Want To Install a Lawn Sprinkler System? Here Are The Pros And Cons.

Watering the lawn has traditionally meant going out with your hose, sometimes a hassle. The main issue is that early morning is “the best time to water plants is in the morning before the sun becomes hot. Which lets your plants absorb water without excess loss to evaporation while ensuring the foliage has dried before nighttime, reducing the risk of plant diseases.” But who wants to get up before the sun and water their lawn and gardens. Not me. Maybe it sounds like a nice thing to do some mornings, but most of us would instead catch the last few winks of the night in bed. In addition, watering the lawn can become a difficult chore if your yard is huge at any time of the day. That’s why many people opt to install an automatic sprinkler system. Modern automated watering systems help grow healthier, lusher lawns and allow you to keep your gardens and lawn healthy on a set schedule worry-free.

There are several reasons why installing an automated sprinkler system is a great way to save time and make watering the lawn easier. But, as with any other home project, it’s best to consider both the pros and cons of a sprinkler system before deciding to add one to your lawn. So let’s go over them to help you make the best possible decision for your lawn.

Pros of Sprinkler Systems

Lawn Sprinklers - saves time.

Watering your lawn takes a lot of time, especially if you’re doing it correctly. Even if you’re using a quality garden hose, it is a significant time investment to ensure that every inch of your lawn is well hydrated. That is time you may not have if you work full-time and have a long list of other projects around the house.

You can set a sprinkler system to water your lawn for however long you need, whenever you need. Considering that the optimal time to water your lawn is between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., you can have mornings where you don’t need to get up early to water your lawn. And, with a sprinkler system combined with an above-ground hose, you can water a football field-sized lawn in the same amount of time as an average suburban lawn.

Lawn Sprinklers give you consistency.

ith manual watering, there is always a chance that some parts of your lawn will receive more water than others. Maybe you don’t pay as much attention, forget where you’ve already watered, or get distracted by a neighbor. Regardless of how it happens, you won’t lay the same amount of water on every patch of grass.

Sprinkler systems deliver the same amount of water to the area they are in every single time. And they can do it at the same time any day of the week. So you won’t have to worry about skipping a day of watering the lawn or doing it too late in the day because you didn’t have time. In addition, you can have a variety of sprinklers installed to match different plant types and their water needs, which means no more guesswork with a hose or a watering can

Lawn Sprinklers offer - Long-term utility savings.

Because sprinklers deliver the exact amount of water your lawn needs before automatically shutting off, there’s no excess water consumption. And setting up your sprinkler system to water your lawn in the morning means it won’t be hot enough to offset your hard work with evaporation, necessitating the use of more water. Using less water will save you money on your water bill over time.

Lawn Sprinklers: Enhance your home's resale value.

The aesthetics of a house are essential when it comes to selling it. Curb appeal is vital to the home selling process. A sprinkler system can help keep your lawn looking healthy and beautiful. And, unless you have a specialty hose that remains out of sight easily, you won’t have to worry about unsightly garden hoses lying around.

Cons Of A Sprinkler System

Lawn Sprinklers - have set up costs.

One of the biggest deterrents to installing a sprinkler system is its cost. Even if you have a small lawn to irrigate, it can be expensive to install a sprinkler system. If you need a watered area that is substantial, the price will only increase. In addition, after installation costs, sprinkler systems cost money to maintain and repair if something goes wrong.

If you plan to install a sprinkler system, be sure that you have the budget to do so. A sprinkler system can save you money in the long term, but the initial cost may be steep if you don’t plan for it

Lawn Sprinklers - Need monitoring to prevent potential overwatering

It’s easy to forget about adjusting your sprinkler system once you have it installed.

Unfortunately, if you experience a rainy day after your sprinklers go off, both your lawn and your water bill will hurt because of it. Fortunately, sprinkler systems are available with built-in sensors to help prevent this from happening.

Lawn Sprinklers Require Maintenance

With use over time, sprinkler heads can become dislodged, leaky, or misdirected and end up spraying more water onto driveways and sidewalks than your lawn. And creatures such as gophers, moles, rabbits, and voles can not only dig up your property, but they can also cause damage to your in-ground sprinkler systems. As a result, pest control and regular maintenance become even more critical when installing a sprinkler system.

You also have to handle the winterization of the system when the weather turns cold. Frozen sprinkler pipes can burst just as quickly as the pipes in your home. And a burst pipe will easily cause hundreds, if not thousands of dollars of damage.

Trust Westchester's Lawn Irrigation Experts

Falco Lawn Sprinklers is a family-owned and operated business. We’ve served the people of Westchester County since 2001, and our irrigation systems have been a staple of healthy lawns all across the area. Our sod folding technique minimizes damage to your property during the installation of your sprinkler system. And we offer seasonal maintenance, including winterization, as well as adjusting your system to ensure it maintains the proper water flow.

Contact us if you have any questions or want to get started with a new irrigation system for your lawn.