Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about lawn maintenance and irrigation systems? We are happy to provide a list of questions regarding proper lawn watering practices and inground sprinkler systems.

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Q. How does having an inground sprinkler system save me time?
A. You have more important things to do than water your lawn and flower gardens. So instead of hauling a hose around your yard, let an automatic inground sprinkler system from Nutri-Lawn do the watering for you – even when you're away from home.


Q. Don’t sprinkler systems waste water... and money?
A. This is a common misconception about irrigation systems. In fact, a well-designed, professionally installed and properly maintained inground sprinker system will actually conserve water and save you money! Automatic sprinkler systems are engineered to prevent water run-off from over-watering. Furthermore, inground sprinkler systems are programmed to water each area of your lawn and garden at the optimal time, using only the necessary amount of water. Plus, Nutri-Lawn includes rain sensors with every installation, to help ensure that your system automatically shuts off on days when nature has taken care of the watering for you.


Q. How thorough are automatic sprinkler systems at watering lawns and gardens?
A. An inground automatic sprinkler system will do a more thorough job of watering your property than manually using a hose and bucket. This is because a professionally designed and installed irrigation system delivers a consistent amount of water to your yard, promoting steady growth and optimal health. A properly designed system will also ensure that special plants receive proper attention, and that hard to reach corners are never neglected.


Q. Will I need to purchase a lot of equipment to run an inground sprinkler systems?
A. Not at all. There are five basic components to every automatic irrigation system: underground piping, irrigation valves, the timer or controller that will manage your watering schedule, sprinkler heads (these will include rotors, sprays or rotary sprays) and a rain sensor.


Q. Can I save money by installing my own system?
A. No. While you might save a few dollars initially, it will cost you more money in the long run due to unnecessary repairs and expensive maintenance. The installation of a sprinkler system should only be executed by a trained professional; someone who can design and install a system that is 100% resource efficient and cost effective. The experts at Nutri-Lawn are familiar with local plumbing and electrical codes, and can guarantee a safe and proficient installation process. We will also respect your property, performing the job quickly while being minimally invasive to your existing landscape.


Q. Is it difficult to operate an inground sprinkler system?
A. An automatic irrigation system is extremely easy to operate. All you have to do is program your schedule and the system will do the rest. Once installed, your Nutri-Lawn representative will personally take you through the controller functions, as well as provide you with detailed written instructions. Believe it or not, changing your watering schedule is easier than programming your PVR!


Q. What role do “watering zones ” play in a sprinkler system design?
A. Did you know that certain areas of your lawn and garden require different amounts of water for optimal health and continued growth? These areas are known as watering zones. When building your custom irrigation system, a Nutri-Lawn technician will analyze your lawn’s unique zones, building a system that delivers strict and targeted water distribution based on need. For example, an area with a lot of northern exposure often requires less watering than one that receives southern exposure. The ability to understanding the zones of your lawn will help save you money by cutting down on water run-off and over-watering.


Q. Will my soil type affect my watering schedule?
A. Yes, soil type is an important factor when establishing a watering routine. Sandy soils tend to dry out quickly and will require frequent watering. However, you’ll waste water on sandy soil types if you apply too much all at once. Moisture will quickly penetrate and pass through porous, sandy earth – bypassing the roots. On the other hand, if your plants are in clay soil, set your timer to water less frequently. Clay soils retain water well, which means you will need to water less frequently to protect your plants from oversaturation. Nutri-Lawn will set up your irrigation based on the type of soil you have.


Q. What is the typical cost of an inground sprinkler system installation?
A. Every yard, and thus every irrigation system, is unique. In order to properly price a system, our technicians must take into consideration factors such as property size, type of landscaping and special design requirements. Even so, you can count on Nutri-Lawn to design a cost-effective system comprised of top-quality products. We are fully committed to providing our customers with quality construction, competitive prices and attentive after-sale service.


Q. I have an existing sprinkler system on my property. Do you repair and service systems even if Nutri-Lawn wasn’t the original installer?
A. Yes, our trained service technicians are familiar with a wide variety of major and minor irrigation system brands. With more than 25 years of combined experience, we can provide excellent service for any system.


Q. I have an underground well on my property; can I use it as a water source? 
A. Definitely. We can design an irrigation system based on the gallon per minute and the size of the motor.


Q. Do you have a permanent place of business?
A. Yes, we are located at 4087 Harvester Rd in Burlington, between Walkers Line and Appleby Line. We have been in the same location since 1993.


Q. What happens if I require service on my irrigation system? Will I have to play phone tag in order to talk to a service representative?
A. If ever you experience problems with your inground sprinkler system, don’t hesitate to contact us. When you call, all of our people are knowledgable about the basics of irrigation. More detailed questions will be directed to our Irrigation Department.


Q. Can you provide me with some references?
A. Absolutely!  Simply ask and we would be more than happy to provide you with any number of customer references.


Q. Are you a member of the Better Business Bureau?
A. Nutri-Lawn Burlington has an A+ BBB rating.


Q. Is your staff seasonal? How do I know that your technicians are qualified?
A. Unlike other irrigation companies, all of our staff are full-time, year round. They are professionally trained and highly experienced. We pride ourselves on providing our customers with the highest possible standards, which includes employing some of the best and most qualified technicians in the business.


Q. If an employee is injured on my property am I liable?
A. Absolutely not. Nutri-Lawn is one of the few irrigation companies in the area that is fully insured and WSIB compliant. We carry full third party insurance in case of any accident and can produce the appropriate certificates for you at any time.