Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed.
Keller Williams Realty Boston Northwest | 978-580-9140 |

Posted by Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed. on 6/29/2016


   Do you have a lawn? If you want to maintain that green curb appeal, you need to water it on a regular basis. Sprinklers are a convenient way of taking care of your lawn watering needs. It is very important to be sure that your lawn is watered on a regular basis. 

   Now, one may ask, what type of sprinkler would I use for my lawn? The type and size depends on the dimensions of the lawn and how much water is needed to maintain the grass in a specific area. For example, the sprinklers used in a hot, dry environment in a full sun area will differ from the ones used in areas that are cool, moist and partially shaded.  

   Before purchasing and installing a sprinkler, here are some tips on choosing the right one for your specific need:

  • Rectangular Lawns: Rectangular lawns are the most common shaped lawn surrounding suburban homes and businesses.  This shape is typically very easy to water and only a simple sprinkler setup is needed.  An oscillating sprinkler is the best type to be used on a rectangular lawn. It is affordable, has a high level of efficiency and covers a large area while in operation at both low and high pressure. Before purchasing an oscillating sprinkler, confirm it has at least 15 spray jets and oscillates rapidly to prevent water from pudding in some areas of your lawn. These sprinklers are effective at watering up to 4,000 square feet.

  • Odd Shaped Lawns: For lawns that are not rectangular, the best type of sprinkler to use is the pulsating sprinkler. They rotate over a circular area in order to cover a wider portion of the grass. Smaller, less expensive pulsating sprinkler heads can be installed at random locations of the lawn to complete the action of the main sprinkler head. It is very important to take note that pulsating sprinkler heads do not work with low water pressure. Confirm you have adequate pressure before installing this type of sprinkler in your yard. They are also relatively noisy, often referred to as the humming and clicking sprinkler. However, they are very effective for massive plots of grass up to 10,000 feet.

  • Small Area Sprinklers: A stationary sprinkler is recommended for small areas that do not require the maintenance of a full sprinkler system. They are effective at watering small areas at virtually no cost. They are inexpensive, durable and work effectively independent of water pressure. Since they are stationary they need to be attended to as water tends to pool if left in one place for too long.  A stationary sprinkler can also provide a lot of summer fun to children at the same time as the lawn is getting a drink. 

   No matter how large or small your lawn is, there is a specific sprinkler that will accommodate your watering needs. Making the right choice is key in keeping your grass green and lush all season. 

A happy lawn makes a happy summer! :)

Posted by Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed. on 6/19/2015

Just because you have a beautifully landscaped yard does not mean that you’ll have to spend all your time working to keep it that way. With a professionally installed sprinkler system, your lawn, and gardens will be the envy of the neighborhood. Automatic sprinkler systems are more than a convenience, they are a necessity when your daily schedule does not allow time for manual watering.  The following information on how your landscaping will benefit from a sprinkler system may help you decide whether or not to have one installed in your own yard. Improved Overall Health And Appearance: One of the obvious benefits of installing a sprinkler system is improving the health of your landscape. When irrigation is done correctly, the lawn and garden plants will respond with healthy growth. Besides the aesthetics, a vibrant, thriving landscape will help increase the value of your property. Water Conservation: A properly installed sprinkler system can be helpful in conserving water. The system can be set to supply the lawn and gardens with the smallest amount of water necessary to sustain good health.  Sensors can also be installed that detect natural moisture which stops the sprinklers from turning on when it rains. Time Saver: If there is one thing we don't have an abundance of today, it's free time.  Regardless of how well we try to plan our days, we never seem to have enough time to accomplish everything we set out to do.  Manually watering the lawn and gardens is tedious and time consuming. Also, this method typically does not provide the same consistent amount of water as an irrigation system.  It is a great relief for many homeowners to leave the watering responsibility to the automatic sprinkler system. Efficient Irrigation: There is a variety of different lawn sprinklers, all designed to irrigate specific landscape areas.  The main goal is to install a sprinkler that allows an even distribution of water in the most water efficient manner.  Spray irrigation consists of jets/nozzles placed at strategic locations on the lawn that spray water at regular intervals. Drip irrigation involves underground piping that  drips water, moistens the soil, and hydrates the plant's root system. Prior to installation, you will consult with a  professional  technician to determine the ideal sprinkler type and orientation in relation to your specific landscape design. Maybe it time to invest in an irrigation system and take the chore of watering the lawn off your "To Do" list.        

Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed.