Should I Use MP Rotators in My Reticulation
Short answer – if you can YES!
I am a fan of MP rotators because they allow you to water more effectively. The rotators spray ‘fingers’ of water and can water up to approx 8 metres. Because they distribute water more slowly than regular pop-ups it gets absorbed much better by the soil.
With typical pop-ups there is often a lot of run off as they spray a lot of water in a short time, but with Mps this is less of an issue.
MPs come in 3 types – the ‘1000’, ‘2000’ and ‘3000’ and the spray distance increases with each size. The MP 1000’s are good for around 2-3.5m radii, the 2000’s work best between 4-5.5m and the 3000’s work over areas 6-8.5m, but to get the full distance you need to have excellent pressure.
MP’s use less water than regular pop-ups so you can often do a whole front lawn on one station, saving on trenching, pvc pipe and solenoids. Having said that the saving is actually offset by the cost of the nozzles themselves. At $15-20.00/ nozzle they aren’t cheap – and you need to make sure your lawnmower man isn’t going to chew them up!
Mp’s screw into regular pop-ups and are easy to change over. The big thing to remember is to leave them on for around 45 mins to get the same amount of water on your lawn as you would with 10 mins of pop-ups and secondly don’t mix them with pop-ups as you will drown some parts of our lawn and not water others adequately.
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