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How to Install Irrigation Sprinkler System? Ultimate Guide

Installing an irrigation system has numerous advantages for improving your lawn’s or backyard’s beauty. It not only ensures that your grass remains lush, green, and vibrant but also significantly contributes to the overall curb appeal of your house. Besides making your lawn more attractive, the irrigation sprinkler system helps you save a precise amount of water.

A properly installed irrigation sprinkler efficiently distributes water saving you costs on water bills while being environmentally friendly. Additionally, the added convenience and beauty of a lush, well-maintained lawn can significantly boost the overall value and appeal of your property. 

Installing a full-scale sprinkler system yourself can be a challenging task. It will require your full commitment and attention. You need to learn technical skills in order to successfully perform this task. Fortunately, you have the option to engage the services of a proficient professional from an established irrigation sprinkler system company. By entrusting the job to experienced experts, you can alleviate the complexities and ensure a seamless installation process.

In the following blog, we will discuss the basic way of installing a sprinkler system. We will also discuss the estimated cost and tools that are required to perform this DIY task. 

Average Cost

The cost of an irrigation system installation is dependent upon the size of your lawn. If you opt for a DIY approach, the price range for a sprinkler system installation typically falls between $1,600 and $2,200. On the other hand, hiring professional irrigation installation services can result in a cost range of $2,000 to $5,000 for a quarter-acre yard. 

It’s important to know that these prices differ as they take into account factors such as labor, materials, and the complexity of the project. 

How to Prepare Yourself Before Irrigation System Installation Process?

Yes, we understand that you are eager to start with the irrigation installation process but there are a few things that you need to check and confirm before beginning this do-it-yourself (DIY) task. 

To ensure a smooth and successful process, there are several key aspects that require careful attention and confirmation. Before starting the task, it is important to diligently check and address the following considerations:

Get Permit

Some cities and states require a permit before you start the irrigation process. When hiring a professional firm for the installation, they typically handle the permit acquisition and associated payment. However, if you choose to undertake the project yourself, it becomes your responsibility to obtain the necessary permit.

Check Underground Pipeline

Check for any underground utilities before you start digging. This includes checking for cables, gas lines, sewer lines, or any other potential obstructions in your path. Careful consideration of these utilities is essential to avoid accidental damage or disruption during the digging process.


Make sure to measure your lawn and the materials that will be required to efficiently perform the task. This will give you an idea and calculation of the cost of materials that will be used to carry out this job. 

Tools You Need

Following are some of the tools that you will be needed for the irrigation sprinkler system installation process.

  1. Trenching Machine
  1. Trenching Shovel
  1. PVC pipe/Polyethylene
  1. Measuring Tape
  1. PVC pipe cutter

How to Install Sprinkler System 

As discussed before, the sprinklers installation process can be a difficult task and you may run into some problems. However, all you need is to stick to the manual that came with the sprinklers and you will be good to go. To be sure that the sprinklers are effectively installed without damaging your landscape then you can hire professionals to carry out this job for you. In case you are confident to do this job, follow the instructions below. 

With all the necessary preparations and tools in place, you are now ready to begin the installation process by completing the following steps:

Step 1: Map Out Your Lawn

Make a plan to cover the entire area of the lawn so that you do not leave any place where the grass remains dry. You can achieve these by marking the sprinkler position with a flag or a wood. This process will give the idea where the best place to install sprinklers for maximum results and coverage. 

The planning process plays an important in all activities and much important in this. A proper plan to point the sprinkler’s position will help you in the next steps. 

Step 2: Digging

Once you have mapped out the lawn and marked the sprinkler position, you can start the digging process. Here you can use the trenching machine that will help you to dig effortlessly. Or you can use the trench shovel to dig by hand. Make sure the trench is of equal height. If the trench is not dug at an equal position then gravity can impact to effect the flow of water. 

The usual depth of the irrigation system is somewhere between 6 to 12 inches. Deepening the weather condition of your location, adjust the depth to your requirement. Ensure that the trench is deep enough that lawnmowers or any lawn machine, does not damage the pipes. 

Step 3: Make Water Connection  

Locate the main water valve and turn it off for ensuring safety. Identify the water pipeline from where the water is entering your property.  Cut into the pipeline with a clean cut. Use PVC cement and Premier for a strong pipeline connection so that later they are connected with the irrigation pipeline. 

Step 4: Install Valve Box

Close to the main pipeline, install the valve box. The valve box is used as protective gear for the irrigation system and provides the control to control the flow of water. It allows you to adjust the water pressure and control the distribution of water on the landscape. Go through the manual to understand how to install the valve box effectively. 

Step 5: Install Pipes

Install the pipes in the excavated area, ensuring they are properly positioned and connected to cover the designated area. Follow your plan and place the pipe in the trenched area. Connect the pipe with the valve box so that water pressure can be maintained. Choose between PVC and polyethylene pipes based on your specific needs and requirements.  

Step 6: Connect Sprinklers

As planned earlier, mark the areas where you will install the sprinklers. Here you can install the sprinklers and make sure that the water reaches all the place and cover the area for effective water distribution throwout your lawn landscape. 


Enhance the sophistication of your landscape by integrating a state-of-the-art timer system with your sprinkler setup. With the availability of cutting-edge devices, you can now effortlessly control your sprinklers using your smartphone from any location. This seamless integration empowers you with the convenience of remotely activating your sprinklers at your convenience.

Underground Sprinkler System CheckUp

After installing your sprinkler system it is also important to maintain the irrigation system so that they effectively work in all seasons throughout the year. Observe that the sprinklers are working properly to make sure the water pressure is not blocked. 

Sometimes, the water pipeline broke underground and there is no effective way to find this. You may not even realize that there is a leakage. However, you may find a rise in water bills, or the lawn is soaking more than usual.

Any damage to the sprinkler system will require professional help. Here you can hire experts to perform irrigation repair and maintenance services to make sure everything is working as it should. 

Best Irrigation System Installation Service in Cape Cod

Kennefick Irrigation, LLC provides the best residential lawn sprinkler installation service in Cape Cod. Our team of experts possessed the knowledge and skill to design the irrigation system in a way that covers the entire garden. Our services do not end at installation, we provide maintenance and repair services so that your lawn stands out.