How does underground irrigation work?
A property is divided into areas (depending on the volume of water you have), called stations or zones. A controller/timer tells each zone when to water and when to stop, depending on what you determine your lawn needs. A number of sprinkler heads pop out of the ground to water an area and then drop below the surface when the irrigating is complete so they cannot be seen or damaged by lawn tractors or mowers.
Does irrigation use a lot of water?
No, irrigation is very efficient because no water is wasted on driveways, roadways or the house due to the sprinkler head placement and precise directional angling. Most homes report they use less water. Because of automatic timing, there is no overwatering. We also install an automatic rain shut-off which overrides the timer if it rains a certain amount.
Does the lawn have to be dug up?
No, we have machines (Ditch Witch) that lay wire and pull pipe underground by knifing through the soil. This causes minimal disturbance to the lawn and allows us to bore under sidewalks and sometimes driveways.
Will my irrigation pipes freeze in the winter?
We blow the water from the pipes in the late fall before the winter freeze.
Is irrigation expensive?
On the contrary. The first zone (4 or 5 sprinklers) is the most expensive because of the timer, the rain sensor, the wiring, etc. An average property with 3 zones (two 45' x 45' lawns with boundaries and a flower garden with shrubs) should be around $2500 based on 4 or 5 heads per zone.
Are there jobs too small or too big?
No, we’ve installed fully automated watering systems in everything from hanging baskets and window boxes to 2-acre lawns and full soccer fields, all on automatic programmable timers.
What credentials does Underground Irrigation Systems have?
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