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Types of Sprinkler Heads: Spray vs. Rotary

Lawn Sprinkler Types

There are many different types of sprinkler heads that can be installed as part of an underground lawn sprinkler system. The two main options are spray sprinkler heads and rotary sprinkler heads. There are pros and cons to each option. Use the information below to learn more about each one.

Spray Sprinkler Heads

- Stationary, do not rotate
- Sprays a steady, constant stream over one area
- Varying circular patterns (half circle, full circle, etc.)
- High application rate over a small area
- Cover less distance than rotary sprinkler heads
- Sprinkler heads spaced closer together
- Works well in small, hard-to-reach areas
- Not ideal for slopes (creates unnecessary water waste)

Rotary Sprinkler Heads

- Sprinkler head rotates and spreads water over a large area
- Can cover great distances (requires less sprinkler heads)
- Ideal for big, open areas of lawn
- Require more water pressure than other sprinkler heads
- Lower application rate (takes longer to water one area)
- Impact rotary sprinkler heads can be loud
- Gear-driven rotary sprinklers are smaller and quieter

The Bottom Line:

When installing a lawn sprinkler system, you should carefully plan the placement of sprinkler heads. Each lawn sprinkler system will have a mix of different sprinkler heads, but you should avoid mixing within the same zone (or circuit). You should also make sure there is some overlap in coverage to avoid dry spots.

Related: Sprinkler Heads: Pop-up vs. Fixed

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