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 9/23/2011

The nights are cooler, the leaves are changing and the grass is growing slower. Now is the perfect time to get your lawn ready for the spring and summer. Many people do not realize that even in the winter your lawn continues to grow a stronger root system. Here are some tips to help turn your lawn into a beautiful carpet of green next spring. 1) Fertilize-Your lawn needs food during winter months to help aid in root growth. Feeding your lawn  also help produce a beautiful green color green when spring  arrives. 2) Water-Your lawn needs water. It  needs water to absorb the fall fertilizer and to grow strong roots. Make sure to continue to water your lawn until winter arrives. 3) Kill those Weeds- Buy a broad leaf weed killer and apply it before the temperatures drop below 50 degrees during the day. This will prevent weeds from popping up in the spring. 4) Rake the Leaves-Grass needs sunlight and leaves will gradually kill it. Leaves also breed disease when left on the lawn to die. 6) Aerate-Aerating your soil will give the roots a chance to breath.  Aeration allows water and nutrients to reach the root system more easily. 7) Reseed-Fall temperatures are a perfect time to fill in any holes in your lawn. Rake the soil around the patch, spread the grass seed,  cover the grass seed an inch or two thick with peat moss, and then water as usual. 8) Control Grubs-Adult beetles lay their eggs throughout your grass in July and August. Grubs will grow throughout the winter and eat the roots of your grass. Fall is the ideal time to buy insecticide for grub control. 9) Mow-Keep your grass two inches high for the upcoming winter. Grass that is longer will mold under the snow. Grass that is shorter the two inches will die. Taking care of your lawn in the fall will provide you many happy days on a green, weed free lawn in the spring and summer.

Steve Zippin, ABR, CRS, M.Ed.