Choosing the Right Sprinklers for your Irrigation project

February 13, 2019

Choosing the right sprinklers for your irrigation can be difficult with so many Tulsa sprinkler options and several factors to consider.  This article is designed to give you a guide to on the various factors you should put into consideration when choosing the best sprinkler for your irrigation project.

The classification of sprinklers is based on the method they use to distribute water and there are two types of sprinklers; Spray type sprinklers and rotor type sprinklers. Spray type sprinklers spray a fan-shaped pattern of water while rotor type sprinklers spray by rotating streams of water in circles over the land.

Checklist for choosing the right sprinklers for your irrigation project

  • Choosing an experienced irrigation sprinkler system company

    When looking for a sprinkler installation or repair company, always check the company's experience, insurance details, industry education and certifications, good testimonials and reviews, maintenance services offered, and if the company gives a detailed written contract. Also, make sure they take into consideration the soil type, climate, crop you grow, dimensions of the area being covered and water pressure before recommending a Tulsa sprinkler system.

  • Land topography

     Topography refers to the physical appearance of the natural features of the land. When choosing the right sprinkler for your irrigation, a hilly or sloppy land can be a challenge. However, if the laterals are run along topographic lines, drip irrigation works well and in order to prevent runoff, system runs times need to be adjusted.

  • Type of soil

Ensure you find out the kind of soil you are dealing with because it affects the sprinkler type choice and its runtime. By matching your sprinkler to your soil needs, you minimize soil disruption. Soils are disrupted by the wrong dispersion pattern and droplet size, which result in losing valuable nutrients through run-off.  For example, clay soil has a high water-holding capacity and low infiltration rate, which means that clay soil requires small water droplets.

  • Crop being planted

Base your sprinkler selection on the kind of crops planted and their water requirements. Along with that, also know any special needs of the crop you are growing like whether the crop is vulnerable to problems such as root issues. Choosing the right sprinkler for the crop provides great benefits like healthier crops and larger produce volumes.



  • Consider your climate.

    When determining the best Tulsa sprinkler option, consider the climate of your region. Think about windy areas, areas with low humidity and places that are sunny. For example, sprinkler irrigation in environments with such climates generally loses more water to evaporation and strong winds, so  the best method of watering in such scenarios  is  drip irrigation.

  • Water location and availability

    Another important factor that contributes to the success or failure of sprinkler irrigation is the water source, pressure, and  availability. Where the source is located also determines the type of sprinkler you use.  Additionally, think about whether the water contains minerals that can damage the crops if sprayed directly.

  • Size and shape of the field

The size of the land and its shape is an important factor when it comes to choosing the right sprinkler because it affects drainage and water flow.


If you are looking for Tulsa irrigation systems installation, maintenance or repair, contact us here at Tulsa Sprinkler Systems.



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