Typically, there are two sprinklers most commonly sold; Impact and Oscillating sprinklers. When researching to figure out which would be best for you and your yard, most articles list an overwhelming amount of pros and cons for each, but in the end, leave you still wondering which you should use. To make it easier, we came up with a few examples of which yards benefit most from which sprinkler type- or even a combination of both.
The impact sprinkler is a subset of rotary sprinklers; basically it just sprays water around in a circle. Using two arms, the main arm impacts the water stream and rotates the sprinkler around, whereas the smaller arm distributes this water closer to the base of the sprinkler.
Our Recommendation… If you have a yard with a lot of obstacles to spray around (trees, play sets, landscaping), this is the sprinkler we recommend, as it can better spray around those.
The oscillating sprinkler sprays water out in a fan–like pattern that can cover large areas with every pass. A main advantage of this sprinkler, is the way the water is pushed up and then down, very similar to rain.
Our Recommendation… If you have a rectangular shaped yard with no obstacles, we would recommend the oscillating sprinkler, as it will typically cover the whole yard if placed correctly. Also, if you have newly planted grass seed, this is the sprinkler to use. The pattern of the water sprinkling one spot then giving it a break before sprinkling again, allows time for the soil to soak up more water, rather than water pooling up and carrying your seeds away with it.
Maybe Use a Combo
If you find yourself still questioning which sprinkler to use, remember you can always use a combination of both. If your front yard is rectangular and open, but your back yard is covered in trees, use an oscillating in the front and an impact sprinkler in the back.
Efficiency is Key
Always, always place sprinklers where you will get the most efficiency out of them. If you notice your sidewalk is getting more water than your yard, move the sprinkler heads little-by-little until you find the correct placement for your yard. Keep in mind, all yards are different and need unique watering techniques and sprinkler options, so do some research in your lawn to figure out which is best for you.
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