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10 Types of Portable Sprinklers

Posted by Christine Crandall on May 16, 2019 12:20:27 PM

On average, your lawn needs one inch of water per week. If your soil is sandy, it is best to do this in 2 half-inch sessions per week, so the roots have time to absorb the moisture. In the summer this is especially important because hot temperatures will dry the soil. However, there are many ways to get that water to your lawn. If you don’t have an underground system, you have some decisions to make in the portable sprinkler arena.

10 Types of Portable Sprinklers

1. Oscillating Sprinkler

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This type of sprinkler has a wide base with an oscillating bar filled with holes through which water sprays out and onto the grass. This creates a fan of water that oscillates back and forth across the yard. Naturally, this makes a rectangle shape, and the pressure created by these sprinklers creates a large watering surface…perfect for bigger areas of the lawn.

2. Travelling Sprinkler

You may not have seen a travelling sprinkler unless your family has a pretty big yard. If you have seen them, then you know they are typically in the shape of a tractor, and they travel along a pathway created by your hose. A quality travelling sprinkler will allow for flow adjustment and automatically turn off when it reaches the end of its run.

3. Impact Sprinkler

Imagine the ch…ch…ch…ch… sound of a sprinkler, and you are imagining the sound of an impact or impulse sprinkler. Impact sprinklers can cover a lot of ground, and they can be set at different angles, so your house doesn’t get soaked.

4. Rotating Sprinkler

Rotating sprinklers are often pop-up sprinklers, but they can be on stakes. The coverage is similar to an impact sprinkler without the noise. This type of sprinkler sends a jet of water out in a circular motions. Very little water is wasted, but they typically don’t reach as far as impact sprinklers.

5. Spinning Sprinkler

This sprinkler has a spinning fan at the top of its water outlet that fans the water in a circular motion. The coverage is generally determined by the water pressure.

6. Spot Sprinkler

Spot sprinklers are like spinning sprinklers without the spinning part. Instead, they rely solely on water pressure to get their coverage, and they usually spray in whatever pattern the sprinkler has (round or square).

7. Whirling Sprinkler

A whirling sprinkler has arms that spin in a circle. This covers a lawn like a spinning sprinkler with a little more precision and spray distance.

8. Fan Sprinkler

Spinning sprinklers are sometimes called fan sprinklers, but we are talking about the sprinklers often seen in underground sprinkler systems that spray in a fan-shape due to obstructed flow. These sprinklers can also be placed on stakes similar to rotating sprinklers.

9. Micro Sprinkler

A micro sprinkler is a small sprinkler meant for gardens or potted plants. They are very “micro,” but they are perfect for getting hard-to-reach places without wasting a lot of water.

10. Bubbler

A bubbler is meant for soaking trees or delicate plants. It is placed in or on the ground, and water slowly bubbles out of it without eroding the soil.


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