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How Much Does a Sprinkler System Cost?

An automatic sprinkler system can take care of all of your irrigation needs. While there are many factors that impact the cost of installation, the average cost of installing a lawn sprinkler system is about $422 per zone. A lawn sprinkler system with 3 zones should cost about $1,200 dollars, while a lawn sprinkler with 5 zones should cost you about $2,000.

Here’s a list of important factors that will impact the cost:

1. Regional cost differences. The cost of living in your area will impact the cost of lawn sprinkler installation. You should expect to pay higher prices in cities like New York and Los Angeles. You’ll probably pay a little less in smaller towns and more rural areas. Take a look at ProMatcher ‘s Lawn Sprinkler Cost Report to find the cost in your town.

2. Size of yard. As a general rule of thumb, larger yards will require more expensive sprinkler systems. Most contractors will charge a fixed fee per sprinkler zone for installation. Commercial installations will typically cost more than residential sprinkler systems.

3. What are your watering needs? Do you have big open areas of grass or do you have smaller garden beds? Your watering needs will determine the type of system you need, including the number zones and the types of sprinkler heads required. Custom work will come at an additional cost.

4. Materials. While plastic (or PVC) water pipes are the most affordable option, metal pipes offer greater durability. Your choice of material may increase or decrease the cost of installing your sprinkler system.

5. Water pressure. In order to install an automatic lawn sprinkler system, you’ll need a good amount of water pressure. If your water pressure needs to be improved, your contractor may recommend installing a pressure pump or a water holding tank. This will add to the cost of your project.

6. Terrain. What is the terrain like? Is the soil easy to work with? Is it filled with rocks and clay? Are there obstacles like gas lines and tree roots to work around? Major obstacles will increase the cost of installation.

7. Trench depth. Underground pipes are susceptible to freezing and cracking. In order to avoid problems, the pipes should be buried at least 1.5 feet underground in colder climates. The frost line in your region will help your contractor determine an appropriate depth. Deeper trenches will be more expensive to dig. Your contractor should be familiar with local building codes and regulations. You can learn more about sprinkler trench depth here.

8. Sprinkler heads. There are many different types of sprinkler heads. Rotary sprinkler heads are ideal for covering open grassy areas, whereas spray heads are better for watering small, hard-to-reach garden beds. While plastic sprinkler heads are cheaper, commercial-grade ones will need to be replaced less frequently.

9. Water filtration. If your water is supplied by a well, you may need to install a water filtration system in order for the sprinklers to work properly. This will prevent sediment from clogging the underground pipes. This will increase the cost of your project.

10. Controllers and timers. Basic timers will be included in the cost of your sprinkler system. However, upgrading to a Wifi-enabled controller or installing rain sensors will add to the cost.

11. Sod installation. In order to install the water pipes underground, the contractor will have to dig up your lawn. Sod can be laid to cover the area, but this will be more expensive.

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