Lawn Sprinkler Installation

A proper lawn sprinkler system design is to conserve water, while maintaining adequate water levels. This design will help your grass and plants flourish. In other words, it starts with an appropriate form of irrigation, followed by a professional installation. Houston Landscape Pros is proud to have two State of Texas Licensed Irrigators. We have installed underground lawn sprinkler systems in Houston, Texas, for over 20 years. Above all, we have experience in large installations for apartments, buildings, warehouses, and single-family homes. The installation process for different property types can vary, but the principle of water conservation is the same. In conclusion, we design the most efficient irrigation systems to provide water for your lawn without wasting water.

Have any questions about a lawn sprinkler installation? Speak to our friendly staff at (713) 396-3320.

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Automatic Sprinkler System Design Phase

Planning and designing your automatic sprinkler system layout beforehand is crucial when planning a lawn sprinkler installation. A layout drawing will show where every system component is in the yard and where zones should be placed. Furthermore, it helps when placing new landscape beds in your front yard or backyard. If you decide to add a pool or patio or sell your house, a lawn sprinkler system layout is convenient.

Layout Design

The lawn sprinkler system layout should consider your grass, trees, and plants in landscape beds. Additionally, sidewalks, driveways, and other fixtures need to be considered. The underground watering system design should ultimately cover only green areas. Thus, only providing the necessary water for the landscaping to flourish. Moreover, you can customize your lawn sprinkler system for each planted area based on specific water needs. In addition, keep in mind that you waste water when it hits the fences or concrete areas. Therefore, using the correct sprinkler pop-up spray heads and nozzles will allow proper flow to the plants while minimizing wind loss. We recommend using a professional irrigation contractor to put water hydraulics and recommended PSI where appropriate.

It would be best if you also considered installing a drip sprinkler system. It minimizes water loss from evaporation and wind drift by directly delivering a water stream from the soil surface or the root zone. Moreover, a drip sprinkler system is ideal for watering plants where water is scarce. Keep in mind that a drip sprinkler system is only good if the landscaping is not changing.

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Water Conservation No-No’s

  • Spraying water over sidewalks or driveways

  • Cover landscape beds, lawn/grass areas, and trees all with the same irrigation station

  • Use pop-up heads in an area less than 48 inches wide that is bordered by concrete on both sides. (as per State of Texas Law Requirements)

  • Install a low-quality Rain Sensor

Selecting Proper Parts

Houston Landscape Pros only uses commercial-grade irrigation components so your system will have the most updated parts. Therefore, the underground watering system works more efficiently and lasts longer. Believe it or not, large manufacturers like Hunter or Rainbird make inferior parts found in home improvement stores. To the untrained eye, they look identical. For a lawn sprinkler installation, commercial-grade parts will make our quote about 5% higher. However, it is better to pay for a quality product upfront than pay more later in repair costs. In the long run, the savings in your water will pay for the increasing cost of using commercial parts. To learn more about lawn sprinkler repair, please read more on our page.

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Eco-friendly MP Rotator

The MP Rotator is a cost and water-efficient sprinkler nozzle designed to deliver consistent water coverage and prevent over or under watering. The “MP” in MP Rotator stands for “Matched Precipitation,” meaning it delivers water at a consistent rate across the entire spray pattern. This ensures all areas receive equal amounts of water, preventing over-watering in some areas and under-watering in others. The unique design features multiple rotating streams of water that create an efficient spray pattern with less runoff than traditional sprinkler heads. Additionally, its adaptability makes it a versatile choice for any lawn or garden size. The MP Rotator is an excellent choice for conserving water while maintaining a healthy lawn or garden.

Improper Installation to look for:

Proper installation is critical to make sure your plants and lawn get enough water. Many lawn sprinkler system contractors will provide much lower prices than a licensed irrigator because they cut corners during installation. Beware of unscrupulous or inexperienced installers. To avoid calculating proper water pressure needed, they may start with a larger pipe than required.

