal point and that lasts longer, an in-ground system is the ideal solution.


Consider the landscape of your yard as well when making your selection. Specifically, you want to consider how many obstructions are present. For example, is your yard free and clear, or do you have obstructions like shrubs and trees? If the latter is the case, you would probably be better off choosing a spray head style sprinkler rather than a rotor style.

The output style of the spray head style sprinkler does a better job at navigating around these obstructions and ensuring that the entire yard has access to water. This isn't the case with the rotor style, and you could end up missing a number of hard-to-reach spaces.

Make sure you're taking your time when choosing a new sprinkler system. Failure to choose the appropriate system could leave you with a system that is not equipped to meet your needs, so choose wisely. For more information and advice, contact a company that sells irrigation supplies.