Keeping your lawn and garden lush and healthy requires regular watering, especially during hot and dry weather. While manually watering your plants and grass with a garden hose is an option, it can be tedious and time-consuming. This is where sprinklers come in handy, making watering your lawn easy and efficient. Clearwater Irrigation by Landsburg Landscaping takes into consideration the layout of your lawn and watering needs when recommending different types of lawn sprinklers in Barrie and Orillia areas. In this article, we will go over six different sprinkler types available and their benefits to help you choose the right one for your lawn and garden.

What are the benefits of using a sprinkler for your lawn?

Efficient use of water

Using a sprinkler allows you to water your lawn and garden in a controlled manner, ensuring that water is delivered evenly and efficiently to your plants. This way, you can avoid overwatering or underwatering certain areas, which can lead to a waste of water and poor plant growth.


Using a sprinkler frees you from manually watering your plants, which can be a time-consuming task, especially if you have a large lawn. With a sprinkler, you can simply set it up and let it do the work for you, allowing you to focus on other lawn care tasks.

Consistent watering

Sprinklers deliver a steady stream of water to your lawn and garden, ensuring that your plants receive a consistent amount of water. This is particularly useful for plants that require a regular water supply to thrive, such as vegetables and flowers.

What are the different types of sprinklers available?

Stationary sprinkler

As the name suggests, a stationary sprinkler is fixed in place and distributes water in a fixed pattern. It is one of the most common types of sprinklers available and is ideal for smaller lawn areas or for watering specific garden beds. Fixed spray pattern heads are available in many different spray patterns and can be used in a variety of situations. Some spray head nozzles feature a field adjustment screw that can be used to fine tune the radius of the spray pattern. This is helpful for preventing spray from reaching sidewalks, driveways, or lawn edges.  Numerous spray patterns are available for fixed spray pattern heads, which can be applied in various settings. A few nozzle heads offer a screw adjustment for field use, assisting in the precision tuning of the spray pattern’s radius. This is useful in avoiding unwanted spray on pavement, driveways, or lawn borders. 

Rotary sprinkler

Rotary sprinklers distribute water in a circular motion, making them ideal for covering a large area. They are equipped with nozzles that shoot out streams of water in different directions, creating a full spray pattern that covers a wider area compared to stationary sprinklers. They are best suited for lawns that require frequent and consistent watering; they are especially beneficial when you have a lot of ground to cover.

Impact sprinkler

Impact sprinklers project one or more strong streams of water, creating a pulsating spray pattern that covers a large area as they rotate. They are durable and work well in areas with low water pressure. They are best suited for large lawns and gardens that require deep watering as they can sometimes be a bit jerky when moving.

Gear-Driven Rotating Head

A gear-driven rotating head sprinkler is an excellent option for covering large areas of landscape think athletic fields, commercial lawns, etc. It also offers less impact vibration than a standard spray head. It can also be adjusted to a wider radius than a standard spray nozzle without changing the nozzles. They provide more coverage distance than a spray sprinkler and are often promoted by water conservation agencies.

Squirt Sprinklers

A favorite for kids, squirt sprinklers are wind-resistant and feature adjustable jets. They also lower water pressure and flow rate, making them a good choice for medium-sized lawns. Squirt sprinklers can be installed in any area of the yard and usually cycle through to provide complete coverage. These sprinklers are recommended for oddly shaped yards, front and back of the house and hilly areas. As an added bonus, they typically feature an automatic shutoff valve to save time and energy.

Stream Sprinklers

Stream sprinklers are an effective way to water slopes and uneven terrain throughout your yard. Stream sprinklers are typically more cost-efficient than traditional pop-up impact sprinklers and can save 30% of your water bill while delivering the proper amount of water to healthy landscape plants. Stream sprinklers are also less likely to drift from wind than spray heads which can reduce irrigation efficiency and wasteful runoff. They can also deliver water slowly, allowing for more time for plants to absorb the water.

How do I choose the best sprinkler for my lawn and garden?

