Planning your lawn’s irrigation system can be a time-consuming endeavor, but it can save you time in the long run, reduce water waste, and create the lush backyard of your dreams.

We have the information you need to make a smart purchase decision about all the most common types of household irrigation systems available.

Things to Consider

Backyard irrigation systems come in all shapes and sizes, and each offers different benefits, so knowing what you need is key to selecting the right system for your home. Your needs can change with the seasons and the type of landscape you have in your backyard.

Decide on a budget, and do some initial research into what is available in your area. Take a trip to home and garden stores and see what type of systems they offer.

Questions to Ask

Before you decide on the type of system you need, consider these questions:

  • What type of watering options do you want? Do you want a drip system, a sprinkler system, or both?
  • How much water do you need to water your lawn?
  • Will you need to run your system during the winter when you won’t be home to water your lawn? Do you have a small or large yard?

From there, you can think about the kind of sprinklers to choose from. 

Above Ground vs. In-Ground Lawn Sprinklers

There are two primary types of lawn sprinklers: above-ground and in-ground.

With above-ground sprinklers, the water source is stored above ground, and the sprinkler is connected to the source by tubing. The tubing can be connected to the water source using a manual or an automatic cap.

Manual caps are used during the initial set-up of the sprinkler to connect it to the water source, and then the caps are removed. You can install manual caps if you’re watering your lawn on a regular basis or you’re doing preventative maintenance.

Automatic caps are usually installed with drip irrigation systems and will automatically turn the water on and off as needed.

In-ground sprinklers are more permanent. Once they’re installed, they become part of the lawn’s infrastructure. They are connected to the water source through a buried pipe and connected to the lawn by buried tubing.

Spray Sprinkler Heads

Spray sprinkler heads are the most common type of lawn sprinkler, and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and spray types (cone, flat, and fan spray).

Spray sprinkler heads are used on lawns, gardens, shrubs, and trees. The diameter of the spray head determines the area it covers.

The types of spray heads you will use will depend on the type of plants you’re watering. For example, cone spray heads work well for watering plants whose leaves are big and wide, like rose bushes, because the water can soak down deep to the root system.

Flat spray heads are used for lawns and shrubs. Flat spray heads can be used with a variety of hoses, but they can lose pressure as water travels away from the source.


Sprinkler heads are one of the most important components of any lawn irrigation system. From our home to yours, we will assist you in making the correct choice on your sprinklers.

Invest in an effective sprinkler system to make your lawn look better and stay that way. Extreme Irrigation will help you with your new sprinkler system installation in Tulsa that will transform your yard. Get in touch with us today to learn more.