Our yard is full of grassburs. Let me tell you, I hate grassburs. I let my toddler play in the back yard last week, and she had a blast, but she ended up with little burs stuck to all of her clothes. So when I picked her up, they got stuck all over me and my clothes. I had to get her undressed and pick all of them off her clothes, and then off of me. She usually goes to her grandparents house to play outside where she can run free in their perfectly manicured and fenced backyard. I want her to be able to play outside more when she is at home without getting covered in grassburs.
This week, I am raging war on the grass burrs. I have been reading about how to best rid the lawn of grassburs. Most of what I have read states that if you have a well fertilized, watered, and mowed lawn then you can grow your grass dense enough to chock out the grassburs. The Aggie Horticulture website reads, “A dense stand of healthy grass provides the best weed control” I have also read (or heard) that most weeds do not like a high nitrogen environment.
Yesterday I started my war on the grassburs. I added a high nitrogen fertilizer to my yard. I thought I was doing good, then read on the package that I needed to water the lawn within 24 hours. Umm…we don’t even own a sprinkler. We didn’t need any at our last home because we had a sprinkler system. So, off to lowes I go. I planned to purchase a walking sprinkler, but it was close to $60. I just couldn’t see spending that much on a sprinkler that I still had to set up every time I wanted to use it. The space that I am trying to water is relatively small. So I started looking at other options.
I almost purchased a movable system that had three sprinklers in series. It was $20 and looked pretty easy to use. Our previous neighbors had a similar system and seemed to like it. Then I saw something else. The lawn sprinkler that can be hooked up together to set up as automated sprinkler system without the trenching and expensive supplies. Now I had myself a Sunday afternoon project. If you are wanting to set up one of these systems yourself, here are the supplies you will need:
- Spike Lawn Sprinkler, as many as you need to cover your lawn. I purchased 3.
- Water hose long enough to connect sprinklers, I had one already
- Male/Female water hose adapters
- Something to cut the water hose with. I used the same cutters I use for my garden drip system
- Screw Driver
Before you get started, lay out your water hose and make sure it is long enough to connect the sprinklers. I actually hooked up one of the sprinklers to see how far it would spray, and then spaced them out accordingly. I had a non-kink hose that I never liked. It was really heavy and would still get kinks in it, but worked perfectly for this project.
Step One. Connect your water hose to the water spigot. You will need to run water from your water source to the first sprinkler spike. If you are attaching an automated timer, hook that up first. I will eventually add a dual zone automated timer to my system where the arrow is in the picture. My picture looks a little funny because of how the water spigot is coming out of the pipe. The splitter would not attach, so I had to create a small piece of water hose to attach my splitter to. I used the splitter to cut down on the amount of water hose needed to space out the sprinklers since my water spigot wasn’t in the perfect spot.
Step Two. Cut the water hose where you want to attach the first sprinkler spike. I recommend leaving a little extra hose, just in case there is an oops (I can’t be the only one who has lots of oopsies during projects). I only make one cut at a time, and attach the spikes one at a time. That allows me to make corrections as I go. Luckily this system is pretty forgiving. I use the same tool I bought when I was setting up my drip system to make the cuts.
Step Three. Attach the male connector to the end of the water hose. OK, this is where the most frustration was for me. There are a few type of male/female connectors in the water hose repair area when you go to the hardware store. There are medal pieces, with a stainless steel clamp, or for a dollar cheaper there are the plastic pieces that have two screws to tighten them to the hose. I recommend paying one dollar more and getting the medal pieces with the clamp. I purchased one of these and the rest plastic. The medal pieces were so much easier to attach, and will probably hold up better then the plastic ones anyway.
Step Four. Attach the spike sprinkler to the newly attached male adapter and put in the ground. Wow, wasn’t that easy! I opted for the plastic sprinklers to save some money. If they brake at some point, I will probably replace with the medal ones.
Step Five. The spike sprinklers each come with a cap on one end. You can remove the cap to continue to add more sprinklers in series. All you need to do is add the female adapter to the end of the water hose and attach to the spike sprinkler. Repeat steps 2-4 for each additional spike you will be adding.
That was an easy Sunday afternoon project, and now I will be able to perfectly water my yard each week this winter to encourage root growth of my grass. I only spent about $25 on supplies at Lowes. It will cost me an additional $30 to add the timer. I will also be adding some grass seed to the bare spots. And if you are wondering, That is Mister Hunter, my goofy rescue dog that likes to assist me on my projects. He is quite the model 🙂
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