Sprinkler System Questions

Frequently Asked Sprinkler & Landscape Lighting Questions

Here are a few of our most frequently asked questions – hopefully you will find the answers to the questions you are looking for.

Doesn't an automatic sprinkler system use more water than I’m currently using for watering?

Typically the answer is a resounding “No!  Not if you water like most property owners.  It goes without saying that water is a precious resource and conserving it is everyone’s responsibility.  But that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice a green lawn and beautiful landscape.

With a custom-designed GreenScape.ca irrigation system, each area of your landscape will be fitted with the proper water-saving sprinklers and spray heads, plus a controller to turn the system on and off… automatically and on a precise schedule.

The end result – reduced water bills and a definite savings of time and effort. No more worries about runoff from over-watering, wasting water if you forget to turn off the hose, or if you don’t get the sprinkler placed “just right” so you end up watering the street, sidewalk, the side of your house… or even worse, your neighbor’s yard.

Will having an automatic sprinkler system really save me time?

Imagine a summer season when you don’t have to spend another minute of your valuable leisure time watering your lawn, moving sprinklers, connecting and disconnecting hoses, etc.  Your new GreenScape.ca watering system will do all the watering for you – even when you’re away from home!

Can an automatic irrigation system really save me money?

Most homeowners discover they have lower water bills and healthier, longer-lasting lawns and gardens soon after they have their GreenScape.ca automatic watering system installed.  That’s because today’s smart and easy-to-program controllers can be set to match the seasonal irrigation needs of each unique “zone.”

You too, will find that a GreenScape.ca automatic watering system will pay for itself in a very short time.  That’s why automatic irrigation systems have become so popular.

Today’s sprinklers, valves, and controllers are very easy to use, highly water-efficient, and more affordable than ever.

Can an automatic sprinkler system really water as well as I do when I water by hand?

In virtually all cases, a GreenScape.ca automatic sprinkler system will actually do a much better job, because our professionally designed systems will deliver exactly the right amount of water to each specific area of your lawn and gardens necessary for optimum results . . . and do it consistently, too.

We get a lot rainfall each year. Do I really need an automatic sprinkler system?

If it rained every three days – and it rained exactly the same amount each time – you probably wouldn’t really need a sprinkler system.  But we all know Mother Nature just doesn’t work that way.  So, the only way you can really ensure a healthy, lush yard is to make certain your lawn and gardens receive a regularly timed and evenly measured amount of water.  In dry times when there’s little or no rain, your yard can suffer potentially serious damage after just a few days without water.  A GreenScape.ca automatic sprinkler system eliminates this risk.

Are there different sprinkler systems from which I can choose?

Although every system is actually tailored to meet each homeowner’s individual needs, a typical system is comprised of a controller (which functions as the “brain” of the system), valves (which open and close to release and stop the flow of water to under-ground pipes), sprinklers (which distribute water to specific areas), and a rain sensor to let the system know when no water is needed.

It’s best if all the components of a system are manufactured by the same company to ensure they’ll work well together.  Unfortunately some manufacturers only specialize in building 1 or 2 of the components and will “shop-out,” outsource, or “try their best” to get the remaining parts so they can “appear” to offer a complete line.  This means homeowners may end up with parts in their systems that haven’t been engineered to work together.

To avoid the inherent potential problems, GreenScape.ca only sells systems from suppliers who design and manufacture all the major components to comprise a full and complete irrigation system.

How can I know what type of sprinkler system is really best for me?

It goes without saying – but we’ll say it anyway – it’s always best to work with a professional irrigation system contractor, like GreenScape.ca, who’s knowledgeable about important things, such as water source and pressure, soil type, planting materials, and weather conditions. We’ll take all of this into consideration when designing a system specific to your needs and those of your lawn & gardens.

Would it be cheaper if I installed my own sprinkler system?

The answer again is a resounding, “No!”  In fact, it could end up costing you a lot more money in the long run. A professional irrigation contractor like GreenScape.ca will design and install the most cost-effective and water-efficient system possible. As true professionals, GreenScape.ca will only ever use the best equipment, materials, components, and parts for each project, scheduling any maintenance needed to keep your landscape in top shape… to your convenience.

Special attention is always paid to important factors such as sprinkler patterns (it’s important to overlap the patterns so the outer edges of each spray pattern receive sufficient water for healthy growth), as well as backflow prevention (which is necessary to protect your drinking water).

Because GreenScape.ca is familiar with local plumbing and electrical codes, you won’t have to worry about costly pipe installation or wiring mistakes… meaning your project can be completed faster – with less disruption to your existing landscape – and our work will be guaranteed.

Will it be difficult to operate my sprinkler system?

A controller is the brain in every GreenScape.ca automatic sprinkler system that essentially operates your system – and we’ll help you select the best controller for your needs, program it with your customized watering schedule, and explain how your system operates. You’ll always be able to easily change your watering schedule by simply following the easy, straightforward instructions posted inside your controller cabinet, or in your owner’s manual.  Failing that, we’re always as close as your phone.

Aren’t they expensive? Just how much will a good sprinkler system cost?

As with many things, the price of an automatic sprinkler system depends upon many factors, such as the size of your property, type and degree of your landscaping, and of course, any special designs or features you might want worked into the project. But you can count on GreenScape.ca Watering Systems to design a cost-effective system built with quality, integrated components.

Like most folks, you’ll probably have lots of questions you’ll want to ask before finalizing your decision about an automatic sprinkler system. So don’t hesitate to ask for your FREE copy of another of our informational tools, the “Homeowner’s Guide to Choosing a Sprinkler Contractor…the 20 Questions You Should Always Ask…” or call us at: 613.723.8528 and we’ll be pleased to send you your own complimentary copy.


Since we have over 25 years experience, and we know design and install the best, most effective and reliable sprinkler systems you’ll find anywhere, we offer our clients an industry-leading, full 7-year guarantee on our sprinkler system installations. No one else does that. Be sure to ask us for details.

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