What is the best irrigation system for residential?

Discussion in 'Irrigation' started by PetalsandPines, Mar 25, 2006.

  1. PetalsandPines

    PetalsandPines LawnSite Member
    Messages: 248

    I am a landscaping contractor and I have to coordinate an installation with an irrigation installation. Of course I am not doing the irrigation installation because that is not in my realm of expertise, but I have 3 potential contractors that install 3 different systems. Toro, Rainbird & weathermatic. What is the best system because this is in a "high end" development (20,000 sq foot lawn).
    Any specifics I should ask for or require? (I am in Western New York)
    Thanks guys.
  2. PurpHaze

    PurpHaze LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,496

    It's doubtful that you will get a consensus from everyone here. We all have our own likes and dislikes based on our experiences, suppliers and the areas we work in. I'll leave it to our east coast brethern to make a suggestion. :waving:
  3. NC_Irrigator

    NC_Irrigator LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Messages: 1,455

    Which contractor will be the best for service after the install is complete? Look into that more and then decide. Ive been told by a customer once "will, i dont care what brand you install... i heard you are the best for service, end of story"
  4. Dirty Water

    Dirty Water LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,794

    We don't install just one brand...Most of the competent contractors don't.
  5. Beartooth

    Beartooth LawnSite Member
    Messages: 209

    No matter what, CHECK REFERENCES! And don't be afraid to go and look at their work. Remember, your reputation is also on the line. You are being depended on to supply a competent sub-contractor. Be willing to pay for a good product.
  6. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,899

    Everything said above is true. No good substitute for looking at a completed job. Use your eyes and some common sense
    • Are the sprinkler heads below grade but not so deep they can't get over the grass?
    • Is the controller mounted professionally, sprinkler wires in pipe or conduit?
    • Is the controller labeled, does it have a back up battery?
    • Look in a valve box, is there space to do a repair?
    • Is the valve box full of crap from the install?
    • Did they use a good waterproof connection or household wire nuts and black tape?
    • If they used drip are the emitters right on top of the root ball?
    • If drip is on a hillside is the emitter on the up hill side?
    • Are the flower beds/pots on their own valve or did they tie them in with the plants drip? or even worse do they just rely on over spray from the lawn heads?
    • Do you see evidence of trenches that have compacted and not been topped off?
    This should get you started.
  7. bumper

    bumper LawnSite Member
    from So. Cal
    Messages: 187

    Most use a combo package that may included Rainbird , Toro, Hunter. The real issue as suggested is...does the system work as defined by the different zones for different watering needs and was it installed professionally and effeciently

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