Determine your lawn and garden size

The size of your lawn and garden will determine the type of sprinkler system that you choose. If you have a large lawn, a rotary or pulsating sprinkler may be the best option. However, for smaller lawns or specific garden beds, a stationary sprinkler may suffice.

Consider water pressure

The water pressure in your area can affect the performance of some types of sprinklers. For example, impact sprinklers work well in areas with low water pressure, while rotary sprinklers require higher water pressure for optimal performance.

Choose the right type of sprinkler for your needs

The type of plants you have, the soil type, and the climate in your area can all influence the type of sprinkler you choose. For example, oscillating sprinklers work well for grassy areas, while drip irrigation systems are ideal for plants that require regular and consistent watering.

The Clearwater Irrigation team has been creating and customizing gorgeous lawns for over 20 years and has the knowledge and experience to give your lawn the best sprinkler system possible!

What is an oscillating sprinkler and how does it work?

Description of oscillating sprinkler

An oscillating sprinkler is a type of lawn sprinkler that distributes water through a series of short, back-and-forth movements. It is equipped with a long tube that slides back and forth, directing the water into a spray pattern.

How does it work?

When turned on, water flows into the sprinkler and is directed onto a set of gears that make the tube move back and forth, creating the spray pattern. The water is distributed in a gentle and consistent manner, making it suitable for grassy areas and delicate plants.

Pros and cons of using an oscillating sprinkler

One of the main advantages of using an oscillating sprinkler is its ability to cover a large area while using very little water. It is also affordable and easy to use. However, oscillating sprinklers may not be ideal for areas that require deeper watering, such as newly planted lawns or large trees.

What is a traveling sprinkler and how do I use it?

Description of traveling sprinkler

A traveling sprinkler, also known as a hose reel sprinkler, is a type of lawn sprinkler that moves along a hose, covering a large area. It is equipped with wheels that move it along the hose, and it operates automatically, making it ideal for larger lawns and gardens.

How to use a traveling sprinkler

To use a traveling sprinkler, you will need to connect it to a garden hose and lay out the hose in the area you want to water. The sprinkler will move along the hose, covering the area with water as it goes. Some models come with a timer that you can set to stop the sprinkler after a certain amount of time.

Benefits and drawbacks of using a traveling sprinkler

One of the main benefits of using a traveling sprinkler is its ability to cover a large area without requiring constant supervision. It is also ideal for irregularly shaped lawns and gardens. However, traveling sprinklers can be more expensive than other types of sprinklers, and they may require more maintenance.

What is a sprinkler system and how does it work?

Description of sprinkler system

A sprinkler system is an in-ground irrigation system that uses a network of pipes, sprinkler heads, and valves to water your lawn and garden. The system is often controlled by a timer or an automated system that turns it on and off.

How does it work?

A sprinkler system works by using a set schedule to water your lawn and garden. The water is distributed through the sprinkler heads, which can be adjusted to deliver a specific amount of water. The system is typically installed by professionals, and it requires some maintenance to ensure optimal performance.

Pros and cons of using a sprinkler system

One of the biggest benefits of using a sprinkler system is its ability to deliver consistent and efficient watering to your lawn and garden. It also allows you to customize your watering schedule and to target specific areas that require more water. However, sprinkler systems can be expensive to install and maintain.

Choosing the right sprinkler for your lawn and garden can make a big difference in the health and appearance of your plants. Whether you opt for a stationary sprinkler, a traveling sprinkler, or a sprinkler system, be sure to consider your lawn size, water pressure, and specific plant needs before making a choice. With the right sprinkler, your lawn and garden will thrive and remain healthy throughout the year.

Let our qualified Irrigation Professional answer all of your questions about what sprinkler system your lawn needs.

At Clearwater Irrigation by Landsburg Landscaping, we know sprinkler installation and repair! Our highly qualified specialists have been beautifying residential and commercial landscapes in Barrie and Orillia areas for more than 20 years.

Give us a call at 705-794-4355 today to schedule a consultation and discuss what the best lawn sprinkler system will work for your lawn.