How Do I Install an Irrigation System in my Yard?

WP Law - Thursday, February 19, 2015

Here are a few things to consider when planning an irrigation system installation.

Irrigation System

Whether you're trying to reduce water consumption, increase home automation, or just have an amazing-looking lawn, installing an irrigation system can make a huge difference to your home's appearance and value. But what happens during an irrigation system installation? How do you go about installing an irrigation system for your yard? Here are some things to consider when planning an irrigation system installation:

Considerations when Planning Your System

When you're planning your irrigation system, there are several things to keep in mind. At a minimum, you'll want to consider the sprinkler heads you're planning on using, how much area they'll cover, and the spacing distance. You'll need to plan accordingly.

Should you be worried about water siphoning back through the irrigation system and contaminating your water supply? Definitely! An anti-siphon valve or other back flow preventer will help you avoid this issue in your new system.

Are you setting up an automated system? Will it be controlled by weather readings or time settings? You can set up an automated system to water at particular intervals, but if you can afford it, a system that is controlled based on temperature, humidity, rainfall, and wind speed can help save water and money.

Are you planning on injecting chemicals, such as fertilizers and pesticides, into your system so that they can be applied while your lawn is being watered? If so, you'll need to plan an injector and its components into your design.

Impact on Your Lawn

When you're ready to start your installation, remember the impact this can have on your lawn. The very first step is to mark out any underground utility lines such as power, gas, sewer, and communications. You'll need to dig channels for the pipes and sprinkler risers to fit in. While you're digging, you may want to consider fixing problem drainage areas by including drain tile and similar features.

To help your lawn recover as quickly as possible, try cutting the turf you'll need to remove and leaving it in place until you're actually ready for the installation. Then you can simply tip the turf out of the hole, add the new components and fit the turf back in. If you're using a power tool such as a ditch witch or mini excavator, having some turf on hand to replace the damaged areas makes it easy to get your beautiful lawn back quickly.

Installing an irrigation system can seem tricky. At WP Law, we're here to help you install an irrigation system that will keep you yard looking beautiful. Contact us today for a consultation.

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