Cost to Install a Drip Irrigation System

Cost to Install a Drip Irrigation System

How much does it cost to add an irrigation system? The contractor cost to install a drip irrigation system is $303 vs. doing it yourself for $150 and saving 50 percent. Enter your ZIP Code and adjust the cost for where you live.

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost
Diy Logo Hours Pro 3.3 DIY 5.0
Money Pro $303 DIY $150
Per Unit Cost
Per Unit Cost $303 Total Cost



By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Most gardeners who spend time hauling out a hose to water a raised bed of cutting flowers or a vegetable garden would prefer to be digging and planting, so it's no surprise there's a growing number of drip irrigation systems being installed. What landscapers, farmers and greenhouse owners have known for years is that it makes sense to automate watering with a drip system of irrigation that controls the flow of water so the soil maintains a balance between water and air. In addition, you'll have lower water bills.

An irrigation contractor will charge $303 to install a basic drip system. You can buy one for $150, install it, and save 50 percent. Most basic drip system are designed to be expanded, and include everything you need to get started: a filter, regulator, 100-feet of 1/2-inch tubing, 50-feet of 1/4-inch tubing, mini-sprinklers, emitters, sprayers, stakes and various pieces of hardware to connect them all together.

For some useful guidelines and calculators to help lay out a drip system in a yard, we found www.dripworks.com, an online irrigation store that offers a free design service and installation videos. You fax them a sketch of your property with dimensions following their Design Considerations, and they return a design and list of parts with an approximate estimate.

Don't want to do this job yourself? Find a landscape contractor who has the skills and tools to do it right, click here to get to Home Advisor and it will open in a new tab and you’ll have to answer some basic questions about your job followed by contractors in your area to do the job.

Now you know the average cost to install a drip irrigation system, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.

Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019

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