My wife & I purchased a home in November in Los Angeles. There's a fully automated, underground sprinkler system in the front, but nothing in the back. The backyard is a bit of a mess. Not terrible, but not ideal. 4-5 years down the road we see ourselves having it overhauled, so we don't want to invest in an expensive sprinkler system (& installation) at this point.
However, with the summer here, we're realizing watering by hand is going to be... a challenge.
I've seen a few DIY sprinkler systems with no underground plumbing. (E.g., Quick-Snap & LawnBelt.)
This could work for us, as the the backyard is basically two large rectangles.
However, I haven't seen a lot of people use them. Has anyone had experience with them and/or advice? I checked Consumer Reports & couldn't find anything either.
I'd also be interested if there's any with a timer (e.g., so we can set it water the yard every other day for X minutes, etc.)