1. Find a sprinkler that fits your flora. If it's a small flower garden, you probably don't need yard upon yard of hose and an electrical water timer, but if you're watering a few acres of Bermuda or Fescue, then a ceramic frog just isn't going to get the job done.
2. If you're watering seeded grasses, low-lying plants, or shrubs, a traditional sprinkler might not be the way to go. Instead, you'll want a sprinkler hose - a perforated hose that emits a gentle mist for deep watering over time.
3. The two most popular sprinkler styles are oscillating and pulsating. Oscillating sprinklers are beloved for their tried-and-true reliability. It sprays out a fan-shaped curtain of water that covers a rectangular area typically 20 to 30 feet in size, perfect for a small yard or vegetable garden.
4. Impulse sprinklers, also called pulsating sprinklers are a preferred choice for large private lawns, landscaping, golf courses, and other areas that require slow, gentle watering. These sprinklers disperse water in a single jet and can be adjusted to various patterns.
5. A big yard doesn't necessarily mean you'll need a bigger sprinkler. Traveling sprinklers are capable of move themselves around, watering your entire lawn without the use of electricity or gasoline. They save time, energy costs, and are fun to watch!
6. Speaking of sprinklers that are fun to look at, decorative garden sprinklers and garden sprayers are lovely options that add a great deal of personality to any lawn or flower garden. These can be anything from dancing frogs or fire dogs to playful children or seals. Most of these are made from resin, brass, or other heavy materials so that they'll last ages and won't blow over in the wind.
7. Look for a sprinkler with a tripod base. This simple, affordable addition uses your sprinkler to the maximum of its abilities; allowing the sprinkler to deflect water over a much wider area than it would lying flat on the ground.
8. An absolute necessity for any household is a quality sprayer or flow wand. These handy accessories easily attach to a hose and can be used for anything from washing a car to hydrating a hanging fern.
9. If you know you're going to be running your sprinklers a lot, but aren't sure if you'll always be around to turn on the spigot, an electrical water timer can save the daisies.
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