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Do you love a nice, green lawn, healthy plants, and gorgeous flowers? If so, then you know they require a lot of water. Although some people do not thing there is any difference between sprinklers, the truth is that there are a number of different types on the market, each with a special purpose, as you will see from the following sprinkler types:

Hoses � First, let us talk about the hose, which you need for the sprinkler. When shopping for a new hose, you need to give some thought to the thickness, length, and diameter. Typically, you will find that hoses come in 1/2, 5/8, and 3/4-inch diameters. The way this works is that a 3/4-inch hose is capable of producing one and one-half times the water as what you would get from a 5/8-inch hose and two and one-quarter times that of a 1/2-inch hose. Therefore, your best bet is to choose the hose with the larger diameter.

When it comes to the thickness of the hose, synthetic or vinyl hoses that are made with fiberglass reinforcement are very lightweight and generally resist puncture holes. On the other hand, hoses with thin walls have a problem with kinking while the thicker hoses will not. The one downside to the thicker hose is that it is heavier and sometimes a little more difficult to manage. You also want to choose a host that is the right length for your watering needs.

Soaker hoses are still hoses but they are designed with pores that produce very slow flowing water. You will find these made from plastic, vinyl, foam, rubber, or canvas and are ideal for rose and other types of flower gardens.

You need to consider your specific watering needs when choosing a sprinkler. When watering plants, you want to water them from the ground up. This way, the roots are receiving the water and the chance of spreading some plant diseases is eliminated. However, some plants such as ferns do appreciate a fine misting. Soil type is another consideration when it comes to choosing sprinklers in that sandy soil would need a slow delivery of water.
  • Rotary � This type or sprinkler is designed with two or three arms that spin, delivering a fine spray of water. The nice thing is that the distance of the spray can be adjusted.

  • Oscillating � Water is sprayed out of small holes in a curved arm. This arm moves back and forth, being adjusted to the left, right, or both.

  • Pulsating � A pulsating sprinkler sprays out a single spray of water, which pulses and moves in a circle. If you like, the spray can be adjusted to a full circle, partial circle, or reversed.

  • Traveling � This type of sprinkler actually has wheels, being driven by the force of the water. You put the hose in the path of where you want the sprinkler to travel with one wheel on the hose. What happens is that the sprinkler will move along the hose, watering the yard or garden. Once the sprinkler reaches the end of the hose, it simply stops.
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