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.

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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.

Watering Zones and Where to Water

When planning out the best system for your yard, it's usually helpful for you and your contractor to split your lawn into watering zones to decide how many and what type of sprinkler heads are needed. Watering zones help ensure that the areas of your lawn that need the most amount of moisture receive the correct amount of water, while areas like driveways and pavements won't get sprayed as much. In areas that don't need the full range of a sprinkler head, like corners or edges, half- or quarter-spraying sprinkler heads are typically used. Remember that the size of your lawn doesn't directly dictate how many sprinkler heads you'll need. Smaller lawns can use more sprinkler heads that cover smaller areas, while larger lawns can use fewer sprinkler heads that cover larger areas. A local contractor can help choose the best sprinkler heads and layout to get your lawn the right amount of water.

Watering for Other Landscapes

Who said a sprinkler system is just for your lawn? If you have other plants around your yard, like flower beds, gardens, or shrubs, they can also benefit from a sprinkler system. We recommend working with your contractor to give these plants the amount of water they need. If you want to use sprayer heads, flower beds and gardens will require sprinkler heads that are more gentle, while shrubs and bushes will need high-rise sprayers to cover the plant.

Another option for specialty landscapes is adding a drip irrigation component to your sprinkler system. Drip irrigation systems are growing in popularity because of their water-friendly features. As the name suggests, these systems drip to slowly and steadily deliver water to the root of the plant. Because drip irrigation systems apply water slowly and directly to the root, less water is lost through evaporation or runoff when the plant can't absorb it quickly enough.

Extending your sprinkler system to other landscape areas typically costs about the same as adding in sprinklers to a lawn, although some sprinkler installation contractors may consider them an add-on. The main cost variation usually comes from prices for different types of sprinkler heads or swapping sprinkler heads for drip irrigation tubing.

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Water-Efficient Elements for an Eco-Friendly Home

As more homeowners seek to conserve water and become eco-friendly, sprinkler system water usage is starting to become a top priority. However, before you shut off your sprinklers and let your lawn shrivel up, there's another way! Many sprinkler systems can be made more water efficient with the help of a few adjustments.

High-Efficiency Sprinkler Heads

You can say goodbye to water runoff and evaporation with the help of high-efficiency sprinkler heads. These special sprinkler heads can cut down on wasted water in one of two ways. Some sprinkler heads deliver water at a slower, lower pressure that allows the lawn more time to soak up the water. Other sprinkler heads disperse heavier water droplets closer to the ground, which cuts down on water loss through evaporation. If you decide to upgrade your sprinkler with high-efficiency sprinkler heads, you may need to work with your lawn care service to adjust watering times.

Choosing high-efficiency sprinkler heads for a new system can raise the overall cost for installation, because these sprinkler heads are more expensive than traditional sprinkler heads. However, they usually cut down on water usage which can help lower your utility bills. If you have an existing sprinkler system, you can replace your current sprinkler heads with high-efficiency sprinkler heads. This upgrade typically costs around $500 for the new heads and labor.

Waste Less Water with Sensors

Rain sensors and moisture sensors are two other upgrades you can add to your sprinkler systems. Rain sensors will automatically shut off the sprinklers when it is raining, which helps to avoid flooding your lawn, especially if you water at times when you aren't home. If you live in an area that receives a lot of rain, your lawn might also benefit from a moisture sensor. This sensor tracks the soil's moisture level and can let you know whether or not your lawn needs to be watered. Rain sensors and moisture sensors can be installed with a new or existing sprinkler system and are usually fairly inexpensive.

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