Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Sprinkler Daddy - Explain Yourself!

I put this video together today to talk a bit more about what Sprinkler Daddy is all about and how the process works. It'll be posted on the home page soon. Tell your friends.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Head To Head Sprinkler System Design Explained

Head to head coverage is the manufacturer's recommended way to design sprinkler systems. Basically, the further along the spray you go, the less amount of water that covers the ground. So if you just sprayed so that you got all the grass wet, you'd have to over water in some areas just to get the bare minimum on the other parts.

So essentially, head to head coverage means that you'll install a few more heads up front, but you'll save water and money every time you water your lawn.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

How To Use Less Water On Your Yard - Howcast Video

The team at Howcast makes some pretty killer videos. This is today's video of the day that talks about how to use less water on your yard.

If you don't want to watch the video, here's how the steps break down:

Step 1 - Use native plants that are adapted to the rainfall in your area
Step 2 - Plant spreading plants to hold moisture in the soil
Step 3 - Limit lawn
Step 4 - Use sprinklers in early morning or after dusk
Step 5 - Adjust sprinkler heads so the water droplets are large
Step 6 - Use micro or drip irrigation
Step 7 - Don't overfeed your lawn
Step 8 - Keep your grass longer and leave the cut ends on top (Don't Bag)
Step 9 - Mulch

The video is very well done - hats off to Howcast user Jordana_Giorgio. You can watch it below.

Installing Drip Irrigation - Water Saving Tips

In this video I explain in a nutshell how a drip irrigation system is installed. If you can visualize how a drip irrigation system works and what's involved in the process of installing a drip irrigation system, you might be able to think about installing one yourself.

Drip irrigation is a great way to save water and money when you're watering shrubs. You set up a dripper (or two or three if you wish) at the root of each shrub so the water is localized. That means you don't waste water and money watering the areas that you don't need to.

Automatic Sprinkler Systems Compared To Manual Sprinkler Systems

Manual sprinkler systems are simple and sweet. There is no electrical work to worry about and you just need to turn a valve on and off whenever you want to water. The downside to a manual system is that it's up to you to remember to turn on and off the water.

Automatic sprinkler systems are great because you can basically set it and forget it. You can set your timer to turn the sprinklers on at a certain time each day. This feature is great because it gives you the ability to water in the early morning hours before you even get out of bed. At night your water pressure will be increased because less people are using water, which means optimum water coverage. By watering at night you'll also have less water evaporation because it isn't as hot, and generally speaking it tends to be less windy at night (at least in Saskatchewan) so you'll be watering the areas you want to water.

An automatic sprinkler system also allows you to keep watering your lawn while you're on holidays. The downside of an automatic system is that it will require a bit of minor electrical work when you're installing your automatic underground sprinkler system.

So to recap...

Manual Sprinkler Systems:


  • Easier to install
  • Less Money
  • No electrical work required


  • Have to remember to turn the water on and off
  • Can't water when on holidays

Automatic Sprinkler Systems:


  • Set it and forget it
  • Water in the evening or early morning
  • Less water evaporation
  • Water on holidays


  • Small amount of electrical work required on installation
  • Some extra costs

For a quote on either a manual sprinkler system or an automatic sprinkler system that you can install yourself, visit http://www.sprinklerdaddy.ca.

Installing an Automatic Sprinkler System

In this video I explain in a nutshell how an automatic underground sprinkler system is installed. If you can visualize how an automatic sprinkler system works, and what's involved in the process of installing an underground sprinkler system, you might be able to think about installing a sprinkler system yourself.

Sprinkler Daddy!

Hey all, I'd like to introduce you to Sprinkler Daddy (pictured). He's the face of our company, also named Sprinkler Daddy.

Sprinkler Daddy is new on the scene as of April 2008. What we do is provide professionally designed sprinkler systems delivered right to your door that you can install yourself.

That means that if you're thinking about installing sprinklers in your yard, all your worries are taken care of. You don't need to run all over town looking for the right parts (if you know what parts you need). You don't need to deal with the line ups and poor customer service at the box stores. And best of all, you don't even need to leave your house.

The video below explains how the whole process works. If you like what you see, check us out at http://www.sprinklerdaddy.ca/ and we'll be glad to help you out with your do it yourself sprinkler project!