Lawn sprinkler system Installation


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If you are sick and tired of dragging a hose to water different areas of your lawn or fighting with setting timers for manual sprinklers, it may be time to think about installing an in ground sprinkler system.

With the changing climate, more demand is being placed on our lawns to be watered very strategically.  Moisture demand has increased and that means more work for the homeowner.

Well, we are here to tell you that you do have options that are affordable, smart technology friendly and efficient.


What should I  expect?

With any new lawn sprinkler system from Thirsty Turf Inc, you should expect only the best new nozzle designs.

We use specific Rain Bird nozzle types, more primarily called variable arc rotary nozzles (RVAN)  These use much less water and take the place of the older technology like variable arc sprays (VAN) which used 3x the water.  You will see these older VAN types of nozzles in flowerbeds, boulevards, narrow turf areas, often emitting a fog or heavy mist.

There is no mist or fog from a newer more efficient RVAN nozzle, rather a steady rotating set of streams and larger droplets all making it to the soil and penetrating effectively.

Example image:


RVAN nozzles can be used to cover an entire turf area but are most ideal for slopes, narrow or odd shaped turf areas including flowerbeds.


Watch this short Rain Bird Video about the RVAN high efficiency rotary spray nozzles.




When it comes to the open turf areas, its no question that a RAIN BIRD 5000+ series rotor is king.  These rotors are tough, accurate and durable.  They come equipped with 2 options, a PRS pressure regulating stem and SAM seal-a-matic check valve.


PRS regulates the water pressure passing through the rotor so that the output nozzle is operating within its normal range of recommended pressure.  This saves on water use dramatically in areas where municipal water pressure is higher than 55-60psi.

Here is a video about PRS




SAM is a check valve installed in the bottom of the rotor case.  If we take a garden hose for example and put one end at the low end of a hill and open the end, what happens? The water escapes.  With SAM, even the lowest or last sprinkler head in the line will not allow the water in the sprinkler plumbing to escape each time the system is shut down.



When it comes to controllers, we use a variety of options depending on the customers needs.  We can install the most basic controller with simple to use options, or a smart controller (best option) that you may even control from a remote location via your smartphone. Weather sensors will be installed to assure the controller has the upper hand.  No more worries about the system running during a thunderstorm in the night.

We prefer the Hunter Pro-HC Controller


Either way you are sure to get a quality product that meets your needs and your budget, we guarantee it, and your lawn & landscape will love it!

The use of our Ditch Witch Vibratory Plow makes for a very tidy job during installs on existing turf.  Minimal visible damage is the key.  This unit slices a thin trench in the soil while pulling in the poly pipe behind it and closing the trench at the same time.



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    Check Out These Videos Of Finished Projects!

    Yet another fantastic sprinkler system upgrade we finished today in Lasalle area.We swapped all existing conventional rotors for All RVAN rotary sprays.Turned out very nice.Much better coverage than a rotor design can offer.

    Posted by Thirsty Turf Lawn Sprinklers on Thursday, October 17, 2019

    Yet another awesome sprinkler job completed today in A-BurgRVAN nozzles exclusive,Hunter Hydrawise Wi-fi ControllerHad to rebuild entire rear yard system as well. Previous install was poor.Enjoy

    Posted by Thirsty Turf Lawn Sprinklers on Wednesday, September 18, 2019

    Another great efficiency upgrade in LaSalle today!

    Posted by Thirsty Turf Lawn Sprinklers on Wednesday, August 7, 2019

    Just completed this sprinkler install last Friday in Amherstburg.This is an all RVAN rotary spray nozzle system in front yard with a Hunter Pro HC wi-fi controller.Note the awesome consistency to the water droplet size and distribution 👍

    Posted by Thirsty Turf Lawn Sprinklers on Monday, August 5, 2019

    Well, had to work in the rain today to get it done but, heres part of the yard of a sprinkler system on Boblo island that we just finished upgrading to high efficiency Rain Bird RVAN rotary spray nozzles.Impressive!

    Posted by Thirsty Turf Lawn Sprinklers on Thursday, June 20, 2019

    Here is yet another intelligent way to use new technologies in the irrigation field to reduce waste and improve moisture delivery and accuracy.It surprises me every day that I do not see other long standing well know contractors using the same.You should have a performance audit and you will see the difference, I guarantee it.

    Posted by Thirsty Turf Lawn Sprinklers on Saturday, October 13, 2018

    Heres part 2 of an upgrade we did earlier today in the Kingsville area.You have to appreciate the spray pattern of those nozzles.The technology is much better than it was even five years ago.Start saving money give us a call.

    Posted by Thirsty Turf Lawn Sprinklers on Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Here is yet another energy saving upgrade we performed today,This is part 1 of 2 videos.There were previously installed a series of 12 old school (like we prefer to call them) high precipitation rate variable arc spray nozzles from various companies.I have to say is it was surprising there were so many mixed nozzle types on the same zones.These videos will show you the end result of our upgrades.Call us for an estimate on your existing system and save $

    Posted by Thirsty Turf Lawn Sprinklers on Thursday, October 4, 2018

    If many of you have seen my earlier posts you will now begin to see the difference between the new energy efficient nozzles and the old outdated components we often discuss.I will soon be adding posts demonstrating the difference side by side of the old style nozzles and the new ones.I will even be adding flowmeters to the line so you can see the difference in the water usage.These are not only A much more efficient way to get better penetration into the soil but they use far less water than the traditional nozzles that most contractors use today.We do retrofits to existing systems all the time with this new technology and it is absolutely wonderful.Call us for your efficiency upgrades 226-350-8873We are the efficiency experts!

    Posted by Thirsty Turf Lawn Sprinklers on Tuesday, September 11, 2018