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How to Plan for a New Landscape Irrigation System

Flip Law - Monday, January 14, 2013

plan for a new landscape irrigation system

4 Steps to plan for a new irrigation system.


Installing a new landscape irrigation system takes a lot of planning and research. Your landscape has many different needs and to make sure your new system meets all of those needs, you need to plan properly.

Here are four steps to plan for a new irrigation system:

1. Obtain a scaled drawing of your property: To begin the design process you will need a scaled drawing of your property. This drawing can be a tax map or a map obtained from your property deed. You can also use online resources such as Google Earth, just make sure your printed map is to scale.

2. Fill in the details: You will need to show the house, driveway, sidewalks, patios, decks, large trees, natural areas, and other landscape beds on the scaled drawing. Also show what areas you want irrigated and what type of plant material is in these areas.

3. Locate the water source: Locate the source of your water supply and note it on your scaled drawing. If you are using a municipal water source, note the size of the water meter. It is usually stamped on the meter (5/8”, ¾”, etc.). You will also need to do a flow test by timing how long it takes to fill a five gallon bucket. Do repeated test so you can take the average.

4. Design the system: Now is the time to design the system. This is best left up to a professional. A trained and certified irrigation designer will help you locate sprinkler heads properly, size the pipe properly, and help you decide what controller options are best for you.

Now that your irrigation system is planned, you’ll need to purchase the irrigation supplies, and the tools necessary to get the job done. Visit the irrigation specialists at W.P. Law, Inc. for quality irrigation systems and supplies, plus answers to your questions as you install your system.
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