Keeping a beautiful, green lawn is as American as baseball and apple pie. However, most varieties of grass require a good amount of water to stay green and lush. Watering your lawn and garden beds by hand or by moving a manual sprinkler around can be cumbersome and inefficient. An automatic sprinkler system can make this process easier and more effective.

What is an automatic sprinkler system?

An automatic sprinkler system is an in-ground system with multiple, interconnected sprinkler heads that pop up from the ground to water your lawn and then retract so they are flush with the ground (and won't be damaged by the lawn mower or by kids playing in the yard.) Such systems are tied directly into your water line and can be programmed to start watering at predetermined days and times. Some systems can even be programmed remotely using a smartphone.

Benefits of using an automatic sprinkler system

1. Saves time. One of the chief benefits to using an automatic sprinkler system is the time and effort it saves. With such a system, you no longer have to manually move a hose or hoses or carry water in a watering can.

2. Conserves water. Since you can set an automatic sprinkler system to turn on and off at certain times, you don't risk leaving the hose running in the yard for hours because you forgot to turn it off. You can also save water by only turning on the sprinkler heads in the part of the yard that needs water, rather than watering the entire lawn. An automatic system also makes it easy to water your lawn after dark, which helps save additional water. Conserving water isn't just good for the community and the environment – it will save you money on your city water and sewer bills.

3. You don't have to be home to care for your lawn. With an automatic sprinkler system, you don't have to worry about your finding someone to water your lawn when you're away on vacation or out of town on a business trip. Once you set the time and program the system, an automatic sprinkler system requires very little effort on your part.

While installing an automatic sprinkler system may not be the right choice for every homeowner, such as system by a company like Steeplechase can save time, save on your water usage and allow you more flexibility in caring for your lawn and landscaping.