The grass is always greener on the other side. It is especially true when you pass over gardens and lawns that look like miniature golf courses. Or see them in picture postcards - lush-green and so well manicured that you will feel intimidated in walking over them. Isn’t it strange that even in the hottest weather and driest months, the grass in such lawns appears to be so fresh? Looking at them, you automatically get a cool and refreshing feeling. Then, you come to the conclusion that for such a green lawn, you must require an army of servants, who will water them throughout the day. You reason that even your dried up lawn, which looks like a paddy field, would be green and fresh if you could afford servants. But if somebody were to tell you that you have got everything muddled up and that you can have a lawn of your own, that will be the pride of your house, at the minimum of cost and labor as well, don’t simply brush him away. It is true. Installing a little device called the ‘lawn sprinkler’ in your lawn is all that is required to rejuvenate it and keep it lush always. If you are ready to buy a lawn sprinkler, read the tips given below and learn how to install it as well.
Installing A Lawn Sprinkler
- Build a manifold by connecting a group of control valves to a PVC pipe of suitable length. The control valve on the pipe should be spaced 3 inches to 6 inches apart.
- Depending upon your choice, you can mount the manifold above the control valves or buried in the ground, with the valves above.
- Water comes to the manifold from the supply chain and is then routed by the controller.
- Now, dig straight and level trenches atleast 8 inches deep.
- If you have to put the pipe under a sidewalk, first push a galvanized pipe under it and using a hose, flush the soil out. Close the PVC pipe with a duct tape and push it through the hole.
- For an emergency shutoff, install a stop and waste valve, so that it is able to drain the system. It is better to fix the shutoff valve near the connection to the supply line.
- To prevent contaminated water from entering the house, install anti-siphon valves on the control valves.
- Now, put the pipe in the trenches and then connect all together. Before installing the riser tee, screw it in place. Install the riser tee so that it is at an angle of 90 degrees to the ground.
- After the pipes have been assembled and connected, you can install the risers. After installing the risers, attach the sprinkler heads. You can cut the risers so that the sprinkler heads are at the correct height.
- Now, mount the controller and connect the low voltage wires to the control valves. The watering controls should be for each circuit. Refill the trenches and pat the soil down. Allow the grass to grow over it.