Install sprinklers prior to landscaping

Install sprinklers prior to landscaping

Dear Angie: 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. – Natalie J., Stamford, Conn.

Dear Natalie: Do the landscaping first. The landscapers could cause damage to the irrigation lines while digging. Plus, your irrigation contractor should know what type of landscaping he or she will be dealing with before suggesting the correct system and layout of sprinkler heads.

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Dear Natalie, et. al.: As much irrigation as practical should go in before planting, including areas to be sprayed such as lawns and groundcover/shrub beds. Final adjustment of bubble, drip and spray heads must be done after installation of plants and in conjunction with finish grading.



I agree with the landscaper do the sprinklers first The landscaper will know where the pipes are and if he brakes on its easy to fix. The sprinkler guy will have to dig around all the plants and more likely to damage other plants

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