Let’s say you have decided to install a sprinkler system in your property. But before getting down to business, you have to make a list of things that you need and, more importantly, the cost associated with installing the system. However, here the question remains: are you willing to hire a professional to install the sprinkler, or are you going to do it all by yourself?
If you plan to do it by yourself, here are some of the basic things you need to know: the cost per acre, cost by zone, prices of different types of sprinkler systems, sprinkler head cost, and the total amount required to install the system.
For instance, the cost of a sprinkler system for ¼ acre ranges from $2,000 to $3,400, for ½ acres, it ranges from $4,300 to $6,700, for ¾ acre, it ranges from $6,500 to $10,000, and for 1 acre it ranges from $8700 to $13,500.
Now that you know how and where you need to spend money for an irrigation system, there are some basic things you have to keep in mind before you get to the task.
Let’s get to the meat of this article to help you figure out how much does it cost to install a sprinkler system.
Things to Consider Before Installing A Sprinkler System
The Size of Your Property
The first thing you need to do is take in the property’s size, including the slopes as well. This is because if you have a big yard that contains flowerbeds and landscaping, you will have to spend more money on your sprinkler system. And if you happen to have a slope, then you must invest in a controller that consists of a cycle soak setting to keep the water from eroding the lawn.
1. The Soil Condition of Your Property
The state of your property’s soil will affect the type of sprinkler nozzle or head that you will need to buy for the new sprinkler system. For example, both sandy and clay soils come with different challenges to different systems.
You might need a stainless steel sprinkler head for sandy soil because it is more suitable to handle the coarseness than a plastic one.
2. Your Gardening, Lawn, And Landscape Needs
If your lawn or garden is under the full glare of the sun, then it might need more water than a shaded yard. If you have plants that need to be watered consistently, you have to adjust the irrigation needs accordingly.
3. The Brand That You Buy
You may want to buy a cheaper brand of sprinkler system for your property, but it’s better not to go down that road. If you want a durable and long-lasting system,
you should buy a high-end sprinkler system including top sprinkler pumps because the cheap ones break down faster over time.
4. Purchasing Materials
It would help if you bought things like PVC pipes and other materials while installing the system. Be sure that you have all the necessary equipment needed from your material list.
5. Repairing Your Lawn
After installing a new sprinkler system on your property, you have to re-sod or reseed your lawn. Make sure to add the cost of repairing your lawn in the total cost of installing the system.
Cost of A Sprinkler System
Now that you are aware of what you have to do or take care of while installing the irrigation system, we can dive right into the various components’ costs.
According to Key, you’ll spend $800 of the total project cost on plans, inspections, permits, and the backflow preventer system, which keeps water from flowing in reverse, before installation starts. (source) The cost per acre varies on location, the yard’s slope, the climate, and different types of landscaping.
For instance (and I’ve mentioned it earlier), the cost of a sprinkler system for ¼ acre ranges from $2,000 to $3,400. For ½ acres, it ranges from $4,300 to $6,700. For ¾ acre, it ranges from $6,500 to $10,000, and for 1 acre it ranges from $8700 to $13,500.
If you look at the cost by zone, this depends on the different types of water requirements. By separating the yard into different irrigation zones, you can program the sprinkler system to supply water sufficiently to the plants and lawns within the area.
A zone is just one part of the system in which the same valve handles all the sprinkler heads.
For one zone it costs around $650, for two it costs $1,300, for three it’s $1,900, for four it’s $2,500, for five it’s $3,200, for six it’s $3,900 and for seven it’s $4,500.
Now comes the prices of the different types of sprinkler systems. There are two types: inground and drip irrigation. The drip irrigation rests on the ground and provides a designated water volume to plants in small areas.
The average cost of drip irrigation systems is around $2,150 per acre. On the other hand, the inground system is buried 2 ft below ground level, and it is slightly more expensive than the drip system. The average cost of an inground irrigation system is around $3,000 per acre.
For your sprinkler system, you can have many types of sprinkler heads. But each comes with different prices. If you want a bubbler head for your flower beds, it will cost you $1 per head.
For a micro-sprinkler head, it’ll cost around $3, for a pop-up, fixed or drip head, it costs $7, for a rotary nozzle, it costs $8.50, and for an impact rotor, it costs $10.50.
The total cost of installing the systems will depend on what component you are going for. But the average cost of installation of the entire system ranges from $4000 to $7000, and an average homeowner usually spends around $5,000.
Moreover, this price will vary from person to person. The two things that heavily influence the cost are the size of your property and the quality of the materials you will buy for the installation.
Although the sprinkler system installation cost mentioned above for each of the components might seem pricey, it will serve you in the long haul. With the modern and efficient automation systems that solely focus on perfect water usage and adequate watering time, you will find that the system provides many conveniences. Also, the rewards will be pretty consistent.
Note: All the prices and statistics mentioned are generalized. There are many aspects that can come into play and change the ballgame, so the numbers are subject to change.