How Does an In-Ground Lawn Sprinkler System Work?

An in-ground lawn sprinkler system makes the task of watering infinitely easier. Your yard and garden plants will have the water they need, when they need it – and with almost no effort on your part.

Curious about how an automatic watering system does its job? Here, we explain how the components of an in-ground lawn sprinkler system work together.
How lawn sprinklers work

Underground Pipes

Most in-ground sprinkler systems use PVC piping to move water to the sprinklers, as PVC withstands the elements and is both inexpensive and easy to work with. The pipes, which attach to the main water supply, are buried underground in a custom-designed configuration that covers every lawn and garden area. As different plants have different watering needs, the piping is often divided into separate zones.

Sprinkler Valves

An automatic watering system has a series of underground valves connected to the PVC pipes. A valve is typically placed at the starting point of each piping zone to control the flow of water to each section of the yard and garden. When the plants in a particular zone need a drink, the valve opens. Once they’ve had enough, it closes again.

Sprinkler Heads

In-ground watering systems have multiple sprinkler heads that deliver water to the lawn and garden plants. Between spray heads, bubblers and rotary sprayers, there are several options to ensure every landscape area gets sufficient water. Some sprinkler heads pop out of the soil when needed, then disappear when not in use.

Timer Controller

The controller is the brain of the in-ground sprinkler system. Essentially, it’s a computerized timing device that automates watering by telling the valves when to open and close. The mechanism is usually mounted in a garage, garden shed or other indoor, spot. Some devices feature weather and soil moisture sensors, and expert installers program the timer controller for optimal operation.

Factors that Affect the Cost of In-Ground Sprinkler Systems

How much will it cost to install an automatic watering system? Predicting the price is next to impossible without an in-person evaluation from an expert installer – after all, there are a number of variables to the project.
When determining the cost of in-ground lawn sprinkler system installation, professionals consider the following:

  • The location and size of the property
  • The slope of the yard
  • The conditions of the soil
  • The number of zones needed
  • The types of landscape plants

In addition, high-quality components cost more, but the extra investment is worthwhile, as it results in less sprinkler maintenance and fewer future repairs. And, in some areas, installing an automatic watering system requires a permit, which adds to the project total.

Are you interested in installing an in-ground lawn sprinkler system? If you live in Sandy, Utah or the greater Salt Lake City area, turn to the experienced professionals at Pristine Lawns.

At Pristine Lawns, we customize every installation, taking great care to provide an efficient and effective automatic watering system. Our expert installers strive to provide exceptional workmanship, with minimal lawn disturbance, and we’re known for fair, competitive pricing.

For more information about Pristine Lawns, or to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation to discuss installing an in-ground lawn sprinkler system, contact us today.