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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby mcm » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:11 pm

mcm wrote:Anyone ever have a sprinkler system put in? How much does it cost (obviously depends on size of yard and how many heads they install?) My lawn is in rough shape due to me cutting too low and not watering enough during the heat wave a couple months ago. Then we started to get crab grass and I pretty much gave up after that.


EDIT: it wasn't just crab grass - we had grubs too.

Anywho, lawn is in godawful shape right now. I put grub stuff down in the fall and hopefully that did the job. I don't see any birds picking at the grass like I used to. This weekend I am going to rake up all the dead grass in the front and maybe dig down 3-4 inches into the loam and wheelbarrow it all out back. Then hopefully get some new loam delivered next weekend. I have no idea how much to order though.

Also I bit the bullet and plunked down $2500 for the irrigation plus another $450 in plumbing work. They are coming Tuesday. When thats all done I have to repair the rotting fence in the backyard.

Owning a house sucks.
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby rearadmiral » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:22 pm

No. Having a lawn sucks.
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby TeeDub » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:24 pm

mcm wrote: This weekend I am going to rake up all the dead grass in the front and maybe dig down 3-4 inches into the loam and wheelbarrow it all out back. Then hopefully get some new loam delivered next weekend. I have no idea how much to order though.



measure the area you want to fill and measure how deep you want to fill and then google how to calculate cubic feet. If I knew the formula I'd tell you--so I'm not being snarky.
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby K-G » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:31 pm

mcm wrote:Owning a house sucks.


BUMP

My first spring of home ownership is not looking fun.
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby Section 40 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:32 pm

MCM, I actually gave thought to putting in (myself) an irrigation system this spring but there are other things to spend the $$ on so it got shelved... How big is your yard?
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby mcm » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:33 pm

Teedub I have seen a lot of commercials for Pennington grass seed. Is it good stuff?
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby mcm » Thu Apr 28, 2011 2:34 pm

Section 40 wrote:MCM, I actually gave thought to putting in (myself) an irrigation system this spring but there are other things to spend the $$ on so it got shelved... How big is your yard?


I am not really sure I think like a 1/4 acre, not too big
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby BS1 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:09 pm

TeeDub wrote:
mcm wrote: This weekend I am going to rake up all the dead grass in the front and maybe dig down 3-4 inches into the loam and wheelbarrow it all out back. Then hopefully get some new loam delivered next weekend. I have no idea how much to order though.



measure the area you want to fill and measure how deep you want to fill and then google how to calculate cubic feet. If I knew the formula I'd tell you--so I'm not being snarky.



1/4 acre is about 10,800 SF. If you go 4" deep (no homo) you are looking at about 400 cubic feet of Loam or 132 Cubic Yards.....figure on 5% waste and you are looking at 140 CYDS, rounded up....if you get it delivered and installed (spread) you are looking at about $10-$15 a cubic yard...unless you can find some cheap labor to do it for you

my prevailing wage subs are getting $20/yard
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby mcm » Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:13 pm

i'm only doing the front where the grubs were. a whole 1/4 acre of loam and i'd be in the poor house. i think i'll have to spend about $500 for what I need
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby BS1 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:23 pm

buy me a case of beer and a box of diapers i'll spread the loam for you, lol
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby mcm » Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:33 pm

is it pronounced loom or lome? I've heard it both ways
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby BS1 » Thu Apr 28, 2011 3:40 pm

I've never heard it as loom...only lome
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby MCA » Fri Apr 29, 2011 9:33 am

you can pronounce it both ways per websters.

there's also lyme which is different but also used on lawns.

My lawn is fucking immaculate right now by the way. First cut this weekend.
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby BS1 » Fri Apr 29, 2011 11:19 am

98% of lawns in New England are immaculate right now, just saying
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Re: Homeowner stuff

Postby TeeDub » Fri Apr 29, 2011 12:14 pm

mcm wrote:Teedub I have seen a lot of commercials for Pennington grass seed. Is it good stuff?



no idea. we don't grow that type of grass down here.
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