If you’re planning to put in new sprinklers (or just want to modify an existing sprinkler system), you need to ask yourself this important logistics question: where will you put the sprinkler line in relation to any wooden fences or walls that may be nearby? After all, you want as much of the water that goes into the air to water your lawn and plants rather than uselessly dampen surrounding structures.
Once you get this issue resolved, you’ll also need to consider a few more:
- Pipe installation procedures – You’ll likely be using a plow or perhaps a trencher to install the pipe. Be sure to stay between one-and-a-half to three feet away from any wooden fence or wall and remember that both these machines can easily get out of alignment, especially when an inexperienced person operates them.
- Where to put sprinkler heads – If you want to keep water spray off fences and walls, put spray-type sprinkler heads two feet away and radius rotor-type heads three feet away from structures. If you are using impact-type rotors, you may need to put sprinklers even further away. Wherever you decide to locate them, don’t forget to take into account that wind will also affect where water spray goes.
- Long-term maintenance – At some point, you may need to dig up the pipe for repair. Be sure to give yourself plenty of room (one foot minimum) so that you won’t hit your tools or body against the fence or wall as you dig. Also beware that water stains, especially on wooden fences, are extremely difficult if not impossible to remove.
When you need advice about your sprinkler system, South Austin Irrigation has the solutions you’re looking for. We’re here to help you get the most for your money and save a precious resource from going to waste. Contact us today and make your irrigation system the best that it can be!
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