Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sod and landscaping

After what has seemed like an age we finally have our yard sodded and landscaped:

The finished yard looks larger than we expected it to, which is nice. Our old home had almost an acre of land and our new lot is only supposed to be roughly one third of that, yet it seems like we have almost as much lawn. Perhaps it is just a welcome optical illusion!

Watering takes roughly four hours. The water pressure isn't that great here, so I can only run two oscillating sprinklers at a time. I bought a couple of those one-into-four adapters with four little shutoff taps so that I can switch the flow between several sprinklers. As I mentioned in my previous post, I'm worried about the giant water bill we are going to get. I woke up this morning literally overjoyed that we'd had overnight rain. I reckon rain saves me about $8.

The landscaping looks pretty good. We have a corner lot, so the landscaping company gave us quite a few little shrubs and bushes to go down the street sides of the property. Our front porch is flanked by two magnolia trees. I hear they can grow to be quite large, so I will have to learn how to properly trim them.

We are still waiting for Ryan Homes to come and do our exterior painting. Various areas of the two porches need white paint, the exposed foundation walls need painting (I didn't realize they would be doing that) and our shutters need to be painted to match our front door. When it's warm enough, we are supposed to be getting our driveway finished with a finer asphalt. Next time you hear from me, I hope to have a couple of pictures with everything finished!


  1. It looks great! =D

    (Just wait until you get the water bill lol)

  2. We've had at least some rain for three consecutive days now. I can't tell you how ridiculously happy that makes me.

  3. After we were sodded I watered twice a day for about 2 weeks before switching to once a day for an additional 2 weeks to allow the grass to take root. I watered for about an hour each time and our front and side lawn look great. Our bill ran about $200 for the month because unfortunately we get charged sewer depending on the volume of water coming into the house at the meter. Even though 75% of the water we used for the month was for irrigation we still had to pay the full sewer portion. Boo! There was no fighting this either!

    Your home does look great though Simon! I've heard we may have some news soon regarding the singles again also which would be good for us all! Cheers! Tim

  4. Congratulations on your new home! We are going from about a quarter of an acre to an acre. We're building an Avalon here: http://ryanhomesjourney.blogspot.com/

  5. Your home looks absolutely beautiful!