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Portable Lawn SprinklersThere are several types of portable sprinklers, and each type is best suited to certain lawn shapes and landscape configurations. The simplest type is the sprinkler hose, which is suitable for long, narrow areas. The sprinkler hose contains tiny holes along its top side that emit a fine, soaking mist. The other four lawn sprinkler variations are attached to garden hoses:
Lawn Sprinkler Systems > Landscape Irrigation SystemsAlthough mechanical and electronic timers are available to control the watering cycles of these portable sprinklers, many homeowners prefer the convenience of an automated lawn sprinkler system. Underground sprinkler systems, which consist of a timing unit plus a network of water pipes and sprinkler heads buried in the ground, are becoming more popular in many areas. The automated timer opens and closes water valves at preset times. When the valves open, water pressure in the system causes sprinkler heads to pop up above the ground and spray water on the lawn in overlapping coverage areas. When the valves close, the sprinkler heads drop down level with the lawn surface. In climates where ground temperatures drop below freezing, the water pipes must be drained to prevent them from icing and bursting.
Several types of sprinkler heads are used to ensure adequate irrigation of the lawn and adjacent landscape areas. Spray heads send a steady shower over a small area. Impulse heads shoot water jets from a rotating nozzle over a larger area. Both types come in plastic or more expensive brass versions, and both types are also available in special purpose standing heads that do not "pop up" but are situated above ground, next to a foundation or at the edge of a yard, for instance.
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