When Should I Have My Irrigation Installed – Before or After Planting?

This is a question I get quite a lot. In an ideal world, this is the order of operations:

  1. All planting areas are prepped
  2. Trees and shrubs are planted
  3. Irrigation system is installed
  4. Perennials and mulch are installed

There are several good reasons for this. First, the guys planting the trees and shrubs can swing wildly with picks and shovels without fear of hitting a buried irrigation line. Second, the irrigation guys know exactly where the trees and shrubs are, so they can position the heads and adjust the spray so they’re not hitting shrubs. If it’s an extensive planting job and the irrigators get there first, there will be lines run right where trees and shrubs need to go. Mr. Murphy and his law will see to that.

If your irrigation company and your landscape company won’t coordinate with one another, well… that’s the level of service I provide. I’d love to talk to you about your project.

Dave Marciniak is a landscape designer and speaker. He lives in Culpeper, Virginia and can be found via his website and on Twitter.

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