How High Should Sprinkler Heads Be Before Sod?

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Installing a sprinkler system is one of the best investments you can make for your lawn, and getting it right is key.

Many homeowners often wonder how high to install their sprinkler heads above the sod and the answer is that they should be mounted at least six inches off of the ground, although seven inches is ideal.

In this blog post, we will explore why this is the case and what other factors need to be taken into consideration when installing a sprinkler system before laying sod.

The Benefits of Higher Sprinkler Heads

Higher water pressure will be achieved when the sprinklers are mounted higher than six inches off of the ground, and it is less likely that rising water from other heads will interfere with them.

Additionally, sprinkler heads mounted higher help reduce the chance of clogs or erosion due to sediment and water run-off. This means that your lawn will stay healthy and green for longer periods of time.

The Average Sod Installation

When installing sod, it is important to consider how much water each square foot needs in order to stay healthy and green. Generally speaking, it takes between 10-20 gallons per square foot per week depending on the type of grass and climate you live in.

However, if you have installed your sprinklers too low to the ground then you could potentially waste more water than necessary as more may be lost due to evaporation or runoff before being absorbed by the soil below.

That’s why it’s important to make sure that your sprinkler heads are at least six inches off of the ground before laying sod so as not to waste any precious H2O!

Additional Factors To Consider

In addition to making sure your sprinklers are set at an appropriate height before laying sod, there are other factors that should be taken into consideration such as

  1. ensuring that your irrigation system has been properly calibrated so that it delivers enough water without over-watering certain areas;
  2. checking for leaks or clogs which could lead to wasting water;
  3. setting up an automatic timer so that you don’t have to worry about manually turning on/off your irrigation system;
  4. using mulch around plants or trees in order to help conserve moisture;
  5. keeping an eye out for weeds as they can compete with grass for moisture resources if left unchecked.


When installing a new lawn with sod or seeding an existing one with grass seed, having correctly set up sprinklers is essential in order for them to work efficiently while still providing enough coverage for your entire yard.

By making sure that all sprinkler heads are mounted at least six inches off of the ground before laying down any sod (or seven inches if possible) you will ensure not only proper coverage but also prevent any potential clogs due to sediment build-up or erosion from excessive run-off.

Additionally, by taking into consideration other factors such as calibrating your irrigation system correctly and using mulch around plants/trees you can further increase efficiency while decreasing unnecessary water wastage throughout your lawn care process!

On top of all these tips – make sure you keep an eye out for weeds! If left unchecked they can steal valuable moisture resources away from desired grasses in no time!