Rage against the sprinkler

March 2, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I ran today and it sucked. I wrote about it over here.

I feel worn out today and whiney. Good excuse for a rant, right?

What is the subject of my rant?

We do not care about our lawn except to keep it at a height that will not result in a citation from the city. We do not have a sprinkler system. Therefore, I feel justified in complaining about idiot sprinkler-ers. And I have to say that I think our lawn looks just as good as most people’s who do have a sprinkler system. At least as good as the idiot sprinkler-er’s lawn above. And my BFF and neighbor Valarie also does not have a sprinkler system and they actually do care about their lawn and it looks fabulous.

As an avid walker, I find myself up against sprinkler systems almost every morning. I often have to walk in the middle of the street or even all the way on the other side of the street just to avoid sprinkler spray (and if it’s reclaimed water, you MUST avoid it…we call that “poopy-water”). And since I walk my kids to school most mornings, that means they often have to ride their scooters out in the middle of the street as well. There are multiple houses along our walking routes that I consider irresponsible sprinkler-ers. I hope you are not one of them.

Here are some of my issues (and believe me, I know that I have issues):

  1. I have read that the best time to water your lawn is right before dawn. The water has time to sink deeper into the ground and the grass has time to take up the water before the sun comes up and causes it to evaporate more quickly. Most sprinkler systems are on timers, right? (I don’t really know much about sprinkler systems, therefore I am even more justified in complaining, right?) So why not set your timer to have your sprinklers come on at say, 5:00 a.m., rather than at 7:00 or 8:00 a.m. when many people are out walking? I think I have to dodge about half a dozen sprinkler systems on our walk to school from 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  2. Why do you want to water the sidewalk and the street? Do you even really need to water that little strip of grass in between the sidewalk and the street? Can’t you just set up your sprinklers so that they are only on the inside of the sidewalk and only spray in the direction toward your lawn? I also think that if you have a public sidewalk on your property that you should be responsible for removing broken glass from it. That’s just my opinion. Who else is going to do it?
  3. Do you EVER do maintenance on your sprinkler system? The one pictured above has been spraying like that for as long as I can remember. That is one well-watered patch of street. Many of the sprinkler systems I pass have ALWAYS watered the sidewalk and the street. It’s not a matter of a sprinkler head that recently was broken and the owner just hasn’t noticed it or had time to fix it yet. It’s just a matter of not giving a crap about it. If you have a public sidewalk on your property and you are making it impassable by the public, then I think you should be cited. Good thing I am too lazy to actually ever call the city. I prefer to just complain on my little blog to my four readers.
  4. Why do people water their lawns during the rainy season? And when it is actually raining? Lazy, irresponsible sprinkler-ers. I hate you.

Thus endeth today’s rant. Thank you.