Using hauling hoses, water cans, and moving sprinklers can sometimes be exhausting when watering your landscape. If you have a large lawn, moving all your equipment around will take time. It can even be exhausting trying to water different areas of the landscape by hand.

A significant benefit of installing a sprinkler system is it can save you a lot of time and effort when watering your landscape. The installation process will depend on the size and shape of your landscape. 

For example, it will take less time to install a sprinkler system in a smaller backyard with less curves and turns than it will in a large backyard with more curves and turns. It will depend on the size of the area and the complexity of the design. The time required to install a sprinkler system will also rely on the type of sprinkler system involved. 

Here are the things you can expect in terms of the timeline for designing and installing an irrigation system.

Site Visit

The first step in the process is a site visit. An experienced landscape designer will meet with you to discuss your landscape design needs during this meeting. They will look at the layout of your landscape and determine how beneficial it will be to install an irrigation system. They will explain how the irrigation system works, its cost, installation steps, and your maintenance responsibilities.

A professional irrigation designer will come to your home and walk through the yard with you. During the site visit, they will take notes on the size of the yard and how you want it to be watered. They will make suggestions regarding how you should design the system based on the landscape’s needs.

Proposed Irrigation Design 

The next step is creating the design. An irrigation contractor will sit down and walk you through the design process and discuss your preferences and available options and help you determine the best irrigation system. This meeting will also be the time when you will discuss your budget.

The irrigation contractor will create an irrigation design drawing once you determine a design that best fits your needs. After the design drawing is complete, it will be sent to your local zoning department for review.

Irrigation System Installation

The next step is installing and testing the sprinkler system. This may take less time, depending on the complexity of your landscape and the design. You will also need to consider how long it will take to order and receive the pipe, sprinkler heads, and other equipment. 

The installation and testing process is the step that will take the least amount of time. You will plan for about two to four days for this step.

The Best Time to Install an Irrigation System

It’s best to install the irrigation system during the late fall or early spring. You will have the best weather conditions during these times of the year. It also gives you plenty of time to plan, so you can have the irrigation system installed before your landscaping is planted.

Once an irrigation system has been installed, you must regularly maintain it. If you do not care for your irrigation system properly, you might end up with a broken sprinkler head or a damaged sprinkler pipe. This can lead to water waste and water damage. You should plan to maintain your system regularly to avoid this.


If you are looking for ways to get your landscape watered, an irrigation system is the fastest solution to get the job done at a reasonable price. After the initial purchase of the system, the only ongoing expense is to repair or change broken sprinkler heads. The costs are usually far less than the costs of watering your landscape by hand.

Extreme Irrigation & Lawn offers sprinkler irrigation system installation and repair throughout the Tulsa area. Let us help you design a system to meet the watering needs of your landscape. Call us today!