Oscillating or pulsating sprinklers? And is it the same type of sprinkler your parents used?
Growing up, my Dad always watered the lawn with oscillating sprinklers, so naturally, when I bought my first sprinkler, that's what I chose.
I've tried the pulsating sprinklers, and even own one or two of them, but I prefer the quiet, gentle "rain" of an oscillating sprinkler over the "throwing" of a pulsating sprinkler.
I guess that's just how I was brought up. And yes, when we were little, on really hot evenings, my Dad would let us run through the sprinklers until we were soaking wet. Try that with a pulsating sprinkler. It would be no fun at all.
(Quick story... last summer I saw the kids who live behind me, who have a swimming pool in their backyard, playing in the sprinkler in their front yard. They looked like they were having quite a bit of fun. Just goes to show that sometimes having a sprinkler is better than having a pool and it's definitely a lot cheaper.)
Now, I know that some of you are thinking "no sprinkler" because you don't water your lawn at all. Normally, I don't water my lawn either but this spring has been quite dry around these parts.
I'm all for letting the lawn go naturally dormant in July and August when it is hot anyway, but this year it started to go dormant before Memorial Day, so I started watering some on May 31st. I know! I shocked everyone, including myself, when I did that. But that was the day I got a new roof put on my house and the lawn looked pretty beat up after 16 roofers stood around on it while they were packing up to leave.
I hope we return to a more normal weather pattern soon. If you want to see how odd the weather has been since last November, check out Robin's Nesting Place for some links to some of the NOAA headlines about our weather here in central Indiana. We had the driest May in 15 years, and June isn't much different so far.
And while you comment to let us know if you use an oscillating or pulsating sprinkler or maybe even one of those fancy tractor sprinklers that travels along the hose as it waters, I need to run out and turn off the sprinkler in the back. In addition to watering the lawn, I'm also watering the vegetable garden.
It's dry out there!