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5 Questions to ask your landscaper about Irrigation

Updated: Apr 30

At Rooted In Nature, we care about a lot of things:

  • Healthy grass and lawns

  • Thriving plants, trees and shrubs

  • The environment

  • Our team of employees

Most importantly we care about our customers and their properties.

That's why we want everyone to be knowledgeable about how to get the best possible landscaping results (even if you are a DIY-er). We've been in the industry long enough to call ourselves experts, and when it comes to irrigation we are passionate about doing it the right way - for the benefit of your lawn and plants, the environment, and your wallet.

If you're researching landscapers and irrigation, consider asking your lawn and irrigation professionals the following important questions:

1. Are you licensed and insured?

Most cities and municipalities require distinct permits for various landscaping projects. Avoid fines and court fees by ensuring that your contractor will secure all necessary permits long before the digging begins. Professional contractors should carry sufficient insurance to protect themselves and their clients from injury and harm. Additionally, you will want to inquire about the prospect’s certifications, which show that the contractor is current with industry standards.

2. Is my irrigation system going to be efficient?

How efficient is the system?  How many gallons/minute is each zone putting down?  This helps you calculate how much water you’re using so you’re not surprised by your water bill.  This also helps you recognize if you have a breakage in a line, because your bill would spike. We also want to consider the environment and don't want to waste water.

3. Is my irrigation system smart?

Is your irrigation system a smart one?  Does have a rain sensor, so my irrigation doesn’t run in the rain?  You don’t want to pay for water you don’t need to use, and too much water can cause turf diseases.

4. What's my warranty?

What is covered in terms of labor and parts?  Find out what brand – or brands – of materials your contractor intends to use, as each individual part should come with its own warranty through the manufacturer. Industry standard is one year for parts and labor. Most manufacturers provide a “to the trade” warranty on products for up to five years.

5. Can I have a reference?

Would you hire an employee without checking their references? Probably not. Ask for a business reference - a great landscaper should be able to produce a ton of great ones. If not, you might want to extend your search online and check reviews!

If you're ready to discuss your commercial or residential landscaping needs with a professional, consider asking us! We are here to help. Please contact us 443-846-0199 or

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