I'm sure my husband and his friends would disagree (they jackhammered concrete for 8 hours straight), but Part 3 was the most labor intensive work for me. It included a whole weekend of digging trenches, bending over and laying pipe (don't make fun of me if you understand this unfortunate use of words). We planned and executed the entire backyard irrigation system, then installed sod. There was no prior system so we started completely from scratch. Here is a short version of how we did it.
Step One: Plan and draw out irrigation & electrical system. Our drawing looked like this.
The more you plan the better. It may seem crazy to have drawings like this for a home project, but even so, we ended up at Home Depot several times for exchanges, returns and new parts.
Step 2: Dig trenches. We actually didn't have to dig that many since we have a small backyard, but it was still exhausting work.
Step 3: Lay the irrigation pipe
Step 4: Lay electrical pipe and tie into house. We need electrical for a water fountain and landscape lights. This part was done mostly underneath the house.
Step 5: Test and pray it works.......it did. Yay!
Step 6: Cover with top soil
Step 7: Lay Sod
Ta-Da!....Wish I had a better "after" for you, but you'll have to check back for the final reveal.
Coming next is Part 4 - Fountain and Landscape
To see Part 1 (Planning & Preparation) go here. To see Part 2 (Concrete) go here. To see Part 4 (Fountain & Landscape) go here.