3 Popular lawn sprinklers

In between rain showers, some homeowners supplement missing rainfall by using lawn sprinklers to water their lawn. Lawn sprinklers are also suitable for quenching the thirst of flower and vegetable garden plants. There are lawn-sprinkling mechanisms for watering grass, flowers, and vegetables, including built-in sprinkler systems and soaker hoses. However, many homeowners will use one or a combination of three popular lawn sprinklers. 

Whirling sprinkler
The three-arm whirling sprinkler is made of durable metal with plastic wheels and is the easiest of the three to operate. Water pressure builds instantly, causing the arms to whirl, flinging water up and out so you don’t have to do anything but connect the hose and turn on the water flow. This type of lawn sprinkler can cool swimsuit-clad children on a hot, summer day. Suitable for small areas, the three-arm whirling sprinkler can also be used in flower or vegetable gardens when the sprinkler is placed amidst low growing plants, though high growing plants can be at the perimeter of the water’s reach. The advantage of the sprinkler being on wheels is that after the sprinkler has thoroughly saturated one area, you can grab the hose to pull the sprinkler to a new location while it is still on. This type of sprinkler, when set to the lowest water pressure necessary to cause the arms to spin, is water-efficient since less water is lost due to evaporation in the air.

Oscillating sprinkler
The oscillating sprinkler has a tube with a series of holes in a row from which the water shoots 10 to 15 feet into the air. The frame of the oscillating sprinkler is usually plastic with a metal or plastic tube connected at both ends to the frame that oscillates 180 degrees side to side. A knob on one end of the sprinkler provides the option to adjust the range of the oscillating spray tube so it sends water on a right angle (90 degrees) left or right, or a few degrees left and right of center (straight up), or a full 180 degree spray. Because of the height that the water shoots, this type of sprinkler can cover a large area and is good to use in a flower or vegetable gardens when set at the perimeter. This sprinkler loses on the water-efficiency scale due to evaporation of water shooting high, and then dropping to the ground.

Impulse sprinkler

The impulse sprinkler is easily recognized from its clickity sound as it rotates back and forth. The impulse sprinkler can be made of plastic, but the metal versions are more durable. The spray head can be on a stake to push into the ground to hold its position, on a sled-shaped base or the star based shape like that of the three-arm whirling sprinkler. The impulse sprinkler wins points for water conservation with its directional control mechanism. The sprinkler head sends water out at more than one angle. You can adjust the sprinkler head to send the multiple water flow high or low, and any point within a 360-degree circle. This impulse sprinkler works well with odd shaped lawns.

© Barbara Raskauskas