How much do irrigation systems cost?
You have decided to install an irrigation system in your yard. Now is the time to get down to the nitty-gritty. What is the cost of a sprinkler system and how much does it cost to install a sprinkler system yourself versus hiring a contractor to do all the work for you? The price of installing an irrigation system depends on many factors, first you should answer the following questions:
What is the size of your plot, including all slopes: You must consider the size of your plot. If you have a large yard with lots of landscaping and flower beds, you will spend more money on installation compared to a smaller lot. If your property has a slope, you'll want to invest in a controller that has a cycle irrigation option to keep the water from eroding the lawn.
Soil condition on your property: The type of soil on your property affects the type of sprinkler head or nozzle you will need to purchase for your new lawn sprinkler. Both clay and sandy soils present different challenges to sprinkler systems. For example, for sandy soils, you want to get a stainless steel bit because it handles roughness better than a plastic bit. However, stainless steel costs more than plastic.
How many zones you will be installing: Your cost for a new lawn sprinkler should be reasonable based on how many zones you will be installing. However, you can save on the initial investment planning for those additional zones by introducing piping with the option of adding connecting zones later.
Your Lawn, Landscaping and Gardening Needs: If your lawn is in a sunny location, it will need more water than a shaded yard. Also, if you have a lot of water-loving plants, you need to consider their irrigation needs when installing a bubbler or drip irrigation system.
You can choose a cheaper brand in the market. But don't go down that road. Instead, you want a quality irrigation system that will last a long time. Also, you don't want to add cheap sprinkler heads or other watering devices to a quality watering system, because the cheaper ones break down faster and are less efficient.
Hiring a contractor: If you're not a do-it-yourselfer , you'll spend more money when you hire a contractor to install a new sprinkler. You can relax and let the contractor do all the hard work of obtaining permits, digging trenches, and properly installing the sprinkler.
The price of materials
At the installation stage, you will need to buy pipes and other materials. Be sure to include all additional parts as well as the entire system in your budget.
You may decide to rent irrigation installation equipment. Make sure you include a trencher, skid steer, and wheel loader in your lineup to help you prepare your yard for installation.
If you are planning to install an irrigation system in an already established yard, you will need to re-seed or re-seed your lawn after the installation process is complete. You need to calculate how much it will cost to hire a lawn care company to maintain your lawn, or how much it will cost to seed the yard yourself.