Common Winter Sprinkler Tune-Ups
July 16, 2018
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Common Sprinkler Head Types and Purposes

When it comes to your home’s sprinkler system, choosing the proper heads is one of the most important choices you’ll make. Proper head choice will ensure your yard gets all the water it needs with limited overflow issues, and will reduce the amount of maintenance you need to do on the system.

At Greenside, we’re here to help. Our sprinkler installation services include a detailed look at what kinds of heads your yard might be in need of – let’s look at a few of the most popular. In fact, the winter can be a great time to do some research here and potentially get a great deal on head replacements if your garden needs them.

Fixed Heads

Likely the most common type, a fixed spray sprinkler head shoots out a constant fan of water. It can maintain a radius ranging from five to 15 feet in most cases. These heads are popular for small lawns and various shrub areas.

Flood/Bubbler Heads

Also called bubble sprinkler heads, flood heads bring water to a small area – their true purpose is to soak the ground and foundation with water. They’re perfect for items with deeper roots, such as trees and shrubs.

Pop-Up Heads

For those who are looking for the perfect lawn aesthetic, pop-up sprinkler heads could be for you. These stay below the ground and out of sight when they aren’t being used, popping up only when activated. They can be used on virtually any size of lawn, and produce even distribution of spray.

Multiple Stream Sprinklers

Multiple stream sprinklers are designed to shoot out several thin streams of water, rotating in a wide radius. They’re great for uneven lawns where these kinds of changing streams might be necessary to get a particular area covered.

Shrub Options

Shrub sprinklers are mounted on risers or extensions, which are strategically placed above plants. They then spray water down into a planter or garden area.

Rotary Heads

Producing just one stream of water, rotary heads rotate in a circle and deliver water more slowly. They’re perfect for lawns that thrive in a more extended watering cycle.

To learn more about head types, or for any of our home sprinkler repair services, speak to the pros at Greenside today.


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