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"I want an irrigation sprinkler system installed at my home"

My house is in Florida and is on a half acre lot. My lawn is Saint Augustine grass. I'd like the system to have an auto timer and multiple zones including drip irrigation for our garden.

wanted by: clem (28) in Ellenton, FL 34222 +
updated on: Oct. 10, 2012, 3:59 p.m. (4 years, 10 months ago)
posted on: June 25, 2011, 8:55 a.m. (6 years, 1 month ago)
tags: exterior garden home improvement landscape lawn
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Winterizing your irrigation sprinkler system

Lucky you, Mr. Florida. You won't have to winterize your system like my parent's have to do every year. Sometime in the Fall, before the first freeze, they have to have someone come to their home and blow out the standing water in the system.

They drain out as much water as they can, but can't get it all. The contractor says that even the little amount that remains can freeze and crack the Polyethylene pip (a black, more flexible pipe) or PVC piping (that stiff white stuff).

For those who need professional help:

From personal experience and some nice web resources, I've learned that there are actually three ways to drain an irrigation sprinkler system:
  1. Automatic Drain: An automatic lawn sprinkler system will automatically open and drain the water in the system from a valve at the low and end points in the system. This automatic system triggers when the pressure in the system falls below a certain level, which happens when the water supply is shutoff.

  2. Manual Drain: Like the automated system, the manual drain is located at the low and end points of the irrigation sprinkler system. However, to drain a lawn sprinkler system with this type, you have to shutoff the water supply and then open all the manual drain valves.

  3. The "Blow Out": Because of the likelihood you will damage your system, you should leave the "blow out" to the pros. Essentially, they hookup an air compressor to your system and force the water out.
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Re: I want an irrigation sprinkler system installed at my home

If you plan to do-it-yourself, here's a pretty good video overview of what it will take.

Expect a pro to be able to know out a normal sized system in as fast as two days.

A novice should plan for a couple weeks, because without a doubt, one of your connections will leak, your timer hookup won't work, or you'll buy a couple wrong irrigation sprinklers!

Your lawn and garden will look great, whichever way you go. And with the timer, you'll never have to think of when to water your lawn again. Here is a great page on lawn sprinkler tuneup and the types of things that can go wrong with sprinkler systems.
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More information about how much it costs to install a lawn sprinkler systemWhat's the Cost of Sprinkler System Installs?

How much does it cost?
Like everything else, it depends on the specifics of your yard. A rough estimate for a typical 0.5 to 1.0 acre lot would be between $2,500 and $5,000.

Many contractors will charge by the zone, or connected set of sprinkler heads which water a specific section of your yard. A typical yard will have between 4 and 7 of these zones and a contractor will charge around $500 to $750 per zone to install each zone.

Like any home improvement project, get a few cost estimates for your own job to see specifically what it will cost you.

More information about when to water lawnsLawncare Tips: When to Water Lawns?

Watering you lawn at the right time of day both promotes a healthy lawn and root system as well as conserving the amount of water you need to use. Some municipalities even restrict when you can water your lawn.

The best time of day to water your lawn is in the early morning before the heat of the day starts. This provides your lawn with the water it will need for the day, and because there is often less wind in the morning, will reduce the amount of water that is evaporated.

If you can not water in the morning, then water in the late afternoon. Be sure and leave enough time for the leaves of grass to dry before nightfall, as you will increase the chance of your lawn developing fungal diseases.

Most lawn irrigation sprinkler systems have programmable timers, so you will not have to roll out of bed every morning at 6 AM to turn on the system. Read a lot more on when to water lawns here.

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