We all want the best looking lawn on the street, but we don’t always want to put in the time making it look immaculate… right?
It takes a lot of time and effort creating a flawless lawn for everyone to envy, but with a proper sprinkler system installed, the work will be out of your hands, freeing up your time and saving you money down the road.
It’s not always about the product. It’s about the service that stands behind its products. – Unknown
A quote that makes sense in our books! If you can trust the company that produces the product, you can most definitely trust the product to do what it is suppose to do, and perform how it is suppose to perform.
Just like Green Turf Irrigation, there are a lot of Sprinkler System or Irrigation System Installation company’s out there to choose from. Unfortunately you are the one that has to make the decision on which one you think is best… but we are here to help you every step of the way!
Let’s start with these 6 Tips on Choosing the Best Sprinkler System for Your Perfect Lawn.
1. Choosing the Best Installer
Choosing the right company to do your sprinkler system installation is not as easy as a Google search and picking the first one that pops up. With any company that you are going to be paying, you want them to be reputable.
- See if anyone you know has had this service. Who did they use? How much did they pay? Was the service good? Friends and Family will always be honest with you and should only recommend the best service companies.
- Use sites like Homestar or Angie’s List to find company names, reviews, and ratings. Compare as many as you can to come up with an educated choice.
- If you choose to go with someone you find off Craig’s List or Kijiji, make sure you ask them as many questions as possible about their service, warranties, and safety regulations. Be sure to compile a contract or have them do so, something on paper that you both can sign to eliminate misunderstandings.
2. Winterizing Your Sprinkler System
Making sure the installer your chose knows how to completely winterize your sprinkler system is key.
Winterizing your sprinkler system, which is removing water from the pipes, valves and sprinkler heads, is essential before winter arrives. It’s the best way to protect your investment from serious damage during the Winter months.
And… living in Canada… we understand Winter months!
Familiarize yourself briefly with Winterizing your sprinkler system so you know what to ask your installer. Make sure they know you are somewhat educated, so you don’t get taken advantage of.
To learn more about winterizing your irrigation System, read Rain Bird’s Homeowner’s Guide to Winterization.
3. Ensuring there is a Plumber on Hand.
It’s critical that you select a company that doesn’t just sell sprinklers but also has the professional expertise needed to install the system correctly.
Choose a company that can recommend or has a licensed plumber on their staff. This will save you time trying to find one or hiring one who doesn’t have the experienced needed to hook up your specific system.
‘A Plumber is an Adventurer that traces leaky pipes to their source.’ – Arthur Baer
4. Having the Right Size Parts
A lot of companies will provide you with the same size rotors no matter the size of your lawn and garden. This should be a red flag.
There are many different types of rotor sprinklers that can be used. Some are designed for high pressure systems to irrigate parks and sports fields that are hundreds of square feet. Others are designed to irrigate smaller spaces, using low pressure systems of areas less than 50 feet.
Making sure you irrigation installer uses the necessary equipment is important. Just keep asking questions to get the answers you need.
5. The Use of Technology and Automation
In today’s World, we rely on the use of technology. Although some sprinkler systems can be very basic, the best lawns are cared for with the use of Smart Sprinkler Systems.
These amazingly advanced devices that tap into sensors and use the internet to access local weather reports. With this information your sprinkler system’s control panel is able to adjust the amount of water required to make your lawn and plants feel and look their best.
Smart Sprinklers allow your system to avoid over watering, water waste, and under watering your property. The system works for you, so you don’t have to worry about any of it.
Make sure to ask about the more advanced control panels and devices to get the most out of your system. If the company you are looking into doesn’t have Smart equipment… perhaps you should keep looking for a company that better suits your needs.
6. Great Service and Reliable Parts
It is a MUST that you ask about all the company’s services and warranties, and how they handle damage and repair.
There is nothing worse than when a sprinkler fails or is broken and leaves a gap in the coverage zone.
- Are they on call 24/7?
- Is repair service free? What is covered under the warranty?
- Will they make sure every inch of my lawn is water covered? What if puddles form? What about on uneven surfaces?
Make sure to always ask as many questions as possible when interviewing an Irrigation Company and talking about the products they offer. Educate yourself with products and services. The more you know, the less worry there is.
Once you find the company that meets your every need, trust them to do their job. They are the professional.