DIY Landscaping

ITSJOULIFE Landscaping & co

One of the big changes of owning a single-family home is having to handle all of the landscaping. At our previous condo, all of the landscaping was managed by the HOA so we didn’t have to worry about fixing sprinklers, mowing the lawn, or trimming the hedges.

Using the reel mower


We decided to take a break from the interior of the house to mow the lawn and check on the sprinkler system. I grew up mowing the lawn at my parent’s house so it wasn’t anything new to me. But J had never done it before and wanted to give it a try. We purchased an updated version of the old school manual reel mower since our yard is small and doesn’t require something more powerful. The reel mower is also very quiet since there is no motor. After showing J the basics, I let her finish up the front yard while I watched. Back and forth she went, occasionally mowing the same area over and over and over, but overall, a great job for the first time.

Out of control sprinklers

Next up on the landscaping checklist, sprinklers. We normally run the sprinklers early in the morning so the water has a chance to soak in before the sun starts to heat up. This meant that we never actually got to see the sprinklers running. Since the grass remained green, we assumed that everything was working properly. But to our surprise, we discovered two broken sprinkler heads that were sending giant streams of water into the air.

Fixing the sprinklers // From one to two… to all of them


Replacing two sprinkler heads, no big deal, right? That’s what we thought until we started the repairs. After a quick tutorial on sprinkler repair, courtesy of YouTube, we went to Lowe’s to pick up the required parts and quickly replaced the broken sprinklers. All done. We turned on the sprinklers again to double check everything, only to discover that the increased pressure in the system revealed additional ruptures. Back to the hardware store for additional parts. All done again. Turned the water on again. More issues discovered. Back and forth we went until we ended up replacing all of the sprinklers in the front yard. Well, at least we know everything is working properly now.

Stay tuned for more adventures in home ownership. There is definitely more work required in owning a single-family residence, but the satisfaction gained from repairing and taking care of the house is pretty awesome too.

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