How To Protect Fences And Walls From Lawn Sprinkler Water Stains

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Lawn sprinklers are a major benefit for the busy homeowner, since they allow you to keep a well-irrigated and healthy yard without the hassle of constantly moving a sprinkler and hose, or even worse, watering by hand. Unfortunately, sprinklers can also cause damage to wooden fences, siding, or other outdoor structures. This damage usually shows as a stained or worn area where the sprinklers hit each day, but wood in the sprinkler zone may also become damaged or rot prematurely. The following tips can help prevent sprinkler fall out on your structures.

Tip #1: Switch out your sprinkler heads

The wrong types of heads or heads can be a major cause of water staining. Skip the rotating rotor heads and instead go for pop-up sprayers in areas where a fence or wall is next to the lawn. Unlike rotors, sprayers are less likely to overshoot their set area, so the wall is safe from water. Sprayers also deliver the water closer to the top of the lawn, so the wind won't carry it far beyond the desired irrigation area.

Tip #2: Check the sprinkler settings

Each sprinkler head can be adjusted to alter its spray pattern. All it takes is patience and a screwdriver. The adjustment screw is located on top of the sprinkler. Just twist it in the direction indicated to change the pattern of the spray. This allows you to set the sprinkler so it only delivers water to the lawn and it doesn't soak the fence behind it.

Tip #3: Be proactive when planning

If you are putting in a new system, plan to give fences and walls a bit of a buffer zone to protect them from sprinkler blowback. The simplest way to do this is to put in some former of border. This could be a hardscaped border along the base of the fence, either filled with decorative rocks or paving stones. If you prefer plants, a narrow border bed that is watered by hand or with drip irrigation will work. This way the sprinklers don't set directly against the wall or fence, which minimizes the chances of overspray and water damage.

Tip #4: Treat the wood

If you're still worried about your sprinklers, paint all wood surfaces with a stain or paint with water sealing properties. You will need to check that it is is still working about once a year. To do this, spray a small amount of water onto the wood. If it beads up, the seal is strong. If it soaks in, it is time to seal the fence or wall again.

Talk to an irrigation contractor, such as Krupske Sprinkler Systems, in your area for more tips for your sprinkler system.


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