Another way unscrupulous companies cut corners is by spraying the grass and landscape beds at the same time. This practice is common where landscaping beds are on opposite corners. They cover everything with one station rather than separating the landscaping beds from lawn areas and using two stations. Remember, grass and landscape beds need different watering time schedules. For example, flowers need more water than grass. If you have one station for both, you end up flooding the lawn and not receiving enough water for your flowers. This scenario also applies to shrubs and trees.

Programming and Watering Schedule

Programming your underground irrigation system is essential. Therefore, you must schedule your lawn sprinkler to deliver the right amount of water based on the season. Having a system that allows you to program for the entire year is crucial. This technology prevents you from adjusting the schedule every time the season changes. For example, in Houston, Texas, January requires 36% less water than June. To learn more about water requirements for your lawn in Houston, go to the page titled Lawn Water Needs. However, if you are the type of person that would rather set and forget about it, you should consider installing a smart Wi-Fi sprinkler controller like the Rachio.

Winterizing Your Sprinkler System: A Step-by-Step Guide

Winterizing your lawn sprinkler system is an important task to protect it from freezing and potential damage. When temperatures drop below freezing, the water inside your sprinkler system can freeze, expand, and crack the pipes, leading to costly repairs in the spring. Fortunately, you can winterize your sprinkler system from home with just a few simple steps. In this article, we will guide you through the process of winterizing your sprinkler system.

Step 1: Shut Off Water and Valves

Begin by shutting off the water supply to the sprinkler system using the main valve, which is typically located near your water meter. If your system has backflow preventer valves, there are usually two valves that lead into the device, so be sure to shut both off. If your system doesn’t use potable water, it might not have a backflow preventer. Shutting off the water and valves is important because it prevents water from flowing into the system and potentially causing damage.

Step 2: Turn Off the Timer

If your sprinkler system runs on an automatic timer, turn it off. Some systems have a “rain mode” that allows you to power down the timer without losing any programmed information or settings. Using rain mode throughout the winter is usually safe and won’t increase your energy costs. When spring arrives, turn off rain mode, and the timer should work normally.

Step 3: Drain the Water

It’s crucial to drain the water that’s already in the sprinkler system to prevent damage caused by freezing and expanding water. The drainage method you use depends on the type of system you have. For systems with manual draining, open the shut-off valves one at a time and let the water drain out. For systems with automatic draining, run one of the sprinkler heads with the water supply off to activate the drainage system. Loosen the solenoid on each valve to allow air into the system and water to flow out. Avoid using the blow-out method with an air compressor, which can be destructive and dangerous. Instead, hire a professional to do the job.

Step 4: Insulate Above-Ground Components

To protect above-ground components of the sprinkler system from the winter weather, wrap foam covers or insulation tape around exposed pipes, the main shut-off valve, and any backflow preventers. This step is important because it helps to prevent damage caused by freezing temperatures.

Followup After Installation

After lawn sprinkler installation, we revisit your home for an inspection of the entire system. We test to make sure that the spray nozzles are not clogged up with dirt and are spraying correctly. Occasionally, the pop-up heads and rotters can shift or tilt due to loose soil. We make any necessary corrections during the follow-up inspections. Undoubtedly, we follow up after one week of the installation. Of course, if you notice anything unusual, call us at (713) 396-3320, and we will visit your property upon your request.

Sprinkler Repairs if Needed

We warranty 100% parts and labor for a full year for any problems that may arise due to workmanship. As a rule of thumb, a Lawn sprinkler system that does not give you problems the first year. In other words, it will tend to last for ten plus years without significant issues. Houston Landscape Pros works hard to achieve a proper design and installation so that your system can last as long as possible without needing repairs. If you need a check-valve, which prevents back-flow, water can flow one way.

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  • 2 inch PVC pipe
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Sprinkler Service Area

Our main service area for lawn sprinkler system in Houston are:

  • The Galleria
  • Katy, TX
  • Richmond, TX
  • Bellaire, TX
  • Pearland, TX.

Fill out a irrigation system form or call us at 713-396-3320 and tell us a little more about your lawn sprinkler needs or repairs.

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