Treat Your Lawn to a New Sprinkler System
Forget about wasting away weekends watering your lawn. Free up your time and hydrate your yard with a new sprinkler system.
Once the warmer weather rolls around, it can feel like having a healthy, green lawn is just as vital to summer fun as backyard barbeques and pool parties. But unlike eating food fresh off the grill or splashing in the pool, watering the lawn is nowhere near as enjoyable. If you're tired of spending Saturday morning moving the sprinkler in hopes of covering the whole lawn, it might be time to have an automatic sprinkler system installed. Not only can a sprinkler system save you valuable free time, but it can also help you reduce water waste and give your entire landscape the moisture it needs.
Invest in Your Lawn with a Sprinkler System
Your lawn and landscape are unique, so your new sprinkler system should be tailored to your home's specific needs. The cost of installing a sprinkler system varies from yard to yard, but many homeowners can expect to pay between $1,800 and $3,000. The two biggest factors that affect the price are the size of your lawn and the quality of the sprinkler system you choose. It may be tempting to go with the cheapest system, but since cheaper systems are more susceptible to breaks and repair needs, the cost savings may not pay off in the long run.
In addition to the unit itself, some soil types make installation more difficult, or you may need specific permits to install your new sprinkler, which can all influence the final price of your new system. The best way to find out how much a sprinkler system will cost is to work with a contractor who can give you an estimate, as well as help you choose the right system for your yard.
Sprinkler System Installation Expectations
It's sometimes easy to forget about the rest of the sprinkler system beyond the sprinkler head, but when considering installation, don't forget about the underground system of pipes that make a sprinkler system possible. These pipes can cause a headache during installation if the process is not planned properly. It is best to have a sprinkler system installed before a lawn is planted, because excavation is required to install the pipes. If that isn't possible for your lawn, you can still have a sprinkler system installed, but you will likely incur additional costs for reseeding and repairing the lawn.
Before having a sprinkler system installed, consider where to station the control box. Some homeowners opt to place the control box in their garage, while others prefer it near outdoor electrical equipment, like a pool pump. Keep in mind, you'll most likely want the control box in an area away from the sprinkler heads or else you may be in for a sprinkler shower if you need to get to the emergency shut-off.