Lawn Sprinkler Costs

A lawn sprinkler irrigation system helps keep your lawn or garden in its best condition by assuring that water is delivered where and when it is needed, even automatically.

You will find that the cost to install an average lawn sprinkler depends upon the size of the lot, the number and types of sprinkler heads, freezing issues of the site, and the labor rate.

In the following table the Labor Cost figure is what the able and prepared DIY persons should expect to save by performing the complete installation.

Lawn sprinkler: 1,700 square feet of lawn in a no-freeze zone; automatic operation. Includes all labor required to hand-dig, refill and tamp 235' of pipe buried 12" in normal soil.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Material: Schedule 40 PVC pipe, 400' of 3/4" and 35' of 1"; 4 electric 3/4" valves; pop-up sprinkler heads 10' apart, 100' of control wire.$0.30per sq. ft.1,700$505
Controller: four zones; 3/4" pipe; requires 120 VAC, 50 W; programmable; with enclosure.$126each1$126
Material Cost$0.37per sq. ft.1,700$631
+ Labor Cost$30per hour36$1,080
Total Cost$1.01per sq. ft.1700$1,711


Lawn sprinkler: 1,700 square feet of lawn in a freeze zone; automatic operation. Includes all labor required to hand-dig, refill and tamp 235' of pipe buried 12" in normal soil with gravity drain-back.

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Material: Schedule 40 PVC pipe, 400' of 3/4" and 35' of 1"; 4 electric 3/4" valves; pop-up sprinkler heads 10' apart, 100' of control wire.$0.35per sq. ft.1700$590
Controller: four zones; 3/4" pipe; requires 120 VAC, 50 W; programmable; with enclosure.$126each1$126
Material Cost$0.42per sq. ft.1700$716
+ Labor Cost$30per hour42$1,260
Total Cost$1.16per sq. ft.1700$1,976

Other considerations and costs

  • If necessary, land-clearing and site-preparation typical to a residential scale project including manual and mechanical removal of shrubs, trees, stumps, and boulders will typically range in cost from $0.50 to $1.50 per sq. foot depending upon the amount and size of the material, and the off-site distance of material transport.
  • Taxes and permit fees are not included.
  • In freezing zones add $0.15 per sq. ft. to assure a winterizing drain-back layout.

DIY considerations

  • This installation is suitable for the able DIY persons with typical set of garden tools as well as PVC pipe working tools and knowledge.
  • The PVC pipe is glue-type pipe and fittings the installer must be familiar with.

References

  • Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2015.
  • Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
  • Literature review of DIY Web sites.

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