Advantages of the Underground Sprinkler System
Underground sprinklers make up the vast majority of
residential sprinkler systems. They offer two distinct advantages: They remain
out of sight, relatively invisible and unobtrusive to the landscape design.
They also remain underground when not in use and therefore out of the way of
lawnmowers and other tools and machinery.
Underground sprinklers may be of the rotor or stationary
variety. They are connected by a series of pipes buried underground and
connected to a main control box where an electric timer controls the release of
water to the system. When the water (pressure) is released, it pushes the
sprinkler head up above ground and the landscape, lawn, or garden is watered.
When the time is up the water supply is cut off and a spring pulls the
sprinkler head back underground.
Underground sprinkler systems are a common DIY
project for homeowners tired of dragging the sprinkler and hose around. Yet
it requires some careful thought and planning, not to mention a good portion of
time. That is why many homeowners choose professional help, especially
lawns or complex landscaping.
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