Cost to Install a Drip Irrigation System – 2021

| Last Updated: August 24, 2021

National Average Improvement and Repair Cost







$ 303

$ 150

Would you do this project? According to our survey, 46% of respondents preferred DIY compared to hiring a pro.

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The average price to Install a Drip Irrigation System noted above is cost data to compare a contractor’s estimate with doing it yourself.

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.

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 systems 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, 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.

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.

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