You’ve got a sinking feeling something’s not quite right out there with your irrigation system.
You see brown areas forming. Yikes. But the weird thing is, the grass right around your sprinkler heads is still nice and green.
That sinking feeling might be actual sinking — your sprinkler heads sinking.
What’s going on out there?
What causes sprinkler heads to sink?
Let’s take a look.
What Causes Sprinkler Heads to Sink?
First, don’t worry. It’s probably not an underground worm monster or a portal to the underworld making your sprinkler heads sink. (That would be cool, though, right?)
Sprinkler heads naturally settle after a while. Why? The soil compacts over time. Foot traffic. Lawn mowers run over them. It happens.
When it does, the water can’t spray as far as it should, so it doesn’t adequately water your lawn. You’ll start to notice brown areas. Things can go bad fast.
But the area right around the sunken heads might still be nice and green, if water can still spray a short distance.
How to Fix It? Raise Sprinkler Heads
You’ll want to address this sunken head problem right away, so your lawn doesn’t suffer.
Use a shovel to dig around the head, and remove the sod and surrounding soil. Carefully clear the vicinity of dirt. You’ll want to be careful though, not to hit and damage the underground pipes.
Raise the sprinkler head, packing soil under and around it until it’s once again even with the ground and can easily clear the grass when it pops up.
Then replace the sod piece back in place over the sprinkler head.
Or, Better Yet, Leave It to the Pros
Maybe it makes you a bit nervous to start digging around your irrigation system with a shovel.
Understandable. You don’t want to make a relatively small problem like sinking sprinkler heads a whole lot worse.
When you hire Central Florida irrigation services to do regular irrigation inspections, they’ll show up regularly and discover anything that’s gone wrong, from sinking sprinkler heads to clogged nozzles to leaky lines. Regular visits also include adjustments that keep you from wasting water.
Technicians will adjust sprinkler heads that are spraying where they shouldn’t, or spraying out too much water.
They’ll look everything over and spot potential problems before your system breaks down and your grass dies.
No more sinking feelings. Rest easy.
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