Irrigation systems and Aerating

Discussion in 'Organic Lawn Care' started by HazyDavy, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. HazyDavy

    HazyDavy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    I have a couple of questions for you business owners. About how much can I expect to pay for an irrigation system? My lawn is roughly 1500-2000 square feet. Is $3K or less out of the question? Also, is aerating a problem when you have a sprinkler system? I would worry about some of the heads getting damaged.

    Thanks in advance for you input.
  2. NattyLawn

    NattyLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,643

    Aerating is definitely a problem with sprinklers. Either flag them, or if you're aerating yourself, steer clear...
  3. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    Aerating is no problem at all with a properly installed irrigation system. Simply flag all the heads and steer clear of them.
  4. HazyDavy

    HazyDavy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    What about a ball park price on what an irrigation system would cost for a 1500-2000 square foot lawn?
  5. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    You'd be better off posting in the irrigation forum here.

    However, its hard to ballpark a price without seeing the job, theres so many variables.

    Where the take off is located, what shape the yard is, what sort of soil, is there already an established yard, are you willing to pay for quality parts etc...
  6. Gators_Aerator

    Gators_Aerator LawnSite Member
    Messages: 75

    Aeration is not a problem. Flag the heads.

    I provide flags for my clients that have a sprinkler system. Then they mark them each time befor my service.
  7. anotherscrub

    anotherscrub LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    How many zones would your 1.5-2K system be? I'm guessing 3? Possibly even 2 zones with 5-6 heads per. Would you need any zones to cover flower beds or shrubs?

    $3K should be the HIGH end. I'd imagine you could find someone to put in that small of a system for $2000...maybe even slightly better. Should take no longer than a day to day and half and materials no more than $500-$600.

  8. BravesFan

    BravesFan LawnSite Member
    Messages: 233


    Sent you a PM. Mail me back your phone # and I'll give you a ring.

  9. HazyDavy

    HazyDavy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    I got my sprinkler system 2 weeks ago. It was 4 zones and $2400. Could have been 5 zones and $2750, but I decided I didn't need a zone in my shady area.

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