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DIY Guide: 7 Easy Steps for Installing Your Own Lawn Sprinkler System 

How to Install
an Underground Sprinkler System

Installing your own sprinkler system can be a daunting task, but with the right preparation and guidance, it doesn't have to be. With this guide, you'll learn all you need to know about installing a sprinkler system in just 7 simple steps.

1. Assess Your Lawn

Before you can get started on installing your sprinkler system, it is important to assess the size and shape of your lawn. If there are any slopes or bumps in the surface of the lawn, those need to be taken into consideration when measuring the area. Additionally, plan out where you want flowerbeds, trees, and other points of interest that may affect how and where you install the sprinkler system.


2. Mark Utility Lines 

Before beginning any sort of dirt work or digging for sprinklers, it is important to make sure you are aware of all utilities lines in your property. Be sure to have a professional come in and mark utility lines before you begin any digging. This will save potential damage from hitting something hidden beneath the ground that could potentially hurt both the environment and yourself.


3. Determine Sprinkler Layout

Think about which type of sprinkler layout would be best for your specific lawn needs such as flower beds growth areas versus established turf grass area. Depending on what type of grass or plants you plan on planting in certain spots will determine part of the layout — i.e., you would require more concentrated heads if planting grass turf versus larger spread distances if working with an established turfgrass area.

4. Install Mainline 

Installing mainlines can be done by trenching around six-to-eight inches below grade level around your home’s property perimeter or end-of-the line depending upon what irrigation zones are necessary for full coverage throughout your yard space. 


5. Install Valves & Sprinkler Heads 

Once the mainlines have been installed then its time to install valves into each irrigation zone. Sprinkler heads must properly spaced along trenches for uniform watering coverage throughout different types of landscapes. The type Sprinkler Nozzles and allocation can also vary several ways depending on soil types areas to reduce flooding and run off rates too … even that ever changing controller key pad settings conservation. flow rate let alone providing cost effective water saving results long term value add-ons must be considered here too so proceed carefully.

4 inch pop-up spray head installation with swing joint
4 inch pop-up rotor head installation with swing joint

6. Configure Control System 

The final step before running a trial test watering cycle is configuring control systems used by automation timers By digital controlling appliance tools software external device technology whatever features capabilities programmed used These are especially helpful irrigation controllers pushed out precipitation Save Energy Evaporation Accumulations Live Weather Forecasting properties through GIS Satellite Map Connectors Soil Moisture Sensing Probes use Reminders Cloud Based Tide Charts History Reports Mobile Friendly Installation usually occurs after startup  Then customize per automated weather adjustability personal preferences conserve technology restrictions while adhering recharge Watershed fluctuations even Seasonal Permits keeping track viable analytics reporting obligations .  


7. Start Simulation Tests 

Lastly its time start with conducting simulation watering tests ensure accurate performance meters record analyze app listed criteria Stand back 40 50 feet observing end result  Should find consistency everything running adapted specs standards their given areas Check height nozzles heights pace service levels follow through nice balance! Hopefully this setup guide provide some great tips laying down own system learn fun exciting part sustainable journey joining today's movement towards global ecological friendliness !


To ensure the best performance and longevity of your sprinkler system, it is essential to choose the right products.

If you're looking to design and install a small, single-family residential sprinkler system, this guide is for you. It provides a user-friendly format complete with illustrations and helpful charts. Whether you're a first-time installer or have experience but are new to this guide, we highly recommend reviewing it to familiarize yourself with the design and installation process. You'll find detailed illustrations demonstrating suggested installation methods for sprinkler heads, pipe and , as well as instructions on connecting the sprinkler main line to the house water system. To help you plan your system effectively, we've also included installation tips throughout the guide. For any questions regarding design or installation, your local Licensed Irrigation professional is the best resource. Designing and installing a small residential sprinkler system requires careful planning and attention to detail. By using this guide, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and steps necessary to install an effective irrigation system for your property. Smart Irrigation Systems recommends contracting the services of a professional irrigation designer when planning large residential or commercial projects. 

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