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Old 07-16-2017, 01:12 PM   #1
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Default New lawn irrigation

Working on part of my yard. Between decades of neglect, kids, grandkids and pets it is in a condition I can no longer ignore.

I am in the middle of tilling and grading it out and got to thinking ahead.
After the seed is down what do I use for a temporary system to water it?
I am not going for a show place lawn so an in ground system seems overkill.
Just need the new grass to have a chance to get up and standing on it's own.

I kind of like the idea of the tri-pod sprinkler. Tie some of them together, turn on or off as needed. However, most seem to be plastic and short lived based on some reviews.

Anyone tried the tri pod setup?
Any recommendations on brand?

Also open to any other suggestions for this application.
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Old 07-16-2017, 01:53 PM   #2
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Your link to the Amazon sprinkler product shows what must be the most interesting multi product discount I've ever seen. The higher the quantity package, the more expensive it gets.

I've wanted to try some of those sprinklers, just have not pulled the trigger.

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Hmmm, seems the post I was referring to vanished.

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Old 07-16-2017, 02:14 PM   #3
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Based on your original post it seems to me that plastic and short lived is what you need. This may be one time when Garage Journals quest for high quality may be unnecessary, you get the grass going and you don't need the sprinklers anymore.
I buy overbuilt too, so I am not taking a dig at you.
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Old 07-16-2017, 03:53 PM   #4
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:01 PM   #5
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How about a garden hose? That's pretty simple.
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Old 07-16-2017, 04:36 PM   #6
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I personally cannot keep grass alive without a timer sprinkler. Undeground was the only way for me. My neihbor had a "showcase" lawn and i got sick of mine looking so terrible next to his so i dug my own trench and put in undeground out front only. My back yard still looks sad compared to his but and the front isn't as nice but it's at least green instead of brown.

All that said it was pretty easy and not too expensive digging the trench and installing underground sprinklers. I would do it again just because its convenient to never worry about hoses and watering.

Also there are many cheap digital timers nowdaya that hook streight up to an outdoor garden hose hookup. I would recommend one just to make life a little easier.

Another way is to buy the underground sprinkler heads and run some pvc pipe and attach the heads to it and run a garden hose to the pipe. Its removable, fast, adjustable, not too expensive, consistent, can be digitally timed and reused each year. Theres a guy up the road from me that waters a large retangualr yard that way very effectively with the square pattern heads.

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Old 07-16-2017, 04:39 PM   #7
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Your link to the Amazon sprinkler product shows what must be the most interesting multi product discount I've ever seen. The higher the quantity package, the more expensive it gets.

I've wanted to try some of those sprinklers, just have not pulled the trigger.

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I have seen this quite a bit on Amazon recently.

1 Meguiars Complete Car Care Kit cost $39, but 4 cost $440.96

https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-Comp...e+Car+Care+Kit
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Old 07-16-2017, 05:25 PM   #8
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I have seen this quite a bit on Amazon recently.

1 Meguiars Complete Car Care Kit cost $39, but 4 cost $440.96

https://www.amazon.com/Meguiars-Comp...e+Car+Care+Kit
Thats a steal, i just clicked that link and 4 was $792... i wonder if they are just trying to get people to buy it without paying attention. Or its a whole pellet lol.

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Old 07-16-2017, 07:15 PM   #9
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Thats a steal, i just clicked that link and 4 was $792... i wonder if they are just trying to get people to buy it without paying attention. Or its a whole pellet lol.

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IDK, I think it is a new Amazon feature where they are grouping similar products from different sellers, the single pack is from Amazon as the seller, the others are from different sellers.

I wonder how many people actually did order the multi pack without looking?

The $39 dollar deal is a pretty good deal though, found it on SlickDeals as I was looking for claybar to get rid of some water spots..
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:19 PM   #10
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As the owner of an original 1939 National Walking Sprinkler that gets used regularly, I can tell you that you do NOT want to use that type of sprinkler on bare dirt. It will make ruts, bury the drive wheels or the hose will drag the seed around.
The tripod impact sprinkler is my recommendation, with the sprinkler head set for a fairly fine spray. You want to keep the soil damp, not wash the seed away. Soaker or misting hoses would be my second choice.

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Old 07-16-2017, 07:29 PM   #11
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Agree with damp soil and not wash seed away. I used an oscillating sprinkler, you know the back and forth half circle type, and it washed all my grass seed away into the ditch. Ditch grew excellent bed of grass, flats and slopes nothing.

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You want a sprinkler that will soak the ground evenly. I've done hundreds of yards commercially and this is the only kind I will let people use if they don't have a sprinkler system installed. Imo it works way better. Either move it when needed or set up more than one. Don't water all day. You want to do it once really early in the morning and once again in the late afternoon/ evening. Just long enough that it soaks the area and then move it.
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Old 07-16-2017, 07:38 PM   #13
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Just dethatched and seeded last September


I went from this



To this



In a few weeks time.


Using just a simple oscillating sprinkler zip tied to a wood stake in a 5 gal bucket of sand. Made moving it simple.

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Old 07-16-2017, 07:44 PM   #14
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LS and others:
I agree. I have done the wash it away thing before. Fine mist is the smarter move.

BigHead38, you were referring to the tri pod?
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Old 07-16-2017, 09:36 PM   #15
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I have an underground sprinkler connected to a timer. If you haven't installed the lawn seed yet, consider the sprinkler an investment and time saver. Once it is installed you never have to worry about watering the lawn or having a brown lawn. A regular watering schedule does wonders for a nice green lawn. The installation cost is not expensive if you do the digging and connections.

Keep installation simple by installing the pop-up rotational head sprinklers at each of the four lawn corners. You can adjust the spray patterns and they can reach 50 feet of more distance. I did not install misters.

I recommend a 120 vac timer installed inside the house and a wire run to one sprinkler value attached to the hose bib. My luck with battery powered timers was not good.

Also do not forget to install a back flow prevention device onto the hose bib. You do not want dirty water backing into your home drinking water.
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Old 07-17-2017, 04:52 PM   #16
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There are a few ways to water the lawn:

1) Irrigation systems - underground sprinklers on timer
2) Irritation systems - above ground, moving the hose, etc...
3) Do nothing (rain only)

I had #1 in my previous hose, it worked great. Current house has #3 (much larger lawn area, with a lot of shade so I can get by OK, but not great).

I'm in southern Indiana and I'd normally think that it's best to wait past Labor Day to seed, but this summer has been abnormally wet, so it should be OK.
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Old 07-17-2017, 05:39 PM   #17
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By the time I get some fill and complete grading it may well be labor day.

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Old 07-17-2017, 05:52 PM   #18
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Not a good time to plant grass, spring and fall are better. That said, if you spread straw on it the soil will not dry out so fast. Plenty of water.
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The problem with generous irrigation at this time of the year is that weeds (e.g. crabgrass) will grow 5 times faster than the grass. Ask me how I know it...
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You want a sprinkler that will soak the ground evenly. I've done hundreds of yards commercially and this is the only kind I will let people use if they don't have a sprinkler system installed. Imo it works way better. Either move it when needed or set up more than one. Don't water all day. You want to do it once really early in the morning and once again in the late afternoon/ evening. Just long enough that it soaks the area and then move it.
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I agree. I have done the wash it away thing before. Fine mist is the smarter move.

BigHead38, you were referring to the tri pod?
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