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Question DetailsAsked on 5/6/2011

Which comes first - landscaping or sprinklers?

We're in the process of choosing a sprinkler company. Which should be done first - the landscaping or the sprinklers? The footprint for all the sprinklers is already there (lawn, beds etc.) The sprinkler company wants to do the job after the landscaping is done so the lines won't be damaged, but the landscaper wants the sprinklers installed first so they won't damage the plantings and so that they can water immediately. I don't know what to do, but I have to decide soon and I would really appreciate your advice.

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I would certainly do the landscaping first. The landscapers could cause damage to the irrigation lines while digging and the irrigation contractor will want to know what type of landscaping they’ll be dealing with before suggesting the correct system and layout of sprinkler heads. I hope that helps!

Answered 9 years ago by Angie's List


The sprinkler first, mark the lines and the heads after they finish and then landscapers can plant.

Answered 9 years ago by Lawncare Plus Design


The sprinklers always go first. If you are doing a dripsystem you can get away with running your main lines before the landscaping andyour lateral runs after the plants are in.

If you are having a spray system installed you should def. have it completelyinstalled prior to the landscape being put in. This requires digging and inorder to get someone in there with a shovel they will need space and will notbe able to work effectively tip toeing around plants. Minor adjustments may beneeded after the plants are in but at least they won't be trampled on.

It's always a good idea to use a company that installs both, like mine does.Since you have already chosen a landscaper ask them for a recommendation as itis important that the 2 have a good working relationship. of course check allcompanies with Angies List.


Answered 9 years ago by Dallas Curb Appeal



Answered 5 years ago by kstreett

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