• In this video, This Old House landscape contractor Roger Cook explains how to install a low-cost lawn sprinkler.


    1. Use long string to determine number and location of sprinkler heads.
    2. Dig hole for sprinkler head, shovel topsoil onto a tarp; save sod for replacement later.
    3. Hold sprinkler head in place and partially backfill around it with excavated topsoil.
    4. Add gravel around sprinkler head and male quick-connect fitting.
    5. Set protective ring and cover over male quick-connect fitting.
    6. Add more topsoil to hole, then patch around the sprinkler head with saved sod.
    7. Attach garden hose to sprinkler head using quick-connect fitting.
    8. Turn on water and adjust spray-range of sprinkler.
    • Difficulty: Easy
      Requires very little digging and no plumbing
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      • trenching shovel
        used to dig holes for sprinkler heads

      Shopping List

      1. In-ground sprinkler head
      The easy-to-install model used here is from Watering Made Easy

      2. Female quick-connect hose fitting
      for attaching hose to sprinkler head

      3. String
      used to determine number of sprinklers needed

      4. Gravel

      for backfilling around sprinklers

      5. Plastic tarp
      used to hold excavated topsoil