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Sprinkler systems are becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity for the modern lawn. They efficiently manage water use while keeping your lawn green and healthy. For the full list of benefits of a sprinkler system, see our “What are the Benefits of a Sprinkler System?” article. Sprinkler systems do represent a significant investment as there is a cost associated with the installation and ongoing maintenance of the system. You may be surprised to learn, however, that sprinkler systems are relatively affordable, can increase the resale value of your property, and will save you money in the long-run on water usage (if you currently water your lawn by hose-powered, above-ground sprinklers).

Price is an important consideration for any home improvement project, but it shouldn’t be your only criteria in selecting a contractor to install your lawn irrigation system. With most investments like a sprinkler system, you get what you pay for. Quality work comes with a price tag, and if a contractor’s quote seems too good to be true, it probably is. A complex hydraulic machine (such as a sprinkler system) that is permanently buried underground should be installed right the first time, so it isn’t something you should scrimp on.

So how much does a sprinkler system cost? Well, it depends on your lawn’s unique needs, your location, and the size of your property and many other technical factors, but plan on spending at least $3,800 for an average 5-zone economy system in the Northern Virginia region. For irrigation systems with more than 5 zones and advanced, water-saving and remote-control features, the price increases accordingly.

Where does this cost come from? It’s mostly from the cost of parts and labor. Larger lawns require more sprinklers, more plumbing, more digging, and more complex controller set-ups, so property size matters a great deal in terms of the bottom line. Certain areas in Northern Virginia are built on dense, rocky soil that increase the effort (and cost) required to install irrigation plumbing. Other factors that contribute to cost are the quality of parts used in your sprinkler system (cheaper parts may cost less up front, but could cost more in the long run from repair or replacement costs), and the time and labor required to repair your lawn after trenches are dug to install the system plumbing.

Sprinkler systems are an invaluable tool in the quest to keep your lawn green and healthy, but at the same time they are an investment. Installation and setup are going to cost you up front, but they will save you time and money in the long run. We recommend choosing the right contractor so that the job gets done right the first time, at the right price.

Bio Green is happy to help with your new irrigation system. Call our office in Sterling, Virginia at (703) 450-0034 or visit our website at

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