A Guide to Irrigation System Installation

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In Florida, relying completely on rainfall to keep your lawn lush and green is a losing prospect.  Installing an underground sprinkler system has a lot of advantages over the old-fashioned method of hand-watering. 

Professional irrigation system installation from Florida Lawn Guys has many benefits, including:

  • Promotes healthy plant growth
  • It’s environmentally friendly
  • Helps to lower your monthly water bill
  • Increases the value of your home
  • Keeps your lawn looking healthy, vibrant and green
  • Prevents uneven watering
  • Helps reduce the occurrence of weeds, fungi and plant diseases
  • Saves an enormous amount of time over hand-watering
  • Allows you to maintain a green lawn even when you’re out of town

First, let’s go over the typical irrigation system components. 

Your new irrigation system begins where it connects to your building’s water supply, where a ¾” shutoff valve is installed.  The valves are usually located outdoors above or below ground.  Each branch line is routed underground to a separate watering zone in the yard.

Automatic control valves are electric powered and supplied by a transformer.  The transformer feeds an electronic control panel with separate controls for each watering zone, and each valve is wired to one of the zones.  The control panel allows the user to set water duration and frequency for each zone separately.  Some controllers are now Wi-Fi enabled, allowing you to make changes from your smart phone.

The output of the underground irrigation system is the sprinkler head.  Each zone usually has several sprinkler heads spaced in a specific pattern for uniform water delivery.  There are two main types of sprinkler heads; spray heads and rotary nozzles.  Spray heads deliver a fixed spray pattern and rotary nozzles rotate as they spray a stream of water.  Most sprinkler heads are of the op-up variety.

When you call Florida Lawn Guys to inquire about an irrigation system installation, we’ll examine the shape and size of the area you need to water as well as the available water pressure.  Rotary sprinklers are great at watering large or narrow areas, however they will need a minimum pressure of 40 psi when several sprinklers are running at the same time.  Sometimes we can design your irrigation system without rotary sprinklers and still achieve the results you want

A new irrigation system will last for about 20 years and the underground pipes should last for 40 years. 

Good sprinkler heads will last for 10-15 years, as opposed to cheap heads that may last 2-3 years.  As with most things in life, there is no substitute for quality.  We will always design the best system possible for your budget, but please keep in mind, a quality irrigation system is an investment and it will save you money and time in the long run.  

While there is some digging involved in an underground irrigation system, we always do our best to keep it to a minimum.  Because your new system will also be feeding your lawn at a highly efficient rate, you will notice your lawn will heal itself before long.  In a short while, you will never know an irrigation system was installed.

It is highly recommended that you trust your irrigation system installation to a professional that is certified and insured, like Florida Lawn guys.  We have installed hundreds of irrigation systems and we know which brands work well and which brands to avoid.  Because of our unparalleled experience in installing irrigation systems, as well as our unmatched customer service, we have become the most trusted irrigation system installers on the Gulf Coast.  Call us today to see why our expertise and dedication make us the clear choice in Florida.

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