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    irrigation systems

    After starring at my yard this summer, i have given thought to putting an irrigation system in and resod the yard (not much grass made it and mostly just have weeds). Has anyone had one installed recently and give a me a ball park idea of costs? My lot is only a 1/3 of an acre.

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    Re: irrigation systems

    I've got one that came with the house when we bought it. I would love not to have the sprinkler system.

    You have to schedule start-up and shut downs each year ($300??) in addition to the required annual back-flow preventer test.

    Once installed, it's hard to modify or change landscaping, move a shed, add a ball court, etc. because everything was designed to how your yard was at that time.



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    Re: irrigation systems

    I built a house 2 years ago with a similar sized yard. I think they said it would have cost $2,500 to add an irrigation system.



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    Re: irrigation systems

    Quote Originally Posted by JD720 View Post
    I built a house 2 years ago with a similar sized yard. I think they said it would have cost $2,500 to add an irrigation system.
    Thanks.........that's what i was hoping.



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    Re: irrigation systems

    Quote Originally Posted by psycln11 View Post
    I've got one that came with the house when we bought it. I would love not to have the sprinkler system.

    You have to schedule start-up and shut downs each year ($300??) in addition to the required annual back-flow preventer test.

    Once installed, it's hard to modify or change landscaping, move a shed, add a ball court, etc. because everything was designed to how your yard was at that time.
    This. I wouldn't add one unless you are set on exactly how your landscaping is going to look. They are best to put in while doing a large landscaping project. When you know the design isn't going to change for quite some years.



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    Re: irrigation systems

    Be prepared for pipe, valve, and sprinkler-head replacement each year in the great white north. You can pay to blow out the system each year before the first freeze but it seems that water still settles in some lines and cracks them.


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    Re: irrigation systems

    Quote Originally Posted by psycln11 View Post
    I've got one that came with the house when we bought it. I would love not to have the sprinkler system.

    You have to schedule start-up and shut downs each year ($300??) in addition to the required annual back-flow preventer test.

    Once installed, it's hard to modify or change landscaping, move a shed, add a ball court, etc. because everything was designed to how your yard was at that time.
    Yeah but you get to mow more often!

    Our house came with one and I use it for some reason. I only pay about half of what this guy is for my annual stuff, but it's still kinda a PITA. I've had to deal with replacing heads, which is cheap and easy, but haven't had to mess with the plumbing too much.

    I will admit that my yard is one of the better looking on our cul-de-sac.



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    Re: irrigation systems

    Quote Originally Posted by erikbj View Post
    Thanks.........that's what i was hoping.
    I'm in Marion and was quoted closer to 3,000 for a yard a little smaller than yours.



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    Re: irrigation systems

    I've had one since 1999 and did a huge landscaping project in 2009 that required a complete overhaul of the system in my backyard. Wasn't that big of deal. The redone irrigation was all of about $900. Not a big deal given the scope of the landscaping I did (50k).

    Better to have one than not IMO. I've only had to call in service for a couple leaks over the years and that was $50 to fix. I used to start it up myself, but now the city requires the backflow testing so I just pay the service contract that runs a little over $200 annually.

    I'm with T&T Sprinkler.



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