If you can use a shovel you possess the skills required to install your own sprinkler system. You can do everything yourself. From tying into your main water line to wiring up your automatic controller.
Although installing a sprinkler system is not sweat free, its not as hard as you might think. Most people rent a trencher to do the majority of the hard work. The materials used today also help. The material of choice for pipe today is PVC (White plastic), which is glued into fittings to make-up your design layout. Sprinkler heads are installed using a "Swing Joint" which makes setting sprinkler heads to proper height and location a snap. The stations, or zones are controlled by low voltage valves (There's no danger of shock), which run to an automatic controller usually located in the garage.
You may want to install Drip Irrigation along with your standard irrigation. It's ideal for anything you want to water except grass. It saves up to 70% of water usage over standard irrigation and it's the easiest of all to install. Drip Irrigation is laid on top of the ground around your plants and can be covered with mulch or even landscape fabric. It's tough too, it can bake in the sun and can freeze in winter without being damaged. For more information on products including Drip Irrigation see Product features.
The old saying "Work smarter, not harder" is true here. The most important part of installing your sprinkler system is done before you ever put your shovel in the ground. Design is crucial to a quality system. And our knowledgeable staff can help you with that. See Design for more information on how to design your sprinkler system.
You can expect to have your sprinkler system installed usually in a couple of weekends depending on the size of the job, how much help you have, and whether or not you wait until you're finished to crack out the beer. And when you're finished, you're watering worries are over. Spend your spare time on the golf course or go lay on a beach for a week and don't give watering your yard another thought.