You are thinking or you've decided that it's time to have a lawn irrigation system installed. Probably you've recently built or bought a new house, or you have just had enough of monitoring the watering of your backyard lawn and front garden. Dragging the sprinklers and hoses around every so often is already too much. There are so many other more enjoyable things you would rather be doing with your time. You are thinking, If you had a lawn sprinkler system, it would not only be easier to have a great looking lawn, but you would be adding the value that your home deserve as well.
Let's say that you like the idea to take the Do It Yourself route, you may be thinking about doing the job yourself. You could definitely save some money. You might even get a lot of satisfaction from a job well done, if you do everything the right way. The installation of a lawn sprinkler system can be, and has been successfully done, by home owners.
In spite of that, for every properly installed owner built system, there is probably another that has had disappointing results. If you are the serious man or woman that believe - I can do anything concerning my home installation and maintenance - and you are willing to do the research and planning required for the project, then good go for it. If you are not in a hurry and have more time than the weekends again go for it. But if your lawn is bigger than your living room and dining room, you should plan on working all day, every day for several weekends.
If you are the type of person who likes to do everything without professional help this is how it goes... you have to make a layout as to where you will put your lawn sprinkler system. Then, dig trenches, make sure they are level, and place your PVC pipes in the trenches. Join the pipes using cement so that they are strong enough and that they would not leak. When you are finished with the hardest part, begin installing the sprinkler heads on tees. Then tap into the water supply line, install a shutoff valve and a stop-and-waste valve, and test the system if it works.
If that sounds like a little too much then installing a lawn sprinkler system might be one project better left to the professionals. But even if you have no interest in home maintenance projects, there is something you should do in preparation for the installation.
You should plan where you will have trees, bushes and plants if your landscaping has not been done yet. Some types of plants need a lot of water, while others cannot tolerate too much. Your planning should place the vegetation needing similar amounts of irrigation together. The concept is well known as hydro-zoning. Your lawn sprinkler and irrigation system will be separated into zones that will operate at different times and deliver different amounts of water. Hydro-zoning reduces the chance that some plants will get too much water, while others get too little. You should create a rough sketch of the different planned or existing vegetation areas and discuss them with your installer.
Having someone do it for you makes the job faster than you trying to do it by yourself. The yard will not be a mess for a long period, the lawn sprinkler will be put to test immediately, and your yard will start to get greener sooner.
Installing a lawn sprinkler system will let you spend more time enjoying your yard, rather than time maintaining it. Your yard will be better looking with controlled irrigation, and will have more curb appeal. Professional maintenance service providers also know where to plot out individual sprinklers in the system and where they will be most effective. This all translates into more home value and more time for you to enjoy with your loved ones.