6 Benefits of an Automatic Sprinkler System

Dina Cheney
Written by Dina Cheney
Updated February 25, 2022
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Highlights

  • Automatic sprinkler systems include a timer or controller, valves, underground pipes, and sprinkler heads.

  • They allow you to divide your property up into different irrigation zones and dispense a precise, targeted amount of water to each one.

  • These systems save homeowners time and money, conserve water, and enhance curb appeal.

  • Hire an irrigation service company to install your system.

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Put down your garden hose. Instead of spending your days nursing your lawn, sit back, relax, and let a permanent irrigation system do the work for you. Such a system—including a timer or controller, valves, underground pipes, and sprinkler heads—automatically waters different sections of your property according to their irrigation needs. Read on for a round-up of the many reasons why you’ll gush if you spring for this home upgrade. 

1. You’ll Save Time

An automatic sprinkler system will do the work for you, so you won’t need to spend hours lugging around a garden hose or manual sprinkler or pulling out a hose caught under car tires or your kids’ playset. If you travel often, you’ll appreciate the hands-off benefits of a permanent irrigation system even more.

2. You Won’t Stress

To remove all guesswork from the irrigation equation, ask your local landscaper and local lawn irrigation service how much water each of your beds or zones requires. Then, program the system to irrigate your lawn accordingly.

3. You’ll Save Water With an Automatic Sprinkler System

Automatic sprinkler systems are efficient, spraying just the right amount of water to each zone of your property. As an example, you can program your system to water your lawn in the morning. Morning is the best time since it’s cooler, meaning less water will evaporate, so you won’t need to use quite as much. (Although evenings are also cool, they’re a no-go for lawn hydration: since the grass will remain wet overnight, diseases and fungus can move in.)

You can override your system’s irrigation timer after heavy rains to save even more water. Or add a rain sensor and connect it to your system, program it to dispense less water after heavy rain, and resume normal watering patterns later on. As another option, put in a soil sensor, which will determine the soil’s moisture level and adjust the amount of water dispensed accordingly.

4. Your Plants Will Be Healthier

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Both underwatering and overwatering cause problems when it comes to lawns and plantings. For the ultimate in plant care, you can place varieties with the same irrigation needs in the same bed and designate that bed as a specific watering zone. Then you can have your system dispense the right amount of water to that zone.

5. You’ll Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

A verdant and expansive lawn fronting your home will help your property look its best—which will appeal to potential buyers. With an automatic sprinkler system, you’ll be able to provide your turf with the hydration it needs, possibly netting you a higher price when you sell.

6. You’ll Save Money

By using less water, you’ll save money on your water bill. Plus, by hydrating your lawn and plants properly, you’ll help them thrive for the long haul. That will translate to fewer plant replacements and lower outlays at your local garden center. These savings should ultimately more than recoup the average of $1,700–$3,529 you’ll spend, according to HomeAdvisor, to install an automatic sprinkler system.

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