When I bought my house ~3 years ago, the backyard was being watered by hand even though it has a sprinkler system.
The sprinklers had no supply line.
EDIT: What I mean is, the supply line delivers no water. The stop & waste in the front turns on the water for the sprinklers in the front yard, but the back doesn't get water. It could be a missing shutoff (which I've tried like the dickens to find) or a broken line under the driveway so it was just disconnected. Either way, the supply line runs under lots of concrete, so my best option is just to run a new line.
Fast forward to now, my backyard is a layer of weeds, holes dug by my dog and piles of dirt. There is also a roughly 2x2 foot pad of concrete in the middle of the yard I want to remove. The sprinklers run throughout the yard are still usable.
I have sprayed the yard once with roundup killing all the weeds. That leaves me with a very uneven yard w/ sprinklers in it and a lot of dead weeds.
I'm not sure what my best options are from here. Should I pull/dig out the dead weeds, or would leaving them in place while leveling be an ok option. The soil where I live is very rocky so any type of digging is always a huge pain. What is the best type of tool I should rent to get this job done as easily as I can? I was thinking of using a bobcat. (Renting from Ace Rents or Timp Rental).
- I don't want to destroy the sprinkler system already in the ground.
- I would like to get rid of the 2x2' concrete pad.
I have called 811 a had the utilities marked. Nothing obstructing us there.
After I've leveled the ground, is there anything special I need to do to prepare for sod? Any special care after it's been laid?
I originally was thinking I would rototill the yard (as suggested reading Can my lawn be saved or is it time to dig it up and re-sod?) but I don't want to destroy my sprinklers.
I currently have a chain link fence between my yard and the neighbors yard on the side with the other 3 side surrounded by concrete. The neighbors yard is not well taken care of and I worry about weeds coming over from there. I would like to put in a concrete strip and a new fence then roughly 3 feet of veggie garden space along the length of that side plus another concrete strip to separate it from the grass.
I've resigned myself to the fact that I'm not going to get it done before winter, so at this point I need a plan of attack for ASAP after thaw in the spring.