How Many Sprinkler Heads Per Station?

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Did you know that the number of sprinkler heads you need per station can vary significantly? It’s true! This all depends on factors such as pressure, distance, diameter, nozzle size, type of soil, and available water.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss how to calculate how many sprinkler heads you need for your lawn.

Estimate the Amount of Water Needed Per Area

The amount of water needed for a given area is not a set number. Depending on the type of grass and soil you have, as well as other environmental factors such as humidity and temperature, the required amount of water will differ from one location to another.

But generally speaking, you can estimate that a suburban lawn between 1/8 and 1/4 acre needs 6 to 8 gallons of water per week. Divide this by 5 gallons per minute (GPM) and you get 1.2-1.6 GPM for each station.

Consider Factors Such As Pressure and Distance

When calculating the number of sprinkler heads needed for a given area, it is important to consider factors such as pressure and distance.

Pressure affects how far the water will travel and therefore has an impact on the spacing between sprinkler heads – if they are too close together they will overlap resulting in inefficient use of water; if they are too far apart then some areas may not be adequately watered.

Similarly, distance affects how much water reaches each head – if it is too far away then there won’t be enough force behind it for adequate coverage; however, if it is too close then it may cause over-watering in some spots leading to runoff or puddling issues.

Choose the Nozzle Size And Type Of Soil Carefully

The type of soil also matters when calculating how many sprinkler heads you need for your particular lawn or garden area.

Different soils retain moisture at different rates so choosing an appropriate nozzle size can help ensure that all areas are adequately watered without wasting any resources.

Additionally, certain soils may require additional treatments such as aeration or composting which could result in needing more sprinklers than originally anticipated – so make sure to factor this into your calculations when determining how many sprinklers are necessary!


The number of sprinkler heads per station can vary drastically depending on factors like pressure, distance, diameter, nozzle size, type of soil, and available water supply. But following these guidelines should give you a good idea about what’s right for your particular situation!

With these tools in hand – measuring tape for distances between stations and estimating GPMs – you should now be able to confidently determine how many sprinkler-heads per station best suits your needs! Happy watering!