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Name: Random Bunny
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random_bunny75
Jul 27, 2017 2:21 PM CST
I have sprinkler system installed to water my existing lawn which is about 25 ft deep and 100 ft wide. I don't really use the sprinklers and rely mainly on rain- the reason you ask, water is too expensive where we live. Without water the lawn I get $100 monthly water bills.

I am in process of extending that lawn (starting new lawn)- another 20-25 ft deep and same 100 ft wide.

I don't want to install another line to extend sprinkler system- at least not this year- no money left.

But since I am starting the new lawn in Fall- I kind of have to water it may be every day for first 2 weeks or so. So I am wondering is there any advice you folks have as to how to water this new lawn- what would I need and in what quantities (how many hoses, any specific types of sprinklers on hose, any connects/adapters to extend range of this, etc.). I am a new homeowner so don't have all the gardening equipment but would buy as needed.

Appreciate the advice.
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McCannon
Jul 27, 2017 2:49 PM CST
@random_bunny75, For your long narrow area, an oscillating sprinkler would probably be your best choice. http://home.howstuffworks.com/...
They water in a rectangular pattern rather than circular. The pattern width is adjustable and the range depends on the particular sprinkler. Your local home improvement box store will have them. Depending on how much effort you want to put into it, you could get by with 1 sprinkler and reposition it to cover the 100' span, with a hose of the appropriate length to reach your water source.
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Bonehead
Jul 27, 2017 2:51 PM CST
I have good luck with the ol' standard oscillating sprinkler - the ones that you ran through as a kid. Some folks claim they have a high evaporation rate with those, I don't know. They cover a lot of area, are quiet, easy to move around, easily adjustable, and inexpensive. What's not to like? We've set them up while on vacation to timers and that's also worked well for us.
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 27, 2017 3:01 PM CST
I'll never have $100 water bills. In the hot summer (Now and the next 8-10 weeks ), ours is upwards of $300. But my shady yard is GREEN!
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Name: Cheryl
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 27, 2017 3:33 PM CST
But back to your question. When my neighbors lay new sod in one section of their lawn, they put out a sprinkler just to that area. So you are on the right tract. There is an inexpensive plastic one that dials up 4-6 patterns that have used. It does rectangle shapes for strips that might work for you. Or maybe a soaker hose? The old fashioned flat kind. It has a 10 ft or so width to it depending on your water pressure. I love my oscillating sprinkler. But it didn't take too well to getting run over. Blinking
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DaisyI
Jul 27, 2017 5:53 PM CST
I love my oscillating sprinkler. It covers a big rectangular area. Not having to move the sprinkler too many times on freshly seeded lawn seems like a good idea.
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