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Old 02-09-2013, 05:26 PM   #271
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uh, have you seen where he's from?

haha. that was my first thought when I read that post as well. However, we actually do get a ton of sun here in the summer. Our lawns grow like crazy in the spring and early summer with the combination of rain and sun we get, but from July - September, Seattle is actually drier than most cities in the US. You see a lot of brown lawns.

I think this year, I'll need to water it a bit more than usual to help it's recovery.
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Old 02-10-2013, 01:00 AM   #272
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Down here in Texas you have to water daily if you don't want your lawn to end up as dirt.

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Old 02-10-2013, 01:10 AM   #273
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Nonsense. El Paso is about the only place that needs watering twice a week. Just about anywhere in Texas East of Midland can get away with less often than that.
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Old 02-10-2013, 05:24 PM   #274
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Nonsense. El Paso is about the only place that needs watering twice a week. Just about anywhere in Texas East of Midland can get away with less often than that.
I call BS. I live in Houston and you need to water basically daily in the summer heat if you don't want you lawn to die.
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I lived in Plano for five years. The automatic sprinklers went on every other day to keep the "expansive clay" moist. If it dried out, the house foundation could crack. And that St. Augustine grass...the hotter it was, and the more you watered, the more it grew! Kinda reminds me of "crab grass" up here in the north!

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Just finished reading the whole post. Great job. Very envious of your space. Good luck with your brewing and projects. Keep us posted as you automate your brewery.

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Wow... Just read all 28 pages. Impressive to say the least.

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Thanks! I've re-read the thread start to finish a couple of times through this journey, it's a nice reminder of (most of) the steps along the way.
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For all you Texas folk that think your lawns have it bad. Here is the monthly and seasonal rainfall comparison for our cities. We get lots of rain pretty much all year and the species of grass the survives in the wet best here does not tollerate drought well at all. As you can see though, we get quite a bit less rain than most places (even in Texas) during July-September. I assume this is due to the fact that you get semi-regular thunderstorms, but everywhere is a little different. We get maybe one or two thunderstorms a year. Summer rain is a rare treat.

http://average-rainfall-cities.findt...tle-Sea-tac-Ap

It's not uncommon for folks in Seattle to water their lawns 2-3x a day during this period. I've found that if I don't water at least once a day it'll be brown and dusty by the end of July.

Usually, we just let it happen and save our water for the garden, which needs it even worse. This year, I think the lawn will get some more love to help it bounce back.

I'm looking forward to having those two large ran cisterns filled up for watering the garden, but unfortunately the 620 gallons won't be anywhere near enough to carry us through the summer. Best estimates are that we will need close to 4000 gallons.

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I was happy to be able to take advantage of the long weekend and some nice weather to get the arbor started along with my trusty contractor. Working with this beautiful cedar was a nice change from the composite material we used on the deck.

Sanding, shaping, and staining the beam.


Lifted it into place


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Rear posts are in, starting on the rails and rafters. (low light at the end of the day)


I also got some work done on the brewing rig. I'll get those photos pulled together and post them a bit later.

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