Anyone who wants to level up their grass game understands the importance of a consistent watering schedule. But for many, remembering to water the lawn isn’t a priority, especially with the hustle and bustle of life already demanding attention. So, an alternative that many homeowners consider is an in-ground sprinkler or irrigation system. But what does adding a sprinkler system to your Texas yard entail? Is it costly? What are the pros and cons of doing so? And most importantly, will it actually increase your home’s value?
How Much Does Adding A Sprinkler System Cost?
Installing a sprinkler system will help establish a lush, healthy yard for many years to come. But what’s the cost for installing a sprinkler system out the gate? According to Bob Vila, a sprinkler system on average will cost anywhere between $1,714 and $3,520 to install by a professional on a 1/4 acre lot. This number can certainly fluctuate depending on certain factors, such as your yard size, the quality of materials, as well as which type of sprinkler system you choose. While this average mentioned above may seem daunting, it’s again, just an average. A professional installer will give you a more accurate number based on your yard and if there are any steep slopes, rocky ground, and other potential difficulties.
Pros of Adding A Sprinkler System In Your Texas Yard
One of the best reasons to add a sprinkler system to your yard is to take the guesswork out of how much water your lawn is getting every week. Other than estimating based on calculating rainfall and what your garden hose and sprinkler produce, a sprinkler system will be able to provide consistent lawn hydration especially during the most optimal times of the day. Many irrigation systems will use a rain and moisture sensor in order to determine the right amount of water that needs to be delivered.
Another pro of adding a sprinkler system is the sheer convenience. If you’re tired of lugging out the hose and the sprinkler head to different parts of your yard and then keeping an eye on it while it runs, this could be an easy solution. An automated irrigation system can take all of the need to manually care for watering the lawn out of the equation.
Also, there are long-term savings that are a major draw for homeowners. While the upfront cost may sound steep, there is always potential monthly utility savings as well as enhanced resale value of the home. Having an irrigation system means your lawn will be watered during optional times during the day, which results in an overall reduced water bill. In addition, you’ll up your home’s resale value not just by having more curb appeal with a healthier, lush lawn, but with the upgrade feature of the system itself.
Cons of Adding A Sprinkler System In Your Texas Yard
As with anything, there are a few cons of adding a sprinkler system to your yard that you should keep in mind. For starters, the upfront costs can be a huge deterrent for most homeowners. In addition to those costs, however, there are other costs to keep in mind as well. Since sprinkler systems require quite a few moving parts, there is always the potential for things to break, need readjustment, or become damaged during yard maintenance.
Another con to doing an irrigation system is installation and the process that it entails. Since pipes need to be placed at least one to two feet underground, this can be a problem for some homeowners who have a rocky landscape or an already manicured and landscaped yard. While any professional irrigation team should replace the soil and plants that were displaced during installation, there may be some regrowth that needs to happen before things can look 100% again.
Overall, adding a sprinkler system can save you money, time, and a headache that might come with manually maintaining your lawn. As always, if you need more information about maintaining your lawn to a certain standard, make sure to let us know at Handsome Lawn Service.