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About Jim Locksley

One day when I was walking around my college campus, I saw a group of people with these yellow tripods. At first I thought they might be photographers, but they sure looked like strange ones! I went up and asked them what they were doing, and it turns out they were a group of students from a construction class who were surveying the land for a project. I was fascinated. I was able to sign up for the class the next semester, and while it didn't stick or change my professional trajectory, it did create a new hobby for me! Ever since then, I've been interested in construction, from surveying to management to the actual building. I figured running a blog about it would give me a nice excuse to keep up my interests!

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Insights For Installing Appropriate Irrigation For Healthy Lawn And Landscaping

by Mike Brewer

As a homeowner, it is your goal to keep your home's exterior looking maintained and cleaned and your yard's landscaping trimmed, free of weeds, and lush and healthy. Installing the right type of irrigation or sprinkler system can make it easy to keep your yard lush and green. Here are some tips and steps to help you get your yard installed with an automatic and water-saving sprinkler system.

Determine Your Lawn's Water Needs

Before you can install an in-ground sprinkler system, you need to plot out your yard on graph paper. This helps you see all areas of your yard that need water delivery and space your sprinklers appropriately. 

Use a pressure gauge to measure the amount of pressure you have in your water supply so you know how many sprinklers you can run at the same time. For example, if your water source provides 70 psi, you only want to install a few sprinklers on each water line to ensure they all have sufficient water pressure.

Check your local home improvement store for the type of sprinkler you want to use. Use its watering radius circle as a template to space out your sprinklers on your graphed yard plot. When you space your sprinklers with their watering radius, make sure the edges of the sprinklers overlap one another. This will ensure your sprinklers provide enough coverage to your lawn and will prevent dead spots throughout your yard. For example, excess wind can cause your sprinkler's coverage to spray unevenly and leave gaps, but overlapping ensures continuous coverage.

Install Your Automatic System

Once you have planned out where your sprinkler heads will be installed as well as the pipes to connect the heads, use some landscape spray paint to mark your yard where the lines will go. The best way to dig the line's trenches is with the use of an automatic trencher or a landscape sprinkler trenching service. The trenches need to be at a depth of six to eight inches, so using an automatic trenching machine versus a shovel will make the work go quickly for the job.

After you have connected your pipe system and your sprinkler heads to the water source, test out your system before you bury it. This will eliminate any chance of finding problems that require you to dig up your system. Be sure to connect your sprinkler water source to an automatic timer for watering. This will ensure your lawn will be watered on a regular basis and at a time early in the morning before the sun and you are even up.