Angie’s List: Spring Irrigation

MADISON (WKOW) — A good irrigation and sprinkler system can keep your lawn and landscaping healthy, but you want to make the best use of your resources.

Angie’s List Founder Angie hicks says, “You can actually damage your lawn by watering too much or too little, and that’s the beauty of an automatic sprinkler system.”

Jim Brandon, owner of Landmark DBM, says modern technology makes irrigation systems more efficient than ever. Older seasonal programs required the homeowner to monitor the situation.

Brandon says, “A lot of people get busy with their lives and forget to change the program, so it runs a lot throughout the hot months and then the fall it gets cooler and it’s not needed, maybe it’s a few weeks before they remember to go back and change the program, and it’s just been overwatering things.”

But newer systems take the pressure off the homeowner.

Brandon says, “There’s been some advancements in controllers that actually connect to wifi and use the information to seasonally adjust. So that way as the weather gets hotter and driver, it turns it up, and then when cooler weather sets in, the irrigation controller is smart enough to turn it down.”

All this improves efficiency.

“Water resources are important, and the industry has done a lot to try and use them wisely”, says Brandon.

Setting up sprinklers may sound simple, but irrigation is the kind of job you want a professional to complete.

Hicks says, “Hiring a professional to install your sprinkler system is a good idea. They’ll have the right tools, they’ll know exactly where to install the sprinkler heads for optimal water usage and will avoid hitting existing utilities.”

Brandon says, “For me, irrigation is one of the last things I would suggest that somebody try to do it yourself.”

The expertise a professional brings to the situation can make a huge difference.

“Another important thing is knowing what planets need a lot of water and what plants don’t … Having somebody that knows plants and what their requirements are is important to having an effective and efficient irrigation system”, said Brandon.

Angie says a typical irrigation installation costs between and one four thousand dollars. You should also bring in a professional to inspect and maintain your system at least twice a year. Angie adds that you should always call 811 to have your utilities marked before you do any digging in your yard.

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