A gardening sprinkler is an object that waters the garden automatically. It is featured in The Sims 2: Seasons and The Sims 3. While sprinklers were not included in The Sims, some custom content creators made sprinklers for that game.
The Sims 2: SeasonsEdit
In The Sims 2: Seasons, the Garden Schpritzer line of sprinklers is found in Build mode's Gardening Center. A sprinkler can cover 90 degrees (for §90), 180 degrees (for §180), or 360 degrees (for §360). Sprinklers operate automatically, and will come on when they are needed. They will not create puddles if they cover areas not occupied by plants.
When the game is in Buy mode or Build mode, the area a sprinkler covers will be marked by a transparent green dome; if any part of the dome touches a square, plants in that square will be watered. Sprinklers will water flowers as well as Seasons garden crops, and can be placed in the same grid square as a plant. If a sprinkler is placed in the same square as a plant, it may not be possible to grab it again without moving the plant. Sprinklers will not overwater plants, but plants can still be overwatered if it rains.
Sprinklers can break, and can be repaired. Broken sprinklers will still water plants, but will leak, and will depress the environment score. Sprinklers are small, so a leaking sprinkler may be hard to spot, and hard to click on, especially if it is in the same square as a patch of flowers. Therefore, it may be best to call a repairman, as a repairman will always be able to find the broken sprinkler.
Players should note that active sprinklers are graphically intensive, and can cause lag. A mod by Numenor at Mod the Sims can prevent this by making the water from sprinklers invisible. Water leaking from a broken sprinkler will still be visible.
The Sims 3Edit
The Schuper Schprinkler from SchprinklerTech is a sprinkler in The Sims 3. It can be turned on, and it will water plants in a 5x5 area, with the sprinkler at the center. It will run indefinitely, but will not overwater the plants, as plants in The Sims 3 cannot be overwatered. Sims can upgrade it with Auto-Water so it will run between 4 AM and 7 AM, but it must be turned off so it will run automatically. Sims and dogs[TS3:P] can also play with the sprinkler autonomously.
A Schuper Schprinkler is immune from meteor impact.