Most homeowners who wish to install sprinkler systems at their homes turn to an irrigation professional, like T & J Landscape Services, to get the job done correctly and in a timely manner. However, depending on the complexity of your desired sprinkler system and the size of your yard, it may be possible to save some money by installing it yourself. Should you choose to go this route, however, there are a few major mistakes you need to avoid.

Failure to Call the Utility Company First

First and foremost, because installing an in-ground sprinkler system will involve extensive digging, it's absolutely imperative that you contact your local utility company before you begin digging at all. Otherwise, you'll have no way of knowing if you've got gas or electricity lines running underneath the ground on your property and, if so, where they're located. By contacting your local utility company first, you can avoid a potentially dangerous situation later on. Your utility company should be able to come out and mark on your property the locations of any utility lines you'll need to avoid as you dig, giving you added peace of mind.

Setting Heads Too High or Low

There are many factors that will impact the proper height at which your sprinkler heads should be installed. You'll want to refer to the installation guide that came with your sprinkler heads. However, you'll also want to consider the coverage area you need for each head; for example, a head that will be used to water level grass can be placed closer to the ground so that there isn't water wasted by over-spray, whereas a head used to water taller shrubs may need to be installed higher so as to cover the area properly.

Not Digging Trenches at the Right Depth

Finally, understand the importance of digging your trenches at the correct depth based on the material. Most sprinkler lines are made out of PVC pipe, which should be installed deep enough under the surface to avoid being cracked or damaged from the weight of bystanders or vehicles. At the same time, it's important to avoid digging the trenches too deep, or the PVC pipe might crush under the pressure. If you are uncomfortable installing PVC pipes, consider upgrading to metal pipe lines. Metal lines will be more expensive but will be more durable and less prone to cracking or breaking under stress.