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Gunther and I delayed installing a new lawn and landscaping because the underlying sprinkler system needs to be removed and replaced first, and we were saving for the wedding. Afterwards, we wanted to rebuild our savings a little bit before making any more big purchases.

The HOA previously sent a letter to the whole neighborhood reminding us that because of drought and water-use restrictions we didn't have to have a huge lush green lawn as long as what we did have was kept trimmed, neat and weed-free. We have some bushes, flowers and little trees that are cut and weeded regularly.

Apparently the HOA changed their minds because on Friday we got another letter.

We need to install a new sprinkler system and lawn by August 23 or we will be fined $50 a day. =( They didn't make it clear if we have to submit an application to be voted on at the next meeting, like we had to when we cut down the diseased tree.

A landscaper came by today and gave us an estimate of $3900 just for the basics (not including any stone work or little bridges or ponds for my imaginary Japanese garden). It looks like we'll have to do just a plain grass lawn for now.

I hope the next estimate will be lower. =( Goodbye cute little bridges!


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Aug. 9th, 2010 06:28 am (UTC)
So, can't just get a hose and a sprinkler and do it by hand for now?

Pain in the butt to dig the trenches but attaching PVC pipe with that blue glue is incredibly easy. Most difficult part is attaching/setting up electric timer, but some of those can be plugged into an existing socket. You're super crafty with glue, just need someone to dig trenches.
Aug. 9th, 2010 02:34 pm (UTC)
The lawn is completely dead. There's nothing to water right now. A while back I wanted to save some money by replacing the PVC that was broken during the tree-cutting and laying the sod ourselves since they sell rolls at Home Depot, but we have a few complications:
- The ground is sometimes wet and our water bill is very high so there may be some broken pipes somewhere else besides the ones near the old tree. We would have to dig up a big part of the yard to find everything.
- There's a pipe that goes underneath the driveway to the other part of the lawn that may be broken. I'm not sure how to take care of that myself.
- The soil is really bad and filled with rocks and dead plants. It needs to be roto-tilled and new topsoil put in. I don't know if it's possible to roto-till without damaging what's left of the sprinkler system.

I would be willing to go with the cheap option right now and just put in a lawn and water it ourselves, but the bulk of the work and cost seems to be in the lawn replacement, not the sprinkler system. One guy said not doing the sprinklers would only save about $500 off his charges.
Aug. 9th, 2010 09:02 am (UTC)
Gah, what the hell? :/ Do they expect everyone having thousands of dollars sitting around, especially in this economy? The joy of home ownership... Good luck, hopefully it won't be too much more than the estimate. @_@
Aug. 9th, 2010 02:39 pm (UTC)
I was expecting to have to pay the money eventually, just not right now. I'm mainly mad because they changed their mind and gave us such short notice.

Also, they previously sent a letter encouraging us to spy on and report our neighbors for non-compliance! They even included a reporting form. I'm wondering if one of our neighbors complained about us. There's a guy who's trying to sell his house and had to recently lower the price because no one made offers. I suppose he'd be interested in making the neighborhood look nicer. (He just redid his lawn).
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