The survival of a garden depends on good irrigation. From periodic maintenance of sprinkler repair to repairing leaks and removing blockages, you can prolong the life of many garden equipment, including sprinklers.
Automatic Water Timers
If you have a habit of forgetting, then I can only imagine what would happen if you forget to turn off the sprinkler. Your garden will turn into a watery, muddy mess, which by the way, you will have to clean later on. To avoid getting into such nasty situations, you should invest in automatic water timers, which are connected between the outdoor faucet and hose. These timers will turn off the sprinkler at the time of your choosy.
If you are fed up lugging the garden hose from one side of the garden to another, then you should definitely buy a hose splitter. It will allow you to connect two or more hoses to a single faucet, with each having independent controls, so as to avoid changing the sprinklers back and forth.
When you drag the heavy hose in the garden, many delicate plants and flowers are squashed under the hose, so to avoid this from happening, you must install permanent bumpers at the corners of the plant/flower beds.
For that, you just need to add a couple of wooden stakes or branches into the ground and cover each with a short piece of PVC pipe.
Getting Sprinkler Systems Ready For Winter
Winters in the US can be extreme, and it can certainly freeze the in-ground sprinkler system. To avoid that, you will have to turn off the water at the main shut-off valve. If you’re using an automatic sprinkler system, make sure to shut down the timer/controller or turn it into ‘rain mode’ to make it retain all its programmed info.
Water In The Hose Is Not Clean
Don’t make the mistake of drinking water from your garden hose, as it is not clean. It may contain all kinds of chemicals, including lead, which is life-threatening.
Unclogging Sprinkler Heads
If your sprinkler head is not working properly, then you should check if it is not clogged.
- If using fixed sprinklers, push the dirt out from the sprayer using a thin plastic card or something like that. Don’t use a metal object.
- Take a look at the screen by taking out the sprinkler head assembly and the nozzle. If you see tears or holes, replace it with a new one.
- If using impact sprinklers, use a screwdriver to dislodge the clogs between the cover and case.
- For oscillating sprinklers, you will have to use an upholstery needle or a hatpin to dig the dirt out of the nozzles.
- To get rid of mineral deposits, you will have to use pliers to detach the nozzles. Then, soak them in 250ml of vinegar for an hour. Clean the nozzles and re-attach them.
Repairing Leaks In The Sprinkler
- Before you buy a new sprinkler to replace a leaky sprinkler, try replacing the filter washer where your sprinkler connects to the hose.
- If you are using a revolving sprinkler, which is leaking under the arm, then unscrew the bearing assembly column from the base and replace all the worn-out O-rings.