Magazine article Sunset

Why Pop-Up Sprinklers? for Good Looks, Safety

Magazine article Sunset

Why Pop-Up Sprinklers? for Good Looks, Safety

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Why pop-up sprinklers? For good looks, safety Before the invention of pop-up plastic sprinklers several years ago, the only way to install a sprinkler so it would spray over tall ground cover plants and shrubs was to raise it above the plants on a length of rigid pipe. Not only is this unsightly, it creates a hazard that someone could trip over.

With the availability of sprinklers that pop up 2, 4, 6, or 12 inches above ground level when in use, you can make your landscape safer and more attractive. If a 12-inch pop-up sprinkler in the middle of a bed isn't tall enough to reach over plants, you can add a 6- or 10-inch plastic extension to the pop-up part of the sprinkler. When the system is turned off, only the extension is above ground, and it is hidden beneath foliage.

Pop-ups go on existing and new sprinkler systems

Select a sprinkler size that will reach over the plants when they're mature. If ground cover plants eventually grow to 6 inches high, use a sprinkler with a 6-inch pop-up head.

Because the entire sprinkler sits below soil level, pop-ups require more space underground than stationary sprinklers. That can mean a little extra digging. Determine the depth of your water supply line by digging a hole around the old sprinkler. …

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