Question: I want an automatic sprinkling system. What things should I look for to be sure I’m getting my money’s worth?

Answer: Work with a licensed irrigation contractor. Buy for durability. Whether you’re dealing with the heads, the valves, the controller or the wiring, you want materials that will last for many years with little or no service. Due to frequent repairs, “bargain” equipment will end up costing you many dollars more in the long run, not to mention the frustration. You’ll probably want a “smart” controller that monitors weather conditions, soil and plant types, sun/shade and slope to aid in determining when the system should be run. Pipes need to be 8 to 12 inches in the ground. It takes a lot more labor to fill those deeper trenches, and that’s where some companies will cut their costs. Be sure the types and numbers of heads compare from one bid to the next, and feel comfortable with the installer you’re hiring. There are plenty of good companies. Don’t make a bad mistake.

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