If ever there was an unsung hero of summer it’s a great sprinkler system. We don’t really notice an irrigation system until it’s not working properly. Sprinklers work tirelessly at lawn care while also saving us time and money. It’s just about that time of year when we need to start thinking about water our lawns again.

When you do just that, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Here are a few ways to ensure your spring irrigation set up doesn’t turn into a geyser-like disaster.

Frozen Ground

Prior to the actual start-up, use a shovel or spade to ensure the ground is frost-free. Make sure the ground is thawed a full 12 inches below the surface. Filling the system too early can be a huge issue.

Water Pressure

Before you turn on your irrigation system for the first time of the season, make sure your water pressure is between 40 and 65 PSI.


Check for missing sprinkler heads. Whether they were broken over the winter or damaged while shoveling, water won’t be evenly distributed to your lawn causing waste and run-off. Look for tilted sprinkler heads as well. Tilted sprinkler heads cause over-watering in some spots and a lack of watering in others. Clogged sprinklers can happen over the long winter months as well. Luckily, this is a simple fix with a paperclip and a gentle touch. Your sprinkler heads should be at 90-degree angles.