The Best Time for a Sprinkler System is “Right Now”

Discover why now is the right time to install an in-ground sprinkler system designed for maximum water conservation on your property.

At BG Outdoor Services, we are often asked “When is the best time to get a sprinkler system installed?” While our answer is usually the same, “Right now,” it’s often looked at with a bit of a jaundiced eye because we sell sprinkler systems for a living. That being said, if we were to give an unbiased, well-thought-out answer considering every variable, we would have to say … right now.

Best Time to Install an In-ground Irrigation System

By ‘right now’ we mean the late fall. There are several advantages to purchasing in November/December. Not the least of which is that most contractors will give you a discount. We approach this subject with caution because so many folks hear the word ‘discount’ and expect some ridiculous, Black Friday, half price, buy-one-get-one-free discount. That’s not going to happen. Most irrigation contractors operate at a margin of 10% or less. In fact, if you do come across a sprinkler contractor with a ‘too good to be true’ off-season discount, something is fishy.

There are only three possibilities:

  • They’ve artificially inflated their prices in preparation for this big discount.
  • They will substantially reduce the labor (i.e. quality) for installing a bargain basement system (remember, 90%+ of a sprinkler system is underground and there are many, many things a less than scrupulous contractor can skip that you will not notice right away).
  • They are having a going-out-of-business sale but do not realize it yet. Run, do not walk, to the nearest exit.

Why Is Fall the Best Time for Sprinkler Installation?

Fall installation contracts are often more cost-effective for homeowners. There are less tangible but still real savings to be had by opting to install a sprinkler now instead of waiting till spring and potential price increases. More times than not, sprinkler manufacturers will raise their prices in February/March after year-end profit/loss assessments in January. This positions them well for the busy season in spring.

In spring, contractors are often booked months in advance for sprinkler installations. Those who were late to the rush are at the end of the line for installation appointments, which often begin to stretch into early summer. It’s best to avoid the difficulties of installing a new sprinkler system in the heat of summer. Our NOVA clay soils can get so hot and dry that you’ll see more damage to the lawn/landscape. In the dog days of summer, contractors are sometimes unable to bury irrigation pipes to the proper depth.

Finally, most warranties and service agreements would commence with the activation of the system in the spring. In this way, you do not lose anything by having a system installed now that will be ready to go for spring turn-ons when the weather warms.

There you have it. All that remains is to, in the words of that great philosopher Larry the Cable Guy, “get ‘er done.”

BG Outdoor Services is a leader in water-conserving irrigation system installations, maintenance, repairs and upgrades. We’ve been serving Northern Virginia homeowners for over three decades with irrigation systems that we design for each property. If you think it’s time to install an in-ground sprinkler system, reach out to our team. Contact us today to schedule your evaluation and free irrigation system estimate.

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