My backyard is essentially a wasteland; I plan on installing an irrigation system along with landscaping, hardscaping, shrubs, trees, retaining walls, etc.
As far as I've been able to discern so far, I want to get my layout done first, and start on an irrigation system before any other features go in.
That said, I've been wondering whether this is the sort of project I want to tackle on my own (to save money) or if I am better off hiring a professional company.
I am aware of some of the concepts behind designing and installing such a system (low spots, zones, dual-coverage of all areas) but I wonder if there's enough of a cost savings to justify venturing into this project on my own.
I am looking for advice from those who have designed and installed their own, and whether you would do it again.
My lawn is about 3600 sq. foot and is essentially a flat rectangle.