Sprinkler system for new construction

JimmyMcGee10May 14, 2014


We recently completed a new construction and are on to landscape options. We are close to confirming a sprinkler system for our (soon-to-be-seeded) yard, but are having some second thoughts.

For one, we built on an older street (not a development) where none of the other houses have such a system, and frankly I wouldn't plan to use it much beyond getting the new yard going (not looking to jack the water bill up to ridiculous levels).

So I guess what I'm asking is how necessary do you think these systems are for people in our situation? My builder says he has a yard even bigger than ours and has never had one. He said the key with a new lawn is shade (hence, lots of straw) to give the seed time to take root and that many people over-water new lawns.

I want to do right by the new lawn but I don't want to drop a few grand on something I'll rarely use.

Any thoughts?


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Really depends on your climate. Around my area, a good irrigation system will significanty decrease your water usage... and I would gage it as almost manditory if you like lawn (xeriscape is a popular option too) its very dry here through the summer. Built in irrigation allows for better precision and control. If you plan on watering the mature lawn at all, I would still consider in-ground.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2014 at 2:55PM
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Don't know if it's too late, but ...

What are you doing in terms of landscaping? How many zones would you have?

I find that having sprinklers and drip on a timer is invaluable. You don't forget to water when needed, and more importantly, you don't forget that you turned that sprinkler on your hose on and forget to turn it off on time!

I recently upgraded my timer (when it died) to a RainStation and love it. It downloads weather information over WiFi and automatically updates the watering times for me. And you can configure it with a lot more detail than "normal" controllers.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rain Machine

    Bookmark   June 1, 2014 at 10:18PM
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