To get the most reliable nourishment for your lawn and garden, an automatic sprinkler system is the way to go. While you will save money with store bought sprinklers attached to a hose, the amount of space you can water is limited, and you'll have to rely on your own memory to make sure the watering is done at the right time.
Let a System Do the Thinking for You
Sprinkler systems today are quite advanced. Not only can you set them up on a timer so they will water at the same time each day or every other day, but they also can be equipped with sensors that will monitor how much rain your lawn receives and adjust accordingly. This will save you money in over-watering.
This option can also be helpful for when you go on vacation. If your lawn receives more or less rain while you are away, the system will adjust itself and your lawn will get just the right amount of water.
Save on Installation Costs
As with many home upgrades, choosing to install your own sprinkler system will save you money over having it installed. The average cost of having the system installed for you on a quarter acre lot is around $3,000 to $4,000. Installing your own system can cost you as little as $1500. While this will cost you more in time and effort, the monetary savings are obvious.
Making a Plan
Buying direct from the manufacturer means you'll most likely have the benefit of planning tools at your disposal. Most companies provide online video tutorials as well as downloadable guides to getting it right. They can also help you map out your lot to see where to begin.
Know Your Landscape
Different types of sprinkler heads are used for different purposes, so it will be important for you to communicate to the manufacturer what spaces you will need to water. These purposes can be mapped out into three different zone types:
- Lawn zones require sprinkler heads to cover a large range of grass, with little land variation.
- Landscape zones have bushes, ground cover, and other plants that reach higher than the simple grass of the lawn.
- Flower and vegetable zones need gentler watering to avoid bruising of flower petals or other delicate plants.
Each of these needs can be accommodated with sprinkler heads specific to their zone type.
Keeping It Legal
Finally, before you begin digging, check with your city about building codes, permits, and regulations about who can connect plumbing to the city water source. Some cities may require a licensed plumber to do this.
While having your system installed by professionals means the company will do all of this research for you, you'll get the most bang for your buck when you DIY, if you're willing to do your homework. To find out more about lawn sprinklers, speak with a business like Krupske Sprinkler Systems.