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Any help for someone who doesn't know one thing about irrigation?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by Ijustwantausername, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. Ijustwantausername

    Ijustwantausername LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,437

    I typically reside in the lawn/fertilizer portion of this forum, but recently have been given the opportunity to bid on a job involving irrigation, you know, one of those game changer type jobs. All things considered, irrigation is a very small portion of the job, it mainly involves mowing/mulch/pine straw.

    I know nothing about irrigation, plain and simple. Anyone know where I can get started in terms of getting licensed/certified and learning about the basics here in NC? I don't want to get into installation, just maintenance for current systems.

    OR, is there a way to hire an outside contractor to do it and I just pay them? What certifications/licenses would be optimal for them to have.

    Thanks from a Newbie!
  2. CAPT Stream Rotar

    CAPT Stream Rotar LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,857

    make some calls talk to contractors..

    see if they will let you help/learn the job while they install it...

    In Nc I think you need some form of license.
  3. Mdirrigation

    Mdirrigation LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,455

    If you want to keep the customer , hire a good contractor , have him install and maintain the system . Or spend the time to learn , and the money to buy the tools and equipment and you do it . the first option , you may be able to make 5 to 15 percent , the second option you if you are lucky you wont lose money .

    When we need to do grading , seeding or landscaping , I bid it and sub it out or refer to landscapers i know , because we are set up to do irrigation and make money at it. I have a bobcat , a bx24 kubota , and a 310b deere backhoe , and I still sub it out . Why ? ,Because the landscapers I sub to also feed me irrigation work , we all make money doing what we do best . Be a Jack Of All Trades , or a Master of one .
  4. muddywater

    muddywater LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,813

    I try to do everything in house. I would start your irrigation education now. Sometimes education is not cheap, but well worth the expense and trouble. There is great money in irrigation.
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  5. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 46,442

    that's why we see Rotar dancing all the time - there be gold in them thar valve boxes :cool2:

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