Installation was in full-force today. They went from having one small hand-dug trench in the front yard to having the entire yard trenched up, and pipe/hoses laid in most of them. The front yard is about 90% complete now with most of the trenches already filled back in with dirt. The backyard has some of the pipe laid, and a few sprinkler heads connected.
They brought a ditch witch to dig most of the trenches. If it were Minnesota, it would have been a piece of cake. But, this is Texas, and the ground is different here. I’m sure the guy is used to it by now, but holy smokes, it looked incredibly annoying to have to run that thing. Rock after rock he was getting stuck on (and that thing is tough).
We are a little surprised at how torn up the yard looks, even after they completed most of the front. Either this is just totally normal, or these guys are perhaps a bit rough with the lawn… Hopefully after it’s all done and a few waterings, it will look more back to normal. Here are some pictures from today:
We knew the sprinkler system was going to be installed soon, but we didn’t know it was going to start today until we saw the landlord and the sprinkler company show up at our house today. They said they should be done sometime on Friday this week, so a nice quick turnaround.
They are dividing the yard up into 6 or 7 zones, each one having the ability to be programmed to water for a specified amount of time. They have to run water lines all around the entire yard, with control valves and sprinklers here and there. They will even dig a tunnel underneath the sidewalk in 2 places to run water to underground drip lines just to water the small strips of grass between the sidewalk and the road.
Here’s the work they were able to get done today so far:
Our longtime family photographer, Karen Feder, took Fall photos for us a few days ago! She did an amazing job and was so much fun. She is an excellent photographer and great to work with! We highly recommend her for any of your photo needs.
Here is a sampling of our pictures.