Lawn Watering Tools

Your lawn needs water to grow and mature. Maintaining the right moisture for your lawn also reduces the amount of weeds that can sprout up in a dry lawn. The amount of water your lawn requires depends on your climate, soil and the type of grass you have planted. But regardless of where you live, the right tools make watering a lawn easier.

Overhead Sprinkler

An overhead sprinkler is the easiest and most common way to water a lawn. Choose a style depending on the area you have to water. Larger overhead sprinklers with a back and forth motion work well for large rectangular or square yards. A circular sprinkler can water a smaller area. Overhead sprinklers come in many varieties and include different features; some also come with timers. The advantages of these sprinklers are that they are inexpensive, simple to use and set up and can be easily moved around a lawn. On the other hand, it's easy to waste water through evaporation using an overhead sprinkler, the design might cause you to miss watering or over-water a specific area of the lawn and often the overhead sprinkler is moved before water has soaked down to the grass roots. Depending on water pressure, it takes about one hour of sprinkling for the moisture to reach lawn grass roots.

Underground Irrigation System

This watering tool usually must be installed before your landscape is in place. However, you can install an irrigation system after planting your grass. Expect to tear up some parts of the lawn to set down hoses, pipes and other equipment. The advantages are that you can set the permanent sprinkler heads so that they water every bit of your lawn, there's no moving required once the irrigation system is in place and you can set the timer so that irrigation occurs at night, early morning and even when you're on vacation. The disadvantages are that the irrigation system is often expensive to install, repairs might be expensive and you must usually have an expert help you install the system.

Water Hoses

Water hoses are essential for watering your yard. Even with an underground sprinkler system, you will need a hose for spot watering some parts of your lawn. Hoses come in a variety of styles, quality and price. Quality hoses made of flexible rubber that is coated will last longer than a cheaper hose, which might end up leaking and wasting water. Water hoses come in different lengths, but most can often be attached to create the length of hose you need. A flat style of hose will roll up easier than the traditional round hose. Some hoses have holes in them for irrigation.

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Carmel Perez Snyder is a freelance writer living in Florida. She attended the University of Missouri and has been a journalist for more than 12 years. Her work has appeared in the AARP Bulletin, the Oklahoma Gazette, the Amarillo Globe-News, and eHow.