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Why a Professional Lawn Sprinkler System Is Better than the Portable Alternative


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The Grass Really Is Greener with An In-Ground Sprinkler Installation from the Professionals at Meadowlark Landscape & Design


As temperatures only continue to rise, homeowners naturally turn their attention back outside to ensure their landscape looks and stays beautiful all season long. For many people, much of their time and effort is spent maintaining the foundation of their landscape design - their lawn. And rightfully so!


A well-cared-for lawn enhances the rest of your landscape, but one that is dry and thin from dehydration has the exact opposite effect, contributing to a not-so-visually-appealing outdoor display.


Just like any plant, your grass needs water to thrive. Sprinklers can help make this task a whole lot easier, but it brings up the question of what type is best. Although portable versions are less expensive, an in-ground sprinkler installation delivers optimal results to help you achieve a lush, green lawn.


Keep reading to learn more about why a professional yard sprinkler system is better for you and your summer landscape.


Portable Sprinklers and their Drawbacks


Portable sprinklers are generally found at your local hardware store and attach to a garden hose to distribute water to your lawn. Because portable sprinklers are easy to use and so affordable, they are a popular temporary solution among homeowners.


But unlike in-ground sprinkler installations, these devices lack efficiency. Portable sprinklers need to be periodically moved to prevent overwatering, meaning you have to keep your eye on the clock and deal with dragging the setup across your yard. On top of that, the constant movement can actually damage your lawn over time, turning your once smooth, level ground into an uneven and pitted surface.


Much of the water that portable sprinklers disperse actually gets wasted. Oscillating and impact sprinklers fling water into the air to cover a wide area, but because it is not as carefully targeted as a professional lawn sprinkler system, a significant amount of water gets lost to evaporation.


Benefits of a Professional Sprinkler Installation


While an in-ground sprinkler installation is associated with more upfront costs, it will pay off in the long run. A yard sprinkler system takes the guesswork out of watering and helps you grow a picture-perfect lawn. Here is a closer look at these sprinklers’ most prevalent benefits:


  • Convenience: Your time is valuable. With an in-ground lawn sprinkler system, you can take advantage of a more hands-off experience by setting a watering schedule for certain times and days of the week. Your sprinklers will automatically come on without you having to remember to do it, meaning you can place more focus on other parts of your landscape. More advanced professional sprinkler installations also include rain shut-off devices, which detect precipitation and prevent your system from oversaturating your lawn.


  • Healthier Lawn: An in-ground lawn sprinkler installation is ultimately better for your grass. Soil only absorbs water so quickly, and because professional sprinklers produce a light mist, water reaches roots at a slower rate for optimal hydration, unlike portable sprinklers’ soaking method. This results in a greener, healthier lawn sure to impress the entire neighborhood.


  • More Targeted Spray: Portable sprinklers can flood areas of your lawn while other parts are left underwatered. In contrast, professional sprinklers are carefully aimed to evenly distribute water across your lawn and prevent runoff, which only fills your street gutters and harms your grass.


  • Saves Water: Because an in-ground sprinkler installation helps curb overwatering, you can actually end up saving water (and money) compared to portable models. An irrigation specialist like Meadowlark Landscape & Design will be able to fine-tune your system, so it delivers the right amount of water to the right place and nothing ever goes to waste.

  • Aesthetics: Put simply, a professional yard sprinkler system is more visually appealing than portable options. A garden hose stretching across your lawn is not particularly attractive. In-ground sprinklers are virtually invisible and the sprinkler heads only pop up when it is time to water. This not only contributes to an aesthetically pleasing landscape, but also alleviates safety concerns related to trips and falls.


Considering an In-Ground Sprinkler Installation? Contact an Irrigation Expert!


When properly installed, a professional yard sprinkler system can be an excellent asset to help you create the lush lawn you have always dreamed of. Not to mention, it can also add to your home’s overall value.


With this in mind, you need to partner with an expert who understands the nuances of in-ground irrigation. At Meadowlark Landscape & Design, our team carefully designs and installs lawn sprinkler systems to meet your yard’s unique needs, even in the hottest, driest seasons.


In addition to sprinkler installation, we offer professional maintenance services, including backflow testing, repairs, winterization, parts replacement, and more, to keep your system in tip-top condition.


With years of landscaping experience and the latest in sprinkler technology, we ensure your grass grows as beautifully as possible. For more information about in-ground sprinkler installation and how we can help make watering your lawn easier than ever, call (316) 880-0227 or send us a message online.


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