How Much Do Sprinkler Systems Cost?
- Sprinkler systems distribute the water more evenly across your lawn/garden. That’s because they have adjustable spraying patterns and will do the job like clockwork.
- They also help save water. Especially if you install a timer or a smart irrigation controller. You can adjust the watering schedule according to your garden’s needs and, with irrigation controllers, you can even connect to the internet and have the device customize a watering schedule by default, taking into consideration the upcoming weather forecast.
- These systems are suitable with any kind of soil, with the exception of heavy clay.
- If you’re a garden owner, sprinklers can also spray out soluble fertilizer, which provides an even application on your crops.
While there are little to no disadvantages to sprinkler systems, there are some we have to mention.
- First, if you live in a windy climate, there is a chance that your yard won’t be watered accordingly, as the fine droplets are easily carried away by wind.
- Second, you have to be very careful with overwatering your lawn/garden. If the weather in your area is unpredictable, you will have to keep your eye on your sprinklers even if you’ve previously installed a timer. You want to avoid any water puddles that eventually lead to plant drowning.
If you’re looking to save money with installing a sprinkler system, there are some costs that you can tweak and maybe end up with a total that’s more suitable to what you‘re willing to spend. Before hiring a contractor, think about the complexity of the project. Can you do this yourself? Do you have the time/patience/experience required? If you do decide to hire a professional, try to get at least 5 price estimates before choosing one in particular.
If you’re not in a hurry with your new sprinkler system, try to buy items when they’re on sale (typically in the fall or winter). You should also check out the price of materials at several retailers/online stores before buying them.