- Rotary heads
- Spray heads
- Drip irrigation
Rotary heads, or gear driven heads, are used in larger areas that require a stream of 20’ or longer. Rotary heads pop up out of the ground at either 4”, 6” or 12” and rotate as they spray. The rotation is usually adjustable from 40 to 360 degrees, and the distance and flow are adjustable through different size nozzles, which are supplied by the manufacturer.
Spray heads are used in smaller areas where a stream of 5 to 15’ is needed. They also come in different sizes or pop up heights, most commonly 4”, 6” and 12”. Spray heads pop up out of the ground and spray water, but they do not rotate like the rotaries.
Instead, the spray pattern is more focused on the area to be watered. With that being said, they typically don’t need to run for as long as the rotary heads because they saturate the area quicker. A nozzle will be installed on the top of the spray head to create different shape or watering pattern. For example, you might have an area that is long and skinny which requires one type of pattern, where another are in your landscape is more open, and that spray head would need to spray further in all directions.
Pro Tip: Usually it is best to keep rotary heads and spray heads on separate zones because they will emit water at different rates.
Drip irrigation (pictured below) is usually used for landscaped areas where a slow, soaking type of watering is desired or an isolated area like a small planting bed or flower pot. A small emitter is placed at the base of the material being watered. It waters slowly and directly at the root ball of the plant or tree.
All types of watering can be effective if used properly, but they will have different long term maintenance requirements. For more information call Irrigation Incorporated today to schedule a consultation or service call!